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Community Organizer

Company: Mutual Housing
Location: Sacramento
Posted on: March 20, 2023

Job Description:

Description:Community OrganizerLocation: Sacramento and Yolo County Department: Community Development DepartmentReports to: Acting Community Organizing ManagerFSLA Status: Non-Exempt Hourly positionWage Range: $22.50/hour to $24.50/hour ($46,800 to $50,960 Annual equivalent salary)Generous Benefits Package includes:

  • Medical, Dental, Vision, Life Insurance & Employee Assistant Program - fully covered for Employee
  • Optional Life, Long Term Disability, Critical Illness, Identity Theft Protection and Accident Insurance
  • Generous paid time off, including16 paid holidays which includes the week between Christmas and New Years
  • Thank You Fridays: work to 2:00pm; paid through 5:00pm each Friday.
  • 401K Retirement Plan - Employer match up to 6% - after 6 months service.Who We Are: Mutual Housing California was created in 1988 to catalyze revitalization of low-income communities by strengthening neighborhood assets-both through housing and resident involvement. The organization formed as a partnership of neighborhood residents, business representatives, housing advocates, and local government.Since 1988, Mutual Housing California has developed, managed and supported sustainable affordable housing where residents are partners in advancing equitable communities. Currently, more than 3,400 residents live in over one thousand homes operated by our organization. Our residents describe our properties as safe, clean, community-oriented, and inclusive. Over the past few years we have expanded our geographic service area, moved into green property development, and increased our portfolio of affordable housing and permanent supportive housing. We are currently in construction of three new communities, adding more than 300 additional homes for seniors, and families.At the heart of our work is a desire to build resident-led and resident-directed communities. Our unique commitment to resident leadership is best embodied by our dynamic community organizers. This group of full-time employees is embedded in our communities and works hand-in-hand with our residents to grow their individual leadership, engage the entire resident population and impact their neighborhoods.To support these exciting efforts, we are seeking a passionate individual to join our team as a community organizer Our Culture: We are an organization of diverse and collaborative individuals, driven to do our best work together to create stronger, more stable communities for all. Our work is challenging and fast-paced, but we are flexible and use each other purposefully. We care about the success of the organization, as well as the livelihood of our colleagues, and we truly believe in and support work-life balance; an enriching personal life energizes your work. We don't let issues lie; we are good listeners, direct communicators, and value open dialogue. We don't shy away from engaging in productive conflict which helps us improve and better meet the needs of our communities. We are a learning organization, and therefore, expect you to think critically about your work and the work of the organization. If you are creative and want to be innovative in your work, there is room for you in this organization to contribute and test your ideas. Finally, we trust you. People in our organization are empowered to create their best work environment. Your Role: Each member of the community organizing team is responsible for working with at least one housing community and supporting the Community Development Department objectives. Within your assignment, you will have three primary responsibilities:1) You will build relationships with residents, future neighbors and partners. You will be responsible for connecting with residents on a one-on-one basis and in group settings to better understand and support their interests, and also help build support for the development of more affordable housing. Building trust with residents will be critical as you will be charged with facilitating their leadership and strategically deploying it to strengthen the community and support future housing. You will also be responsible for building relationships with Mutual Housing community partners (schools, faith institutions, nonprofits, other civic leaders, etc.) so that you can nimbly operate within the housing community's ecosystem and support the development of future homes. Within this area, sample tasks include, but are not limited to:
    • Recruiting and building relationships with community members in an inclusive manner through door-knocking, one-on-one meetings, fliers, phone calls, and other methods;
    • Supporting individual resident leaders with leadership development tools, training, and connection to leadership opportunities;
    • Supporting residents with concerns that interfere with leadership development, including conflict mediation and crisis intervention. Collaborating with resident services staff or other supports that are available to help residents;
    • Developing and maintaining a referral network for services needed by leaders that may keep them from participating in community activities.
    • Providing good customer service, acting courteously, compassionately, and responsively to all residents. Demonstrate understanding of resident issues, maintain trust and credibility with residents, and anticipate resident needs.
    • Filling in for a Community Builder or Programs Coordinator as needed at a Mutual Housing community. 2) You will help residents navigate and understand systems that affect their lives. Each resident is unique and can benefit from an array of government services and community programs. You will be responsible for helping individual residents and groups of residents better understand how different systems can benefit and/or impact their lives. You will work in conjunction with your Community Building Manager to ensure that residents understand how to use and influence systems for their benefit and that of the community.Within this area, sample tasks include, but are not limited to:
