External Job Posting: Community Equity & Anti-Racism Organizer

Job Summary

Lead, coordinate, and provide support for community volunteer organizing around anti-racism and equity with the purpose of building communities where people of color and native descent are respected, and everyone can thrive. Collaborate in the development and leadership of organized volunteers and their activities to educate, advocate, and share learning to foster awareness and to disrupt systemic racism in Itasca County and the public and private-sector organizations that impact the well-being of the community. Support, lead, and participate in internal strategic efforts to incorporate diversity, equity, and inclusion as a value and expectation in KOOTASCA’s operations.

Application for Employment

Job Posting Information

OPENING DATE: July 22, 2021

RATE OF PAY: Entry Wage of $21.58 with Wage Scale of $21.58 to $32.36 per Hour.

SCHEDULE: 40 Hours per Week

BENEFITS:

  • Generous Paid-Time-Off (PTO) Package & 13 Paid Holidays per year.
  • Health, Dental, Vision, Life, & Disability Insurance, Flexible Spending Accounts, Retirement Plan with option for employer contribution, & Employee Assistance Program.
  • Training & Professional Development, Tuition Assistance opportunities, Loan Forgiveness qualifying credit.
  • Scheduled raises & Cost of Living Adjustment.

LOCATION: Grand Rapids, MN

APPLYING: Applicants must submit a KOOTASCA application to be considered.

CLOSING DATE: This position will remain open until filled.

Job Description

Qualifications

  • Education
    • Bachelor’s degree in a related field or equivalent knowledge base gained through lived experience or through formal schooling, independent study, short courses or other applicable arrangement.
      Additional relevant trainings and/or certifications preferred (For example, People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond, Anishinaabe Worldview, Art of Hosting, Minnesota Technology of Participation, Intercultural Development Inventory Qualified Administrator.
  • Experience
    • A combination of minimum of education requirements and 3 years’ experience or equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.
    • Experience (paid or unpaid) in equity or anti-racism-related programs or initiatives.
    • Experience (paid or unpaid) in a non-profit community-based or non-government organization, or comparable experience, including experience in community development and outreach to diverse populations (language, culture, race, physical ability, sexual orientation, etc.); membership and volunteer development.
  • Authorizations
    • BCA Background Study
    • Valid Driver’s License or access to reliable transportation
    • MVR Approval for use of agency vehicles
  • Skills
    • Ability to manage and prioritize time that results in both a satisfactory quantity and quality of work.
    • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
    • Ability to operate with a high degree of proficiency copy/fax machines, telephone, computers, and software, including email, spreadsheets, word processing, and databases.
  • Competencies
    • Knowledge & Understanding:
      • Excellent command of core equity and anti-racism concepts and best practices, as well as a strong capability in change management
      • Deep understanding of anti-racism practices and a commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging
      • Knowledge and understanding of the root causes of poverty, homelessness and food insecurity and the relationship of these societal problems to unjust and inequitable systems
      • Deep understanding of the rich culture, historical trauma and struggle of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) people in this country and community
    • Collaboration Tools & Relationships:
      • Proficiency with social media and collaborative tools in the workplace.
      • Must be able to build and maintain collaborative working relationships with staff, leaders, volunteers, organizations, and other entities, especially those who don’t yet fully align with the KOOTASCA’s mission and values
      • Must be able to inspire trust and commitment to equity and anti-racism initiatives
    • Facilitation & Communication
      • Group facilitation and community process skills (helping groups to identify outcomes, conduct stakeholder analysis, and develop action plans).
      • Highly developed communication skills including listening, written and verbal communication skills.
      • High level of emotional intelligence and cultural humility and ability to use a variety of conflict resolution techniques to deal effectively with confrontational individuals or challenging situations
  • Abilities
    • Demonstrated ability to work independently and as a team member.
    • Must be able to handle diverse work problems on a daily basis.
    • Must be able to organize a work schedule, set priorities and work effectively to meet deadlines without supervision.
    • Must be able to adjust to changes necessitated by last minute assignments and deadline requests that may prove stressful
    • Must be able to work flexible hours as needed in order to meet the needs of the clients.
    • Ability to effectively work across differences, especially socio-economic and cultural differences
    • Attend trainings, classes, and meetings as necessary to improve job skills and maintain an acceptable level of job performance.

Primary Duties & Responsibilities

This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive and employee will also perform other reasonably related business duties as assigned.

