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JOB OPENING: COMMUNITY ORGANIZER - LEAD POISONING (PROVIDENCE, CENTRAL FALLS)
FULL TIME (35 hrs/wk)
SALARY: $36,000-$40,000/yr, depending on experience
The Childhood Lead Action Project is looking for a full-time Community Organizer to coordinate grassroots advocacy campaigns aimed at eliminating lead poisoning in Rhode Island. The new organizer will take primary responsibility for staffing our existing activist coalition based in Providence and assisting with related community education and outreach activities. They will also play a supporting role with similar work in Central Falls and other areas of the state.
This is an exciting job for someone who believes that it is possible to change deeply entrenched social problems when groups of people directly affected by injustice come together to hold those in power accountable and demand meaningful reforms. The Childhood Lead Action Project is a great fit for someone who cares deeply about social justice, believes in sharing power and responsibility with others, and who wants to work on system change that will bring wide- reaching benefits to local families.
The Childhood Lead Action Project believes that every child deserves a safe place to play, learn, and grow, and that includes safety from lead. Although our state has made tremendous progress reducing childhood lead poisoning rates over the last few decades, far too many children are still at risk of exposure. Low-income families, people of color, and refugees unfairly face a higher risk of lead exposure, on top of other challenges and forms of discrimination. Lead is all around us - in paint on old houses, contaminated soil, and pipes scattered throughout the drinking water delivery system. However, lead poisoning can be prevented if these sources are removed or covered up properly. We believe this can happen for our whole community if people have access to information, technical training, and financial assistance - and if landlords are required to keep homes lead safe.
In the past, we have won significant victories in all four of these areas. We are proud of these accomplishments, but know this is not enough. We are now working to make the most of current laws and resources and shine a light on the gaps that still remain, such as the clearly unmet needs of undocumented immigrants and others fearful of interaction with the legal system. In general, we are working to increase the supply of safe, affordable housing and build the political and social power of families affected by lead poisoning.
Specific campaign goals currently include:
• Systematic, fair, and effective enforcement of lead safety requirements for rental housing, with steps taken to support tenants in the process and protect them from landlord retaliation, and to ensure that lower-income landlords receive extra help. General landlord accountability to tenants, especially in cases where tenants are uncomfortable requesting or accepting help from government agencies is important. (Campaign steps could include: working w/ tenants to investigate and expose serious cases of retaliation and negligence to the media)
• More financial resources to help low-income homeowners (including landlords) afford repair work needed to keep their properties safe (state and federal policy)
• Systems and practices that will connect existing lead safety resources (e.g., homeowner grants, legal consultation for tenants, free lead safety training for painters and others) to people and communities who need help the most have faced an unfair proportion of the problem in the past
• Regular coordination and stronger partnerships between agencies with enforcement responsibilities and those providing lead abatement assistance (and related services), and systems that will connect these agencies’ resources
The organizer will be responsible for a variety of activities to support campaign and organizational goals. Major advocacy campaign decisions will be made together by coalition members and staff.
• Recruit and provide initial orientation and training to volunteer activists, with special effort made to engage families affected by lead poisoning/lead hazards
• Drive campaign momentum by providing staff support for coalition meetings and activities (scheduling, reminders/turnout, agenda prep, facilitation, etc.)
• Provide structure for focused, inclusive, and fun process as coalition members work to set goals, choose effective organizing tactics, and evaluate/celebrate progress as a group
• Arrange for formal and informal educational opportunities for coalition members, as needs arise (for example, skill-sharing among group members, presentations/Q&A sessions by staff members, etc.)
