Right to Housing Organizer

Posted August 2, 2018

To Apply:
Please submit resume and cover letter (including salary expectations) electronically to onedcjob@gmail.com. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

About ONE DC:

ONE DC (formerly Manna CDC) was founded in 1997 (renamed Organizing Neighborhood Equity DC in 2006) in the midst of rapid neighborhood change. Our work centers on popular education, community organizing, and alternative economic development projects. Stemming from a deep analysis of race, class, gender, and power, our approaches to equitable community development and anti-gentrification address structural causes of poverty and injustice in Shaw and throughout the District of Columbia.

Moving beyond service provision, ONE DC builds the political capacity of low-income, long-term residents of color in DC, in order to create and preserve racial and economic equity in the district. Our grassroots resident leadership development draws deeply on the principles and achievements of Ella Baker and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). We seek to learn from and build upon this history and that of people-led movements for justice and human rights throughout the world (see our vision and values).

ONE DC's People’s Platform is the current foundation of our work. The People’s Platform is a movement of low-income and working class DC residents of color and people who share our values and vision. We seek to organize, educate, fight for and win truly affordable housing, sustaining work, and wellness for all in DC. We envision a DC that retains its long-term residents and is an equitable and just place to live for all of its residents.
Organizationally, ONE DC has formally implemented a shared leadership structure, managed and governed by our Shared Leadership Team, composed of our not-for profit board of directors and senior staff. We practice a non-traditional governance structure of self-management by committee, with a working board, that recognizes, supports and encourages the contributions of its members, staff, and directors. [More details provided during interviews and staff orientation.]

Right to Housing Organizer (Part- Time 20-25 hours per week):
ONE DC's Right to Housing campaign supports longtime DC residents struggling against displacement and for safe and affordable housing regardless of income or wealth. We educate and organize tenants facing eviction to purchase and convert their buildings into cooperatives and/or win their right to return. Through direct action and community benefits agreements, we demand and work to ensure that new housing developed on public land is affordable. Our citywide People’s Platform advocates for policy initiatives that will create truly affordable housing and end the displacement of longtime residents in an increasingly prosperous city.

Responsibilities Include:
Community organizers are responsible for coordinating weekly outreach goals and outreach strategy, membership recruitment, leadership development, one-on-one’s, and coalition building activities:

  • Conduct 5-15 hours of outreach per week, including door-knocking, with Right to Income and Right to Housing members and other primary members.
  • Conduct at least five weekly one-on-one’s with ONE DC recruits representative of our organization’s base- primarily long-time, low-income Washingtonians of color.
  • Host monthly Outreach Days with ONE DC’s base.
  • Participate in planning People’s Platform monthly general body meetings, which must include a political education component.
  • Perform organizing campaign-related administrative tasks as needed and appropriate to sustaining the organization.
  • Attend regular staff meetings, Shared Leadership Team meetings, and other campaign-related sessions, etc.

The Right to Housing organizer will work with the ONE DC Shared Leadership Team, staff, members, and allies to build a citywide base of Washingtonians who champion our Right to Housing vision through outreach, general body meetings, popular education, and direct actions. This organizer will also be responsible for cultivating and centering a broad base of leaders largely led by Black working-class women who are long-time Black Washingtonians. These leaders, with the Right to Housing organizers, and other ONE DC organizers, will work to deepen our membership’s political analysis, and build an alternative vision for housing equity in DC. The Right to Housing organizer must be collaborative and willing to build a broader movement that is multi-national, multi-ethnic, multi-gender, and multi-class.

Job Duties:

  • Take a lead role in building an effective organizing team with resident leaders, staff and members of the Right to Housing campaign. And be an active member of ONE DC’s Organizing and Coalition Building Committee.
  • Develop popular education and organizing strategies to achieve community-controlled development, housing policy and income/economic equity outcomes.
  • Support tenant-led campaigns to remain in place, exercise right of return, or collectively purchase their building.
  • Build coalitions with partner organizations to achieve citywide housing policy goals through the People’s Platform.
  • Increase the leadership capacity of ONE DC members on community-controlled development and housing policy.
  • Secure media coverage of ONE DC organizing work.
  • Serve as a strategic principal for the campaign work.


  • Several years of demonstrated direct organizing/base building experience, or training or education that provides similar skills; and Willingness to learn about and commit to ONE DC’s organizing model.
  • Ability to build unity and motivate others to action.
  • Good communication skills, written, verbal, and interpersonal; and strong computer, internet, and social media skills.
  • Self-motivated and skilled at working as part of a team.
  • A mature and reflective professional practice allowing for honest, constructive, mindful, and compassionate self-evaluation and peer-to-peer evaluations.
  • Willingness to follow Shared Leadership protocols and procedures.
  • Must be a resident in the DMV area, DC residents are strongly encouraged to apply and given strong preference.
  • Must be willing to commit to at least a 2 year involvement in ONE DC.
  • Knowledge of Washington, DC communities, history, issues and organizations.
  • Willingness and ability to work with diverse community residents, particularly low-income residents, to overcome barriers to developing their strength as a community.
  • Flexible hours, including a willingness to work evenings and weekends.

Desired Skills:

  • Bilingual speakers are welcome, especially Spanish, Amharic, or Chinese language proficiency;
  • Strong research skills;
  • Ability to see the broad picture and have an eye for detail;
  • Creativity and sense of humor;
  • A desire to deepen political analysis and knowledge about cooperative economics and equitable community development.

ONE DC offers a generous salary and benefits package. ONE DC is strongly committed to staff development and training. This is an opportunity for an individual to build meaningful relationships with grassroots communities and to be a part of real, concrete social change. People of color, women, LGBTQ and bilingual applicants are strongly encouraged to apply.

ONE DC is committed to equal employment opportunity. We will not discriminate against employees or applicants for employment on any legally-recognized basis (“protected class”) including, but not limited to: race, color, religion or religious creed, national origin, sex, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, familial status, ancestry, handicap, veteran status, uniform service member status, physical or mental disability, genetic information or any other protected class under federal, state, or local law.

To Apply:

Please submit resume and cover letter (including salary expectations) electronically to onedcjob@gmail.com. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.