South of Downtown Community Development Organization
Position Description: Community Builder
Position Category: Exempt/Salary
Purpose of Position: Serves as liaison between South of Downtown Community Development Organization and Lincoln neighborhoods. The Community Builder will work with community members to plan, formulate, coordinate and implement neighborhood revitalization strategies to achieve neighborhood, CDO, and City objectives, with primary responsibility for community development. This position is directly answerable to the Executive Director.
Duties and Responsibilities:
• Assist community members with identification and coordination of community projects and activities.
• Recruit and coordinate practicum students and volunteers for neighborhood projects and community building activities.
• Provide guidance, identify resources and support for community stakeholders to successfully achieve goals for neighborhood/community improvements.
• Develop, facilitate and assist with maintaining effective working relationships with and between residents, landlords, businesses, city departments, community organizations, elected officials, and/or other stakeholders.
• Conduct neighborhood door to door “knock and talks.”
• Identify residents to represent the target community’s diversity through individual contacts, recruitment and use of translators.
• Research best practices for community/economic development work and identify potential initiatives and programs.
• Assist the Executive Director by collecting resident stories or testimonials to be used in agency promotional materials as needed.
• Assist in the process of supplying progress reports when required by a grant-making organization that has funded a project or program.
• Recruit community members for ad hoc committees that work toward policy change to improve neighborhoods.
• Initiate contact with community residents through neighborhood organizations, existing partnerships, networking opportunities and neighborhood events as well as seeking new opportunities.
• Coordinate with 11th & 13th Street businesses and organizations to encourage economic development and stability of the corridors.
• Work with merchant associations and city staff to develop or expand services within a Business Improvement District (BID).
• Prepare and present CDO information to other agencies, neighborhood groups and residential groups.
• Attend required organization and community meetings.
• Performs all other duties as it relates to the improvement of the quality of life for neighborhood residents as assigned by Executive Director.
• A bachelor’s degree in urban studies, political science, social work, community planning or related field. Previous relevant community development experience is preferred.
• Bi-lingual skills (Spanish) preferred, but not required.
• Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite of products, such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
• Basic financial skills.
• Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers and the various community stakeholders.
• Detail oriented and be able to handle multiple tasks simultaneously in an effective manner.
• Ability to work effectively in a team-oriented environment.
• Exhibit strong expository writing skills and a high-level command of grammar and spelling.
• Ability to express clearly, orally, and in writing.
• Ability to prioritize multiple tasks; detail oriented.
• Ability to work effectively, efficiently, independently or with minimal supervision as needed.
• Will maintain confidentiality on all aspects of the organization.
• Ability to work a flexible schedule including evenings and some weekends.
Supervision: The Community Builder will work under the supervision and direction of the Executive Director. The Community Builder will be expected to complete assignments independently or with minimal supervision.