Community Organizing Manager

La Casa de Don Pedro | Newark, New Jersey

Job Summary

The Community Organizing Manager serves as the senior member of La Casa’s Community Organizing Unit; responsible for overseeing the organizing strategy as well as day to day organizing duties. We seek an innovative and experienced organizer who enjoys thinking and executing solutions that are ‘outside the box’.  This dynamic leader will have a proven track record for empowering community stakeholders to create sustainable change in their community. The Organizing Manager will provide leadership and support the implementation of our community’s guiding comprehensive plan Transforming Lower Broadway: A Quality of Life Roadmap and the Lower Broadway Marketing plan. Working as part of a team, the Organizing Manager must have the capacity to interface with local residents; public officials; school leadership; businesses; public agencies; other Divisions within La Casa and others.. 

Reports To

Division Director

Responsibilities

RESPONSIBILITY AND DUTIES:

  • Bring a fresh and innovative approach to developing and implementing initiatives that inspire and engage residents and stakeholders.
  • Provide leadership, guidance and counsel to community organizing efforts within Lower Broadway and other areas as assigned.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with local community leaders to execute community-driven goals and objectives.
  • Support and guide the Lower Broadway Neighborhood Association’s strategic vision. 
  • Develop and manage systems that ensure active community participation.
  • Offer support, technical assistance and information to collaborating agencies, community based organizations, schools, youth groups, parent groups, business organizations and other stakeholder groups
  • Develop and update training protocols and elements related to leadership training workshops and other training elements
  • Lead and/or assist in the planning, implementation and promotion of Community & Economic Development Division events and campaigns
  • Preparation of required monthly reports, communications and administrative functions
  • Responsible for community building and outreach efforts with the goal of increasing awareness in the community of La Casa’s program and increase participant numbers.
  • Participate in community meetings, visibility/events and conferences as needed
  • Perform other duties as assigned 

Qualifications

EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE, PHYSICAL DEMANDS, OTHER REQUIREMENTS:

  • Degree in related field or combination of equivalent work experience and education
  • Five years’ experience in community organizing
  • Experience in volunteer management, leadership training, meeting facilitation and/or community relations
  • Understanding of commercial revitalization techniques and business engagement;
  • English/Spanish bi-lingual preferred
  • Detail oriented high achiever with demonstrated leadership, communication and organizational skills
  • Excellent writing, verbal, interpersonal skills
  • Computer skills, including use of Microsoft Office Suite; website maintenance; database management and social networking
  • Vehicle and appropriate auto insurance coverage and a valid NJ driver’s license
  • Superior communication skills including social networking; newsletter writing; blog posts,  public speaking and presentations
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills including public speaking and written reporting; workshop facilitation experience is a plus. 
  • A problem solver and self-starter who demonstrates the ability to think fast on his/her feet; a team player; able to multi-task; attentive to detail.
  • Familiarity with non-profit training or social service organizations.
  • Strong computer skills including experience with MS Office applications, using the Internet and database management.
  • Professional attire required.
  • Required to sit and walk for long periods of time.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently exposed to a variety of weather conditions.

*The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Requirements/Other

SCHEDULE:

  • Monday – Friday – 9:00 am – 5:00 pm (Subject to change)
  • Ability to work evenings, weekends and when necessary to attend community meetings and functions 
  • Flexible schedule – May be required to work evenings and weekends
  • Ability to travel as needed (in-town and out-of-town trainings and conferences)

How to Apply

Please email your resume with cover letter to:lprezeau@lacasanwk.org   Only candidates being considered for an interview will be contacted.   

La Casa de Don Pedro