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Tacoma Tenant Leader ($25/hour stipend)

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Recruiting Organization: Tenants Union of Washington State

Job Title: Tacoma Tenant Leader

Reports To and is Supported By: Executive Director & Statewide Organizer

Position Type: Part-time volunteer position:

  • 10 hours/week
  • September through December 2022 (it is likely the contract will be extended into 2023, TBD)
  • Volunteer will be an independent contractor with the TU

Stipend Amount: $25/hour

Other Provisions: The Tenants Union will cover the costs of:

  • Training and professional development
  • Transportation
  • Cell phone

Application Deadline: Open until filled, but applications will begin to be reviewed on August 1, 2022. We are aiming for the selected candidate to start at the beginning of September 2022.

Job Summary

The Tacoma Tenant Leader will be responsible for providing education, outreach, and support around the City of Tacoma’s Rental Housing Code for tenants who reside in Tacoma. This position is funded through a contract that the Tenants Union has with the City of Tacoma and includes specific deliverables to fulfill.

Essential Responsibilities
  • Provide tenant-led workshops in central, south, and East Tacoma.
  • Provide "train the trainer" events for providers.
  • Engage in individualized outreach to tenants in the City of Tacoma, including:
  • Outreach with clients attending events/meetings;
  • Informational table and flyers at or organizations on an ongoing basis;
  • Using email distribution lists to clients of nonprofits;
  • Take out ads through newsletters, social media or some other forms of communication.
  • Attend weekly Tacoma stakeholder meetings on Fridays.
  • Support TU staff with required tracking and reporting for the City of Tacoma.
  • Complete mandatory trainings, including trainings on facilitation and tenant rights.
  • Actively center language justice by prioritizing language access for communities who don’t speak English as a first language.
  • In addition to these core responsibilities, additional work and duties may be negotiated.
Essential Qualifications
  • A strong commitment to housing justice, racial justice, and to creating multilingual spaces in our movement building work.
  • Experience with authentic and open relationship-building with BIPOC communities, low-income communities, and other people targeted by oppression.
  • Demonstrated ability and commitment to challenge oneself and others to undo racism, homophobia, xenophobia, ableism, and all forms of oppression.
  • Rooted in community and in authentic relationships of trust, collaboration, and support.
Desired Qualities
  • Based out of Tacoma and/or close ties to communities and organizations in Tacoma.
  • Lived experience with substandard housing, displacement, low-income housing and/or other housing challenges.
  • Fluent in language(s) in addition to English.
  • Experience (formal or informal; paid or unpaid) with grassroots and/or community organizing.
  • Ability to work well both independently and as a part of a diverse team.
  • Willingness to practice joy and celebration in movement-building work together.
Work Location and Schedule
  • The 10 hours/week for this position can be flexible, except for the following:
  • Weekly Tacoma stakeholder meetings from 12:30-1:30pm on Fridays
  • Weekly check-in with supervisors once a week during normal business hours (day & time TBD)
  • The Tenants Union has offices in both Seattle and Spokane, however both offices are currently closed due to COVID-19, and all staff are working remotely. The person in this position will be able to carry out all responsibilities virtually until we return to in-person work.

The Tenants Union of Washington State continues to actively and intentionally create a diverse and inclusive work environment and is proud to be an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. We are seeking candidates who have lived experiences with housing instability, homelessness, incarceration, and/or other issues we are working on. Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC), women, immigrants and refugees, LGBTQI individuals, and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, familial status, sexual orientation, national origin, ability, age, or veteran status.

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Fee RequiredFalse

Fee Amount: None

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