• Communicate effectively with decision-makers and partner agencies on behalf of the organization, and support coalition members in doing the same
• Participate in meetings, protests, hearings, and other activities planned by coalition, and help coalition members prepare, participate, and reflect on their experiences
• Participate in community outreach and education regarding tenants’ rights, financial assistance for lead abatement for homeowners, and other specific topics related to lead poisoning prevention and safe, affordable housing access (could include: door knocking, house parties, community group presentations, more)
• Maintain organized, accurate records and assist supervisor with reporting on activities and accomplishments to various audiences
• Other tasks, as needed, interested, and assigned by Executive Director
We value learning and growth highly at the Childhood Lead Action Project. The Community Organizer will receive ongoing training and supervision from our Executive Director, with additional support from coworkers. Initial training will include assigned readings, discussions, in-person classes, online tutorials, research assignments, and opportunities to shadow or interview a variety of lead professionals and other contacts. Ongoing training will include occasional opportunities to attend conferences and workshops. Depending on the new staff member’s experience, training topics will include: Childhood Lead Action Project resources, rules, culture, and history; causes and effects of lead poisoning; organizing tactics and strategy; environmental justice/health equity; history of lead poisoning policy and activism; state and local government; short and long-term lead poisoning prevention methods; lead poisoning prevention law and policy; and relevant research methods. We encourage all staff to reflect on their own personal learning styles and goals and share this with the Executive Director so that assignments can be tailored to needs and strengths.
Generous benefits package, reflecting our strong commitment to providing a sustainable work/life balance, includes:
• Health and dental insurance (premiums covered 100% by employer for full-time employees)
• Paid vacation, holiday, sick, and personal days after 3-month trial period, with vacation time increase after 2 and 4 years employment
• Opportunity to participate in a retirement plan, with employer contribution after 2 years employment
• Reimbursement for miles driven for required work activities at standard (federal) rate
Our office is in a beautiful restored Victorian in the West End of Providence, right on several bus lines. Each staff member has a desk, computer, phone, and office supplies. We share a mini kitchen w/ refrigerator, microwave, and toaster. There are also several tasty, reasonably affordable places to grab lunch within walking distance (diner, coffee shop, Guyanese restaurant, Guatemalan restaurant, fruit stand, pizza). Staff are not required to set identical schedules, but we do plan our time so that everyone will be here together on as regular a basis as possible within general office hours. This gives us the opportunity to teach and learn from each other, build trust and community, and work together towards shared goals. It makes it possible for a small staff to be widely accessible and responsive to community members and organizational partners, as a group. Of our 5 current staff members, 3 have worked for the Childhood Lead Action Project for over 10 years.
• Community organizing experience (paid or unpaid) strongly preferred
• Bilingual (Spanish/English) fluency strongly preferred
• Excellent verbal and interpersonal skills
• Highly organized and dependable
• Able and willing to work nights and weekends to accommodate community member schedules and needs
• Driver’s license and regular access to a car (for meeting families in different areas of the state, providing rides to
meetings, actions, etc.)
• Able to help others identify and address patterns of racism, classism, and similar problems
• Able to facilitate respectful and genuine community-building and decision-making within diverse groups
• Comfortable with public speaking, media interviews, door-to-door canvassing, and meeting lots of new people on a regular basis
• Computer skills (ability to use common office programs, troubleshoot typical office hardware and software problems, and learn to use technology that is new to you)
• Basic research skills, including the ability to identify the most important questions to be answered for a project and and evaluate quality of information sources
• Experience teaching adults (in any context) preferred
• Familiarity with Rhode Island/Rhode Island communities very helpful, especially Providence and Central Falls
• Knowledge of the following topics helpful (gained from school, work, or other life experiences):
• Environmental justice/environmental health/health equity
• Housing safety, tenants’ rights
• RI state and municipal government
• Lead poisoning/lead poisoning prevention law & policy
• Refugee resettlement and immigration system in U.S.
• Health and social services available to low-income families in RI
The Childhood Lead Action Project is an equal opportunity employer. People of color, women, and LGBT individuals are strongly encouraged to apply.
Send cover letter and resume to email@example.com. Application period open until position is filled.
Courtesy of Childhood Lead Action Project
FULL TIME (35 hrs/wk)
The Childhood Lead Action Project is looking for an experienced community organizer to facilitate local-level, community-driven advocacy campaigns aimed at eliminating lead poisoning in Rhode Island. The new organizer will assist with efforts already underway in several areas of the state, and take primary responsibility for moving our efforts forward in Pawtucket, Central Falls, and Woonsocket.Fluency/high level of proficiency in both Spanish and English is essential.
