Full-Time Community Organizer and Partnership Manager
See video job announcement here: https://youtu.be/Ueb8CiLLcUI . Application deadline is August 23, 2021, 8:00 am EDT.
Who We Are
Sustainable CT is a vibrant organization that inspires, supports, and celebrates actions that make Connecticut communities great places to live for all. Our major program areas include: direct support to towns and a comprehensive road map of sustainability actions; funding for community-led sustainability projects through the Community Match Fund; and a certification program to recognize communities’ achievements.
We believe that local communities know best what their city, town, or neighborhood needs and that they are best suited to develop solutions to meet those needs. We work to empower and support residents and community leaders to innovate, engage others, and implement positive change to improve their communities for all residents.
Sustainable CT is growing as an organization and in our understanding of racism and the systems that perpetuate injustice. We understand that current systems can limit opportunity for marginalized communities to shape their environment and access resources. We recognize that we need to actively grow and welcome new voices in our organization. We value the insights and perspective that a diverse team brings to the complex challenges of creating healthy communities across Connecticut. We seek to expand the diversity of our team and we have dedicated resources and support for professional development and team building to ensure the success of the new hire in this role.
We are a 501c3 charitable organization that relies completely on grant funding.
The Community Organizer and Partnership Manager will serve as a connector, community organizer, and partnership builder with opportunities to integrate sustainability and social justice in Sustainable CT’s work. The Community Organizer and Partnership Manager will: engage with communities across Connecticut; strengthen our existing networks and develop new ones; guide residents to create sustainable and equitable solutions that provide opportunities for all to thrive; and build relationships between residents and municipal leaders within towns and across town borders.
A key component of this work will be leading our Community Match Fund (CMF). The CMF is an innovative funding program that seeks to shift power dynamics within philanthropy and support community-led projects that improve the quality of life in Connecticut towns and cities.
The role of this position is evolving with the growth of Sustainable CT and we look forward to defining new roles and opportunities with the new Community Organizer and Partnership Manager.
What the Job Entails
- Building relationships with and between residents, community-based organizations, Sustainability Committees, and municipal staff and officials throughout Connecticut.
- Creating connections between engaged residents in different cities and towns.
- Expanding Sustainable CT’s networks and relationships to more effectively support communities of color and marginalized residents across the state.
- Working with communities to encourage them to lead sustainability projects and making connections to partners who can help them plan and implement those projects.
- Identifying and supporting potential community-based project leaders.
- Evaluating project proposals and managing the administrative aspects of the Community Match Fund.
- Achieving the goals for funding projects in different sustainability impact areas.
- Supporting the Executive Director in fundraising and funder stewardship.
What an Ideal Candidate Will Bring to Our Team
- A passion for sustainability and a commitment to centering equity and inclusion.
- A desire to engage in wide-ranging conversations with varying audiences and learn from communities.
- Interest in working with and empowering a diverse range of people of varying ethnicities, identities, classes, ages, technical abilities, etc.
Competencies and Experience
- Experience in community engagement, such as community organizing, supporting grass-roots efforts and fundraising, and building relationships and partnerships with local organizations and leadership.
- Ability to initiate and build strong relationships with a diverse range of people, including passionate residents, nonprofit leaders, faith-based groups, municipal staff, and elected officials.
- Eagerness to respond to changing program needs, innovate, and explore creative solutions.
- Strong public speaking and presentation skills.
- Strong organizational and time management skills.
- Track record as a self-starter who is comfortable making your own schedule and creating structure around your day.
- Ability to work both independently and collaboratively.
- Comfort with difficult decisions and conversations.
- Proficiency with standard office technology and software (MS Office Suite, Google Drive, etc.).
- Excellent writing, verbal, and interpersonal skills.
- Knowledge of Connecticut.
Work hours are generally 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, with likely a few evening meetings per month.
Work location is flexible, with an in-office presence approximately 50% of the work week. Base location is the Sustainable CT office operating out of the Institute for Sustainable Energy at Eastern Connecticut State University, 372 High Street, Willimantic, CT. Must be willing and able to travel independently throughout the state regularly (personal vehicle mileage will be reimbursed).
This is a full-time position with an annual salary of $50,000 – $70,000, based on experience.
How to Apply
How to ApplyPlease contact us if you seek accommodation in order to apply for this position. Please submit the following here or to email@example.com by 8:00 am EDT on Monday, August 23, 2021 (all required):
- Written OR video cover letter (no longer than 1 page or 2 minutes) highlighting what makes you an ideal candidate for the Community Organizer and Partnership Manager position and our team
- Contact information for 3 references who are familiar with your community work and professional experience (name, organization, title, email, phone number, professional connection to your work)
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