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Housing Network of RI is hiring a full-time Communications Specialist for Homes RI.
This is an important position to Homes RI as this person will be responsible for managing external communications, coordinating messaging, and supporting outreach and engagement in Homes RI.
HNRI is the State’s membership organization for non-profit agencies that are committed to the development of affordable homes and vibrant communities across Rhode Island. HNRI is the backbone organization for Homes RI. HNRI is an equal opportunity employer and does not unlawfully discriminate against employees or applicants on the basis of race, color, country of ancestral origin, religion, disability, familial status, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, or status as a victim of domestic violence. Whenever practicable, HNRI will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities to the extent required by law.
Homes RI is a coalition of organizations working together to increase and preserve the supply of safe, healthy and affordable homes throughout Rhode Island. We believe Rhode Island can and should be a state where all residents are able to live in safe, healthy and affordable homes in thriving communities.
HNRI is seeking a passionate individual to execute strategic communications for Homes RI and support resident-centered engagement activities for the effort. This position will focus on implementing strategies to increase community engagement and motivate the public and policymakers to drive change that will result in increased affordable homes for Rhode Islanders. This encompasses managing overall external communications for Homes RI, coordinating strategic messaging among partners, and supporting engagement of diverse participants.
Compensation and Benefits: This is a full-time, non-exempt position of 40 hours per week. Salary range is
$42,000 - $45,000 annually. Benefits include 12 paid holidays, three personal days/year, paid vacation days, paid sick time, bereavement leave, health and dental insurance, eligibility to participate in employer- sponsored 403(b) retirement plan, access to professional development opportunities, and mileage reimbursement.
Work Hours and Schedule: HNRI hours of business are Monday – Friday, 9:00am – 5:00pm. It is expected that employees will generally follow this schedule and complete work in the office. Following satisfactory completion of a 90-day introductory period, the employee may arrange a flexible work schedule that includes off-site work with their immediate supervisor and approval from the Executive Director. Out-of-office time should not exceed more than 40% of the employee’s total weekly hours (16 hours/week for a 40-hour/week position).
Supervision: This position will report to the Housing Opportunities Initiative Manager Katie West.
Equipment and supplies: The Housing Network of Rhode Island is an open office with cubicles. The employee will be furnished with an individual cube, laptop (with Microsoft Office Suite) and monitor, and landline telephone with wireless printer access. The building has a gate-entry parking lot/street parking, accessible entrance with ramp, and an elevator. It is accessible by public transit on the RIPTA R-Line.
Please e-mail a letter of interest and your resume by 11:00pm on Sunday, January 26 to Ms. Katie West at HR@housingnetworkri.org. Please include the position title in the subject heading of your e-mail.
Courtesy of Housing Network of RI
For immediate release: September 18, 2018
Contact: Sarah Dell, 401.871.9048 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Campaign calls on state leaders to invest in more affordable housing funding stream
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (September 18, 2018) – The “Homes RI” campaign was launched today to shine a spotlight on the increased need for Rhode Island to invest in building more affordable homes in cities and towns across the state, and to call on elected officials to pledge their support for more affordable homes.
Home buyers and renters, including low- and middle-income Rhode Islanders, are facing a housing market that simply cannot meet their needs. Soaring costs for homeownership and rent has resulted in both buyers and renters struggling to find any homes that are affordable statewide.
According to HousingWorks RI, in addition to a lack of existing affordable homes, new inventory is not being built to meet the state’s needs. Just 1,226 building permits were issued in Rhode Island in 2016, with only 25% of those for multi-family units.
The “Homes RI” campaign is a joint effort of United Way of Rhode Island and housing and non-profit organizations, including: Housing Network of Rhode Island, Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) Rhode Island, HousingWorks RI, Neighbors 4 Revitalization at the CYC, Rhode Island Community Action Association, R.I. Center for Justice, R.I. Homeless Advocacy Project, Rhode Island KIDS COUNT, Rhode Island Interfaith Coalition, and Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless.
