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.
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.
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.