Posted June 30, 2020
Applicants Must Include Cover Letter and Resume
Ottawa & Gatineau ACORN is looking for motivated individuals interested in learning how to be a community organizer. No experience required and thorough training provided.
Since 2004 ACORN staff organizers have been helping organize communities and secure important victories for low-to-moderate income communities at the local, provincial and national levels. Victories like $15 million in the 2019 and 2020 city budgets for affordable housing, regulating payday loan companies, $10/month internet for 200,000 low income families, winning millions of dollars worth of repairs for dilapidated apartment buildings, and many more.
Ottawa & Gatineau ACORN is made up of over 32,000 low- and moderate-income member families, in 5 local chapters throughout the city. You don't see or hear ACORN organizers in the media, and you certainly will not see them running a community meeting. A real organizer’s role is to build leaders and power in low-and-moderate income communities, not speak on behalf of them.
ACORN is a union in the community. Like any union our members pay membership dues so that they can have a sustainable independent organization to fight for their interest. Part of everyone's job at ACORN is to work to increase our membership and retain out independence.
Room for advancement in the organization is available and expected.
Full Time: Before COVID19 organizer’s primary method of recruiting new members was through door-knocking/house visits. Since COVID19, we’ve come up with creative new ways to engage new people into the organization such as street, door to door and online petitioning, and following up with people who attend events and asking them to join their local group . In addition to member recruitment, this job will include fundraising, organizing virtual meetings, organizing social distance actions/protests, communications/public relations, developing campaigns, cultivating new community leaders, phone outreach, and most of all listening to the people in the communities we organize in.
Ideal Candidates Are:
- This position is 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
- 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
To apply: Email resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org