“A safe and affordable home is one of the most basic needs we have, and it’s evident that too many Rhode Islanders are struggling to find one. So far in 2018, our 2-1-1 call center has received nearly 100,000 requests for housing-related help.” said Anthony Maione, President and CEO, United Way of Rhode Island. “The demand for homes that are affordable in Rhode Island has never been more clear. We must take action.”
In 2016, the Question 7 ‘Housing Opportunity’ bond was passed by voters to provide $50 million for the construction and rehabilitation of more than 800 affordable homeownership and rental housing units across Rhode Island, and to help cities and towns revitalize blighted and foreclosed properties. The bond was estimated to create 1,700 good paying jobs for the state’s building and construction workers, to help local employers attract and retain a strong workforce, and to leverage $160 million in federal and private investment in local communities.
Even with this progress, Rhode Island falls short in comparison to its neighbors, with Massachusetts investing $100 per capita in affordable housing and Connecticut investing $85 per capital in FY2017. Without a consistent funding stream, Rhode Island only invests $5 per capita toward housing. The Homes RI campaign urges greater investment in housing at the state level — an investment that is urgent for Rhode Island families and for a healthy economy.
“Housing that is affordable and safe is critical for all Rhode Islanders. Without it, our children’s education, our seniors’ health, and maintaining our workforce are all at risk,” said Brenda Clement, Director of HousingWorks RI. “The path to economic opportunity begins at your front door.”
The Homes RI campaign will highlight case studies of affordable housing in communities across the state, and will work to build support for greater investment in housing.
For more information on the ‘Homes RI’ campaign, visit www.homesri.org
HNRI is the State’s membership organization for non-profit agencies that are committed to the development of affordable housing and vital communities across Rhode Island. HNRI is committed to strengthening its affordable housing member organizations and the larger affordable housing and community development sectors.
Homes RI is a united effort of multiple organizations including nonprofits and housing organizations. The goal of Homes RI is to shine a spotlight on the need for increased investments in the production, preservation and maintenance of affordable homes across Rhode Island and the ways we can accomplish this as a state. Homes RI is the external communications platform for the Housing Opportunities Initiative (HOI) and serves the housing sector and the public. HOI is a cross-sector coalition of participants who, using a collective impact approach, are working to increase the supply of safe, healthy and affordable housing throughout Rhode Island over the next decade.
HNRI is seeking a passionate individual to execute key communications activities for Homes RI and to support a resident-centered community engagement strategy for the initiative. This position will build on key recommendations from stakeholders including: 1) educate the public and policymakers related to the benefits of community development and 2) support the communications infrastructure of the Initiative through the Homes RI platform.
Salary: This is a part-time hourly position of 24-30 hours per week, at rate of $22 per hour. Benefits are not included.
Please e-mail a letter of interest and your resume by 5pm on Friday January 18, 2019 to Ms. Katherine West at HR@housingnetworkri.org. Please include the position title in the subject heading of your e-mail.
HNRI is an equal opportunity employer and does not unlawfully discriminate against employees or applicants on the basis of an individual’s race, color, country of ancestral origin, religion, disability, familial status, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, or status as a victim of domestic violence. Whenever practicable, HNRI will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities to the extent required by law.
HNRI is seeking a dynamic individual to help develop and implement activities that will advance the objectives of Our Homes: Our Votes 2020. OHOV 2020 is a project of the National Low Income Housing Coalition focused on building the voting power of people impacted by housing insecurity and elevating housing as a policy priority at all levels of government. The Community Organizer will lead outreach and education efforts to diverse constituents across Rhode Island and support voter registration and candidate engagement activities.
