Community Organizer

The Community Organizer position works to organize and empower tenants within the Swords to Plowshares Residential Programs to improve their home and neighborhood, increase social engagement, and build a greater sense of community in accordance with Swords to Plowshares mission and core values. This full-time position reports to the Program Manager for Residential Programs.

  • Participate in activities as directed by the Program Manager for Residential Programs
  • Conduct client outreach at all residential sites located throughout San Francisco
  • Work with clients to identify, research, and develop solutions to improve issues in their building and neighborhood
  • Work closely and coordinate with onsite staff before and during any tenant organizing activities
  • Participate in monthly community meetings and informational workshops
  • Learn and stay abreast of San Francisco Housing and housing policies and pertinent legislation in order to effectively advocate on behalf of and with veteran residents
  • Assist residents in the formation of Tenant Councils for each permanent supportive housing sites
  • Recruit and train interested client volunteers to be tenant leaders to 1) organize tenants within their buildings to proactively identify, discuss, and improve issues within the building or neighborhood; and 2) help facilitate tenant meetings
  • Assist in the creating of a Tenant Leadership Program that develops community organizing and leadership skills in interested resident volunteers
  • Participate with community-based organizations (CBO) on housing and habitability campaigns and community coalitions
  • Facilitate weekly cooking group at various housing sites
  • Participate in creating multi-lingual forms, flyers, and informational documents as needed
  • Maintain appropriate documentation to demonstrate all outreach efforts
  • Participate in timely and accurate filing of progress reports as required
  • Stay abreast of services and programs being provided by other CBOs and government agencies by fostering working relationships with them
  • Provide referrals to clients and connect them to relevant services offered by CBOs and government agencies in coordination with the resident’s assigned case manager
  • Respond to all phone messages, client requests, staff requests, and emails as appropriate and in a timely manner
  • Attend all meetings as scheduled and participate in meetings and trainings as requested.
  • Perform other related duties assigned by supervisory personnel
  • High school diploma
  • Minimum of two (2) years of experience working with and on behalf of low-income tenants
  • Translatable military experience and skills may be alternatively substituted
  • Community organizing experience
  • Experience in crisis intervention
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Ability to read, understand, and apply language from manuals, policies, technical procedures, and instructions
  • Committed to social change through developing leadership in tenants and in low-income residential communities
  • Current California driver’s license and good driving record
  • Ability to complete paperwork accurately and write business correspondence
  • Experience in the fundamentals of researching, planning, and participating in community campaigns preferred
  • Working understanding of the readjustment problems of veterans, mental health, alcohol and other drug dependencies and homelessness
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and with minimal supervision
  • Ability to engage clients while maintaining appropriate boundaries
  • Demonstrated ability to work as a team member
  • Ability to perform all essential job requirements and responsibilities within what would be considered reasonable accommodation
  • Ability to communicate effectively with a variety of personalities and be comfortable working with an at-risk client population, including embracing the agency’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Initiative
Job Benefits

Compensation is based on a competitive public interest salary scale. Swords to Plowshares offers a generous benefits package including the following benefits:

  • Excellent medical and dental packages
  • 403(b) retirement plan with employer contribution
  • 17 vacation days in the first year
  • 12 holidays every year
  • Wellness program

Position: Community Organizer

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Date posted
April 15, 2019
Employment Type
Full-time, non-exempt
Job Location
San Francisco, CA

Please submit a thoughtful cover letter explaining your interest in Swords to Plowshares, where/how you found out about this career opportunity, and your salary requirement. Email the cover letter along with your resume to [email protected].

Please include the exact title for this position in the subject line of your email:  Community Organizer.