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Community Voices Heard - Senior Organizer, NYCHA Campaign

Organization Overview

Community Voices Heard (CVH) is a member-led, multi-racial organization principally comprised of women of color and low-income families in New York State. Founded in 1994 by welfare recipients in New York City working to fight unjust welfare policies, CVH tackles tough issues and builds power to secure racial, social and economic justice for all New Yorkers.  

Through grassroots organizing, leadership development, policy changes, and creating new models of direct democracy CVH is creating a truly equitable New York State. CVH’s core organizing issues include fighting for a just social safety net, good jobs and access to them, truly affordable housing, sustainable and resilient communities, and a participatory democracy.

CVH works towards its goals with four key strategies:

Base Building: Using a model of multi-issue, multi-generational, and multi-cultural base building actively increases the number of impacted community members joining the fight for social change for their community.

Leadership Development:  Through leadership development, CVH empowers member-leaders to organize their neighbors and build collective power to achieve systemic change.

Strategic Campaigns: In true participatory-action form CVH members and staff organizers work together to research and share lived experiences, bringing unique and authentic perspectives to the issues.

Actions: Within each campaign creative, non-violent actions and demonstrations bring to light, on a public platform, the issues faced by those most affected by the decision making of those in power.

CVH is working to build a society in which the systems that govern foster racial, social and economic justice not exploitation – particularly for low-income people of color. CVH seeks a society in which all people – regardless of their race, ethnicity, religion, age, gender expression, sexual identity, citizen status, primary language, and ability – are treated with mutual respect and where privileges of one group do not exist.

Position Overview

Community Voices Heard is seeking a senior organizer to lead our campaign to dismantle and reconfigure public housing in New York City. CVH is demanding the implementation of a tenant oversight committee as well as a realistic timeline on critical NYCHA infrastructure repairs for the over 400,000 residents of public housing.

CVH has been leading the fight for the last decade for a safe, habitable, fully funded public housing authority.  The senior organizer will be charged with developing and executing the next iteration of this campaign.

Candidates should bring:

  • Proven track record of organizing people to relate to one another and take successful actions together.
  • Experience crafting and executing complex campaigns with member leaders.
  • History of developing clear and cohesive power and political analysis.
  • Vision and commitment to unapologetically building power with low income communities of color.
  • Ability to multi-task, humility and unshakeable hustle.
  • Experience and ability to work and organize across racial and cultural lines.
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written.

Candidates will be particularly appealing if they also have:

  • Five to seven years’ organizing experience
  • Experience teaching others the principles of power analysis and member organizing.
  • Familiarity with public housing and/or housing policy.
  • Experience working in a grassroots membership or social justice organization.
  • The capacity to work independently and collaboratively as part of a team.
  • Sense of humor, confidence and self-motivation.
  • Speak a second language (Spanish or Haitian-Creole).

Compensation

Salary commensurate with experience.  Excellent benefits including vacation days, personal days, holidays, medical/ dental/vision healthcare coverage, and 403(b) plan.

To Apply

Submit a cover letter and resume online at https://grossmansolutions.com/jobs/. The cover letter should be concise, compelling, and outline the specific ways in which you would be a good fit for this position.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, CVH strongly encourages people of color, women, and LGBTQ individuals to apply. Resumes will be accepted until the position is filled. 

 

 

 

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