· Lead community outreach and voter engagement efforts: Working with Homes RI partners, develop and implement strategies to engage, educate and mobilize diverse constituents and stakeholders on issues concerning housing and homelessness and voting rights / process, prioritizing people most affected by housing insecurity and voting barriers.
o Utilize a variety of approaches to connect with and mobilize constituents including in-person meetings, info sessions, community events, print and digital media, canvassing, phone banking, and more. As necessary, design materials and activities to support these efforts and share with appropriate stakeholders.
o Coordinate with Homes RI partners and others to train staff and volunteers to support outreach and voter engagement activities for OHOV 2020 activities.
o Engage, recruit, and build relationships with other organizations and individuals whose aspirations align with Homes RI and OHOV 2020.
o Identify methods and sources of data to effectively target constituents and maximize efforts, and recommend tools to track progress.
o Support leadership development of volunteers and constituents.
o Work with Homes RI Communications Specialist to embed voter information across multiple platforms (website, social media, print materials, etc.).
· Coordinate nonpartisan voter registration events and activities: Identify opportunities to include voter registration activities at various events and coordinate with partner organizations on logistics, staffing, and promotion. Plan, staff, and manage volunteers for at least two stand-alone voter registration drives, ensuring that events are widely promoted through different media and are accessible to residents in the chosen communities.
· Support candidate engagement on housing issues: Help plan and execute events to engage federal and state legislative candidates. With input from partners, develop and disseminate a candidate questionnaire for federal candidates. Identify opportunities to engage candidates on housing issues via partner organizations and through different forms of media, including survey questions, polls, social activity, etc. and in-person.
Homes RI Community Organizer Position Description
Compensation and Benefits: This is a temporary part-time, non-exempt position of approximately 24 hours per week. Compensation is $20/hour with no fringe benefits. Travel reimbursement is provided for expenses incurred while working, including mileage. Professional development opportunities are available.
Work Hours and Schedule: HNRI hours of business are Monday – Friday, 9:00am – 5:00pm. Given the nature of the position’s responsibilities, it is expected that the employee will be willing and able to work evenings and weekends as needed, and shifts may fall outside of the business hours of the office or take place off site. A mutually agreed upon schedule that accommodates the duties of this job will be arranged between the employee and their immediate supervisor with approval from the Executive Director.
Supervision: This position will be supervised by Housing Opportunities Initiative Manager Katie West.
Equipment and supplies: The Housing Network of Rhode Island is an open office with cubicles. The employee will be furnished with an individual cube, laptop (with Microsoft Office Suite), and landline telephone with wireless printer access. The building has a gate-entry parking lot/street parking, accessible entrance with ramp, and an elevator. It is accessible by public transit on the RIPTA R-Line.
Other Important Information: This position is temporary and funded through November 30, 2020. Extension will be contingent upon availability of future funding.
Please e-mail a letter of interest and your resume by 11:00pm on Friday, January 17, 2020 to Ms. Katie West at HR@housingnetworkri.org. Please include the position title in the subject heading of your e-mail.
Courtesy of the Housing Network of Rhode Island
The Housing Opportunities Initiative (HOI) is a cross-sector coalition of partners that is seeking to transform the state’s under-resourced affordable housing system and create a common agenda to increase the supply of safe, healthy and affordable housing throughout Rhode Island, equitably reducing the housing cost burden for low and moderate income residents over the next decade. Partners are approaching this challenge through concentrated work efforts in four key areas: increasing community engagement in affordable housing issues, reducing high development costs, increasing investment and building capacity in the affordable housing “system”, and making existing homes safer, healthier, and more affordable to maintain.
The HOI employs a collective impact approach in addressing the state’s affordable housing challenge. Collective impact initiatives are characterized by building a common agenda, establishing a system of shared measurement, fostering mutually reinforcing activities, encouraging continuous communication and supported by a strong “backbone” organization. Collective impact principles include a commitment to equity, inclusion, building relationships based on mutual trust and respect, and cultivating leadership skills.
