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JOB OPENING: COMMUNITY ORGANIZER
FULL TIME (35 hrs/wk)
SALARY: $38,000-$40,000, depending on experience

The Childhood Lead Action Project is looking for an experienced community organizer to facilitate local-level, community-driven advocacy campaigns aimed at eliminating lead poisoning in Rhode Island. The new organizer will assist with efforts already underway in several areas of the state, and take primary responsibility for moving our efforts forward in Pawtucket, Central Falls, and Woonsocket. Fluency/high level of proficiency in both Spanish and English is essential.

The organizer will be responsible for a variety of activities to support campaign and organizational goals. Major advocacy campaign decisions will be made collectively by coalition members and staff.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Recruit and provide initial orientation and training to coalition members, with special effort made to engage families affected by lead poisoning/lead hazards
  • Drive campaign momentum by providing staff support for coalition meetings and activities (scheduling, reminders/turnout, agenda prep, facilitation, etc.)
  • Promote focused, inclusive, and fun process as coalition members work to set goals, choose effective organizing tactics, and evaluate/celebrate progress as a group
  • Arrange for formal and informal educational opportunities for coalition members, as needs arise (encouraging skill-sharing within the group whenever possible)
  • Participate in community outreach and education regarding tenants' rights, financial assistance for lead abatement for homeowners, and other specific topics related to lead poisoning prevention (could include: door knocking, house parties, community group presentations, more)
  • Maintain organized, accurate records and participate in reporting on activities and accomplishments
  • Other tasks, as needed, interested, and assigned by Executive Director

TRAINING AND SUPERVISION
The Community Organizer will receive ongoing training and supervision from our Executive Director. Initial training will be provided in the form of assigned readings, discussions, online research exercises, and opportunities to shadow or interview a variety of lead professionals and other contacts.

BENEFITS

  • Generous benefits package, reflecting a strong commitment to providing a sustainable work/life balance, includes:
  • Health and dental insurance (premiums covered 100% by employer for full-time employees)
  • Paid vacation, holiday, sick, and personal days (vacation time increases after 2 and 4 years employment)
  • Compensatory time
  • Opportunity to participate in a retirement plan (small employer match after 2 years employment)

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Community organizing experience (paid or unpaid) required
  • Bilingual (Spanish/English) fluency/high level of proficiency required
  • Valid driver's license and regular access to a car required
  • Excellent verbal and interpersonal skills required
  • Highly organized and dependable
  • Experience teaching/training adults (in any context) preferred
  • Experience facilitating respectful and genuine community-building and decision-making within diverse groups
  • Familiarity with Rhode Island/Rhode Island communities very helpful
  • Computer skills (ability to use common office programs, troubleshoot typical office hardware and software programs, quickly learn to use new software)
  • Public speaking
  • Research skills
  • Knowledge of the following topics helpful:
  • Environmental justice/environmental health
  • Lead poisoning/lead poisoning prevention law & policy
  • Housing safety, tenants' rights
  • RI state and municipal government

The Childhood Lead Action Project is an equal opportunity employer. People of color, women and LGBT individuals are encouraged to apply.

Send cover letter and resume ASAP to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Position will be open until filled.

Posted 4/11/2018

REFUGEE LEAD POISONING PREVENTION INITIATIVE COORDINATOR (AMERICORPS VISTA)

 
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