Jobs at City Life/Vida Urbana (Boston) - build poor people's power

Tom Boland (
Sat, 19 Jun 1999 22:54:28 -0700 (PDT)


Date: Thu, 10 Jun 1999 22:53:34 -0400 (EDT)
From: (Jennifer Marshall/City Life)

Subject: [act-ma] Jobs at City Life/Vida Urbana (Boston)

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City Life/Vida Urbana, a bilingual grassroots organization based in
Jamaica Plain (Boston), is looking for experienced organizers to fill a
F-T Housing Organizer and a F-T Staff Director position.

Founded in 1973, City Life/Vida Urbana is one of Boston's most successful
housing rights groups.  Our mission is to work for racial, social and
economic justice by building the power of poor and working-class people
through organizing, advocacy, education, coalition building, and direct

Interested applicants should send a resume--before 18 June--to:
     Staff Director (Housing Coordinator) Search Cttee
     City Life/Vida Urbana
     20 Chestnut Ave.
     Jamaica Plain, MA  02130

**Staff Director**

Job Summary:  To administer and coordinate the operation of a
bilingual/bicultural community-based organization; work to develop and
execute the policies of the Board of Directors; and supervise and
coordinate the development of the staff and staff workplans.

Major Duties:
-     Supervise Program Coordinators by establishing mutually agreed upon
workplans and
       ensure accountability to them
-     Work the the Board President to coordinate board meetings, retreats,
training, activities,
       and campaigns
-     Supervise financial management systems and oversee audits; develop
and oversee CLVS's
       annual budget; ensure that there is sufficient income to meet expenses.

Minor Duties:
-     Coordinate annual meetings and events
-     Oversee hiring processes as well as suspensions/terminations in
accord with Pers. policies
-     Represent CLVU in coalition work
-     Supervise interns and volunteers
-     Coordinate staff training opportunities

-     3-5 years exp. with grassroots community organizing and coalition work
-     Strong demonstrated skills to administer and supervise a variety of
activities within a
       community-based organization
-     Experience with leadership development and supervising
program/support staff in a
       collaborative environment
-     Excellent communication skills; bilingual English/Spanish
-     Ability to see administrative tasks are carried out in a timely and
efficient manner
-     Ability to work some evenings and weekends

Compensation:  Negotiable based on experience, plus excellent benefits

**Housing Committee Coordinator/Community Organizer**

Major Duties:
*  Working with the Latino Committee Coordinator and City Life volunteer
members, develop
     and implement housing and related community organizing campaigns and
*   Participate and represent City Life in  neighborhood and citywide
coalitions and campaigns.
*   Staff and coordinate City Life's (English speaking) Housing Committee
*   Maintain contact with media

Minor Duties:
*       Tenant support and outreach
*       Oversee research on housing trends, real estate transactions, and
*       Assist with fundraising events and activities.
*       Participate in office administration

*       Extensive experience in community organizing and leadership
development, especially
         working with diverse groups of people
*       Ability to work with limited supervision, handle multiple projects
and tasks, and to
          structure and prioritize work
*       Community vision and commitment to social and economic justice
*       Familiarity with tenants rights, affordable housing, and  community
*       Good writing, computer, and communication skills
*       Proficient in Spanish
*       Familiarity with Jamaica Plain/Roxbury area preferred
*       Ability to attend pm/weekend meetings and events required; access
to a car preferred

Compensation:           $28,000-$30,000, depending on exp. + Full family
health ins. and other ben.

People of color and women are encouraged to apply for all positions.  City
Life/Vida Urbana is an equal opportunity employer offering employment
without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age,
national origin, citizenship, physical or mental handicap, or status as a
disabled or Vietnam era veteran of the US Armed Forces.

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