Position Description Overview
The Housing Network of Rhode Island is seeking a dynamic and passionate individual to develop and implement a robust community engagement strategy that is focused on building a grassroots network of residents and leaders who are committed to increasing affordable housing opportunities for low and moderate-income Rhode Islanders and coordinate communications and messaging activities across partners.
Working closely with HNRI staff and partners, the Community Engagement Specialist will build on key recommendations from the HOI Community and Political Engagement Strategy Team, encompassing the following: increasing the public’s understanding of Rhode Island’s lack of affordable housing and the impact this has on our communities’ wellbeing, education, health, and economic development; educating community members about the issues of homelessness and affordable housing; and supporting the communications infrastructure of Housing Opportunities Initiative cross-sector coalition.
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Qualities:
Salary: $37,000 – 42,000 annually. Benefits included. Position is full time, 40 hours a week.
Please e-mail a resume and a cover letter explaining interest in the position and qualifications to Ms. Melina Lodge at HR@housingnetworkri.org. Please include the position title in the subject heading of your e-mail.
About Roger Williams University:
Roger Williams University, located on the coast of Bristol, RI, is a forward-thinking private university with 45 undergraduate majors and more than a dozen graduate programs spanning the liberal arts and the professions, where students become community-minded citizens through project-based, experiential learning. With small classes, direct access to faculty and boundless opportunities for real-world projects, RWU students develop the ability to think critically while simultaneously building the practical skills that today's employers demand. In addition to its 4,000 undergraduates and 300 graduate students, RWU is home to a thriving University College based in Providence as well as Rhode Island's only law school.
Roger Williams University is committed to creating and supporting an intellectual community devoted to teaching and learning and providing the opportunity for personal and intellectual growth for students, faculty and staff. The University credits much of its growth and success to the hard work and dedication of its employees.
Under the direction of the Director, Latino Policy Institute (LPI), the Communications and Program Coordinator will participate in a variety of activities related to communications and program coordination, including media relations, social media, research and development, writing, and outreach. The incumbent will execute a comprehensive strategy that articulates the our organization's impact and increases the public's understanding on the importance of Latinos in Rhode Island in accordance with LPI's mission, vision, and values.
Communication and Outreach
Program Coordination and Community Engagement
Associates degree in a related field.
Three to five years demonstrated skills, knowledge and experience in the design and execution of marketing, communications and public relations activities.
Be an ambitious self-starter with an interest in Latino public policy.
Excellent writing skills to convey information and ideas to a variety of audiences through multiple outlets.
Ability to prioritize work and meet deadlines.
Experience working with diverse populations and be able to create content that is inclusive of a diverse range of audiences.
Demonstrated success in establishing a brand identity on social media including building audiences, creating content, and collaborating with partners and influencers.
Bachelor's degree in a related field.
At the University's discretion, the education and experience prerequisites may be excepted where the candidate can demonstrate, to the satisfaction of the University, an equivalent combination of education and experience specifically preparing the candidate for success in the position.
As an institution committed to strengthening society through engaged teaching and learning as well as building the university that the world needs now, Roger Williams University values inclusion, seeks to reflect the diversity of the region and create access to higher education and career success.
The University seeks candidates who, through their work and life experiences, service to the community, and teaching or research, can contribute to our diversity, inclusivity, and equity goals.
Roger Williams University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and committed to a diverse workforce. All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or any other basis protected by applicable state and federal law.
For information on our Non-discrimination and Title IX policy, visit: rwu.edu/NDT9
Salaries for new hires at Roger Williams University usually fall between the minimum and midpoint of the salary range.
Minimum 25th Midpoint 75th Maximum
$22,534 $24,749 $26,963 $28,056 $31,392
Please attach a resume, cover letter, and list of three (3) professional references. In your cover letter/letter of interest, in addition to listing how your qualifications meet the requirements of the position, please include information about how you would be able to contribute to RWU's diversity, inclusivity, and equity goals.
Courtesy of Roger Williams University
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