We Are Hiring

Job Title: Tenant Outreach and Education Coordinator

Supervisor(s): Tenant Outreach and Education Manager

Hours: 10 hrs/week

Wage: $15/hour

Benefits: Reimbursement of medical plan costs

Duration: 6 months (starting in May of 2019)

About TTOC & Tenants Union of WA

The Tacoma Tenants Organizing Committee formed in April of 2018 in response to the mass displacement of residents at the Tiki apartments. We organized tenants across the City to win new tenant protections, and we received a grant to conduct tenant outreach and education in 2019 so that Tacoma residents are aware of their strengthened rights as tenants. Our partner and fiscal sponsor for this project is the Tenants Union of Washington, a statewide grassroots membership organization dedicated to safe, healthy, and affordable housing for everyone.

Job Summary:

The Tacoma Tenants Organizing Committee and Tenants Union of WA seek a tenant who has been affected by the impacts of housing insecurity and displacement to work as the Coordinator for a tenant outreach and education project. The position involves training in state and local tenant law, conducting tenant rights workshops, and connecting with individual tenants and community groups throughout Tacoma.  

Responsibilities, Duties, and Tasks:

  • work with the project manager to plan and implement 8 tenant rights workshops
  • find and reserve space for the workshops
  • design, print, and distribute fliers
  • share information via email and social media
  • plan and participate in canvassing days to go door-to-door in neighborhoods to encourage turnout to public meetings and share info about the new rental housing code
  • plan and participate in phone banking to contact tenants
  • form new connections with community based organizations or deepen existing ones to ensure TTOC listens to the needs of all Tacoma renters, actively seeks their participation, and broadly spreads awareness and understanding of the new rental housing code
  • develop skills and knowledge about landlord tenant law in order to counsel tenants about their rights under federal, state, and local laws
  • help conduct and facilitate the workshops

Qualifications:

  • Lived experience with displacement, low-income housing, and/or evictions.
  • Some knowledge of housing issues and/or landlord-tenant law.
  • Demonstrated ability to work well with diverse groups of people and willingness to challenge oneself and others to undo racism, homophobia, xenophobia, ableism, and other forms of oppression.
  • Strong written and verbal communications skills.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Ability to manage tasks and prioritize.
  • Ability to use basic technology and develop skills as needed.
  • Desire to work directly with people.

TTOC and the TU will honor the importance of boundaries and self-care for this position—especially given the risk of secondary trauma working with tenants experiencing housing insecurity and displacement.

How to apply:

The position is open until filled, and the anticipated start date is in May 2019. Please submit cover letter and resume to TacomaTenants@gmail.com or mail to:

Tacoma Tenants Organizing Committee

Hiring Team

1522 N Oakes St

Tacoma, WA 98406

Women, people of color, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. The Tenants Union of Washington is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.

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