The organizer will be responsible for a variety of activities to support campaign and organizational goals. Major advocacy campaign decisions will be made collectively by coalition members and staff.
TRAINING AND SUPERVISION
The Community Organizer will receive ongoing training and supervision from our Executive Director. Initial training will be provided in the form of assigned readings, discussions, online research exercises, and opportunities to shadow or interview a variety of lead professionals and other contacts.
The Childhood Lead Action Project is an equal opportunity employer. People of color, women, and LGBT individuals are strongly encouraged to apply.
Application open until position is filled.
MORE ABOUT US
Founded in 1992, the Childhood Lead Action Project works to eliminate childhood lead poisoning in Rhode Island through community-based education, parent support, and advocacy. We are the only organization in Rhode Island devoted primarily to this pervasive environmental injustice - one of the most serious environmental health problems affecting children in our state. We coordinate grassroots campaigns that seek to address the problem at its roots, holding those in power accountable and asserting the community's right to safe housing. We are confident that our work has been a major catalyst for the significant decrease in childhood lead poisoning in Rhode Island over the last two decades. Our accomplishments have earned local and national recognition, including a prestigious Children's Environmental Health Excellence Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
It is very important to us that racism, income inequality and other forms of social injustice be recognized as root causes of lead poisoning. Additionally, it is important for us to try to do something about this reality on a practical level, through the decisions we make as a group - during hiring, goal-setting, campaign strategy, etc. And it is a priority for our work to be led by and to benefit those at the greatest risk for lead poisoning. Our most successful campaigns involve parents or grandparents of lead poisoned children in strong leadership roles, supported by a team of allies with helpful personal experience and professional expertise (such as community lawyers, social workers, medical professionals, environmental activists, etc).
Boston– October 30, 2017 – Santander US CEO Scott Powell today announced Santander’s “Inclusive Communities” plan, Santander Bank’s new $11 billion, agreement with the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC) to increase lending, community development, and charitable giving. The plan outlines Santander’s commitment to communities across its eight-state northeastern U.S. footprint for 2017 through 2021, during which time Santander will increase its Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) activity by 50 percent and triple its investment in charitable grants.
Over the next five years, Santander will provide:
- $4.2 billion in residential mortgage loans for low- to moderate income families
- $1.9 billion in small business lending
- $3 billion in community development lending
“This plan is the foundation of Santander’s approach to supporting the communities where we live and work,” said Powell, CEO of Santander US, the Bank’s U.S. holding company. “We recognize that Santander’s success is directly linked to the prosperity of our communities’ families, businesses and neighborhoods. By increasing lending, investments and financial education opportunities, we hope to boost the long-term economic success of low- and moderate-income individuals and neighborhoods.”
Powell announced “Inclusive Communities” at a meeting this morning in downtown Boston where he was joined by officials from the City of Boston, other public officials, and National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC) President and CEO John Taylor.
"This is a good day for people in New Hampshire, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware and my home state of Massachusetts,” said John Taylor, NCRC President and CEO. I want to applaud Santander for committing 11 billion in investments for underserved neighborhoods over the next five years. Santander’s leadership showed a special dedication to working with community leaders and better understanding the credit needs in the areas they serve. We are very pleased that this commitment, and especially the 10 new bank branches, will help individuals build wealth and neighborhoods build their economies."
“Inclusive Communities” was developed with significant input from and collaboration with more than 100 community-based organizations throughout the Bank’s footprint. Supported and facilitated by the NCRC, an extensive ten-month long process helped identify emerging community needs and strategies aimed at addressing the challenges faced by underserved communities in Santander’s key markets.
