PPNA is Hiring for our full time Community Organizer Position
Powderhorn Park Neighborhood Association (PPNA)
Community Organizer Job Posting
The Powderhorn Park Neighborhood Association (PPNA) is hiring a full time Community Organizer to increase participation by neighborhood members, build community leadership and expand the capacity of residents and businesses to determine our hopes, needs and solutions.
PPNA’s mission is to enhance the quality of life in the Powderhorn Park Neighborhood by facilitating community engagement, embracing a diversity of voices, and fostering economic and community development. Visit www.ppna.org to learn more about our organization.
Community Organizer Primary Duties & Responsibilities
- Community Organizing (60%): PPNA door knocks 50 weeks out of the year. The Community Organizer will be the lead staff member working directly with Powderhorn Park neighborhood residents and businesses. Manage and grow existing organizing initiatives such as weekly door knocking visits, renters’ rights and livability, and outreach to Spanish-speaking residents and businesses. Develop new organizing initiatives to engage more community members including: East African residents and businesses, African Americans, GLBTQ community members, seniors, youth, parents/families, persons with disabilities, artists, business owners, entrepreneurs, and more. Strategies will engage underserved residents and businesses, solicit ideas, cultivate leaders and build place-based programming leading the community to self-determined outcomes.
- Program Management (15%): PPNA creates programming based upon the ideas and solutions generated by our neighborhood. Manage and grow existing programs such as the Latino Advisory Council, Appetite for Leadership, lending circles and National Night Out. Act as a community liaison for residents and businesses to access information and resources from government, private and nonprofit programs. Encourage residents and businesses to participate in neighborhood arts and cultural events. Develop new programming ideas based upon work with community members to impact a greater number of Powderhorn Park residents and businesses.
- Strategic Partnerships (12%): Provide staff support to strategic partners across multiple sectors and issues including renters’ rights and livability; park programming and equity; arts and culture; environment and green initiatives; safety and crime issues; and other issues as identified by the neighborhood.
- Communications (7%): Produce and distribute quarterly printed Spanish-language newsletter, content creation and posting for social media and website.
- Administrative Tasks (5%): Perform miscellaneous administrative tasks including written reporting activities, filling out timesheets, printing, copying, etc.
PPNA is seeking a qualified candidate to join our neighborhood team. The ideal applicant will be a self-starter, organized, have strong interpersonal skills and enjoy working with a diverse community. Candidates must have a strong commitment to social, racial and economic justice.
- 3+ years paid and/or volunteer experience community organizing with under resourced communities and communities of color for equitable change. Familiarity with a variety of organizing training techniques and tools.
- Proven track record of organizing and motiving people to accomplish mutually agreed upon goals.
- Fluent in Spanish (written and spoken).
- Strong people skills, integrity and the ability to speak with confidence and authority on behalf of the neighborhood.
- Excellent personal accountability, self-motivation and follow through skills.
- Able to work evenings and weekends (2-4 evenings per week) – door knocking, meetings and visits.
- Able to lift 40 pounds, use stairs and walk/work in a variety of weather conditions.
- Access to transportation to attend meetings outside of neighborhood.
- Knowledge of community organizing theory and practice, community and economic development, grassroots activism, volunteer management and/or membership organizations.
- Strong computer skills (Microsoft Office programs) and administrative skills.
- 2+ years experience with non-profit program creation, management and evaluation.
- Strong facilitation skills and ability to manage conflict.
- Experience with social media.
- Experience organizing large public events.
- Grant writing and fundraising.
How to Apply
Email cover letter, resume, three references and your personal statement firstname.lastname@example.org May 21, 2015, by 5:00 pm. In cover letter, please highlight your fluency level and experience working with community issues. Application packets should be PDF files. No phone calls please.
Personal Statement: In addition to cover letter, please include a 300 word personal statement outlining your thoughts on the importance of community organizing with under resourced communities and communities of color for equitable change.
EEO/AA Statement: PPNA is an equal opportunity employer. PPNA will not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of race, disability, color, creed, religion, ancestry, sex, national origin, affectional preference or sexual orientation, citizenship, age, veteran status, marital status or status with regard to public assistance.