DCLT is announcing the hiring of a new, full-time Community Organizer position with the organization. The primary responsibility for this self-motivated, independent – as well as team player – will be relationship and community building. The organizer will work closely with the property management team listening to, and working to empower, over 250 residents across seven neighborhoods where DCLT owns properties in Durham. S/he will report to our Manager of Property and Sales who came to DCLT over 10 years ago from working with the Durham Housing Authority and Durham’s Department of Social Services. DCLT’s residents have differing needs and are on various paths in their lives. This organizer will improve organizational communications, provide tenant education, connect residents in-need with social services, while guiding others to leadership development. Supporting neighborhood-level connectivity among and beyond DCLT’s residents will be key. This person will also be multi-skilled in understanding the needs of personal, and community level organizing, and be able to connect the dots, liaising with partner organizations and groups working on housing justice in Durham.
Durham Community Land Trustees (DCLT) is a community land trust that builds, manages, and advocates for permanent affordable housing in Durham, NC. DCLT was established in the mid 1980’s by neighborhood residents of the West End who demanded better housing conditions. A community land trust is a nonprofit organization that sells homes and retains ownership of the underlying land, ensuring the future affordability of housing in perpetuity. For over 30 years, DCLT has used the community land trust model to curb displacement. DCLT self-manages 194 rental properties including properties for seniors, families, veterans and individuals with disabilities. DCLT also provides stewardship and support to approximately 50 CLT homeowners. For additional information, visit www.dclt.org.
- Strengthen DCLT resident relationships, enhance residency advocacy and cultivate residents for meeting, speaking and community engagement opportunities.
- Create opportunities for community building and connections to social services and resources for DCLT residents.
- Increase resident participation in programs that help achieve their financial education or savings goals, such as Rent Reporting to help build credit, make on-line rent payments, participate in DCLT’s pilot Renter’s Reward Program, etc.
- Develop a pipeline of residents poised for leadership.Help them access trainings offered locally, regionally and nationally, including Durham CAN, Durham for All, and NeighborWorks America.
- Work with renters, specifically, who want to purchase their DCLT homes.
- Update and manage contact information for new, current and former residents.
- Build capacity among resident leaders to be active in Durham CAN, as well as other housing and city-based coalition initiatives.
- Other duties as assigned by supervisor.
Candidate Priorities (or Qualifications)
- Proficient in bilingual Spanish-English speaking and writing.
- High relatability, social & empathy skills, i.e. emotional intelligence plus exceptional listening skills.
- Experience organizing racially, culturally, and ethnically diverse people who have low incomes, or a demographic similar to our diverse residents.
- Experience providing housing stability and other opportunities of individuals with special needs or disabilities.
- Experience & ability to meet people where they are.
- Demonstrated experience bringing people with differing viewpoints or diverse backgrounds together.
- Ability to uplift and empower members of a community.
- Comfortable with public speaking and individual conversations.
- Demonstrated innovative, or varied technologies used to improve modes of communication with target community.
- Flexibility and comfortability with mobile work environment as every day may look different.
- Ready and willing to regularly work on evenings and weekends.
- Working knowledge of Microsoft Office product suite, OneDrive, and/or property management systems, i.e. Boston Post. Ability and ease to walk neighborhoods and to climb stairs
- Valid driver’s license and personal vehicle required.
- Open to performing administrative or other programmatic support, as needed.
This is a full-time position with an excellent benefits package. Competitive salary commensurate with experience. DCLT is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate on the basis of race, class, disability, religion, or gender. Candidates who have experience with, or are from the communities DCLT serves, are specifically encouraged to apply.
How to Apply & Timeline
Applicant should send in resumes (or the equivalent) and a cover letter expressing interest and how the applicant is well-aligned for the job to firstname.lastname@example.org “Community Organizer Position” in subject line by June 30, 2018. Aboard-staff-community hiring committee will review submissions and interview candidates. Target position start date is late summer 2018 which is negotiable.