Project Coordinator, Austin Neighborhood Stabilization


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

One of Austin Coming Together’s Thrive 2025 impact goals is to stabilize the housing market by supporting or intervening with owners of 400 troubled properties (vacant, at-risk of foreclosure, in foreclosure, in need of repairs, etc.). ACT will achieve this goal by developing and deepening strong relationships with resident leaders on target blocks and by connecting them with the resources and supports provided by ACT members and other technical assistance partners.

Position Description – Project Coordinator

The primary role of the Project Coordinator is to act as a liaison between resident leaders on targeted blocks in Austin and the organizations that can support their efforts to stabilize their neighborhood. More specifically, the Project Coordinator is responsible for carrying out the following responsibilities:

  • Train and mobilize neighborhood leaders to regularly survey the properties in their neighborhood.
  • Assist neighborhood leaders identify issues and create/execute action plans to stabilize properties on their blocks.
  • Maintain strong relationships with, and leverage the resources of, city-wide technical assistance partners (NHS, LISC, CIC, City of Chicago) and ACT member organizations for local projects.
  • Update the status of vacant buildings and property interventions on targeted blocks in ACT’s database.
  • Act as a liaison between ACT and larger initiatives at the city level (i.e. Micro Market Recovery Program).


  • A Bachelor’s degree or 2-3 years of experience in Urban Planning, Real Estate, Community Organizing/Development, or related fields preferred
  • 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, and a high level of self-motivation
  • A clear track record of experience with data management
  • Competency with Microsoft Office Suite, Google Apps, and other modern technology
  • Ability to use email marketing and social media tools

Hours and Compensation

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


Application deadline: April 21st, 2017

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