Advocacy/Lobbying, Executive/Senior Management, Program Management
4 Year Degree
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: The Community Engagement & Organizing Director plans, directs, carries out and is responsible for departmental and overall resident and community engagement programming of Bickerdike. This includes oversight of Bickerdike's organizing, civic engagement, leadership development, policy advocacy, resident and community engagement structure and programming for Lathrop, and coordination of the Humboldt Park New Communities Program (NCP), together with local organizations, residents, government agencies, consultants, businesses and local service providers. In all instances, the Community Engagement & Organizing Director must perform in accordance with and be committed to the Bickerdike mission.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable persons with disabilities. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk, hear, sit, use hands, reach with hands and arms, stand, walk, climb and lift or move up to 35 pounds.
Provide direct supervision, evaluation and direction to Organizers, Resident Engagement Specialist, and interns when relevant. Carry-out the recruitment, screening, training and orientation of new staff ensuring the adherence to all company directives as delineated in the manual of operations and policies, and elsewhere.
Provide oversight and ensure an effective tenant organizing program and structure around our work consistent with our mission, including, but not limited to: building relationships with tenants, developing leaders, ensuring effective staffing of committees and activities, disseminating information, and mobilizing resident participation in organization efforts. Ensure that organizers serve as effective liaisons between staff and tenants and promote community awareness by organizing and engaging residents and the community on issues identified by the organization and the tenant body which promote the goals of BRC.
Oversee and ensure resident organizing efforts to address resident issues, implement problem solving strategies with residents and property management to include, but not limited to: building and site issues and related meetings, security and public safety, community events and other events related to property management.
Oversee, carry out, and ensure resident (current and forthcoming) engagement and programming at Lathrop, including, but not limited to: the creation of a resident and community engagement structure at Lathrop, resident programing which engages residents living in all housing types, and coordination and interface with Lathrop Community Partners and the LCP team, as well as the array of stakeholders in the Lathrop revitalization.
Coordinate, plan and carry out all aspects of community organizing, including, but not limited to: recruiting BRC and community residents, developing leaders, researching issue based campaign issues, coordinating and implementing campaign strategies, working in coalition as appropriate, working with the media, and with local politicians, government officials, and other institutions as appropriate.
Coordinate, facilitate and ensure relevant priorities of the Humboldt Park NCP, incorporating community and neighborhood building approaches throughout, and ensure successful and meaningful HP NCP quarterly task force meetings. Coordinate, ensure and facilitate the overall management of projects, priorities and initiatives of the Humboldt Park NCP Task Force, affiliated sub-committees, LISC, and others as applicable. Maintain familiarity with the Humboldt Park Quality of Life Plan (HPQLP) and its five year addendum.
Coordinate, carry out, and monitor department and BRC related planning and priorities, including, but not limited to: strategic planning; annual planning, work planning and goals in coordination with staff and key leaders, tenant organizing, issue campaigns and strategies, leadership development, committee efforts; and building BRC membership.
Support resource development and grant processes to support BRC’s community engagement and organizing efforts, including but not limited to: facilitation and engagement in the grant process, identification of resource needs, research potential funding sources, identification of strategies to approach funders, assistance in the writing and submission of proposals, as appropriate, site visits, and assisting in submission of required grant reporting.
Attract additional resources and opportunities to organizing efforts including in such areas as, university and Vista/AmeriCorps interns, opportunities for youth, donations and underwriting of fundraisers from local businesses and technical assistance from local advocacy groups.
Recommend yearly budget allocations community engagement and organizing activities and engage in ongoing budget monitoring for those areas.
Coordinate and carry out timely preparation and submission of all reports and information required by Bickerdike and others, and monitor and ensure all required reporting is completed and submitted by lead and partner organizations, sub-grantees and sub-committees, and follow up as necessary.
Interface and coordinate with other BRC departments to create strategies to effectively engage the community and BRC residents' participation in their efforts as appropriate, including gathering support for new projects, recruitment for committees and initiatives, etc.
Network and collaborate with area and citywide organizations and groups whose work aligns with BRC efforts and impacts BRC residents as appropriate. Develop and maintain cooperative and collaborative relationships with community organizations and institutions.
Participate in and represent Bickerdike at policy forums, committees, community meetings, and public events, as well as all relevant NCP related functions as required.
Oversee, maintain and ensure paper and electronic record keeping and document archive systems related to community engagement and organizing, including but not limited to: contracts, funding, planning, policy, partner agency, reports, budgets, resident procedure guidelines, leadership development measures, and resident and community participation measures,.
Perform other relevant duties as assigned.
QUALIFICATIONS: BA and a minimum of 5 years experience at a management level in community engagement, organizing, leadership development, and/or planning in a nonprofit or other relevant setting. Must have excellent listening, writing, communication and interpersonal skills. Must be able to work with persons of various ethnic and economic backgrounds, and have a demonstrated ability to develop and lead teams in diverse settings. Computer knowledge and proficiency necessary. Must be willing to work flexible hours, and have access to a car, valid driver's license and proof of insurance for fieldwork. West Town, Humboldt Park, Logan Square, Hermosa and Avondale residents preferred.
REPORTING RELATIONS: The Community Engagement & Organizing Director is supervised by and reports to the Chief Operating Officer, and is expected to take a high level of initiative and to make key decisions in consultation with the Chief Operating Officer.
POSITION CLASSIFICATION: Exempt
Bickerdike is an Equal Opportunity Employer
DRUG FREE WORKPLACE
Additional Salary Information: PAY RANGE/GRADE: Commensurate with experience/Grade 9