Part-Time Great Places 2020 Coordinator – Twin Aire

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Part-Time Great Places 2020 Coordinator

Southeast Neighborhood Development, Inc. (SEND), in its role as lead agency for the Great Places 2020 planning process in the Twin Aire neighborhood, seeks to hire a community coordinator.   If interested, please submit cover letter and resume electronically to Paul Smith at Paul@sendcdc.org.  Please include your salary requirements, expressed on a per hour basis, in your cover letter. Deadline for applications is January 20th, 2017.

POSITION DESCRIPTION

The position of Twin Aire Great Places Coordinator will communicate with neighborhood stakeholders to connect them to a community planning process getting underway in early 2017. The selected candidate will work with others to organize, inspire and motivate. This person will be responsible to help neighborhoods identify new leaders, host neighborhood gatherings, and strengthen community-based organizations.

The Great Places Coordinator will be part-time and must be available to regularly work evening and weekend hours. The Great Places Coordinator will directly report to SEND, as the lead neighborhood organization, with additional reporting requirements to Local Initiatives Support Corporation and Citizens Energy Group.

POSITION RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Organize and coordinate neighborhood meetings specific to community building and new placemaking initiative.
  • Engage in neighborhood events for outreach and public relations.
  • Work with residents, groups, organizations and institutions to identify and nurture emerging leaders in the neighborhood. Support residents, groups, organizations and institutions in the process of relationship development within the neighborhood.
  • 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 efforts.
  • Act as liaison between the neighborhood, the neighborhood lead organization, and other partners to facilitate communication and to ensure community objectives are incorporated into ongoing plans for development.
  • Report to Local Initiatives Support Corporation and Citizens Energy Group on progress toward agreed upon goals.

BASIC SKILLS:

  • Ability to communicate effectively in verbal and written form.
  • Ability to communicate and work with people from a variety of socio-economic, racial, ethnic, religious and political backgrounds, beliefs, and practices.
  • Ability to thrive and function in a variety of neighborhood settings.
  • Ability and willingness to attend a variety of meetings; regular evening and weekend hours as required.
  • Ability to collaborate and negotiate with others to implement and accomplish administrative actions and objectives.
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously and the organizational skills to coordinate events and processes.
  • Valid Indiana Driver’s License.
  • Regular attendance.
  • Ability to operate standard office equipment and work with Microsoft office products.
  • Other duties as assigned.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Three to five years’ appropriate neighborhood BA preferred but not required.
  • Familiarity and experience working with residents, groups, organizations and institutions in a neighborhood setting.
  • Demonstrated experience in an assets-based approach to community organizing.
  • Ability to satisfy pre-employment substance abuse and criminal background checks.
  • Familiarity with specific selected neighborhood.
  • Knowledge of language other than English encouraged, but not required.

PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS

  • A demonstrated interest in and commitment to the revitalization of urban neighborhoods.
  • The interpersonal skills necessary to work constructively with a wide variety of people and organizations; the ability to inspire trust, organize people into a team and motivate them to work intently and efficiently together.
  • Must be positive, solution-oriented professional with an entrepreneurial spirit.  
  • Strong commitment to social justice and grassroots policy change.
  • Comfort with group processes and intangibles; a good sense of humor and patience.
  • The ability to be a team player and to promote broad consensus about strategies, plans and specific actions among diverse interests.

BACKGROUND:

The Twin Aire community, with SEND serving as the lead community organization, was designated by the Great Places 2020 initiative and Local Initiatives Support Corporation to be a Great Place.  This designation will require SEND to lead the creation and implementation of a revitalization plan for the quarter-mile radius of the Southeastern and English Avenue intersection, based on input from community stakeholders guided by technical planning assistance.  This plan will guide the creation of a vibrant, mixed-use center for the community over the following five years.

In addition, Citizens Energy Group was recently approved for a United States Economic Development Administration Planning Grant (“EDA Grant”), and one of the expectations of the EDA grant is for an individual serving as a Community Coordinator (Coordinator) to work with Citizens and the Twin Aire neighbors to help develop an assessment and plan as part of the Assessment, Reuse and Implementation (“ARI”) strategy for the Citizens-owned Coke Plant and former Twin Aire Drive-in sites.

It is the goal of Citizens, LISC, and SEND to align the goals and activities of Great Places 2020 and the EDA-funded ARI planning to create an integrated strategy guiding both the creation of the Great Place and the redevelopment of adjacent Citizens-owned property.   These integrated plans will be created through community stakeholder input, facilitated by one Coordinator role, a Great Places 2020 Coordinator, under a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with SEND, and funded by Citizens and LISC.

About Southeast Neighborhood Development (SEND)

SEND is a non-profit community development corporation created by residents to revitalize the near southeast side of Indianapolis and to enhance the quality of life of its diverse spectrum of residents.

About Great Places 2020

Great Places 2020 is a visionary community development project to transform strategic places in Marion County neighborhoods into dynamic centers of culture, commerce and community, preparing Indianapolis for unprecedented success as it reaches its Bicentennial.

About LISC

Local Initiatives Support Corporation is dedicated to transforming distressed neighborhoods into healthy and sustainable communities—good places to work, do business, and raise children.

Author: Peggy Frame

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