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Community Organizer

Position Description

Reports to: Executive Director

Employment status: Full-time, permanent non-exempt

Salary: $42,000 – $48,000

Benefits: Health and Dental, Retirement plan, 25 days PTO plus 8 paid holidays. December 25-January 1 are additional paid days off.

Schedule: Flexible hours. Some nights and weekends required.

Location: A mix of remote hours and time spent in our co-working office space in the Greater Longfellow neighborhood of Minneapolis.

Supervises: Volunteers

About the Position
The responsibilities of this role are ultimately expanding and deepening the connection between residents, businesses and the Longfellow Community Council (LCC) in Greater Longfellow. The primary task is to increase and retain volunteer neighbor participation. The Community Organizer will accomplish this through sustained, coordinated efforts of volunteer recruitment working closely with the Executive Director and neighbor-leadership.

The Community Organizer will take what they hear from residents and the relationships they build to then organize campaigns and develop leadership who can prioritize solutions and strategies for change.

Position Roles and Responsibilities
Community engagement, outreach and base building (60%)

  • Engage the diverse community of Greater Longfellow to ensure the needs of historically underrepresented populations are being met through programming, grant resources, projects and events

  • Conduct specific outreach to engage businesses, new residents, and unheard groups

  • Manage and maintain member/volunteer database

  • Establish new/enhance existing relationships with key local partners

  • Support existing working groups and block clubs as needed

  • Conduct door-to-door canvassing, community flyering, one-to-one’s for relationship building, etc.

  • Outreach tabling at LCC events as well as events outside the organization

  • Create a welcome environment for all members

  • Recruit and build a foundation of volunteers and leaders

  • Assist Board committees with meeting facilitation and projects as needed

Campaign Development (25%)

  • Establish processes for democratic participation from residents when choosing issues and determining clear solutions to problems

  • Conduct community analysis sessions to determine campaign strategies and how to build power

  • Leadership development

Event and Actions Coordination (15%)

  • Facilitate community forums on matters of public interest

  • Assist with neighborhood programs, meetings and event promotion/coordination as guided by the LCC Board and committees

  • Recruit and support volunteers for LCC events

Administrative (5%)

  • Weekly staff meeting

  • Grants

  • Updating community calendar

  • Data entry

  • Reports

  • Other duties as assigned

Requirements
The ideal candidate for the Community Organizer position will have all or most of the following:

  • Community organizing and leadership experience

  • Demonstrated ability to manage volunteers

  • Demonstrated ability to build relationships with a wide range of individuals and organizations

  • Experience working with diverse communities and a demonstrated a strong commitment to racial justice, equity and inclusion

  • Excellent communication skills – strong writing ability, comfortable giving presentations and leading meetings

  • Ability to prioritize multiple ongoing projects and responsibilities

  • Familiarity with Minneapolis neighborhoods

  • Bilingual applicants are strongly desired (Common languages in Greater Longfellow include Somali and Spanish)

  • Fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as defined by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) or be willing to become vaccinated by start date (vaccination card will be required)

  • Relatable degree or equivalent combination of education and experience

Personal Qualifications

  • Self-motivated; sees what needs to be done and does it
  • Organized and detail oriented

  • Flexible in work hours, but also in personal approach; willing to lead and follow

  • Creative problem solver

  • Clear communicator

  • Enthusiastic, outgoing, patient and persistent

  • Team-oriented, with strong leadership skills and a well-developed sense of camaraderie

  • Adventurous and willing to jump into spaces they may not be familiar or comfortable with

About LCC
The Greater Longfellow community is made up of four individual neighborhoods: Cooper, Hiawatha, Howe, and Longfellow. Together, these neighborhoods are represented by the Longfellow Community Council. LCC represents over 21,000 residents and more than 400 businesses, making it the largest neighborhood in Minneapolis both by population and geographic extent.

LCC serves Greater Longfellow by addressing the issues that make the neighborhood livable: community green space, food security, racial justice and safety, development projects, cultural activities, neighborhood attachment, affordable and quality housing, and more. LCC uses a community-organizing model to involve neighborhood residents in the decisions that impact their neighborhood, and is governed by an all-volunteer, community-elected Board of Directors. Together we seek to serve the community and all neighbors by focusing on 1) connecting neighbors to each other and to resources, 2) community identification of issues and solutions, and 3) leadership skill development.