Area 1: Community Engagement

  • Lead, coordinate, and provide support for community volunteer organizing around anti-racism and equity with the purpose of building communities where people of color and native descent are respected, and everyone can thrive.
  • Collaborate in the development and leadership of organized volunteers (Community Action Team) and their activities to educate, advocate, and share learning to foster awareness and to disrupt systemic racism in Itasca County and the public and private-sector organizations that impact the well-being of the community.
  • Create meaningful connection to BIPOC communities and foster BIPOC leadership and participation in the Community Action Team and community events and activities
  • Provide high profile community leadership, representing the agency’s mission, vision, and strategies through program operations and, as assigned, through participation and/or leadership in community-based committees, task forces, advisory groups, presentations, and community education
  • Effectively connect with community-based networks and collaborations working at local, state and national levels on issues of racial equity
  • Demonstrate cultural awareness, foster a positive, inclusive experience for others

Area 2: Volunteer Management

  • Recruit, support, and organize diverse community volunteers to achieve program objectives and to grow participation
  • Promote and organize events and opportunities for volunteers and community members to understand the individual and systemic nature of racism and to engage in transformational racial healing and awareness raising
  • Track the quality of volunteer experience and ensure the retention and growth of a diverse set of community volunteers
  • Cultivate an inclusive, equitable, and liberatory environment for participants
  • Manage volunteer management database and volunteer collaboration and communication software
  • Communicate regularly and frequently with program volunteers

Area 3: Program Operations

  • Use observation and feedback on equity and anti-racist practices, both formally and informally, to inform decisions in daily operations and services
  • Prepare effective, high-quality, publication-ready written content for reports, invitations, newsletters, fact sheets, program materials, correspondence, and presentations
  • Assists in establishing and maintaining systems to collect program-related data necessary for program and organizational-level assessment
  • Coordinate and assist in facilitating Community Action Team meetings
  • Maintain and manage online presence, social media, files, and records of initiatives
  • Support and create accountability around the effective implementation of initiatives and regular operations
  • Develop messaging for all audiences, internal and external, and collaborate to evaluate how that messaging affects overall awareness, perception, and impact of the work

Area 4: Program Development & Project Management

  • Collaborate in the creation and implementation of innovative and engaging external-facing programs and initiatives in alignment with KOOTASCA’s strategic objectives and community needs
  • Utilize internal and external feedback to continuously improve performance
  • Assist the Director with development and planning of program work plans
  • Develop, manage, and meet program budgets
  • Identify participants and clarify outcomes for new activities
  • Support the Director in funding efforts for program initiatives, as assigned
  • Partner interdepartmentally across the Agency to identify and implement approaches that enhance staff, client, and community involvement through communicating the progress and impact of their work and sharing equity, anti-racism, and restorative practices
  • Support, lead, and participate in internal committees and strategic efforts to incorporate diversity, equity, and inclusion as a value and expectation in core operations
  • Develop formal and informal relationships within agency structures and operate successfully within the parameters of that culture.

Area 5: Facilitation

  • Design and implement facilitation that catalyzes and supports collaboration among volunteers and community partners to achieve program objectives. Use facilitation skills and familiarity with methods/tools such as:
    – Strategic planning
    – Action planning
    – Consensus building
    – Open Space
    – Circle practice
    – Art of Hosting
    • Effectively manage and facilitate sensitive, difficult, and demanding conversations and situations with a high degree of tact and good judgement, while recognizing and mitigating the emotional labor it requires

Job Factors

Supervision of Others: 

  • Not responsible for direct staff supervision. Responsible for the supervision of volunteers.

Safety of Others

  • Modest amount of responsibility for the safety of others. Compliance with established safety regulations for the job performed should mitigate exposure of injury to self or others.

Contacts

  • Contact is both inside and outside the agency, and includes regular making of formal presentations, negotiations, or coordination of work.

Physical Demand

  • Must be able to lift 25 pounds.
  • Requires sitting, standing, bending, stooping and reaching

Travel

  • Must have valid driver’s license (or reliable transportation) and current auto insurance coverage in compliance with Minnesota State guidelines on the vehicle used for work related travel.
  • Travel for completion of job duties, trainings and meetings as required.

General Agency Requirements

Professionalism:

  • Maintain positive work atmosphere by behaving and communicating in a manner that fosters good relations with clients, customers, co-workers, providers, volunteers, and supervisors.
  • Treat clients, co-workers, and the public in a respectful and courteous manner at all times.
  • Continue to develop skills and abilities.

Community Representation:

  • Represent KOOTASCA Community Action, Inc. in a positive manner.
  • Adhere to the Community Action Code of Ethics.
  • Seek to understand poverty and the barriers faced by community members.

Confidentiality:

  • Maintain confidentiality of agency, program, and client information.

KOOTASCA Community Action, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity (EEO) and Affirmative Action (AA) Employer. We recruit, hire, place, promote, terminate, layoff, recall, transfer, compensate, and train without regard to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, veteran status, status with regard to public assistance or any other basis protected by applicable federal, state, or local law. This information will be made available in alternative formats upon request.