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Community Organizer

Community Organizer

Temporary Full Time Nonexempt

Starting Pay Range: $15.00-17.00/ hour

Application Deadline:  Open Until Filled

The Community Organizer supports neighborhood community development by working to expand residents’ capacity to collectively represent themselves as they seek incentives and resources to strengthen their neighborhoods. The Community Organizer works with residents and key stakeholders to organize, build partnerships and develop community cohesion in order to advocate for the affordability of designated Southside and Northside neighborhoods. The Community Organizer also serves as a liaison between residents and the City of Bethlehem to support housing market stability and to ensure a vibrant public realm.

Job Duties Include:

Neighborhood Organizing 

  • Works with residents in establishing and facilitating strong, self-sustaining neighborhood associations and groups dedicated to building community, facilitating communication regarding neighborhood and municipal issues, and serving as centers for neighborhood-based problem solving.
  • Provides outreach in order to ensure the involvement of residents in the implementation of projects proposed in neighborhood plans by recruiting volunteers, developing effective communication strategies, recruiting resident leadership, and gathering resident feedback.
  • Provides staff support for neighborhood meetings and working committees and gatherings focused on soliciting information and opinions from Southside residents, their concerns about the neighborhood and initiatives,  identifying policies to ensure their continued ability to live in homes they currently own or rent. 
  • Develops partnerships among key stakeholders and institutions to further the neighborhood plans.
  • Works directly with City of Bethlehem staff to build relationships with residents and neighborhood groups in order to disseminate essential information to residents.
  • Works aggressively with renters and property owners to ensure that properties are code compliant and individuals are aware of their rights and responsibilities under the Fair Housing Act and landlord-tenant law.
  • Provides referral services to residents and property owners on a variety of community development issues.
  • Provides staff support to assist neighbors for advocating for public services and improvements, code enforcement, neighborhood branding and promotion, and other neighborhood-identified issues.
  • Provides leadership development to residents, including opportunities to lead meetings, learn outreach techniques, and empower other residents to actively participate in decision-making processes in their community.

Census Outreach 

  • Identifies, prepares for, and attends community events in underrepresented areas to provide residents with information on the US Census.
  • Conducts outreach to community organizations and K-12 schools serving underrepresented populations to provide information on the US Census and develops strategies to ensure an accurate count.
  • Conducts door-to-door outreach in underrepresented neighborhoods to inform residents about the US Census and answers any questions that residents may have regarding participation.
  • Coordinates with City of Bethlehem staff and other appropriate entities to develop strategies to ensure an accurate US Census count.

Miscellaneous

  • Ensures alignment of day-to-day responsibilities with program goals, objectives, outcomes, and methodology, including achieving contractual obligations outlined in grants and contracts.
  • Maintains information about and results of outreach efforts in order to effectively manage follow-up and relationship building.  
  • Tracks progress on housing market variables, for example affordability metrics.  

Minimum Requirements:  

  • Bachelor degree or experience in related field preferred
  • Bilingual (English/Spanish) required
  • Experience in community organizing and leadership development
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Proficient computer skills to include Microsoft Office
  • Strong problem solving & the ability to multi task
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities and deadlines

CACLV is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religious creed, ancestry, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation or handicap. 

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