      • Researching, developing, coordinating, and implementing community engagement and base-building campaigns as useful for the community and Mutual Housing;
      • Identifying and creating pathways for community members to get activated and become neighborhood change agents through base-building efforts, campaigns, action projects and community and/or partner programs.
      • Presenting and recruiting supporters at different community forums, gatherings and partner meetings.
      • Orienting, onboarding, and providing ongoing coaching for community leaders who participate on various decision making bodies.
      • Attending community meetings related to resident and community engagement activities and events.
      • Hosting town halls, workshops, or other group gatherings to collect and report back on community feedback.
      • Developing best practices for embedding community feedback loops in resident services and financial services. 3) You will develop resident leadership skills. Residing at a Mutual Housing community should be an opportunity for personal, professional, and communal advancement. As the community's organizer, you will be responsible for creating and maintaining an environment where residents can expand their opportunities and those of the greater community. Within this area, sample tasks include, but are not limited to:
        • Helping residents identify and deploy their skills and talents to benefit their community;
        • Facilitating formal and informal leadership training to prepare residents to increasingly shape the direction of the community;
        • Preparing resident leaders to advocate for housing and to impact change that benefits their communities. 4) You will plan, develop and report your work with residents. You will be responsible to accurately enter data. Developing good measurements that can be tracked efficiently are key to assessing a program's viability and usefulness to the interest of the community. Good data helps support efforts to fund our work and allows us to tell a story that supports our approach for community development.Within this area, sample tasks include:
          • Entering interactions and engagements with residents into Salesforce;
          • Developing and maintaining program budgets for service activities;
          • Providing accurate and timely billing through Yardi;
          • Entering time, time off and reimbursement requests accurately and on-time into Paylocity;
          • Completing regular assessments of the different campaigns you are managing;
          • Providing support to resource development manager to capture your work for grant proposals;
          • Completing reports on your work for funders and partners;
          • Organizing and prioritizing work effectively;
          • Providing reports to residents on the work relevant to them. Requirements:The ideal candidate has the following strengths:Organization: You are able to manage multiple activities at one time and can quickly assess and prioritize what is needed to complete a given task. You are a systems thinker and structure your work in a way that maximizes efficiency and thoroughness. You are good about returning phone calls and emails, meet deadlines, and don't let things slip through the cracks. Resourceful: You are able to navigate resource constraints by being smart and creative. You approach the world optimistically, seeing challenges as opportunities. You build and maintain friendships and professional relationships, aren't shy about asking for favors, and will try just about anything to solve a problem. You lean into roles within cross-functional teams, whether across departments, across organizational levels, or with 3rd parties in order to achieve departmental and company-wide goals effectively.Communication: You are an exceptionally clear verbal communicator. You are a good listener, intuitive, and understand the needs of others. You excel as a motivator and can lead others to places that they did not even know they wanted to go to or could go to. Interpersonal ability: You are personable and able to build relationships with a diverse set of residents, peers, and external partners. You enjoy spending time with others, are comfortable in an array of environments, and work well one-on-one and in group settings. You are able to deftly switch between being a friend, teacher, and follower. You embrace critical questions and engage in respectful dialogue. You are patient, honest, and possess a healthy drive to create progress. Preferred qualifications
            • You have demonstrated (formal or informal) experience leading and teaching others, building consensus within groups, and moving groups toward action.
            • You have project and event management experience and are comfortable developing ideas and seeing them through to fruition.
            • You have experience and/or are confident in your ability to capture and report data and supervise volunteers and/or interns.
            • You have experience and proficiency in working in diverse, low-income communities with cultural competency and sensitivity, and inclusive practices.
            • You demonstrate good written and oral communication, expressing ideas and information accurately.
            • You are able to use good judgement and seek advice when appropriate.
            • You are self-directed with good attention to detail.
            • You are able to define and solve problems, including seeking advice when appropriate.
            • You demonstrate a positive attitude, respect, and rapport with colleagues.
            • You have a BA in a relevant aspect of the position and have an understanding of the affordable housing community or significant experience organizing around housing issues.
            • You have a second language fluency in a major language spoken by residents.PM20PI208291377

Keywords: Mutual Housing, Sacramento , Community Organizer, Other , Sacramento, California

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