Community Organizer

 

Organization Description

Austin Coming Together is the backbone support organization for a broad network of private, public, and non-profit organizations that share a vision for a thriving Austin community. Our mission is to increase the collective impact of our member organizations on education and economic development outcomes in the Austin community of Chicago. ACT and our members have created a common agenda, also known as “Thrive 2025,” a blueprint for collective impact over the next 10 years. Thrive 2025 outlines 4 impact goals that our members collaborate around—Quality Early Learning, Living Wage Careers, Neighborhood Safety, and Stable Housing Market. ACT’s role is to develop shared leadership around our impact goals among our members, facilitate strategic and collaborative action to achieve common goals, develop systems of mutual accountability and support, and create opportunities to engage the community together. Our work is driven by our core values of unity, commitment, transparency, collaboration, and action.

Project Description

Austin Coming Together builds collective power and facilitates collaborative action in Austin with 3 strategic imperatives in mind: 1) improving the quality and coordination of service delivery, 2) creating plans to attract public and private investment, 3) organizing for policy change. The Community Organizer will have two main responsibilities: a) ensure widespread community engagement in, and support for, the Austin Quality of Life Plan, and b) build the ACT network’s collective power to begin organizing for policy change.

Position Description – Community Organizer

During the first year of the Community Organizer position, the primary role of the Community Organizer is to engage community residents and other influential local stakeholders in developing a 5-year plan for the Austin community that addresses education, safety, economic development, and housing. More specifically, the Community Organizer will be responsible and accountable for:

  • Maintaining strong relationships with steering committee members through regular one to one meetings;
  • Convene the steering committee to identify priority issues to be addressed by the Quality of Life Plan
  • Assist members of the steering committee to form subcommittees that create strategies that address the priority issues
  • Support the steering committee to organize 3 major community planning events attended by over 300 residents
  • Develop and broker deals to support local partners in moving projects to implementation
  • Provide documentation and reporting on planning progress to ACT leadership and LISC Chicago staff and funders and participate in LISC meetings and workshops

Qualifications

  • A clear track record of successful community organizing experience
  • A familiarity with the Austin community and the issues its residents face
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to maintain strong relationships in the community
  • Ability to work flexible hours
  • Competency with Microsoft Office Suite, Google Apps, and other modern technology
  • A Bachelor’s degree in sociology, political science, urban studies, or related field preferred

Hours and Compensation

This is a full-time salaried position with benefits. Compensation will be determined based on experience. The Community Organizer is expected to work evenings and weekends when necessary. Interested applicants should address a cover letter to Andrew Born, Director of Operations and submit along with a resume below:

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Application deadline: April 21st, 2017

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