Lead Housing and Community Organizer, Brooklyn

The Urban Homesteading Assistance Board (UHAB) is seeking a Lead Housing and Community Organizer to focus on helping residents create and sustain tenant associations in troubled multi-family buildings in Brooklyn, to improve living conditions and maintain affordability among lower-income residents. 

UHAB empowers low- to moderate-income residents to take control of their housing and enhance communities by creating strong tenant associations and lasting affordable co-ops. Since 1973, UHAB has been helping New Yorkers with limited means become part of their own housing solutions. Our work is guided by core principles self-help, democratic resident control, and affordability for low-income households.

UHAB’s organizing and policy department works with tenants who are at risk of displacement due to predatory behavior from landlords, gentrification, or poor living conditions. UHAB works with tenant leaders to develop resident associations and engage members in fighting for their own housing solutions. Tenant associations that UHAB works with fight to educate and enforce existing tenants’ rights, and to strengthen them through participating in city- and state-wide campaigns.

Position

The Lead Housing and Community Organizer will work alongside tenants and community leaders to build tenant power and connect tenants to larger policy issues and campaigns, such as strengthening the New York State Rent Laws and fighting back against speculation and predatory landlords in New York City. The Organizer will work to build tenant associations in buildings facing distressed building conditions, severe tenant harassment, and loss of affordability. 

Responsibilities

  • Support the development of tenant associations in buildings across Brooklyn

  • Identify targets and campaigns through research and outreach to find buildings where the landlord is using predatory tactics

  • Support the growth of tenant leaders through training, skill-sharing, and one-on-one meetings

  • Grow the tenant base in neighborhoods through outreach and leadership development to existing tenant associations

  • Conduct outreach and mobilize tenant associations to participate in, and support the work of, city- and state-wide coalitions to strengthen affordable housing in New York City

Qualifications

The ideal candidate will be bi-lingual (English/Spanish), computer proficient, have excellent organizing skills, personable, flexible, and have

  • a strong commitment to housing and economic justice,
  • at least two years of experience working as a community or labor organizer (preferably within New York City),
  • an ability to communicate complex ideas in a clear and accessible way,
  • strong oral and written communication skills, and
  • the ability to work in a fast-paced environment and effectively handle multiple projects at the same time.

Location 

The position is based primarily out of our main office, in Lower Manhattan, but will include a significant amount of time in the field, in buildings throughout Brooklyn.

Salary

$35,976 annually, including a generous benefits package with both health and dental insurance.
 

To Apply          

Please send your resume and cover letter with two references to organizingjobs@uhab.org. UHAB is an equal opportunity employer. Women and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply.