Community Organizer and Outreach Coordinator
- Job posted by West Harlem Environmental Action,Inc., d/b/a WE ACT for Environmental Justice, New York City
Details: salary commensurates with experience
1854 Amsterdam Avenue
Community Organizer Definition:a person whose job is to coordinate cooperative efforts and campaigning carried out by local residents to promote the interests of their community.
WE ACT for Environmental Justice seeks a Community Organizing and Outreach Coordinator to draw together and galvanize individuals and communities to solve common problems; meet shared needs; and create awareness and support of WE ACT’s programs, issue areas, and positions.
This position will be primarily focused on increasing WE ACT’s grassroots power on our climate justice work as part of our Northern Manhattan Climate Agenda. Additionally we expect this position to assist in broader membership, organizing, and advocacy work.
The individual in this position nurtures leaders at the local level; educates community residents and families about environmental health issues; and develops a community voice for influencing environmental policy.
Essential Responsibilities and Duties:
1) Galvanizes individuals and communities
- Attends and presents at community meetings, community board meetings, tenants association meetings, and other meetings of community stakeholders to share information and learn about community concerns.
- Creates and/or participates in community activities that heighten the awareness of the role of environment in health outcomes and disease prevention, including, monthly membership meeting, working group meetings, Earth Day celebrations, community conversations, and demonstrations.
- Employs community organizing tools and tactics, including but not limited to door knocking, phone banking, 1 on 1’s, power mapping, accountability sessions, and strategic collaboration with other environmental justice organizations.
2) Nurtures leaders, educates community residents, and develops a community voice
- Develops and leads grassroots membership based working groups to advance WE ACT campaigns and projects.
- Develops and conducts trainings and workshops that help community residents identify key environmental health concerns, and improve their understanding of those concerns.
- Develops and conducts trainings and workshops that help cultivate the leadership skills of community residents.
- Provides information to community residents on environmental health and policy resources, such as medical outreach programs, legal information programs, and topical resources. Prepares and distributes educational materials in the community.
- Prepares reports as required by various private, federal, state, and local agencies, which provide funding to support WE ACT’s community organizing and outreach initiatives.
- Works with elected officials and their staff at the city, state and federal levels with a focus on city hall.
- Takes an active role in coalitions working on issues that are critical to WE ACT’s theory of change.
- Provides translation services as needed and able.
- Performs other duties as assigned to meet the General Purpose of the position.
Community Organizing and Outreach Coordinator may be required to lift or carry educational materials, brochures, presentation equipment, and handouts, and will often have to stand, walk, and reach when giving community trainings and presentations.
The Community Organizing and Outreach Coordinator will occassionally participate in or lead outdoor community activities.
Superior Written and Oral Communication: i.e writing letters, giving presentations, creating fliers, drafting agendas, writing and giving testimony, calling elected/appointed officials
Ability to work well individually and in teams, i.e. conducting environmental justice trainings, coordinate and lead community meetings
Ability to think strategically and quickly
Working Knowledge of Microsoft Office Software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and Internet Research, i.e. creating presentations, creating sign in sheets
Ability to speak fluent Spanish
The applicant must meet one of the following sets of criteria:
- Graduate Degree in an applicable field and 2 years professional experience (or sophisticated professional/academic experience of a period of less than 2 years)
- Bachelor's Degree in an applicable field and 4 years professional experience (or sophisticated professional/academic experience of a period of less than 2 years)
- High school diploma and 10 years professional experience.
- Knowledge and interest in environmental health issues in Northern Manhattan a plus
- Passion about social and environmental justice
- Ability to laugh and have fun.
Benefits: Health, Dental, Vision and Direct Deposit, pre-tax transit card is available
Level of Language Proficiency
Fluent in Spanish a plus written and spoken.
Minimum Education Required
How To Apply
Contact: Send resume and cover letter to Evelyn Joseph, Director of Administration and Human Resources, email@example.com.