ACORN Quebec is hiring a Quebec Digital Communications and Campaign Coordinator that will assist our field staff in developing strategic campaigns and digital outreach methods to broaden the reach of our working class organization in Quebec.
ACORN is a membership organization of working class families whose purpose is to fight for and champion the causes of low-to-moderate income Quebecers. Working with ACORN Canada, and our affiliates worldwide- especially with the Alliance Citoyen in France), combines mass outreach techniques, direct action, strategic campaigning to fight for systematic changes in Quebec.
Applicants must have some experience in digital campaigns, outreach work, have intermediate English writing and speaking skills, are eager to fight for economic and social justice in Canada, and be willing to work and learn from others.
Only applicants providing cover letter will be considered.
What is ACORN?
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 labour, government, or foundations. Each dues member has a vote, and only members speak for the organization. Our members get elected board of directors and have the authority to set the policy and determine the tactics of the union.
ACORN is a multi-issue, mass based union of low-to-moderate income people. The purpose of the union is to give low-to-moderate income people power so that they have the ability to have their voices effectively heard at the highest levels in the country. With chapters across the region, province, and across the country, ACORN is able to be both a local-based union winning local campaigns, as well as a large organization combining forces to fight national corporations and governments that are at the root of most of our problems.
We are hiring a Quebec Digital Communications and Campaign Coordinator that will lead up our online organizing and campaign work, and work with our field organizers and low-to-moderate income leadership to further develop our Quebec campaigns. The successful applicant will join our talented team in Montreal, working out of the Centre des Travailleurs offices in Cote des Neige.
The coordinator will head the development of our website ACORN.Quebec, effectively displaying the outputs of ACORN Montreal’s high-impact organizing work. They will also integrate our mass communication and online action tools with the website, merging our existing campaign work with a new digital communications.
Campaign and organizational building will be a key part of the coordinators role. This will include grant writing, strategic research, and helping manage the organization's external relationship.
The coordinator's job is to support the existing ACORN organizers, whose job it is to build formal groups of working class people so they can disrupt and change the systems that negatively impact their community.
The successful applicant will be quickly brought up to speed on ACORN’s campaign and power plan, as well as fundamentals on how to be a community organizer at ACORN. That includes, effective outreach, strategic research, campaign planning, communications, organizing events and actions, getting press to cover our actions and campaigns, and fundraising.
They will be joining an exciting staff team at the ACORN Montreal office, and working with organizers in Quebec, across Canada, as well as from the USA, France, and the UK.
The current priorities laid out by ACORN’s leadership are:
- Montréal Sain et Abordable et je demande à la ville de renforcer l’application du code du logement et d'exercer ses pouvoirs pour protéger les logements abordables.
- Internet for All Campaign. Pressure Videotron to follow the lead of Rogers and Telus in providing $10 internet for all low income families.
- Fight for $15 minimum wage
- Anti-Racism Campaign
Responsibilities and Duties
- Work with ACORN Canada’s field director and communications coordinator to develop and implement digital outreach and campaign strategies using our digital platforms.
- Work with the leading field organizer, and ACORN leaders, to expand both our local fights against tenant displacement, renovictions, and demovictions, as well as the larger provincial fights for Real Rent Control and COVID Rent Freeze.
- 30 hours per week at $15 per hour - working in afternoons and evenings Tuesday through Friday (some flexibility on days of week worked)
- 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.
- 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).
Qualifications and Skills
- Fluency in French, Functional English
- Have strong social and digital skills.
- Be willing to work in a team setting that you are sometimes leading, and sometimes following.
- Ability to listen in order identify issues that are affecting our constituency.
- No paid experience required; professional organizer training provided