Read a in depth summary of Santander's "Inclusive Communities" agreement here
In addition to the Bank’s financial commitments, Santander is establishing a national Community Advisory Board (CAB) comprising representatives of not-for-profit community development organizations and financial inclusion advocates, as well as community development policy organizations, and representatives of local or state economic development or housing agencies. Members of the CAB are:
The Bank is also establishing statewide/regional advisory boards in its footprint to ensure ongoing community input and will be enhancing its current Community Development and CRA teams with the addition of 17 new positions in the coming years.
Local leaders applaud the agreement:
"ANHD applauds Santander for creating this new CRA plan. They listened to over 100 community based organizations to create a plan that is reflective of community needs throughout the bank's footprint, including New York City. We also appreciate the creation of national and regional community advisory boards, which put the structure in place to implement, monitor, and adjust the plan to ensure it has the greatest impact. We look forward to working with the bank to put this plan into action,” Benjamin Dulchin, Executive Director, Association for Neighborhood and Housing Development.
“New Jersey Citizen Action has had a longtime partnership with Santander Bank and its predecessor, Sovereign Bank. The bank's $11 billion commitment in mortgages, small business loans and community development lending will provide loans, access to capital and affordable housing for thousands of New Jerseyeans. I look forward to serving on the bank's National Community Advisory Board and working with Santander to ensuring that these dollars are reinvested in our communities,” Phyllis Salowe-Kaye, Executive Director, New Jersey Citizen Action.
“The effort behind this plan will ensure that those who live and operate businesses in developing neighborhoods can benefit, including immigrants and communities of color,” John Chin, Executive Director, Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation.
“As a leading Center for Independent Living for People with Disabilities in the greater Philadelphia Area, we applaud Santander's commitment to the community and our desire to increase affordable and accessible housing opportunities for the many Seniors and People with Disabilities who we serve throughout the region,” Thomas H. Earle, Esquire, Chief Executive Officer, Liberty Resources, Inc.
"Santander has had a long and impactful presence in the Greater Reading community. We look forward to continue working with Santander Bank and its team members in implementing this comprehensive plan, particularly in downtown Reading, where they have a large workforce and occupy almost 1/4 million sf of office space, in addition to having its name on the Santander Arena & the Santander Performing Arts Center," Edward Swoyer, President, Greater Berks Development Fund.
“This is an exciting and groundbreaking agreement that will improve our communities and transform lives. It demonstrates that banks and the communities they serve can thrive together when they work together. We congratulate Santander, NCRC, and the dozens of community based groups who worked so hard to make this happen,” Joseph Kriesberg, President & CEO, Mass. Association of Community Development Corporations.
“We believe this agreement with Santander Bank will go a long way in helping LMI communities in Waterbury CT. It provides a framework and capital for the hard-working people of the Northend section of town to rebuild a vibrant community,” Pastor Rodney Wade, President, Concerned Black Clergy Council of Waterbury.
“The Community Reinvestment Act is an important tool that empowers people in many ways. For example, the act can be used to conduct community development. As far as I am concerned, it protects LMI communities from senseless crime and violence,” Angela Mciver, Chief Executive Officer, Fair Husing Rights Center in Southeastern Pensylvania.
“This was a unique opportunity to work with fellow community organizations to determine priority needs and where we want Santander to direct their resources to help address those needs. It was also an opportunity for Santander to gain a better understanding of their community responsibility and measures needed to implement in the future. Represented organizations put a great deal of time and care into this process to ensure fairness and optimize outcomes for the communities we serve,” Majeedah Rashid, Chief Operating Officer, Nicetown Community Development Corporation.
"MAHA looks forward to continuing our partnership with Santander in reaching low- and moderate-income first-time homebuyers as we both seek to close the large racial wealth gap in Massachusetts", Symone Crawford, board president, Massachusetts Affordable Housing Alliance.
"Obviously, Home Ownership is the foundation upon which strong, thriving communities are based. We welcome the proactive steps being taken by Santander and we look forward to many years of success. Together, we can be the change that our communities need - one house at a time, one block at a time, one neighborhood at a time..." Stephen T. Gieringer, Executive Director, Neighborhood Housing Services of Greater Berks, Inc.
