Community Engagement Coordinator
April 15th, 2011
Job schedule varies with season. Job will require weekday, weeknight, and weekend hours according to season.
Commensurate with experience
Community Engagement Coordinator will help Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc. (KIB) in developing sustainable community projects that will improve the environment and the aesthetics of our city’s neighborhoods.
To connect the community to KIB programs that will enhance public spaces, catalyze community pride, empower residents, and build relationships between one another and the natural world, and to nurture emerging leaders through this process of engagement.
To work closely with KIB program staff to deepen community relationships, strengthen ongoing multi-year neighborhood connections, and educate neighborhood volunteers on best practices for long-term success of outdoor community projects.
DUTIES, FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
(Essential duties and functions, pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the following. Other related duties may be assigned). Specifically, the Community Engagement Coordinator will emphasize or add to the following initiatives:
ORGANIZATION-WIDE COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT
- Develop relationships and explore key partnerships within neighborhoods where the organization wishes to increase activity.
- Participate in neighborhood meetings specific to furthering the organization’s mission of building community and transforming public spaces through aesthetic and environmental improvement. Be in close regular contact with neighborhoods wishing to engage with the organization on environmental projects.
- Communicate closely with all program staff (NeighborWoods, IPL Project Greenspace, Community Gardens, KIB Clubs, Great Indy Cleanup, Lilly Day of Service) and connect staff with energized neighborhood groups wishing to deepen involvement.
- Educate community groups on KIB processes and grant application deadlines.
- Increase post-project success by regularly engaging project partners in communication and workshop opportunities
- Manage and grow the Adopt-A-Block program to engage individuals in block beautification and to provide them capacity building opportunities to address other quality of life needs in neighborhoods.
- Move block adopters “up the ladder” of KIB involvements. Connect Adopt-A-Block participants with other KIB programs and opportunities for further engagement.
- Organize the spring Adopt-A-Block volunteer appreciation dinner, spring flower distribution, fall tree distribution and annual supplies distribution.
- Ensure the monitoring of selected neighborhood spaces as required by City Contract.
- Develop and manage a program to engage neighborhoods (individuals, groups, small businesses) in monitoring and maintaining neighborhood spaces.
- Manage the Neighborhood Mowing Vendor Pilot Program, a partnership with the Department of Code Enforcement, to engage individuals or small neighborhood businesses in abating high weeds and grass on nuisance properties in their communities.
POSITION WILL ALSO BE INVOLVED IN THE FOLLOWING PROJECTS:
- Lilly Day of Service as a pathway to meet mission objectives.
- Assisting Development and PR associates in furthering fundraising and marketing for the organization.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES
Candidates must possess required knowledge, skills, abilities and experience and be able to explain and demonstrate, with or without reasonable accommodations, that the essential functions of the job can be performed.
- A demonstrated interest in and commitment to the revitalization of urban neighborhoods and the preservation of the environment.
- Ability to communicate effectively in verbal and written form, including ability to build rapport and ability to engage and manage large crowds of people (for example at neighborhood meetings).
- Ability to communicate and work effectively with people from a variety of socio-economic, racial, ethnic, religious and political backgrounds, beliefs and practices.
- Ability and willingness to attend a variety of meetings: regular evening and weekend hours as required.
- Comfort with group processes and intangibles; a good sense of humor and patience.
- Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and the organizational skills to coordinate events and processes.
- Skilled at engaging the community in projects, and sound judgment in managing contracts with neighborhood organizations.
- Proficient at commonly used office software programs such as Word, Excel, Outlook email, etc.
CHARACTERISTICS OF A STRONG CANDIDATE
Leadership, initiative, self-motivation, attention to detail, highly organized, love of the outdoors, professionalism, ability to inspire. A strong candidate will have a natural ease in new situations, and a strong ability to recall names and personal facts. Knowledge and familiarity with Indianapolis neighborhoods is desired, but not required. Proficiency in another language is desired, but not required.
EDUCATION AND/OR EQUIVALENT EXPERIENCE
Bachelor’s degree or 3 to 5 years of appropriate experience. Strong candidates will have experience working with volunteers within a neighborhood setting.
LICENSES OR CERTIFICATIONS REQUIRED
Valid U.S. Driver’s License.
E-mail a resume and cover letter to Andrew Hart at firstname.lastname@example.org. No phone calls please. All questions about this position will be answered at the time of interview.