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Community Organizer for Social Justice

  • Posted:Oct 04, 2020
  • Apply by:Nov 30, 2020
  • Job Type
  • Full Time
  • Job Level
  • Junior/Entry level
  • Location
  • Ottawa, ON
  • Impact Area
  • Social Justice
  • Impact Category
  • Social Good
  • Company Type
  • Nonprofit

About this position

Please include your resume and cover letter with your application

The Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) is looking for motivated individuals interested in learning how to be a community organizer with our Ottawa office. No experience is required, just a passion for social justice and an eagerness to work directly with people in communities that want change!

About the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN):

Since 2004, ACORN community organizers have been helping organize communities and secure important victories for low-to-moderate income households at the local, provincial and national levels. Victories like new municipal bylaws on managing rental housing, regulating payday loan companies, $15 million in the 2019 and 2020 budgets for affordable housing, $10/month internet for low income families, winning millions of dollars worth of repairs for dilapidated apartment buildings, and many more.
ACORN makes change through people power. We believe that social and economic justice can best be achieved with a national active membership who are invested in their organization and focused on building power for change!

ACORN is a union in the community. Like any union or association, the membership decides the drives the of the organization, while determining that the vast majority of our resources go towards organizing door to door, block to block, and city to city.

Full time positions available:

Community organizers manage campaigns on priority issues determined by our membership. As an ACORN organizer you can work on hyper-local issues like fighting for repairs in a bad apartment building or organizing tenants against a rent increase! At the same time that we're organizing on immediate issues to improve the daily lives our membership, we are also running campaigns demanding structural and systemic change to address the root causes of many of our members' key issues.

In order to run a successful campaign you need to build your group (there's power in numbers!). Field work is an important part of organizers' schedule so we can engage more people into the organization to fight for change. Organizing also includes cultivating new community leaders, phone outreach, fundraising, organizing virtual meetings, organizing social distance actions/protests, communications/public relations, developing campaigns, and most of all listening to the people in the communities we organize in.

Room for advancement in the organization is available and expected.

Ideal Candidates Are:

-This position is partially funded by Canada Summer Jobs. Therefore candidates must be between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of the employment and be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act for the duration of the employment
- Fully bilingual in English/French
-Leaders who are willing to work independently in a grassroots setting
-Willing to handle challenging and rewarding work to help our membership grow to be strong and active leaders
-Must be willing to work field hours between 12PM and 9PM as we organize predominately when many people are at home
-Passionate about social justice and eager to participate in direct action on issues decided by ACORN’s current community leaders

To better prepare yourself for the interview process, if you are selected, visit our website and social media at:
www.acorncanada.org Twitter: @OttawaACORN Facebook: Ottawa ACORN

About us

ACORN (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now) Canada is an independent national organization of low- and moderate-income families. We have over 130,000 members organized into twenty four neighbourhood chapters in nine cities across Canada. We believe that social and economic justice can best be achieved with a national active membership who are invested in their organization and focused on building power for change!

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