Community Organizer
WATCH CDC - Waltham, MA

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If you are the right candidate, this job will allow you to: work hard, face interesting challenges, laugh, have the opportunity to be yourself and apply your unique skills, and know you are making a difference!

WATCH seeks a Community Organizer to continue developing active community leaders who are effective in improving their community - specifically in creating and advance more decent affordable housing for Waltham. The organizer will support low-income immigrant and tenant residents in creating and organizing for affordable, safe, energy efficient housing, and – from time to time – addressing other issues affecting our members, such as immigration or labor issues. The Organizer will have two primary responsibilities:

Tenant Action Group : The Organizer will support low-income tenants in sustaining affordable and safe housing through collective action to improve deplorable housing conditions in their apartments. This work will also help to build a base of support for affordable housing. We will also organize tenants and allies around the deeper goal of getting more affordable housing developed in Waltham.

Energy Efficiency Barnraisings : The Organizer will run this program that engages low-income homeowners and tenants, and other community volunteers, in making the homes of low-income families more energy efficient and affordable through low-cost and low-tech, but highly effective home improvements. This program is a strategic part of WATCH's overall community-building focus, while also helping us to make local homes more affordable.

This position will requires interaction and – sometimes – coordination with various WATCH partners, including: Home Energy Efficiency Team (HEET), Brandeis University, Massachusetts Association of Community Development Corporations, Community Works, local churches and others.

Hours are flexible during the work week. An occasional evening and weekend morning (for the barnraising events) will be required. The Organizer will be joining a small, but hardworking and dedicated staff in a supportive, collaborative atmosphere.

Requirements:
  • Passion for social justice
  • Minimum 1 year (more is better) professional organizing experience – with tenants, workers, or in another context – with demonstrated success
  • Ability to motivate and work well with a diverse group of people
  • Ability to self-start, work independently, solve problems
  • Highly responsible and organized
  • Strong communication skills – written, oral, and interpersonal
  • Flexibility and a sense of humor
  • Strong conversational abilities in Spanish and/or Haitian Creole a plus
  • Knowledge of tenants' issues, affordable housing and/or immigrants' issues a plus