Partners in the Community Benefits Agreement:
Santander Bank, N.A. is one of the country’s largest retail and commercial banks with more than $79 billion in assets. With its corporate offices in Boston, the Bank’s 9,700 employees, more than 650 branches, 2,100 ATMs and 2.1 million customers are principally located in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware. The Bank is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Madrid-based Banco Santander, S.A. (NYSE: SAN) - one of the most respected banking groups in the world with more than 125 million customers in the U.S., Europe, and Latin America. It is managed by Santander Holdings USA, Inc., Banco Santander’s intermediate holding company in the U.S. For more information on Santander Bank, please visit www.santanderbank.com.
Santander Holdings USA, Inc. (SHUSA) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Madrid-based Banco Santander, S.A. (NYSE: SAN) (Santander), one of the most respected banking groups in the world with more than 125 million customers in the U.K., Europe, Latin America and the U.S. As the intermediate holding company for Santander’s U.S. businesses, SHUSA includes six financial companies with more than 17,500 employees, 5.2 million customers and assets of over $135 billion. These include Santander Bank, N.A., one of the country’s largest retail and commercial banks by deposits; Santander ConsumerUSA Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: SC), an auto finance and consumer lending company; Banco Santander International of Miami; Banco Santander Puerto Rico;Santander Securities LLC of Boston; and Santander Investment Securities Inc. of New York.
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 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
Courtesy of ConvergenceRI
BRISTOL, R.I. – The Roger Williams University Community Partnerships Center(CPC) is seeking project applications from local nonprofit organizations, government agencies and municipalities in Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts.
CPC connects applicants with faculty and students in order to take on projects that will benefit the community while providing RWU students with hands-on, experiential learning.
To date, CPC has completed 337 projects with organizations in areas such as market research, facilities design, engineering assessment and design, educational curriculum creation, business planning, marketing and social media plans, historical research, technical and business writing, graphic design, museum exhibit research and design, website creation, public policy and economic impact assessment, and historic preservation planning.
“The Community Partnerships Center is an integral part of RWU’s attempt to become ‘The University the World Needs Now,’ ” RWU Interim President Andy Workman said. “The partnerships not only provide concrete benefits for our community, they also help prepare our students to become good citizens and valuable parts of the cities and towns that they will live in after graduation.”
Community partners have been pleased by past student contributions.
“We were pleasantly surprised by the overall professionalism of the students. In some ways, it even exceeded the professionalism that we see from some paid designers in the real world,” Pawtucket Central Falls Development’s Andrew Pierson said. “We have seen other colleges do this, and it is just a design exercise where there are ideas but they are not ‘real.’ We’re notoriously busy and we don't have the time for things that aren’t ‘real,’ but this program was. And I think that is what made it the best academic-level and university-level program or interaction we’ve ever experienced.”
Students have gained from the community partnerships.
“After being presented with several opportunities to work with and generate content for community partners, my eyes have been opened to the greater impact that our work and education can have in the real world – especially in our greater community,” said Nicholas Stanglewicz, a RWU student in the School of Humanities, Arts and Education.
Organizations that are interested in learning more about the CPC and/or applying for projects can visit https://www.rwu.edu/life-at-rwu/rwu-community/cpc/become-community-partner.
For more information, contact Angela Medeiros, Project Coordinator at the RWU Community Partnerships Center, at (401) 254-5211 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Courtesy of RWU
Application Deadline: 5 p.m. on Friday August 24, 2018
Non-profit and for-profit organizations, public housing authorities, cities and towns, faith-based organizations and community housing development organizations are eligible to apply. Applicants may submit more than one proposal.
A committee comprised of RIHousing staff and external partners will review all submissions.
Proposals will be ranked based upon the following criteria:
Applications are due by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, August 24, 2018. One original and two hard copies must be submitted to RIHousing, 44 Washington Street, Providence, R.I. 02903, Attn. Carol Ventura, Deputy Director. In addition, one electronic copy of the proposal must be submitted to email@example.com.
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