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Culture Keeping Manager

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Richmond LAND
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Richmond, CA
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Published 12 days ago

Desired Start Date: October 1st  

Directly reports to: Director of Community Planning 

Rate: This role is a full-time exempt position ranging between $55,000-$65,000 annual salary.

Organizational Summary:

Richmond LAND’s mission is to build grassroots power for resident-driven and community-controlled land-use through community organizing, land acquisition, development, and stewardship of land and affordable housing for long-term community benefit. Incorporated in the Fall of 2019, Richmond LAND has grown from an idea into a transformative development organization that centers resident self-determination, local capacity-building, and cultural strategy in our place-keeping efforts. As an emerging Community Land Trust, we seed development projects and stewardship activities through resident leadership and direct organizing. We envision a world where homegrown residents can mobilize to create, finance, control, and sustain affordable housing and community development projects that fulfill long standing community needs and aspirations. The Culture Keeping Manager (CKM) will join a dynamic team of women of color leaders, passionate about transforming affordable housing and real estate development to align with restorative economics and the Just Transition framework.


Position Overview:

The Culture Keeping Manager (CKM) will ensure cultural strategy is infused in all of Richmond LAND’s activities, so that the organization remains accountable to its values, points of unity, and resident controlled processes. The CKM will incorporate creative place-making and culturally relevant methodologies to guide, nurture, and sustain Richmond LANDs place-keeping and power-building efforts. The CKM will be responsible for designing and executing community workshops, community activation projects, storytelling initiatives, and cultural organizing that fosters belonging and asserts resident right to remain, return, persist, and thrive in Richmond and West Contra Costa. The CKM will create spaces and methods to unpack local BIPOC communities' relationship to land, housing, wealth, home, community, and belonging through community-based art initiatives, curriculum development, public art projects, political art intervention, events, and the creation and curation of content. The CKM will collaborate with the community to demonstrate what’s possible, influence policy and planning advocacy campaigns, align art practice with community real estate projects, shift community and industry standards and worldviews, and elevate residents' voice to build staying power that retains people, place and cultural legacies. 

Description of key responsibilities:

Community building, healing, & growing cultural power

  • Partner with residents, artists, creatives, and healers to advance prefigurative power building, and create visibility around resident-driven and community-led land initiatives. 
  • Integrate storytelling in Richmond LAND membership activities, acquisition efforts, organizing practices, and advocacy campaigns through the creation of creative processes, written works, and visual or digital arts.
  • Generate compelling and accessible content that increases shared knowledge and translates complex issues through mixed media and cultural strategies. Create opportunities for community-sourced media, experiences, art, and stories to be shared via social media platforms, newsletters, and the Richmond LAND website.
  • Launch efforts to reframe existing narratives and processes, shift rules of engagement, and conventional real estate practices from market-driven standards toward community-driven practices, mutuality, collective benefit, and generational stability. 
  • Plan, coordinate, and lead cultural programming, relevant event series, and community dialogues on racial and social justice topics that intersect with the organization's points of unity, campaigns, and active projects. Design programs to address cross-cultural healing and solidarity
  • Develop responsive and iterative opportunities to increase residents' creative expression, through various art forms and practices on themes related to gentrification, displacement, housing, and belonging.
  • Evaluate, redesign, and coordinate the Homecoming Residency Program and/or other Richmond LAND artist partnership activities.
  • Expand and lead the What We Deserve Holiday Light Display in North Richmond.
  • Partner with the Base Building Manager to create opportunities to amplify residents' voice, perspective, and leadership through articles, blog posts, press releases and other public venues. 
  • Collaborate with the Base Building Manager on relational organizing  and building community among residents that include but are not limited to fostering shared learning space, celebrations, service projects, cultural exchanges, and other practices and opportunities.

Internal Development, Cultural Practices, and Shared Work

  • Support the integration of cultural practices in internal Richmond LAND’s systems, procedures, and policies. 
  • Create and maintain a process for reflection and evaluation of art and culture activities across the organization.
  • Participate in strategic planning to refine organizational goals, methods, and outcomes to align cultural strategy with organizational priorities and practices. 
  • Represent Richmond LAND in speaking engagements, coalitions, and alliances as needed.
  • Supports the team in preparing talking points and messaging for external events as needed.
  • Support with general communications activity such as management of content and website upkeep.
  • Assist in future fundraising efforts, capital campaigns, and presentations to art-based funders as needed
  • Assist in recruitment for community investors, sustainers, and solidarity members as needed.  

Requirements and Desired Qualifications 

  • Commitment to the organization’s mission, vision, and values 
  • Personal connection and lived experience in Richmond or West Contra Costa is strongly desired, but a deep commitment to the empowerment of Richmond/West County residents is a must 
  • Imaginative and creative problem solver that is comfortable learning and integrating new concepts on the job, and creating processes for a new organization 
  • Able to work independently and in a group, capable of directing self and others, as well as prioritize among multiple projects while maintaining effective communication and quality control 
  • Ability to adjust schedule for evening and weekend activity  
  • Knowledge of Canva, Illustrator and other digital art and creative content building platforms is highly desired
  • 2 or more years of experience with increased responsibility in a racial equity, and housing/social justice organization is highly desired
  • Lived experience leading community-driven initiatives, engaging in movement organizing, and personal artistry is highly desired 
  • Familiarity with community land trusts or cooperatives is highly desired
  • Formal experience in communications role is a plus

How to Apply

Applicants must submit a resume and cover letter that addresses the following topics to info@richmondland.org for consideration:

  • Familiarity and interest in land and cultural sovereignty 
  • Description of involvement working in BIPOC communities
  • Perspective on how cultural power informs staying power

Applications will be evaluated on a rolling basis and interviews will begin the week of September 13th. 

Richmond LAND is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages Black, Indigenous, and all people of color, women, queer and gender-fluid applicants to apply. W​e also consider applicants with arrest and conviction records for employment.

Check out our website: https://www.richmondland.org/

Desired Start Date: October 1st  

Directly reports to: Director of Community Planning 

Rate: This role is a full-time exempt position ranging between $55,000-$65,000 annual salary.

Organizational Summary:

Richmond LAND’s mission is to build…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Start Date
    October 1, 2021
  • Application Deadline
    September 29, 2021
  • Professional Level
    Managerial

Salary

USD 55,000 - USD 65,000

Benefits

Benefits:

  • Dental insurance
  • Flexible schedule
  • Flexible spending account
  • Health insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Professional development assistance
  • Health and Wellness activities

Benefits:

  • Dental insurance
  • Flexible schedule
  • Flexible spending account
  • Health insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Professional development assistance
  • Health and Wellness activities

Location

Temporarily Remote
Work must be performed in or near Richmond, CA
Associated Location
Richmond, CA, USA

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How to Apply

Applicants must submit a resume and cover letter that addresses the following topics to info@richmondland.org for consideration:

  • Familiarity and interest in land and cultural sovereignty 
  • Description of involvement working in BIPOC communities
  • Perspective on how cultural power informs staying power

Applications will be evaluated on a rolling basis and interviews will begin the week of September 13th.

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