Community Organizer

On-site

Women’s Community Revitalization Project

About the organization:

Founded in 1986, the Women’s Community Revitalization Project (WCRP) is a Philadelphia non-profit committed to social and economic equity for low-income women and families. Philadelphia’s first and only women-led community development corporation, WCRP has grown to become a nationally-recognized, innovative developer. The organization has built more than 350 affordable rental homes, and established the Community Justice Land Trust to protect the long-term affordability of homes. WCRP and its coalition partners have won $100 million for affordable housing, and have passed critical legislation, including our recent Land Justice Legislation, which prioritizes community control of vacant city-owned land. Read more about our work here and here.

About the position

We are seeking an experienced Community Organizer who is passionate about fighting gentrification. WCRP is fighting to keep long-term residents from being forced from their homes and neighborhoods–join our team to support community members as they advocate for changes that will impact their lives!

Location

Philadelphia. PA

Travel

Travel outside of Philadelphia will be low, the position requires work in the field within the city

Reports to

Organizing Director

Supervises

N/A

Job Responsibilities

  • Work in WCRP’s neighborhoods to bring community residents and institutions together to fight for equitable development policies and programs;
  • Conduct outreach and relationship building through door-knocking, phone calls, and attendance at neighborhood meetings and events;
  • Develop and maintain relationships to build the organization’s visibility and impact;
  • Recruit new constituents to WCRP’s work through one-on-one conversations, orient them to the committee that oversees WCRP’s organizing and advocacy work, and support them in developing their leadership and organizing skills;
  • Design and facilitate committee meetings and political education trainings for constituents;
  • Assist with community planning and housing development efforts, including gathering signatures in support of WCRP’s proposed affordable housing developments;
  • Support WCRP’s involvement in the Philadelphia Coalition for Affordable Communities, including helping to implement tactics (e.g. direct actions, rallies, and lobby days) and preparing constituents to meet with their elected officials, provide testimony, and speak to the press.

What are we looking for?

  • A minimum of 2 years of experience in community, faith-based, or labor organizing as a paid staff member or volunteer;
  • Experience managing volunteers and developing and facilitating participatory meetings and training;
  • A strong commitment to social, racial, and economic justice, an understanding of systemic inequities, and relevant lived experience;
  • Excellent ability to listen, build relationships, and move people to action, including building and nurturing the leadership of others;
  • An orientation toward collaboration and teamwork, while also being able to work independently;
  • The ability to stay on top of multiple tasks, projects, and deadlines;
  • Familiarity with issues, especially housing, which impact low-income women and children;
  • Comfort with Microsoft Office, particularly Outlook and PowerPoint;
  • A valid US driver’s license and access to a reliable vehicle;
  • Familiarity with Philadelphia city government and politics a plus.

Salary

$48,000-67,000 per year, depending on experience

Benefits

  • Benefits package includes fully employer paid health insurance;
  • Optional 401k with employer match after 6 months;
  • Generous paid time off;
  • Phone/internet stipend, and more.

WCRP does not sponsor work visas; all of the above jobs require authorization to work in the United States.

The work schedule can at times be greater than 40 hours per week and includes evening and weekend meetings and events, as necessary. It is not a strictly 9am-5pm position. While occasional work at home is possible, this is a largely in-person position.

WCRP is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to a diverse staff. Women, LGBTQ, people with disabilities, and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply. All qualified applicants will be afforded equal employment opportunities without discrimination because of race, creed, color, national origin, sex, age, genetic information, disability, or marital status.

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