Public Interest Law Center seeks Temporary Tenant Organizer

Temporary Tenant Organizer:
The Public Interest Law Center is seeking a temporary tenant organizer to lead the work of Renters United Philadelphia, a new organization being built within the Public Interest Law Center.

The Public Interest Law Center uses high-impact legal strategies to advance the civil, social, and economic rights of communities in the Philadelphia region facing discrimination, inequality, and poverty. We use litigation, community education, advocacy, and organizing to secure access to fundamental resources and services. Launched within the Public Interest Law Center in March of 2020, Renters United Philadelphia organizes and educates renters to fight for their rights to quality housing in the streets, in the courts, and in City Hall.

The Tenant Organizer directs the organizing work of Renters United Philadelphia. The temporary Tenant Organizer position will run from mid-July through mid-October 2021. The position will cover the current tenant organizer’s work while he is on leave, with overlap with the current organizer to maintain cohesiveness. The ideal candidate will have had experience in a working class base building organization carrying out leadership development, direct action and campaign development. They will have an understanding of systemic inequities, a commitment to housing justice and relevant lived experience.

Preferred Qualifications:
• 3 years’ community, faith-based or labor organizing experience as paid staff or core volunteer
• Experience facilitating and developing trainings for working class members with diverse lived experiences
• Proven ability to develop leadership skills of others
• Experience working with teams and supervising volunteers, with proven ability to manage relationships, move people to action and build consensus
• High degree of emotional intelligence
• Familiarity with Microsoft Office suite and digital databases for tracking membership and events

Core Responsibilities:
• Develop the organizing skills of members
• Perform outreach through flyering, outdoor canvassing or tabling, phone calls, text messages, and social media
• Facilitate Organizing Committee meetings, Renters Rights Clinics, Building Meetings/Assemblies, Outreach and Direct Action
• Develop agendas for all RUP spaces, develop trainings and facilitate decision making
• Maintain digital databases
• Guide campaign strategy in consultation with leaders and staff
• Work with Community Lawyer and Consultant who function as a staff team
• Participate in Law Center structures and initiatives
• Track expenses and submit receipts, check requests, and hours in a timely fashion

This is a contract position without benefits. Applicant must be located in the Philadelphia Area and available some evenings. Compensation will be $30/hour. While hours worked will depend on organizational need, a candidate should expect to work approximately 35 hours per week. 

Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
The Public Interest Law Center is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to ensuring a workforce that embraces and embodies the values of inclusion, belonging, cultural humility and mutual respect. We are eager to receive applications from people of all diverse backgrounds including, but not limited to, people of color, people with disabilities, people who have experienced poverty or homelessness, and members of the LGBTQ+ community. The Law Center invites all applicants to include in their letter of interest a statement about how your unique background and/or experiences might contribute to the diversity, cultural vitality, and perspective of our organization and legal practice.

The Law Center is committed to protecting the safety of children.

How to Apply
Please submit a resume, and a letter that describes your relevant experience and why you would be a good fit for this position. You may send to Ariel Morales.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.