National Field Organizer

14 Nov, 2022


National Field Organizer

Right To The City Alliance
Los Angeles, CA

Position Title: National Field Organizer

About The Right To The City Alliance (RTTC) 

Right To The City Alliance (RTTC) emerged in 2007 with a strong and powerful vision to 1) halt the displacement of low-income people, Black, Indigenous, and people of color, LGBTQ communities, and youth of color, and 2) protect and expand affordable housing in tandem with a broader movement to build democratic and just healthy communities for the 21st century. 

Since its inception, Right To The City has quickly grown to encompass over 90 community-based racial, economic, gender, and environmental justice organizations located in 26 states and 45 cities. Representing true grassroots power and leadership of the most impacted, RTTC’s member organizations weave together local on-the-ground organizing, policy, and advocacy campaigns to build a robust and unstoppable national movement for inclusive, healthy housing and community development. 

Position Summary

The RTTC National Field Organizer will oversee direct member engagement and regional hub development, guide and support member organizations and leaders and implement our transformative organizing model for the alliance and the growing movement for dignified, affordable and safe homes for all. We are looking for someone to join our energetic, visionary and solutions-oriented national staff team to help build the powerful movement we need to win the right to the city and liberation for our people. Ideal candidate will be someone who is multifaceted, able to adapt to changing conditions, believes deeply in self-determination and community power, and who embodies a commitment to both personal and systemic transformation.

This position reports to: Associate Director for Organizing

This position participates in the: Field and Homes For All Strategy Teams.

Job Responsibilities:

  1. Member Engagement (40%)
  2. Track and support hubs and members, through the development of recruitment, orientation and training systems for new members in the designated region
  3. As part of a cross-program team, lead member committees to advance HFA and RTTC member organizations strategic activities and goals
  4. Identify, assess, and address organizational and campaign needs of member organizations
  5. Work as part of the Field team, to connect members to various supports, materials, tools, training, and Homes For All committees and leadership bodies, as part of RTTCs ladder of engagement program
  6. Support shared learning across regional and local hubs
  1. National Field Organizer – Lead Hub Development in Western Region (30%)
  2. Support the holistic development of transformative organizing approaches within existing hubs to form stable organization and infrastructure
  3. Coordinate with RTTC capacity building program to offer resources and training for hub organizational evolution
  4. Support hub leaders directly to assess and advance power building goals and strategies, providing seamless access to RTTC and Homes For All leadership bodies and committees, as well as staff teams.
  1. National Renters Rights Organizing Member Committee (20%)
  2. Read, analyze and track local/state housing policy, within HFA priority areas (tenant protections, land trusts, etc.)
  3. Develop systems for tracking of relevant legislation / mapping, providing updates to Field Team and HFA campaign committees on emerging and live measures around tenant protections.
  4. Use popular education, language justice, and cultural organizing to translate/explain policies to the grassroots forces and allies, to build collective strategy and strengthen organizing and policy campaigns lead by members.
  5. Formulate recommendations and identify organizing interventions in collaboration with members from across the alliance.
  6. Build partnerships with other policy-research entities and allies. Represent RTTC in ally, funder, and policy tables to deepen strategic partnerships in policy and movement building spaces.

Common Expectations for all positions: 

RTTC intentionally builds collaborative and transformative culture through:

  • Organizational participation: (Approx. 10% of time) team planning, staff meetings and training, national convenings, collaborative projects across teams, and HR/administrative tasks common to all positions.
  • Evolution of the work: Areas of work may change over time based on organization and movement needs, and always in consultation with the organizer.
  • Transformative Praxis: Participate in RTTC’s transformative justice program to align our practice with our values and principles. Build staff unity and cohesion, and principled struggle amongst all team/staff members.

Location & Travel: Location is negotiable. RTTC has concentrations of staff in the following areas: Philly, Atlanta, Boston, Brooklyn (physical office), and the SF Bay Area. Travel is generally required; frequency and duration of travel is negotiable. On average, this position will be expected to travel [1-2 times per month for a total of 5-10 days per month, year round].

RTTC’s current COVID Safety Travel Policy is robust and flexible. All staff will be provided with at least two months notice if travel is needed. Travel is generally required for all RTTC staff; frequency and duration of travel is negotiable. On average, this position will be expected to travel [ at most, 1-2 times per month for a total of 5-10 days per month, year round].

Qualities We Are Looking For 

  • Bold Vision. You bring fierce imagination and deep commitment that we can and will create the world our communities need. You can share that vision in ways that inspire and compel.
  • Swiss Army Knife. You are resourceful and creative, willing to do what it takes to make a project succeed. You can handle a lot in a fast-paced, multi-faceted work environment.
  • Interdependent. You are able to work independently, self-managing your time, while maintaining close communication with remote teams
. You are flexible and know that changing the world doesn’t always happen between 9am and 5pm.
  • Low ego, high impact. You are disciplined, rigorous, and more group-centered than self-centered. You have an excellent attention to detail and keep your eyes on the big picture.

Required Experience & Qualifications

  • 8 – 10 years of base building & organizing experience working on local or statewide campaigns
  • At least 4 years of leading local and statewide advocacy campaigns (developing plan and leading implementation of campaigns)
  • At least 4 years of experience on leading on all aspects of campaign development and implementation for local or statewide campaigns – overall strategy and vision, narrative/comms, fundraising, coalition building, political education, etc
  • At least 4 years of experience building and leading multi-sector, multi regional / geographic coalitions
  • Prefer 2-4 years policy analysis background

Preferred Qualifications

  • Supervisory experience, team leadership, training and mentoring others
  • Excellent attention to detail, and can handle a lot going on at once, consistently applying lessons learned to improve practices for an abundance approach to movement building
  • Able to work independently while maintaining close communication with remote teams
  • Open to flexible hours and able to manage your time independently. You know that changing the world doesn’t always happen between 9 and 5
  • Willingness to travel often within the US. During the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Ability to write and speak a second language, preferably Spanish
  • Strong connections and relationships to California and other west coast organizing groups currently active in the Alliance; candidates ideally be based in California or another west coast state.

General Requirements

  • Support the mission, vision and goals of the Right To The City Alliance
  • Experience and familiarity with housing justice, gentrification, displacement and anti-eviction work and/or grassroots base-building organizations and transformative organizing
  • Experience in multi-racial, multicultural settings
  • Knowledge of common computer applications: MS Office, Google docs, Adobe Acrobat, Dropbox, Mac environment, and Zoom video tele-conferencing systems
  • Access to reliable internet, phone and remote office arrangements. RTTC provides for costs of home offices.
  • Drivers license and auto insurance

Salary and Benefits

This is a full time non-exempt position. The salary range starts at $80,000 – 100,000, compensation commensurate with experience. RTTC offers a generous and comprehensive benefits package including 100% medical, dental and life insurance, employee-matched 401k retirement plan, wellness benefits, staff development resources, and ample sick and vacation paid time off.

How To Apply

Interested candidates should submit a resume, cover letter, and writing sample or work sample through our hiring portal at: References will be asked for candidates who advance in the process. Applicants for this position will be required to submit to a background check. Candidates will only be contacted if our hiring team chooses to pursue an interview.

Right To The City Alliance is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive work environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Applicants from communities heavily impacted by gentrification, displacement and housing insecurity 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.

Job posted: 2022-11-14