About the Program
One of the Center’s demonstration projects is Neighbors in Action, formerly known as the Crown Heights Community Mediation Center. Operating out of a storefront since 1998, Neighbors in Action provides anti-violence programs, youth programs, and resource links to community residents. Its mission is to encourage communication and understanding, prevent future conflicts, and help foster stronger, healthier neighborhoods.
Neighbors in Action is seeking two full-time Community Engagement Liaisons, one for the Bedford Stuyvesant community and the other for the Crown Heights community. Community Engagement Liaisons oversees volunteer recruitment and management, community event planning, special projects, outreach to community partners and mobilization of the community. One community liaison will serve as the Neighbors in Action sites’ primary representative for Bedford-Stuyvesant attending meetings such as Community Board 3 and the 79th Precinct Council; the other community liaison will serve the Neighbors in Action site’s primary representative in Crown Heights attending community board 8 and the 77th Precinct Council.
About the Position
Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
- Build or strengthen relationships with local community-based organizations, businesses, schools, city government and other community anchors;
- Attend local block associations meetings, tenant groups meetings, meetings of activist and affinity groups in the neighborhood and report back to the Neighbors in Action strategy team about events, programs, and concerns that overlap with the Neighbors in Action’s mission;
- Work alongside City agencies to conduct briefings and community meetings outlining city services to key community and faith leader stakeholders;
- Send regular correspondence to partners and volunteers about activities and opportunities;
- Coordinate themed weekends of action, such as March Across the Bridge, Night Out Against Violence, and One Crown Heights, geared towards public safety where community organizations and affected populations communicate and collaborate to improve the lives of all New Yorker;
- Coordinate and promote pro-social events where community stakeholders and agencies partner to communicate and deliver services in Crown Heights and Bed-Stuy;
- Organize shooting responses inside the target area when Neighbors in Action Strategy Team determines that a response is necessary;
- Identify emerging community issues affecting public safety to help guide each site's response;
- Work closely with the Neighbors in Action leadership team to develop a strategy for mobilizing, organizing, and deepening community members’ involvement with working together towards a healthier and safer neighborhood;
- Manage community coalitions and help to facilitate community accountability meetings for the S.O.S. and Neighbors in Action programs;
- Coordinate and oversee the outreach portion of the Participatory Budgeting NYC process, focusing primarily on the Vote Week Phases, for 35th District Councilmember as contracted;
- Coordinate and manage Neighbors in Action’s volunteer training program, including: and orientating volunteers, collaborating with program managers to develop volunteer opportunities, and being the point of contact for volunteers;
- Help to facilitate S.O.S. hiring panel process including outreach and recruitment for potential site staff and/or participants;
- Create outreach materials, talking points and presentation materials for Neighbors in Action;
- Keep data on work up to date, generate regular monthly reports;
- Attend staff meetings, presentations, trainings and conferences;
- Other responsibilities as assigned.
Candidate must be able to reliably take notes in meetings and report back to senior leadership about the strengths, needs, and concerns of groups. For this role, candidate must be able to seek direction and advice when necessary and make independent decisions when possible. Candidate must be able to incorporate the mission and values of Neighbors in Action into all community outreach and events when serving as a Neighbors in Action representative. Good judgement, problem-solving ability, and excellent communication, planning, organizational and multi-tasking abilities are a must for this role. The ideal candidate will have a strong ability to balance participation in a collaborative work environment with independent work. Candidates who could excel in this role will have a passion for community, a sense of humor and a friendly, outgoing, extroverted personality and will not be afraid to strike up conversations with new people. A background in advocacy or community organizing is a plus as are connection to and understanding of to current conversations about community violence and building safe and healthy communities.
Position Type: Full-time, flexible schedule, some nights and weekends required.
How to Apply
Send resume, and a detailed cover letter that includes your experience with community work, to firstname.lastname@example.org with Community Engagement Liaison in the subject line. Only applicants under consideration will be contacted. No phone calls please. Applications will be considered on an on-going basis so please apply early.
If you are unable to access email, you may submit materials by mail or fax to:
Neighbors in Action
256 Kingston Ave, Ground Fl
Brooklyn NY 11213
Note: The Fund for the City of New York/Center for Court Innovation is an equal opportunity employer. The Center does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, national origin, age, military service eligibility, veteran status, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, or any other category protected by law. We strongly encourage and seek applications from women, people of color, members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities as well as individuals with prior contact with the criminal justice system.
In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete an employment eligibility verification document form upon hire. Only applicants under consideration will be contacted. No phone calls please.
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The Fund for the City of New York/Center for Court Innovation is an equal opportunity employer.