Just Economics is Hiring!

Just Economics is hiring a full time Housing and Wages Organizer. Apply by January 7th at the link at the end of this post.

Job Description:

Just Economics of Western North Carolina (JE) is a regional, membership organization based in Asheville, NC. Our mission is to educate, advocate, and organize for a just and sustainable economy that works for all in Western North Carolina. JE was born out of the Asheville-Buncombe Living Wage Campaign, an effort that began in 2000, but took root in 2006. Our work has grown to include policy advocacy, grassroots community engagement, and employer certification. We have identified living wages/improved working conditions, affordable housing, and better transit as key issues we are working to advance. Just Economics is committed to centering the voice of people most impacted by the issues we are working to change.

Buncombe County has disproportionately high costs of housing in comparison to relatively low wages and Just Economics has prioritized the connection between housing and wages as a major focus of our work. This position would organize alongside workers and people struggling with the lack of affordable housing and develop actionable plans for systemic change related to affordable housing and living wages/improved working conditions.

Primary Responsibilities:

Housing Organizing: Help build a network of tenants and people struggling with the lack of affordable housing, facilitate meetings, conduct outreach and one-on-one meetings, participate in policy and strategy conversations, work with impacted people to develop actionable plans for systemic change, work with the Affordable Housing Strategy Team and help with the implementation of the Centralized Rental Application.

Worker Organizing: Act as the convener/connector for the WNC Workers’ Assembly, support worker organizing efforts related to our mission and vision, work with the members of Just Economics to engage workers and their allies in support of worker friendly policy and other systemic change efforts, and help connect living wages and affordable housing efforts.

Relationship Building and Maintenance:  Build relationships with members, low-wage workers, and low-income people with the intention of strengthening the movement for economic justice

Workshop Development/Facilitation:  Help develop tools to better engage grassroots members of our community in public decisions that impact their lives.

General JE Staff:  Work as part of a team dedicated to building a sustainable local economy.

Professional Development:  Continue to build professional skills that will assist JE and help create a team skilled in working toward our mission.

Desired skills and experiences:

  • Commitment to the mission of Just Economics, 
  • Experience w/ nonprofit work, labor organizing, anti-poverty work, or grassroots social change
  • Community organizing and workshop facilitation experience
  • Experience working with low-income people and in communities of color.  
  • Understanding of generational and systematic oppression & economics/labor history
  • Understanding of local community—challenges and assets
  • Computer proficiency
  • Self-motivated and self-starting, yet able to work well with others
  • Good interpersonal and oral communication skills
  • Well-organized, attention to detail
  • Flexible schedule, willing to work nights and weekends when required,
  • bilingual in English-Spanish a plus but not required, Bachelor’s degree a plus but not required


The Housing and Wages Organizer reports to and is supervised by the Executive Director, who conducts annual evaluations and routine check-ins.  

Compensation and Benefits: 

Base Salary plus quarterly benefits checks= $44,720.  This position also offers paid time off, a flexible schedule, and monthly phone stipend.  

To Apply: Fill out the form and upload your resume here:  https://forms.gle/gVRUfuZvJfKRi9UN7

For questions, email info@justeconomicswnc.org

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