Fields: community development, economic development, immigrants, refugees, outreach
Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota
About the Organization: The Whittier Alliance is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit neighborhood organization serving the residents and businesses of the Whittier neighborhood. Located just south of downtown Minneapolis, Whittier is a densely-populated, lively neighborhood known for its wide ranging diversity, its destination dining, arts and cultural institutions and its livable, bikeable, walkable streets. Over the decades, both immigrants and refugees from Europe, Asia, Central and South America, and many African nations have given Whittier its reputation as The International Neighborhood. Over 25 languages are still spoken on our streets and in our schools.
The Whittier Alliance plays a unique role in supporting and connecting stakeholders with the collective goal of building a community where everyone who desires it is able to spend time and/or get involved — whether as a resident, visitor, or small business owner. We organize many community meetings, free events, projects/programs, and volunteer opportunities throughout the year in support of that goal.
About the Position: Reporting to the Executive Director, the Community Outreach Coordinator will take a lead role in drafting and disseminating communications to stakeholders across multiple platforms. They will assist community members, board members, and other staff in project development and capacity building by coordinating meetings and direct outreach efforts such as door-knocking and flyering, as well as executing consistent follow-up. The COC will work with staff and board members to increase the effectiveness of the WA’s Acting Committees and identify opportunities to leverage available funding and deepen impact in the neighborhood.
Opportunities provided by Whittier Alliance: Build upon your experience in grassroots organizing around a wide variety of issues; Work within and in service of a highly diverse community; Gain a deeper understanding of how a small nonprofit with a volunteer Board of Directors functions; Access to professional development and mentorship opportunities.
- Previous office administration experience
- Strong problem solving skills and an extraordinary attention to detail
- A proven history of reliability, responsiveness, and consistency; An ability to take direction and maintain a goal of continuous improvement and growth
- Excellent oral, interpersonal, and written communications skills
- A sincere desire to work collaboratively with all stakeholder groups including staff, board, volunteers, program participants, and other community members
- A thorough understanding of how to utilize social media platforms in community organizing
- A high level of professionalism including the ability to perform duties in a neutral, non-partisan manner
- The ability to maintain a flexible work schedule; The ability to self-start and work independently as well as collaboratively in a small team environment
- An appetite for ongoing cultural competence development in order to successfully engage with and serve the ethnically and culturally-diverse community members who live and work in Whittier
- Preferred Qualifications:
- Fluency in Somali with a strong understanding of cultural norms in the Somali and Oromo communities
- Proficiency with G-Suite applications including Gmail and Google Docs, Sheets, Forms
- Basic knowledge of database and email communications platforms (Every Action)
- Understanding and experience with project management including deadlines and budgets
- Past experience with customer service
Estimated Salary: $16 – $20 per hour ($35,000 – $40,000 annually), depending on qualifications + benefits: Paid vacation, sick time, and holidays; 3% IRA Match after first year of employment; Flexible work schedule and environment.
Deadline: October 31, 2018