Near West Community Builder - Hawthorne Community Center
- 11-Jan-2021 to 12-Feb-2021
- - Hawthorne Community Center
- Indianapolis, IN, USA
- Competitive salary based on experience
- Full Time
In its role as convening agency and in partnership with the Near West Collaborative Hawthorne Community Center is hiring a Near West Community Builder. The position works to actively engage individuals and partners who live and work in the Near West of Indianapolis to strengthen the quality of life in their neighborhoods.
The mission of Hawthorne Community Center is to provide or facilitate programs and services that meet the economic, social, educational, recreational, cultural and civic needs of persons living in the community. Our purpose is to provide a range of social service programs for youth and adults with the goal of building resilient and financially stable community members.
Agency Overview: Hawthorne provides programs and services to the community in three areas.
- Adult and Family – Hawthorne's Adult and Family program includes the Center for Working Families (CWF) and 2 Generation programming. Programs offered include Adult Education, Financial Literacy, Workforce Development, 2 Generation Case Management and Income Supports. Programs focus on employment placement, career improvement, financial education and asset building, social capital building and access to mainstream benefits.
- Youth Programs – Hawthorne's Youth programs offers year-round programming for early childhood and school age youth. Youth programs focus on providing programming during out of school time that empowers youth through enrichment, academic programming and structured recreation. Youth programs focus on improving academic performance, social skills and the improving the health of youth through preschool, summer camps, intersession camps, before school and after school programs, and athletics.
- Community Development – Community Development focuses on aligning the needs of the community with external and internal resources. Activities focus on cultivating internal community assets and facilitating collaboration with external organizations with resources. Community Development programs work to improve the quality of life of neighborhood residents by focusing on health, safety, housing, economic development, civic engagement and education.
About Near West: The Near West is a community of four neighborhoods: Haughville Strong, Hawthorne, Stringtown, and WeCare. The Near West boundaries are White River on the east, Tibbs and South Tibbs Avenues on the west, 16th Street on the north and the southern boundaries of the CSX railroad tracks in Stringtown and McCarty Street in We Care. Our vision is for Near West to offer a positive environment that ensures that residents of various income levels are provided the opportunities and tools to build assets, to participate in their neighborhoods, and to become valuable entities for the Indianapolis economy. Near West will be the place where social and economic vitality combine to provide continuous growth and improvement for our neighborhoods and support entrepreneurship opportunities.
The Community Builder works to actively engage individuals and partners who live and work in the Near West of Indianapolis to strengthen the quality of life in their neighborhoods. The Near West is composed of the Haughville Strong, Hawthorne, Stringtown and WeCare Neighborhoods.
The Community Builder is responsible for working collaboratively with neighborhood residents, partner organizations, funders and Hawthorne staff to implement objectives contained in the Quality of Life and Great Places 2020 plans. This includes maintaining and updating each plan and accurately tracking and reporting data to funders and community stakeholder groups. The position will also be responsible for ensuring that each plan is reflective of community input, aligned across various initiatives within the Near West and that the community stakeholders have a clear understanding of each plan and their roles in the Near West. A critical part of this position will be directly convening or participating in committees, workgroups, association meetings and task forces, in addition to supporting the functional implementation of initiatives. The position will provide administrative support to the Near West Steering Committee and Collaborative that includes communication, marketing, recruitment of residents and support with other logistics associated with community building. This position is also responsible for intentional and purposeful collaboration between agencies, groups and associations in the Near West neighborhoods.
Essential Position Duties & Responsibilities:
The following statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified.
- Accountable for the leadership, strategic planning, program development, and overall operational administration of the community development activities, including coordination of ongoing activities to meet the goals and objectives
- Actively work with and communicate with leadership from community stakeholders
- Maintain and update the Quality of Life and Great Places 2020 plans, ensure plans are reflective of community input and that community stakeholders have a clear understanding of each plan
- Directly convene or participate in committees, workgroups, association meetings and task forces in addition to supporting the functional implementation of initiatives specific to community building and quality of life planning
- Provide administrative support to the Near West Collaborative that includes communication, marketing, recruitment of residents and support with other logistics associated with community building
- Assist residents, groups, organizations and institutions with identifying neighborhood assets and needs
- Assist in creating partnerships between families, residents, neighborhood-based organizations, faith-based organizations, city/state government, health and human service providers, community development corporations, educational institutions, housing, local businesses and other community assets
- Share data and provide access to information for the benefit of residents, groups, organizations and institutions
- Compile, assemble and distribute stories about the neighborhood community building, planning and implementation process
- Provide hands-on skill development and capacity building to neighborhood resident groups, organizations and institutions, and in addition, work with these groups to identify and nurture emerging leaders in the neighborhood
- Engage in neighborhood events for outreach and public relations
- Coordinate volunteer opportunities
- Ensure compliance with all grant, contracts and reporting requirements and ensure that program goals and objectives are met
- Support locating resources and directly requesting resources, when applicable, to support activities associated with the Quality of Life and Great Places 2020 plans in addition to other community initiatives
- Provide supervision and direction to volunteers and interns associated with community development
- Support Hawthorne sponsored events through leadership, planning and participation
- Other duties as assigned by Executive Director
Performance will be evaluated based on fulfilling the responsibilities of the position as outlined below in a professional and responsive manner; achieving specific community development goals as defined in the Near West Quality of Life and Great Places 2020 plans.
Critical and Demonstrable Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Knowledge of Near West including neighborhood resources, demographics and community assets preferred
- Cultural competency and appreciation of diversity with the ability to effectively and tactfully communicate with a variety of individuals with diverse backgrounds, education, and economic levels and roles
- Ability to be a team player and to promote broad consensus about strategies, plans and specific actions among diverse interests
- Excellent time management and the ability to work independently, learn and engage in self-learning
- Effective planning skills, with the ability to successfully manage a project from start to finish within established timeframes and be proactive in anticipating and alerting others to problems with projects or processes
- Effective verbal, written, and interpersonal skills, as well as strong listening skills
- Proficient in Microsoft Office or comparable programs with the ability to manage data
- Ability to be flexible in your day-to-day work schedule including evening and weekend meetings with the ability to travel to meetings
- Bi-lingual fluency (English and Spanish) is not required, but is desired
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily and be physically present in the office and travel to meetings and events. The requirements listed are representative of the basic knowledge, skills, and/or abilities required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Must be able to pass standard agency pre-employment screenings.
Education and/or Experience:
Bachelor's degree preferred but not required. Demonstrated experience in community organizing and coalition building or relatable experience strongly preferred. Familiarity and experience working with diverse residents, groups, organizations and institutions in a neighborhood setting is required.
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