National Organizing Manager, Housing

Full Time
Mid Level

Position Title: National Organizing Manager, Housing

Position Location: While candidates are welcome to apply from across the U.S., those that are near a CPD office in DC or Brooklyn may be asked to work from a CPD/A office one or two days/week if necessary. Applicants outside of those areas may be required to travel to a CPD/A office occasionally.

The Center for Popular Democracy/CPD Action is seeking a full-time National Organizing Manager, Housing. This is a full-time, exempt role. 

About CPD + CPDA:

The Center for Popular Democracy and CPD Action (together, CPD/A) work to promote equity, opportunity, and a dynamic democracy in partnership with innovative base-building organizations, organizing networks and alliances, and progressive unions across the country. We work with nearly 50 affiliates in over 30 states and Puerto Rico to build the strength and capacity of democratic organizations that envision and advance a pro-worker, pro-immigrant, racial and economic justice agenda. We are a rapidly-expanding, changing organization that partners with organizations across the country to build political power and win tangible victories that improve the lives of low-wage workers, immigrants, and communities of color.

About the Position:

We are seeking a National Organizing Manager, Housing to join our Base-Building Department.

The National Organizing Manager, Housing will be responsible for leading implementation of deep organizing at scale in Black, Latinx, and low-income communities nationwide on housing justice. The National Organizing manager will play a critical role in growing the grassroots organizing capacities required to address the root causes of the growing affordable housing crisis and advance transformative changes in the housing system to ensure dignified, safe, and affordable housing as a human right.  Covid-depending, it is expected that the National Organizing Manager, Housing will travel and attend in-person trainings, meetings, and actions with CPD/A affiliates and partners approximately twice a month. 

We estimate that candidates will have about 10 years of relevant experience for this position, but our review of candidates for this role will focus on whether they can fill the needs of the position, not just years of experience.

The National Organizing Manager will report to CPD/A’s Deputy Director of Organizing.

Primary Responsibilities:

The National Organizing Manager, Housing will:

  • Partner with fellow Base-Building Department staff and Housing Campaigns staff to develop and implement multi-year goals  to significantly grow the number of Black, Latinx, and low-income communities engaged in housing justice organizing and campaigning;
  • Collaborate with CPD Member Leader training and Housing teams to develop and implement a housing justice political education and organizing curriculum for member leaders of affiliates; 
  • Work closely with CPD Base-building and Housing teams, and affiliate staff to drive scaled base-building, and support week-long housing organizing blitzes;
  • Support CPD/A affiliates with the growth of their housing base-building, which includes but is not limited to regular 1:1 support for affiliate organizers and working with them to center base-building in their housing campaigns
  • Support CPD/A affiliates in launching and/or building out emerging housing organizing efforts and serve as the housing point person for a set of affiliates;
  • Engage with the larger housing  justice movement to build transformational and deeply collaborative partnerships; 
  • Support fundraising work as needed, including participation in funder meetings and preparing reports and proposals.

The Ideal Candidate Will Have:  

  • Significant experience as a community or labor organizer;
  • A track record of effectiveness in base-building, campaigning, and electoral engagement;
  • Meaningful experience in, and dedication to, work focused on housing justice;
  • Demonstrated commitment to scaled recruitment and leadership development, especially of those most impacted. This includes a deep commitment to building base-building people’s institutions as a core element of building power;
  • The ability to collaborate with diverse organizations and partners;
  • Results-focused, team-oriented, organized, and responsive;
  • Covid-depending, willingness and ability to travel regularly for site visits, training, and other affiliate engagement, as well as occasional internal staff meetings;
  • A commitment to social, racial, and economic justice and a deep understanding of challenges facing low-wage workers, immigrant communities, communities of color, disabled people, LGBTQ+ folks, and people at the intersections of the above communities.

Hiring Process:

Applicants should expect to participate in two rounds of group interviews and a job simulation exercise. Final candidates will be asked to provide references.  

Salary and Benefits:

This position is included in a collective bargaining unit represented by the Washington-Baltimore News Guild. Specific employment terms are subject to a Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA). Salary under the CBA will be determined according to a salary scale that takes into account years’ experience, job category, and other factors, but is expected to be $78,000 - $88,000 and category 3. The Collective Bargaining Agreement is available here.

We have a generous benefits package, including health insurance, dental insurance, vision insurance, 15 vacation days your first year, 10 sick days per year, 13 paid holidays per year, and contributions to individuals’ 401K plans.

CPD/A is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer and actively recruits people of color, womxn, individuals with disabilities and members of the LGBTIQAA+ community.

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