Position title
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
Date posted
April 15, 2019
Valid through
December 31, 2019

This position is closed and no longer accepting applications.

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.

Position: Community Organizer

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