How to Apply
Send your resume and cover letter to Rachel Boeke at . Applications will be reviewed upon receipt; priority deadline of July 10, 2022. Position will remain open until filled.

VISTA Tenant Organizer

Come work with us! Seward Neighborhood Group (SNG) and Longfellow Community Council (LCC) are hiring for a VISTA Tenant Organizer position starting August 29, 2022.

ABOUT SNG & LCC

SNG is recognized by the City of Minneapolis as the community engagement organization for the Seward neighborhood. SNG works to make the Seward neighborhood more vital, equitable, livable, and sustainable – by building relationships, by engaging all community members, by promoting equitable and accessible development of the built environment, and by acting as stewards of our natural environment. SNG organizes community events, projects, and programs; connects residents to important resources; and advocates for policies that improve the lives of Seward residents.

LCC is the resident participation group for the Cooper, Hiawatha, Howe, and Longfellow neighborhoods. LCC is a community-based organization that represents the interests of residents in the Greater Longfellow area. We develop, protect and enhance neighborhood assets through community engagement. The mission of the Longfellow Community Council is to improve the well-being of our diverse community through engagement, involvement and empowerment.

ABOUT THE VISTA POSITION

SNG & LCC are looking for a passionate, community-focused, self-directed VISTA to assist both organizations in three key areas of our renter engagement work:

  • Rental property identification
  • Building Ambassador identification
  • Renter communications networks identification

This position reports directly to the LCC Executive Director and works with the SNG Executive Director, Community Organizers for both organizations, the joint LCC/SNG Communications Manager, and any relevant committees. The start date for this position is August 1, 2022.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

  1. Rental Property Identification
  • Identify all of the rental properties in the two neighborhoods
  • Identify a primary owner/manager contact for each property
  • Create a spreadsheet/database for each neighborhood with this information
  1. Building Ambassador Identification
  • Identify at least one resident in every multifamily (4+ units) rental property who is willing to be a primary contact/building ambassador for SNG or LCC
  • Connect primary contacts to LCC and SNG Community Organizers and Communications Manager
  1. Renter Communication Network Identification
  • Identify any formal or informal resident communications networks in 4+ unit multifamily buildings (e.g. newsletters, Facebook group, community bulletin boards, etc.) that SNG and LCC can link to in order to promote activities and initiatives
  • Connect these resident communications networks to LCC and SNG Community Organizers and Communications Manager

COMPENSATION & SUPPORT

The VISTA will receive the following compensation for this position:

  • A bi-weekly living stipend of $575 (paid by Americorp*VISTA)
  • A healthcare allowance of up to $7,900 that can be used for any eligible medical expense (paid by Americorp*VISTA)
  • A housing stipend of $600 per month (paid by host organizations directly to landlord or morgage)
  • At the end of the VISTA service year: choice of an education award ($6,345) or cash stipend ($1,800)
  • Childcare allowance (if eligible)
  • Federal student loan deferment/forbearance or credit toward Public Service Loan Forgiveness
  • Additional benefits to be determined

The following support is also provided to the VISTA:

  • Enrollment in the Neighborhoods Now! community organizer training program at the

Center for Urban and Regional Affairs at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities.

  • HOME Line provides technical assistance, peer support, supervisory support, networking and professional development opportunities, and education on tenant/landlord law and renter rights.
  • As the host organizations, SNG and LCC will also provide opportunities for training, mentoring, professional development, and connections to partner organizations.

QUALIFICATIONS

The ideal candidate for this VISTA position will have all or most of the following:

  • Some previous community organizing experience
  • Ability to build relationships with a wide range of individuals and organizations.
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Experience working with diverse communities and a demonstrated commitment to equity and inclusion

We are looking for someone who is:

  • Enthusiastic, outgoing, patient, and persistent
  • A self-directed self-starter
  • Team-oriented, with a good sense of humor, and a sense of camaraderie
  • Adventurous and willing to jump into spaces they may not be familiar or comfortable with

HOW TO APPLY

To apply for this position, please send an email to:  with “Application for VISTA Position” in the subject line. Please attach a current resume and a cover letter describing your interest in the position. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and the position will remain open until filled. The start date for this position is August 29, 2022. Questions about the organizations, the position, and the status of the application process are welcome. Please email any question to:  with “Question” in the subject line.