SPCA Community Organizer – Full-Time Position

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The Sherman Park Community Association (SPCA) is seeking a full-time Community Organizer to coordinate and implement a series of neighborhood-based community organizing activities. This is a full-time position that reports to the Executive Director.

ABOUT SPCA:

SPCA is a 501(c)(3) membership-based neighborhood association of residents, businesses, religious and community organizations in the Sherman Park neighborhood. Our purpose is to promote the many advantages of living in a diverse neighborhood, connect neighbors and residents to quality resources and each other, support the community in the areas of housing, public safety, economic viability, and other issues that affect the Sherman Park neighborhood.

PROJECT BACKGROUND:

The project will assist SPCA to organize and empower residents within the Sherman Park neighborhood to work on quality of life issues. Key activities include supporting the SPCA Membership & Community Engagement Committee, Reclaiming Our Neighborhoods (RON) Coalition, BUILD Health Challenge and the Sherman Park ECO Team. Communication and presence with residents and block watch groups, and work with SPCA residents and community partners to address quality of life concerns in the neighborhood.

OVERVIEW & COMMITMENT:

SPCA is seeking a person to work with other SPCA staff to develop and implement proven strategies that strengthen resident engagement and improve the well-being of the Sherman Park neighborhood. Knowledge best practices of community organizing/ outreach and leadership development.

This is a 40- hour per week job but SPCA does operate in a flexible working environment, meaning that work sometimes happens during weekends or after traditional working hours, or working remotely.

RESPONSIBILITIES:
The Community Organizer will inform, coordinate and empower residents within the Sherman Park neighborhood to advocate and work on common concerns and on issues that improve the quality of life for the entire neighborhood.

Key activities include communication with residents and block watch groups, work with SPCA community partners and residents concurrently to address quality of life initiatives such as housing, community health, public safety and economic vitality. The Community Organizer will work with the BUILD Health Challenge Sherman Park, Sherman Park ECO Team, Reclaiming Our Neighborhoods (RON) Coalition and support the SPCA Membership & Community Engagement Committee. Specifically, the community organizer will:

  • Provide regular communication and outreach to block watch captains, SPCA partners and Milwaukee Police Department liaisons to provide resources and support (i.e., distribution of printed materials/ literature, the management of social media content and regular attendance at virtual and in-person meetings and hosting of virtual or in-person meetings when necessary etc.).
  • Connect neighborhood residents to needed resources, timely information and identify potential community issues for the RON coalition, BUILD Health Challenge, ECO and Sherman Park Community Association’s activities (both virtual and door-to-door).
  • Participate in RON coalition meetings and activities including but not limited to completing housing surveys, inventory and resident education of home repair resources.
  • Provide logistical, administrative support and recruitment to the RON coalition, Sherman Park ECO Ambassadors, BUILD Health Challenge including resident invitations, communications, and follow-up activities.
  • Serve as SPCA representative to all resident leaders/ block captains and on RON coalition, Sherman Park ECO Team, Friends of Sherman Park; Coalition for Safe Driving MKE, MPD District #7 Block Watch Council, Crime & Safety Meetings for Districts 3 & 7, Cardiff meetings and BUILD Health Challenge Sherman Park etc.
  • Provide logistical and administrative support to the SPCA Membership & Community Engagement (MCE) Committee, including resident invitations, communications, and follow-up activities.
  • Work with the Executive Director and Membership & Community Engagement Committee to develop and launch communications strategy for SPCA and its current and new members.
  • Ability to read, interpret, track and write clear and concise reports on all activities for grants and activity reporting for the association.

BUDGET & TIMEFRAME: Salary range $42,000-$45,000 and includes a health benefits and life insurance package. Salary will be commensurate with experience.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Ability to convene residents and SPCA partners around the quality of life issues SPCA seeks to address. Two years community organizing experience is preferred but comparable experience considered.
  • Action-oriented, adaptable, and innovative approach to community organizing.
  • Must have a high school diploma or GED.
  • City of Milwaukee residency is required. Funds used to pay for this project come from the City of Milwaukee Community Development Grants Administration via the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD).
  • Residents that reside within the Sherman Park boundaries are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • Good communications skills (both verbal and written).
  • Value diversity and inclusion efforts.
  • Ability to work in solidarity with historically disadvantaged communities.
  • Cultural sensitivity.
  • Ability, desire and experience working with diverse individuals from different backgrounds and developing trusted partnerships.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office, Google or similar applications, social media apps and virtual meeting tools (2-3 years proficiency).
  • Available to work evenings and weekends as required.
  • Proper automobile registration, proof of a valid Wisconsin driver’s license and proof of liability insurance.
  • Love of continuous learning and willingness to initiate suggestions for improvement.
  • Commitment to our mission: Residents Committed to Our Diverse Urban Community.
  • Willingness to identify and publicize the advantages of living in Sherman Park; educate the Milwaukee community of these advantages; improve communication within and outside the community concerning schools, housing, public safety, public health and other community needs and concerns; to explore and further promote innovative projects that will initiate action furthering urban living.
  • Candidates with varied backgrounds or greater experience are encouraged to apply.

HIRING PROCESS:

Please send a cover letter and resume to Mabel Lamb, Executive Director by Friday, May 27th, 2022.

SPCA is an equal opportunity employer. We will not discriminate and will take affirmative action measures to ensure against discrimination in employment, recruitment, advertisements for employment, compensation, termination, upgrading, promotions, and other conditions of employment against any employee or job applicant on the bases of race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, veteran’s status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

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