Real Change works to achieve economic, social, and racial justice in our community through award-winning journalism and anti-capitalist organizing. We are always looking for enthusiastic and committed individuals of varied skill sets to join us- see our Volunteer Opportunities & Internships as well.
For information about becoming a Real Change vendor, please visit our Prospective Vendor Page.
Current Employment Opportunities
About Employment at Real Change
Real Change Homeless Empowerment Project was founded in 1994 to offer immediate employment options for poor and homeless adults and challenge the structures that create poverty. Real Change exists to provide opportunity and a voice for low-income and homeless people while taking action for economic, social and racial justice. We include vendors in department work, such as participating in the editorial committee, determining advocacy priorities and participating in action, and helping to develop vendor-centric programs and procedures.
Real Change serves vendors through three integrated approaches:
Real Change Vendor Program is an immediate, low-barrier work opportunity and caring community. We meet people where they are, without judgement, and support the vendors in reaching their personal and professional goals. Vendors have access to services including case management, food assistance, service referrals, medical care, mailboxes, a computer lab, and so much more.
Real Change News is an award-winning Seattle weekly newspaper of independent and investigative journalism, with a circulation of more than 300,000 papers annually. The content in the paper and on the website is produced by a team of four journalists and many community contributors and informed by anti-capitalist and antiracist perspectives.
Real Change Advocacy and Organizing supports the activism and leadership of vendors, and works to create opportunities and access for homeless and low-income people to take action on issues which directly impact their lives.
While most vendors at Real Change are people of color, Real Change staff are primarily white folks with a majority white leadership team. Historically, Real Change has fallen short in organizational anti-racist work, and is now prioritizing a more supportive space for staff of color. One goal is to find an anti-oppression consultant to review race-based caucusing and help establish best practices for internal anti-racism work. Another ongoing conversation is centered in staff retention, and how to make employment at Real Change sustainable for all staff. We are committed to fostering an anti-oppressive workplace culture, and encourage applicants who share this value and feel excited about joining us in this anti-racist work.
Accessibility: The Real Change office is not explicitly scent-free, uses fluorescent lights, and welcomes pets. The Vendor Center (first floor) is often loud and chaotic. The office on the second floor is accessible via an elevator and there are two steps up to access the Advocacy area in the office on the first floor. There are accessible stalls in the first floor bathrooms. We are able to make reasonable accommodations as needed.
The Vendor Center contains two single-occupancy bathrooms, and the public bathrooms in the building are gendered & shared with other businesses. Real Change staff are welcome to use any bathroom they are most comfortable in. We respect all pronouns, gender presentations, and chosen names