Anti-Displacement Outreach Team Member

Classification Part-Time, Temporary
Salary $25/Hour
Start Date Immediate
End Date December 16, 2022
Reports to Organizing Director
Schedule Up to 20 hours per week, Tuesday - Friday (subject to change)
Positions Available 4 Openings Available

 

Join one of DC’s most fierce and effective community organizing groups!  Empower DC is seeking four people to serve as outreach workers for a new Anti-Displacement Project. Outreach team members will provide tenants who are at-risk of eviction or displacement with knowledge of their rights, access to legal and technical support, and the opportunity for ongoing training as part of an Anti-Displacement Network.

Empower DC is a citywide, grassroots, membership-based organizing project working to build the confident self-advocacy and organized political power of low- and moderate-income DC residents to address racial, economic, and environmental justice through systemic change. 

The organization was founded in 2003 and since that time has engaged a multi-generational and multi-ethnic membership base in neighborhood-specific and citywide campaigns addressing issues of affordable housing, childcare, education, public land, community development and environmental justice. Empower DC is known for taking on tough issues and engaging in long-term battles in support of some of the lowest income communities in DC.  At the center of our organizing model are directly impacted grassroots leaders who influence the goals and strategies we employ in our efforts. 

Function:

Outreach Team members will conduct in-person, door-to-door outreach, disseminating informational materials and identifying tenants in need of additional assistance. They will keep records of the outreach they conduct, including the contact information for tenants who express interest in tenants’ rights training.

Position Duties:

Outreach

  • Conduct door-to-door outreach at properties identified in the outreach plan, as determined by the Project Coordinator and Organizing Director (will change daily). Includes:
    • Passing out information about tenants’ rights through leafletting and door knocking to ensure residents know their rights and how to access support when needed
    • Having conversations with residents about tenant protections against eviction
    • Identifying residents who are facing eviction or displacement and connecting them to resources
    • Identifying residents who want to participate in training provided through the Anti-Displacement Network
    • Collecting contact information from tenants who want to receive additional information

Administrative

  • Maintenance of accurate and legible records of outreach outcomes and tenant contacts
  • Participation in planning and debrief sessions with the Project Coordinator, Organizing Director and organizational partners as needed

Qualifications:

No prior experience is required, team members will receive training and support. Candidates for the positions should have the following qualities:

  • Enthusiastic about the purpose of the work
  • Punctual and reliable
  • Strong Communication and Organizational skills
  • Clear and legible handwriting
  • Must be able to pass out flyers in different neighborhoods around DC, which may involve walking long distances and up and down stairs in the summertime.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel & Google Drive, Docs & Sheets

Also desired, but not required:

  • General knowledge of DC tenant rights and familiar with programs & services that assist tenants
  • Access to personal vehicle
  • Fluent in Spanish or Amharic

Compensation & Benefits:

Outreach team members will be paid $25 per hour with an estimated 3 hours of outreach conducted each day, Tuesday-Friday. Travel time will also be compensated at the rate of one hour ($25) per workday. Empower DC will also pay all transportation costs to and from outreach locations, as reimbursement based on mileage for use of personal vehicle, cost of public transportation and occasional use of Uber/Lyft when deemed necessary.  

To Apply:

Send an email with a brief description of why you are interested in the position to Daniel@empowerdc.org. If you have any days or times that you are currently unable to work because of other commitments, please note them in your email. Resumes are not required but please attach one if you have it. Ideally, work will start no later than June 28th.

 

Applicants must have authorization to work in the US. Empower DC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Empower DC requires all staff to show proof of COVID-19 vaccinations and boosters (with limited exceptions for religious or medical reasons).