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Bilingual Tenant Organizer

The Latino Economic Development Center (LEDC) of Washington, DC, a non-profit community development organization, seeks a full-time Bilingual Tenant Organizer.

Latino Economic Development Center

The Latino Economic Development Center (LEDC) is a non-profit, tax-exempt community development organization founded in 1991. LEDC’s mission is to drive the economic and social advancement of low- to moderate-income Latinos and other D.C. area residents by equipping them with the skills and tools to achieve financial independence and become leaders in their communities. We achieve our mission through small business development and lending, homeownership counseling and affordable housing preservation.

Affordable Housing Preservation Program

The Affordable Housing Preservation Program, as part of the Housing Department, works to preserve affordable rental housing and prevent displacement of low and moderate-income tenants due to loss of a subsidy, code violations, or sale or conversion of affordable housing. LEDC accomplishes these goals by educating and organizing tenants, providing technical assistance to tenant associations and advocating for affordable housing policies that benefit low-income renters.

The Bilingual Tenant Organizer will be responsible for the following activities:

o Outreach to tenants at risk of displacement through door knocking, canvassing, phone calls, neighborhood trainings, written materials and popular education;

o Educate tenants through one-on-ones, group workshops and educational materials;

o Organize tenants to form and strengthen tenant associations, to purchase their building, to improve conditions, or to negotiate with the building owner and policymakers;

o Organize Campaign activities including planning events and actions, mobilizing tenants, preparing spokespeople, creating materials, conducting media outreach;

o Advocate with DC government to improve or create programs benefiting low-income tenants; i.e. to strengthen existing rent control laws, to defend and expand existing pandemic protections, to cancel rent and forgive housing related debt incurred during the pandemic;

o Develop leadership, including recruiting and identifying tenant leaders and supporting tenants to lead advocacy and organizing efforts, testify in front of city council, and build tenant power throughout the city

o Provide technical assistance to tenants who wish to establish or strengthen a tenant or cooperative association, keep their building affordable, improve conditions at the building or exercise an option to purchase, or organize a rent strike;

o Provide Translation and interpretation, including translation of written materials and simultaneous and consecutive interpretation at meetings and events;

o Maintain Records in Database, Tenant organizers must document meetings and outreach activities, and regularly update tenant records in our database;

o Planning and facilitating meetings in conjunction with the board of the DC Tenant Union and its three chapters in order to support the growth of an independent, democratic tenant union that centers the leadership and interests of low-income tenants of color;

o Other tasks as necessary.

This is a full-time, 40 hours/week position that requires night and Saturday hours. Due to the pandemic, the position is currently a mix of remote and in-person work, including remote and in-person outreach and tenant meetings. (All in-person meetings are outdoor, socially distanced, with masks.) As the pandemic and state of emergency ends, we do anticipate this position will return to a mix of work in the office and in the field.

Required Qualifications: Bilingual in English and Spanish or Amharic. Strong writing, public speaking and computer skills. Highly organized and able to work with limited supervision. Culturally sensitive and respectful of people from various economic and social statuses. Grounded in anti-oppression values and practice. Outstanding interpersonal communication and the willingness to develop working relationships with a wide variety of people. Flexibility and willingness to work after normal business hours multiple times during the week including work on Saturdays.

Preferred Qualifications: Strong general knowledge of Washington, DC and related housing issues. One year of volunteer and/or paid experience at a non-profit organization focusing on the economic empowerment needs of low-income individuals. Experience with community organizing, popular education or providing direct services to low and moderate-income Latinos and advocating for affordable housing issues. Experience with grant writing or reporting is a plus.

LEDC is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer; women and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

To apply, send cover letter and resume to Walda Yon at [email protected] No phone calls, please.