Job posting: Carnegie Community Action Project Organizer

Job posting:  Carnegie Community Action Project Organizer

The Carnegie Community Action Project (CCAP) is looking for an organizer to work with their researcher and co-ordinator to help low-income Downtown Eastside residents implement their Community Vision for Change and to ensure that decisions about the future of the community build on community assets. This includes working for more and better housing, higher welfare rates and to stop gentrification. This is a half-time and temporary position.

Job tasks:

Local Area Planning Committee

  • Supporting low-income LAPP Committee members
  • Attending LAPP Committee and subcommittee meetings and events
  • Helping implement actions decided on by CCAP and the Carnegie Association


  • Monthly community relations committee reports
  • Dealing with funders
  • Budgeting and managing finances
  • Keep CCAP media list current
  • Keep CCAP friends list current and send out monthly news and events


  • Maintain CCAP website
  • Write and layout monthly newsletter re: CCAP activities
  • Maintain and use CCAP email and online bulletins (events and news)
  • Organize gentrification and community walking tours for students as well as community groups
  • Speak at meetings, events, classes, city hall, news events


  • Facilitate CCAP volunteer meetings on Fri
  • Implement actions arising from meetings
  • Keep volunteer list, phone numbers, remind of meetings
  • Ensure minutes get taken and reported to next meeting
  • Support volunteers to act and speak out for their community, developing leadership capacities.


  • Organizing low-income residents to attend rezoning and development application hearings and to speak out through other venues like news conferences; organize town hall meetings.


  • Help implement social housing campaign

Desired experience:

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to use computer for research, emails, formatting flyers, posters, etc.
  • Web or blog design skills
  • Good people skills
  • Grant writing and reporting
  • Facilitating workshops
  • Media/communications
  • Developing campaigns for social justice with community groups
  • Ability to work in a team and on own, and with a community board
  • Research on housing, income, and/or planning issues
  • Knowledge of city planning processes
  • Experience working in the DTES

There may be a possibility of full time employment after September, depending on funding.

Evaluations will happen at 6 weeks and 3 months. This job is 20 hours a week and may require work on weekends and evenings.  Pay is $1,800/month gross.

Only people who are to be interviewed will be contacted. Thank you to everyone else for your interest.

The job will start March 1st or when the candidate is available.

Please submit resumes by email with a half-page essay on the causes of homelessness and two references who are familiar with your work by Feb. 27, 2013 to:

Jean Swanson
Carnegie Community Action Project

Please keep the entire application, including covering letter, in one email file.

People who are residents or community members of the Downtown Eastside, Indigenous and people of colour are encouraged to apply.

Applicants are encouraged to check out these websites before applying: