About the Partnership for Working Families

 

Housing and Land Justice Campaign Director

The Partnership for Working Families is a national network that is organizing to create quality jobs and healthy, thriving communities in major cities across the country. Together with our 20 affiliates, the Partnership is driving a progressive agenda to harness the economic power of cities and influence billions of  dollars in public and private investment. Our powerful coalitions of community groups, labor unions, faith networks and environmental organizations are tackling the crises of inequality and climate change that is disproportionately impacting low-income communities of color and women. 

The Partnership is seeking a visionary and passionate organizer to lead a new housing and land justice campaign. 

Background

The Partnership and its primarily women-of-color-led affiliates have a deep and continuing history of pathbreaking housing justice work. That includes fighting and limiting displacement, protecting and expanding the supply of decent, safe, community-controlled affordable housing and preserving public land for public good. Our affiliates have organized direct membership and coalitions and won measures in cities across the country including tenant protections, limits on short term rentals, inclusionary set-asides, housing trust funds and public land protections. We have organized together and with national allies to drive resources toward local organizing and campaigns and coordinate with national organizing networks to support that field. Our national staff holds expertise on housing justice law and policy, campaign strategy and communications and close understanding of the power of cities to shift conditions.

With new resources and ally relationships to support our work, and in the face of a looming eviction and speculation crisis, we are poised to build out a transformative campaign that drives toward housing and land as community-controlled social goods, not commodities, and builds the base necessary to realize that vision.

Core Responsibilities 

This is a director level position coordinating and driving the network and national organization’s work on housing and land justice. The Housing and Land Justice Campaign Director will lead the buildout of a comprehensive campaign, work closely with network affiliates to support and advance their housing and land justice work and build and maintain partnerships with allied organizations. The position reports to the Executive Director and the Legal Director. Core responsibilities include:

  • Lead the process of building out an expanded, transformative housing and land justice campaign with select affiliate leaders and national staff, including by articulating a public vision statement and core goals;

  • Direct the housing and land justice campaign, including establishing and revising program goals, objectives and budget and alignment with our organization’s Mission and vision/Long Term Agenda;

  • Engage in deep strategic partnership with affiliate housing and land campaigns, help seed new campaigns, support new local organizing, inspire radical actions and coordinate national staff and ally support to those efforts;

  • Coordinate a cohort of affiliate housing and land justice campaigns, including holding regular strategy and resource-sharing meetings;

  • Participate in the hiring of and the managing of the work of an organizer, researcher and a communicator, each dedicating approximately half of their time to the housing and land justice campaign;

  • Represent and coordinate representation of the Partnership network at national housing tables and with national allies and coordinate affiliate involvement with allies’ actions and campaigns; and

  • Support the maintenance of organizational relationships with philanthropic funders and prospect for new campaign funding in collaboration with the Executive Director and development staff.

Qualifications 

  • At least 5 years experience in a direct organizing or leadership role with tenant and/or community organizing and housing justice campaigns, preferably including experience convening and facilitating coalitions

  • At least 2 years managing a significant program, including supervision of staff and consultants, and management of a budget

  • Familiarity with a range of housing justice movement campaigns and models, including community-controlled housing models and tenants’ rights

  • Ability to develop and incorporate political and economic analysis into campaign work and use popular education tools to help others do the same

  • Mission-driven with a demonstrated commitment to social, racial, economic and environmental justice

  • Demonstrated ability to independently initiate and drive major programs or campaigns. This includes the ability to lead multiple long- and short-term projects simultaneously and the ability to plan, prioritize, coordinate, and manage own work.

  • Demonstrated track record of successfully working in settings where women and people of color were in leadership roles; the Partnership and its affiliates are overwhelmingly led by women of color.

  • Strong leadership and meeting facilitation skills

  • Track record of being highly organized, accountable and responsive to key collaborators

  • Demonstrated ability to effectively manage others’ work and program/campaign budgets

  • Ability to travel monthly and periodically work odd hours for major meetings or actions

  • Willingness to work remotely and ability to effectively use communication tools work with colleagues and present information 

Compensation And Location 

This is a full-time position. We offer a competitive starting salary of between $75,000 - $85,000 (based on experience) and generous benefits, including covering full family health benefit premiums (health, dental and vision) and a 401k plan with an employer contribution. 

The position will ideally be located in a city in which one of the Partnership’s 20 affiliates is located, but we will consider exceptional candidates who are located in other cities and major media markets. 

To Apply 

Please send a letter of interest, resume, and a list of 3-4 professional references including at least one supervisor. 

Send all application materials to jobs@forworkingfamilies.org and include Housing and Land Justice Director in the subject line. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. 

No phone calls, please. 

The Partnership for Working Families is an equal opportunity employer and committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce. We strongly encourage and seek applications from women, people of color, including bilingual and bicultural individuals, as well as members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities. We do not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, age, disability, or veteran status.

 

Employer

Partnership for Working Families