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Full Time & Part Time Community Organizers - ACORN Canada

Full Time & Part Time Community Organizers

Posted August 15, 2022

What is ACORN?

ACORN Canada, the nationwide community union of low-to-moderate income people, is expanding our organizing in Ottawa & Gatineau and is hiring full time community organizers and part time canvassers.

ACORN organizers build power for working class people!

How?

They do direct outreach, listen to community residents’ concerns, and connect what they want to see changed to effective mass-based action. Organizing protests, developing campaigns, coordinating communications and research, and, most important, building powerful local groups all across the National Capital Region!

ACORN is a multi-issue, mass based union of low-to-moderate income people. ACORN’s purpose is to give low-to-moderate income people the power needed to have their voices effectively heard at the highest levels in the country. ACORN is able to be both a local-based union winning local campaigns, as well as a large-scale organization combining forces to fight national corporations and governments that are at the root of most of our problems.

We are a tenants’ union. We are a disability action union. We are a worker’s union. We are a consumer’s union. We are whatever our members are. Our members pay dues so that the organization can be sustainable and not dependent on outside funding from government and corporations. Each dues member has a vote, and only members speak for the organization. Our members get elected to our board of directors and set our policy and help determine the tactics.

Our board’s current campaign priorities include:

Job Description:

*APPLY WITH A COVER LETTER*

Full Time Community Organizer:

  • Building/expanding neighbourhood groups by being directly in the communities we’re organizing.
  • Work with existing ACORN members and cultivating new leaders to expand both our neighbourhood and municipal campaigns.
  • Organizing meetings, press conferences, townhalls, protests, sit-in’s and other direct actions
  • Work with our Head Organizer on a day to day basis to learn the basics of ACORN’s organizing methods and techniques.
  • 42.5 hours per week – working in afternoons and evenings between 12-9pm. Salary with benefits and transit/phone reimbursements.
  • Fundraising and asking for money is a fundamental part of an organizer’s job. We are structured like a union: ACORN members pay membership dues. While this is not the entire job, it’s fundamental that organizers sign up members and can ask for dues and donations.
  • Willing and able to travel to training, and staff meetings (some outside of Canada). Usually 3 times a year. **COVID has drastically changed our travel***
  • Dealing with multiple tasks in the same day – flexibility and resilience are keys to success.
  • Representing the organization in the neighbourhoods, as well as with our leadership at external meetings or events (allies or targets).

Part-Time Community Canvasser:

  • Build our donor base of community allies through direct door to door fundraising, engaging allies on our low income members’ issues/campaigns and asking supporters to donate on a monthly basis
  • Campaign canvassing on urgent local issues such as renovictions, lack of repairs, important votes at City Hall and more! Canvassers gather petition signatures, engage new members into the organization and generate phone calls from the public to their local representatives to support campaigns
  • Phone outreach as needed to existing ACORN members in advance of large actions, meetings and events
  • Must be willing to work field hours between 2PM and 8PM as we organize predominately when many people are at home (for part-time, we can be flexible on the days worked but not the hours). Minimum of 3 five hour shifts a week are required.

Qualifications and Skills

  • No paid experience required; professional organizer and canvassing training is provided
  • Have strong social and people skills.
  • Multilingual candidates are encouraged to apply
  • Be self driven and the ability to work both independently but also follow direction.
  • Ability to listen in order to identify issues that are affecting our people.

*APPLY WITH COVER LETTER*

To apply: Email resume and cover letter to ottawa@acorncanada.org