Temporary Tenant Canvasser

Job Locations US-NY-New York
Posted Date 2 months ago(6/10/2021 4:49 PM)
Job ID
# of Openings
Capacity Building
Fiscal Sponsorship Organizations
Location : Name
Building Movement Project


For nearly two decades, the Building Movement Project (BMP) (buildingmovement.org) has cultivated the potential for nonprofit organizations to effectively partner with movements for progressive social change. As part of BMP’s commitment to learning with and from groups and leaders at the local level, BMP has incubated the Detroit People’s Platform (DPP) since 2013. DPP builds the voice and power of Detroit residents to have a say in the issues that affect their lives, particularly in the areas of transportation, housing, equitable development and access to needed services.


The work of Detroit People’s Platform is guided by a commitment to organizing local residents to be leaders in addressing inequality in Detroit, the nation’s largest majority-Black city. DPP is committed to working across all of the city’s seven council districts and across organizational boundaries in order to achieve change locally, across the Southeast Michigan region, and statewide. Detroit People’s Platform has a track record of working with a variety of coalition partners to win policy changes that benefit Detroiters. DPP organized bus riders to lead successful campaigns to restore critical bus service connecting Detroiters to key jobs and institutions. DPP was also a key player in citywide campaigns for community benefit agreements, leading to Detroit becoming the first city in the nation to establish an ordinance requiring developer to engage in a CBA process.


The Building Movement Project and Detroit People’s Platform are fiscally sponsored by TSNE (tsne.org).


We are seeking part-time Tenant Canvassers who will join our organizing team. This position will be responsible for conducting educational outreach and public information activities to inform Detroiters about tenant rights according to state laws and local ordinances that affect affordable stable housing for Detroiters. This position will conduct door to door education and phone conversations across the seven (7) city council districts. The Tenant Canvassers will document contact with residents and will play an important role in supporting the work of developing community organizing tactics and strategies.


Essential Functions


Learning from DPP’s staff of organizers with a track record of campaign wins and grassroots organizing, the Tenant Canvassers will have the following primary responsibilities:

  • Use the Voter Activation Network (VAN) to identify canvass targets in selected neighborhoods, enter data on contacts made with residents, and update the data files based on canvass activities;
  • Conduct Renters Rights workshopsParticipate in ongoing work development trainings;
  • Participate in team planning and development of organizing strategies;
  • Meet numeric targets for door and phone canvassing;
  • Engage residents in dialogue, provide information, conduct follow-up contacts and link Detroiters to DPP’s ongoing community organizing efforts.


We will consider exceptional candidates who demonstrate a strong combination of the specific qualifications and skills described below.

  • Basic computer literacy (typing ability, familiarity with Microsoft Word and Excel, etc.).
  • Experience in canvassing and/or community organizing with neighborhood residents.
  • Commitment to principles of social and racial justice.
  • Good communication skills (in-person, by phone, and written).
  • Ability to work flexible hours, including evenings and weekends.

Physical Demands/Work Environment


The physical demands described here are representative of those for this position. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the functions. Work is performed in an office environment and in close proximity to other workers. The work is primarily performed in the field (with some online organizing and coordination) and the Tenant Canvassers may be required to travel across town periodically, in order to perform required duties.


While performing the duties of this position, the employee is required to:

  • Handle, or feel objects, tools or controls;
  • Reach; traverse; sit (usually for longer periods of time); occasionally ascend/descend; and position self (to) move;
  • Occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds;
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate;
  • Wear personal protective equipment in field and in office;
  • Job is not subject to significant occupational or environmental hazards;
  • Likelihood of personal injury would be relatively slight;
  • Environmental and work hazards are not present to a measurable degree.

Compensation and Benefits


Location: Work will be primarily performed in the city of Detroit, MI. Work is not eligible for remote work.

Compensation: The starting salary for this position is $20.00/hr.


TSNE/The Building Movement Project and the Detroit People's Platform envisions a society grounded in the principles of social and economic justice. As such, we strive to achieve excellence through a diverse and inclusive workplace that honors the unique talents and lived experiences of each person. Our vision and values are reflected in all our employment-related decisions, including hiring practices. Accordingly, TSNE actively seeks people who bring diverse backgrounds and perspectives to join us in our work.


As an EOE/AA employer, TSNE/The Building Movement Project and the Detroit People's Platform will not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin or ancestry, age, sexual orientation, gender identification, genetic information, veteran or disability status or any other factor prohibited by law.  


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