BLDG Memphis – Community Engagement Coordinator

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BLDG Memphis & Neighborhood Collaborative for Resilience
Community Engagement Coordinator
Closes 02/16/2018

BLDG Memphis is a coalition of organizations and individuals who support the development and redevelopment of safe, healthy, and attractive neighborhoods throughout the Memphis region.

Early in 2017, Memphis was one of six regions selected to receive a three-year grant from the Strong, Prosperous, and Resilient Communities Challenge (SPARCC) initiative, which is designed to “amplify locally driven efforts to ensure that major new infrastructure investments lead to equitable, healthy opportunities for everyone.” (More information is available at SPARCC is supported by several national foundations and technical support organizations. Although the SPARCC initiative is focused on changes at
the regional level, the initial work locally is focused on the North Memphis area.

BLDG Memphis is administering the SPARCC grant on behalf of the Neighborhood Collaborative for Resilience (NCR), the body of residents, stakeholders, and neighborhood leaders working on behalf of the broader North Memphis community. The ideal candidate will have experience in communications, public relations, stakeholder and constituent relations, and event management, in particular working with grassroots organizations and community leaders. Ideally, the candidate can offer experience and/or in-depth knowledge and commitment to the promotion of an authentic community-driven design and implementation.

This position will report directly to the BLDG Memphis SPARCC Project Manager, and ultimately the executive director, but also will have accountability to the leadership of NCR.

The Community Engagement Coordinator will be responsible for building and maintaining relationships with various stakeholders to increase awareness of, participation in, and support for NCR. Working closely with the Project Manager and NCR leadership, the Coordinator will be responsible for planning and executing events and activities related to relevant programs and campaigns undertaken by the organization. A key aspect of the role will be working with volunteers. Other job tasks will include general communications duties and communications projects as assigned.

Key responsibilities include:
 Public speaking, presentations, and workshop facilitation with groups, small and large
 Guide the development and implementation of plans to engage stakeholders and volunteers
 Participate in the implementation of community engagement strategies for NCR activities in concert with the Project Manager and appropriate NCR committees or workgroups
 Provide expertise in the development, organization, administration, and execution of community meetings, workshops, and special events, and tracking pre and post event details
 Identify and pursue opportunities for NCR presence at third-party events and liaise with organizers
 Recruit, train and supervise volunteers and support staff to assist with special events and other activities aligning with the NCR’s opportunities for volunteer and resident engagement
 Coordinate the preparation and distribution of correspondence and follow-up with residents, stakeholders, organizations, and volunteers
 Maintain a current and accurate stakeholder/constituent database, including data entry and information updates
 Assist in developing and maintaining project schedules and timelines for events
 Identify and implement improvement strategies and best practices
 Administrative tasks associated with event invoicing, letter preparation, contracts and stakeholder correspondence
 Other duties and committee work as assigned

Key Competencies
 Knowledge of community groups, specifically those working in North Memphis, and a strong ambition to connect with those groups
 Strong interpersonal skills in establishing successful working relationships both internally and externally
 Demonstrated commitment to promoting principals of authentic community-driven solution design and implementation
 Demonstrated understanding of and commitment to racial equity and equitable development practices.
 Ability to master technical material (particularly in the areas of climate change and health, two of the SPARCC focus areas) and connect it to meeting community needs.

Qualifications and Requirements
 Post-secondary education or equivalent experience in communications, public relations, and/or event management; a minimum of two years’ professional experience is a requirement
 Marketing and/or media relations experience is an asset
 Excellent communication skills, including writing and public speaking
 Proficiency with varied communications tools, including constituent relationship management (CRM) platforms, contacts database, email newsletters, and social media
 Comfortable adjusting to different neighborhood and stakeholder dynamics, and managing multiple reporting relationships
 Ability to work independently, efficiently and productively with minimal direction and as part of a collaborative team
 Adept at working with a diverse set of stakeholders, including neighborhood residents, nonprofit leaders, government officials, business leaders, and others
 Personal suitability is an important consideration
 Personal or professional connection to North Memphis is a plus (but not required)

To be determined in discussion with the selected candidate.

To Respond
Candidates should send a cover letter and resume to no later than 02/16/2018.

Interested candidates are strongly encouraged to read the full Memphis SPARCC proposal
before responding.

Workplace Diversity & Equal Employment Opportunity

BLDG Memphis cultivates a work environment that encourages fairness, teamwork, and respect among all employees. We are firmly committed to maintaining a work atmosphere in which people of diverse backgrounds and lifestyles may grow personally and professionally.

BLDG Memphis is an equal opportunity employer. It is our strong belief that equal opportunity for all employees is central to the continuing success of our organization. We will not discriminate against an employee or applicant for employment because of race, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, physical disabilities, political affiliation, sexual orientation, color, gender identity characteristics or expression, marital status, veteran status, or medical condition (for example, AIDS, ARC-related illness, or cancer) in
hiring, promotion, demotion, training, benefits, transfers, layoffs, terminations, recommendations, rates of pay, or other forms of compensation. Opportunity is provided to all employees on the basis of qualifications and job requirements.

Posted: 01/23/2018
Close date: 02/16/2018

Printable Copy: BLDG Community Engagement Coordinator NCR- Closes Feb 16th 2018


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