The Board of Old North St. Louis Restoration Group has approved the establishment of a new staff position to help the organization increase its capacity to engage community residents in ONSLRG’s neighborhood revitalization work and to support better collaboration and communication among the various organizations and agencies serving Old North.
Details about the new position and the application process are as follows:
COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT SPECIALIST
The Old North St. Louis Restoration Group is a community based development organization, with a mission to revitalize the physical & social dimensions of the Old North St. Louis neighborhood in a manner that respects the community’s historic, cultural, and urban character. Duties of this position include coordinating community engagement, planning & managing community events, and assistance with other community development projects that further ONSLRG’s mission. The Community Engagement Specialist reports to ONSLRG’s Executive Director.
I. Social Outreach
• Assist ONSLRG’s Social Outreach Committee with planning for and implementing community events to improve the quality of life and foster relationship-building among neighbors (i.e., National Night Out block parties or outdoor movie nights) and other programming to address issues of concern to neighbors (including planning bi-monthly Quality of Life meetings);
• Help reinforce and support the agenda set forth by the Equifax Old North Collective Impact Group, including serving as a liaison to facilitate collaboration and communication among a diverse range of organizations and agencies working within or serving Old North;
• Facilitate establishment of and communication with block units and neighborhood watch;
• Plan and implement various outreach efforts, including door-to-door or house meetings to expand participation in or knowledge of ONSLRG programming, including North City Farmers’ Market, Old North Grocery Co-op, Quality of Life meetings, etc.;
II. Project Implementation & Management
• Work closely with other staff to Plan and manage North City Farmers’ Market, including
- Recruitment / coordination of vendors, volunteers, educational programming, and entertainment
- Marketing / promotion of the market to various constituencies, including community residents (within Old North, as well as other nearby neighborhoods), and external audiences
- Management of student interns who will help staff Farmers’ market
• Assist with or coordinate various neighborhood development initiatives, including preparation of grant applications / reports;
• Work closely with other staff/organizational partners to oversee implementation of other projects;
III. Project / Neighborhood Marketing
• Coordinate marketing and promotion of ONSLRG events and programs (such as annual House Tour/Homegrown Street Festival) and assist other staff with marketing real estate, including use of online & social media;
IV. Community-based Planning
• Work with other staff, outside partners, and community residents to identify & plan for new developments or neighborhood improvement initiatives (i.e., new community gardens, dog park, new business ventures, etc.).
The ideal candidate for this position will have the following characteristics:
Character / Attitude
• Commitment to promoting revitalization and community development in Old North St. Louis in a manner that respects the urban, historic, and cultural character of the neighborhood;
• Ability and willingness to work in an economically, racially and culturally diverse community;
• Capacity to balance individual initiative and group or collaborative processes;
• Willingness and capacity to work on wide variety of other tasks related to the workings of a non-profit, community-based organization.
Education / Related Job Experience
• Experience working in community-based collaborative efforts;
• At least two years experience or educational degree in community development, social work, or related field;
• Supervisory experience preferred, since the position will involve supervision of interns;
• Knowledge of and experience with urban neighborhood development issues, including community outreach.
• Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work with diverse constituencies, including program partners, community residents, investors, and committee and board leaders;
• Familiarity with various community development & neighborhood stabilization agencies and related resources (or ability to learn programs quickly);
• Excellent written and oral communication skills;
• Ability to take responsibility for broad range of projects, including community events, comprehensive planning, and public health initiatives.
To apply for this position, send resume and two professional references by May 15, 2012 to:
ONSLRG, 2700 N. 14th Street, St. Louis, MO 63106; or by email to: email@example.com
Old North St. Louis Restoration Group is an equal opportunity employer
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