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Bilingual Community Organizer

Community Organizer

Full Time Nonexempt

Starting Pay Range: $15.00-18.00/ hour

Application Deadline:  Open Until Filled

JOB SUMMARY

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 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.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

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.
  • Recruits residents in order to ensure the involvement of their neighbors and neighborhood business owners in the implementation of projects proposed in neighborhood plans by recruiting volunteers, developing effective communication strategies, recruiting resident leadership, and gathering resident feedback.
  • Provides advice and guidance to neighborhood business owners about the availability of training, technical assistance and funding for small businesses.
  • Provides staff support for neighborhood meetings and working committees and gatherings focused on soliciting information and opinions from neighborhood 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 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.
  • Develops leadership skills in residents, including opportunities to lead meetings, learn outreach techniques, and advance their interests in their neighborhood and beyond.  
  • Empowers neighborhood residents and organizes resident community service projects.

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 and reports to Director.  
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

This description contains the information and facts considered necessary to describe and evaluate the duties of this position fairly and equitably.  It should not be considered an exhaustive description of all the work requirements to be performed, but indicates the kinds of duties and levels of responsibility required by the position. The Executive Director or his/her designee will have the prerogative of adding or deleting responsibilities as occasion may require.

WORKING CONDITIONS

Site:     409 East Fourth Street

            Bethlehem, PA 18015

Hours: 40 hours per week; flexible

            Some weekends, evenings

Other:  Out-of-town and overnight trips possible.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor's degree in related field preferred, but not required
  • Experience in community organizing and leadership development
  • Excellent communication skills and demonstrated cultural competence
  • Spanish-English bi-lingual preferred
  • Criminal Record Check and Child Abuse History Clearance required
  • Personal vehicle or access to independent transportation required
  • Valid driver’s license and good driving record required (for use of personal vehicle)
  • Proof of motor vehicle insurance (for use of personal vehicle)

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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