Community Organizer for Social Justice – ACORN Canada

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.

Positions available:
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 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
Bilingual in English/French. Arabic and Somali is considered an asset.
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: Twitter: @OttawaACORN Facebook: Ottawa ACORN
Applicants Must Include Cover Letter and Resume

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