Community Organizer (Flushing, Queens)
Title: Community Organizer
Program Area: Advocacy and Organizing
Supervisor: Civic Participation Director
Location: Flushing, NY (hybrid: three days in-office, two days remote)
Salary: $42,000 - $48,000
Benefits: Medical/Dental/Vision Coverage, Paid Time Off, Comp Time, Transit Benefits
Employment Type: Full-Time Union Position with TWU Local 241
ORGANIZATION HISTORY AND MISSION
The MinKwon Center for Community Action is a dynamic, mission-driven, and people-powered nonprofit organization that serves, educates, and organizes the Korean American, Asian Pacific American (APA), and immigrant communities in New York and around the country. The MinKwon Center offers free assistance for immigration and public benefits, provides free legal representation for immigration and housing, promotes civic participation with voter and census registration and outreach, and organizes campaigns with other local, state, and federal coalitions. By prioritizing the needs and voices of low-income, undocumented, youth, senior, and limited English proficient residents, we are building a multilingual, multi-generational base of engaged community members to achieve social and economic justice for all.
We are seeking a dedicated and talented individual to serve as a Housing and Tenant Rights Community Organizer. The Community Organizer would work in the Korean American, Asian American, and immigrant communities to grow an informed, active base of community members who are fully engaged in campaigns advancing social justice in housing and tenants’ rights, civil and voting rights, immigrant rights, and other issues at the federal, state, and local levels.
Essential duties and responsibilities include the following:
Coordinate housing organizing and advocacy campaigns with a focus on Korean and Asian immigrant tenants, particularly in the greater Flushing area.
Recruit and facilitate a Tenant Rights Group, including providing housing updates and political education.
Develop community members into local leaders to advocate and organize in their own communities through coordinating regular member meetings, workshops, and other community-building and educational programs, as well as mobilizing community members to participate in actions.
Conduct regular outreach and engagement of undocumented immigrants, LEP individuals, and impacted tenants.
Build relationships with other organizations and coalitions, and coordinate Citywide and Statewide housing advocacy for community members.
Track membership in a database and maintain regular data on our organizing activities.
As needed, represent MinKwon in meetings with community-based organizations, government agencies and elected officials, legal service providers, and funders.
Plan and conduct educational events, workshops and forums to educate community members on critical issues and new policies.
Work closely with communications staff to plan media activities that raise awareness of our campaigns through mainstream and ethnic press and to develop external communications materials such as factsheets and pamphlets.
Assist development staff with grant writing and grant reporting for the advocacy and organizing program.
Participate in organization-wide events, campaigns, and initiatives as appropriate.
The minimum required qualifications for this position include the following:
Experience in direct community organizing (preferred).
Interest and/or experience in working on progressive social justice issues, such as housing and tenants’ rights, immigrants’ rights, and civil rights.
Spoken fluency or proficiency in the Korean language (additional proficiency in Mandarin Chinese a plus).
Ability to work well both independently and on a team.
Exceptional communication skills (written, verbal) and openness to public speaking.
Flexibility in working occasional evenings and weekends.
HOW TO APPLY
Please submit a detailed cover letter and resume to email@example.com.
Please write 'Community Organizer' in the email subject line, and please specify in your email how you found out about this position (website, LinkedIn, Indeed, Facebook, etc.). Screening of complete applications will begin immediately and continue on a rolling basis until the position is filled and this posting is removed. Due to the high volume of applications, the MinKwon Center will only contact applicants who have been selected for an interview. No phone calls, please.
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
The MinKwon Center for Community Action welcomes people of all races, ethnicities, cultures, backgrounds, and experiences to consider working with us. We encourage Black, Indigenous, and other people of color, immigrants, women and gender nonbinary people, LGBTQ people, and people with disabilities to apply.
The MinKwon Center for Community Action does not discriminate against current or prospective employees based on race, color, religious creed, national origin, ancestry, sex, gender identity, age, marital status, family or dependent status, criminal record, disability, mental illness, sexual orientation, genetics, active military, credit score and history, or any other protected class in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local laws.