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

Working families deserve to live in affordable homes and own successful small businesses, but too many are unable to turn those dreams into a reality. The Latino Economic Development Center (LEDC) equips Latinos and other underserved communities in DC, MD, VA, and Puerto Rico with the skills and financial tools to create a better future for their families and communities. Participants in our programs learn how to buy and stay in their homes, join with their neighbors to keep their rental housing affordable, and start or expand small businesses.

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 the 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:

  • Outreach to tenants at risk of displacement through door to door outreach, neighborhood trainings, written materials and popular education;
  • Educate tenants through one-on-one counseling, group workshops and educational materials;
  • Organize tenants to form and strengthen tenant associations, to purchase their building or to negotiate with the building owner and policymakers;
  • Organize Campaigns includes organizing campaign activities, mobilizing support, conducting trainings, creating materials, media outreach;
  • Advocate with DC government to improve or create programs benefiting low-income tenants;
  • Develop leadership, including recruiting and identifying tenant leaders and training tenants to lead advocacy and organizing efforts;
  • 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;
  • Provide Translation and interpretation, including translation of written materials and simultaneous and consecutive interpretation at meetings and events;
  • Maintain Records in Database, Tenant organizers must regularly update records of tenant demographics, meeting attendance and details into our database software;
  • Planning and facilitating meetings in conjunction with the board of the DC Tenant Union; and
  • Other tasks as necessary.

This is a full-time, 40 hour/week position that requires night and Saturday hours.

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.  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.

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

To apply, send a cover letter and resume to Walda Yon at wyon@ledcmetro.org. No phone calls, please.