Assistant Director, Organizing, Policy, and Research

 
The Urban Homesteading Assistance Board (UHAB) is seeking an Assistant Director of Organizing, Policy, and Research.
 

Position

 
The Organizing, Policy, and Research department is a strong and growing component of UHAB. Our nine-member team currently consists of four Americorps members, three organizers, a researcher and a Director. The department represents UHAB on the steering committee of many high-level coalitions organized around affordable housing, with elected officials at the City, State, and Federal levels, and other key stakeholders as necessary to achieve UHAB’s policy goals. 
 
The Organizing, Policy, and Research department expands resident control over affordable housing by building a strong base of tenants and community members who are mobilized to educate their neighbors around their rights and are willing to fight to enforce those rights. UHAB tenant leaders are also invested in demanding stronger rights and more tenant control over housing at all levels. Our base-building and anti-displacement work is concentrated in Crown Heights, in collaboration with the Crown Heights Tenant Union, and in East Harlem and Inwood. 
 
The department works with tenants in rent stabilized and over leveraged housing, HUD subsidized housing, and housing at risk where tenants are interested in organizing toward alternative ownership models (such as cooperatives, nonprofit rentals, mutual housing associations, or community land trusts). 
 
In the next year, the department is working to
  • Strengthen opportunities for affordable housing preservation at the City and State levels, including measures to license landlords and strengthen the rent stabilization laws
     
  • Find opportunities to preserve affordability in buildings by pursuing alternative ownership models (e.g., co-ops, community land trusts) through reforming the City’s tax foreclosure/tax lien sale process and piloting a new Interim Facility model that can acquire distressed buildings/debt
     
  • Support tenant organizing across the city though research projects that track landlords engaging in predatory practices and assisting organizing groups to utilize this research in their neighborhoods 
     

Responsibilities

 
The Assistant Director will work closely with the Director, report to the Executive Director, and be a member of UHAB’s management team. They are responsible for representing UHAB externally to elected officials, coalition partners, and other key stakeholders in the affordable housing movement. As lead on our policy work, they are responsible for identifying supporting research and developing campaign strategy. They will work with our tenant leaders and organizers to include education and outreach around our policy goals in leadership development with tenants at the building and community level. 
 
Finally, the Assistant Director is responsible for day-to-day supervision of staff, and providing support to the work that the organizers are doing in the field. This requires coordinating with the Director to divide supervision responsibilities of the different projects and coordinating schedules to determine who is in the office to answer staff questions and provide support.
 
 

Qualifications

 
The ideal candidate will be personable, computer proficient, have excellent research skills, be flexible, and have 
 
  • knowledge of affordable housing and the political landscape in New York City,
  • at least two years of community organizing experience,
  • a desire to work directly with organizers,
  • the ability to clearly answer questions and help direct and guide campaigns,
  • strong oral and written communication skills,  
  • a firm commitment to housing and economic justice,
  • a solid sense of self-motivation and creativity, as well as adesire to solve complicated problems, and 
  • the ability to work in a fast-paced environment and effectively handle multiple projects at the same time. 

​Candidates with an interest in alternative affordable housing models (i.e., affordable co-ops) and an interest in supporting UHAB’s work to build a pipeline of low-income co-ops are preferred. 

Hours include evenings and some weekends.
 

Location

The Assistant Director will be based in our main office, in Lower Manhattan.   
 
 

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.