Access Art is seeking a full time Community Organizer to spearhead our Neighbors United Initiative, a community building effort in the Southwest Baltimore City community of Morrell Park. The Community Organizer will work collaboratively with residents, youth, parents, community leaders, businesses, non-profit organizations, faith based organizations, local government, and schools to build strong relationships and leverage shared responsibility across this spectrum of stakeholders. Organizer will help facilitate resident engagement and support residents through a systematic community-wide problem selection process that will result in community members identifying one community issue, developing a plan for implementation, and assisting the community to execute that plan. This position is responsible for deeply engaging residents, overseeing the project, supporting volunteers, collecting data, assessment and planning, tracking budgetary expenditures, and reporting to program funders to further the goals of the initiative.
- Responsible for integrating themselves into the target neighborhood and engaging community by building mutually beneficial relationships with residents, youth, parents, community leaders, advocates, businesses, non-profit organizations, faith based organizations, local government, and schools.
- Educate community about the Neighbors United Initiative including information about key initiatives, implementation model, timeline, and strategies. Gather, understand and share community resources and needs assessment data, identify common goals and interests, facilitate linkages to broader initiatives, facilitate group feedback/focus group sessions, and attend community meetings.
- Engage potential community leaders and build grassroots leadership with the residents through outreach, researching community assets, identification of common interests and goals, and relationship building.
- Organize and provide leadership & community organizing trainings and technical assistance opportunities for neighborhood residents. Facilitate community leadership groups.
- Promote awareness of critical systemic factors and data driven solutions to neighborhood / community challenges.
- Facilitate community driven change by supporting residents through a systematic community-wide problem selection process and action planning process to identify and address priority needs. This will include the identification of common goals and challenges based on community conversations and needs assessments, identifying one community issue to surface and tackle, developing a plan for implementation, and assisting the community and relevant partners to support and execute that plan
- Collect community wide data, tracking budgetary expenditures, create reports to program funders, and participate in ongoing meetings to further the goals of the initiative.
- Other appropriate duties related to above duties and responsibilities.
- Bachelors Degree or equivalent work in a social or human services related field (psychology, counseling, social work, community organizing degree.).
- Excellent oral and written communication skills with the ability to make presentations to community members and groups. Bilingual (Spanish/English) verbal and written communication skills preferable.
- Proven ability to implement a neighborhood-wide community organizing effort including conducting one-on-ones, small group and large group meetings in partnership with residents, using community data to drive engagement and leverage resources, and ability to mobilize people to action.
- Strong interpersonal skills are required. Ability to convene, communicate and meaningfully collaborate with community members, residents, cross-sector partner agencies, and program staff.
- Must have ability to work both independently and as part of a team as needed and be an entrepreneurial thinker who can recognize and seize opportunities, solve problems, and approach challenges in a proactive way.
- Must be highly organized, detail oriented, provide strategic thinking, and be able to handle various tasks efficiently.
- Experience working and communicating with diverse populations including racial, ethnic, social/economic, gender, age, religion, disability.
- Familiarity with the social issues and systemic barriers that hinder low-income people from achieving economic stability and social equality.
- Experience in program management, including supervision of volunteers, tracking budget expenditures, data tracking and funder reporting.
- Have valid driver’s license, a car to get around, and be available for evening or weekend hours to effectively engage residents and other stakeholders.
- Must be able to pass a criminal background check before beginning work