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Job Opening: Americorps VISTA Community Resource Coordinator

12/8/2015

Through the AmeriCorps VISTA program, Community Capital Fund is seeking a Community Resource Coordinator. 

Download the full job description here.

Background

The Community Capital Fund (CCF) is a 501(c)(3) community development nonprofit that supports and promotes innovative and measurable community development by focusing on neighborhood capacity building initiatives that leverage community resources and expertise. CCF works with organizations that strengthen and develop the financial, social, and knowledge capital of Kansas City’s historically under-resourced and under-invested communities and neighborhoods. We do this through the Neighborhood Opportunity Grant Program, Neighborhoods Rising Fund, the annual Community Development Workshop, and the online community project mapping tool CommunityKC. To date, we’ve held 3 Community Development Workshops attended by over 650 community members and stakeholders and awarded 42 grants totaling over $390,000 to community development and neighborhood organizations!

Position Description

The Community Resource Coordinator VISTA will develop new programs, trainings, and events that will build on the success of our existing programs and will strengthen CCF’s connection with our constituent community, partner organizations, and board members. This position will develop the liaison/outreach program for our two civic online tools, CommunityKC and KC NeighborhoodStat (currently in development); coordinate a new Neighborhood Workshop and Showcase event; and organize two tours for the Neighborhood Opportunity Grant Program and Neighborhoods Rising Fund. The position will report to CCF’s Program Manager.

Responsibilities

See the VISTA Assignment Description (VAD) below for specific responsibilities.

Qualifications

  • Undergraduate degree in urban planning/affairs, public policy, non-profit leadership, or other related field; working knowledge of economic and community development a plus
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office; Adobe Creative Suite skills preferred
  • Excellent writing and communication skills with various groups including the public, community members, board members, sponsors, and partners
  • Strong interpersonal skills with a team-player mentality
  • Strong research and analytical skills
  • Strong attention to detail, organization skills, and ability to manage multiple projects
  • Professionalism in the office and with our stakeholders, ability to represent CCF at community events
  • Passion to make a difference in Kansas City’s distressed communities

Compensation

As a part of the AmeriCorps VISTA program, salary and benefits are provided directly from the Corporations for National Community Service (CNCS). Read the VISTA FAQs or the VISTA Member Handbook for more information.

Duration

The AmeriCorps VISTA term is one year with a start date of February 16, 2016 for the Pre-service Orientation (PSO) and end date in February 2017.

Apply

Candidates should send their resume, cover letter, and examples of work to info@ccfkansascity.org by January 1st. In the cover letter, describe why you are interested in working for CCF and how your professional and academic background and experience is relevant to the responsibilities and qualifications outlined in the job description. Interested candidates must also fill out the online Americorps application once it is made available.


VISTA Assignment Description (VAD)

VISTA Assignment Objectives and Member Activities

Goal of the Project:  

The VISTA will develop new programs, trainings, and events that will build on the success of our existing programs and strengthen CCF’s connection with our constituent community, partner organizations, and board members. The new initiatives will build the capacity of CCF and in turn, build the capacity of the neighborhood associations and organizations we serve by providing free online tools, technical trainings, and networking and information-sharing opportunities. CCF’s programs are within distressed census tracts with a poverty rate of at least 20 percent and a median family income of 80 percent or less of that area’s median family income.

Activity 1: CommunityKC and KC NeighborhoodStat Liaison Program (Feb 2015 – Feb 2016) Lead the development of an outreach program to educate neighborhoods and nonprofits on using the CommunityKC and KC NeighborhoodStat tools, how to add their projects, solicit their feedback, and how to use the tool to market their neighborhood.

  • Work with existing stakeholders to complete, test, finalize, and launch KC NeighborhoodStat.
  • Coordinate user testing with Missouri Western State University professor and students to ensure the usability and usefulness of the tool.
  • Develop an interactive presentation for community groups to introduce CommunityKC and KC NeighborhoodStat tools, learn about projects they are working on, and solicit feedback on the tools.
  • Develop and design outreach material and CommunityKC project forms; coordinate printing of material with printer.
  • Develop schedule of meetings and contact list of neighborhood organizations to present to; contact neighborhood organizations and partners to schedule presentation.
  • Present to neighborhood associations, nonprofits, and philanthropic organizations.
  • Write a report summary for each presentation conducted; create template for report summary.
  • Recommend updates and additions to tools based on feedback from meetings and presentations. Lead tool upgrades with Program Manager and Code for KC volunteers to incorporate suggestions.
  • Identify ways that the CommunityKC can be integrated into other CCF programs and events.
  • Identify and staff events where CommunityKC can be included in the program or information booth.

Activity 2: Neighborhood Workshop and Showcase (Feb 2015 – August 2015) – Work with staff to create our first half-day Mid-year (Mini) Community Development Workshop and Neighborhood Showcase in the summer that will provide training, information sharing, networking, and an expo that will highlight the work that neighborhoods are doing.

  • Analyze survey results from 2016 and other previous Community Development Workshops
  • Research events that are similar including the Community Development Workshop, MARC’s Sustainable Success Stories, and others.
  • Conduct interviews and solicit feedback from key neighborhoods and neighborhood alliances to get feedback on recommendations.
  • Meet with CCF partners to identify support and partners for the event. Solicit their feedback on program.
  • Recommend program outline to CCF staff, board, and other partners.
  • Develop and conduct call for proposals to solicit projects to highlight at event.
  • Convene CCF’s Community Development Committee (made of CCF board members) to help with program planning and evaluating project proposals.
  • Recruit volunteers, speakers, and trainers for event.
  • Develop event survey and evaluation.
  • Coordinate event logistics including food, registration, and outreach and marketing efforts.
  • Compile and analyze event survey results.
  • Write summary of event and make recommendations for the following year.

Activity 3: Neighborhoods Rising Fund Tour (March 2015-June 2015) - Organize a half-day tour for NRF funders, CCF board members, elected officials, and program staff to learn more about the funded neighborhood projects, strengthen relationships with grant recipients and funders, and listen to community needs.  

  • Research events that are similar including those conducted by CCF partners LISC and KC Healthy Kids.
  • Meet with CCF partners and present at CCF board meeting to identify support and partners for the event. Solicit their feedback on program.
  • Solicit feedback from NRF funders on projects and organizations they’d like to visit.
  • Recommend tour program outline to CCF staff, board, and other partners.
  • Convene event partners to help with program planning.
  • Coordinate grant recipients to visit.
  • Coordinate event logistics including food, registration, and outreach efforts.
  • Develop event survey and evaluation.
  • Conduct follow-up with event participants for feedback.
  • Write summary of event and make recommendations for the following year.

Activity 4: Neighborhood Opportunity Grant Tour (July 2015-September 2015) - Organize a half-day tour of selected NOG recipient projects for CCF board members, staff, and local community development stakeholders to learn more about the funded neighborhood projects, strengthen relationships with grant recipients and CCF, and listen to community needs.  

  • Research events that are similar including those conducted by CCF partners LISC and KC Healthy Kids.
  • Meet with community development stakeholders and present at CCF board meeting to identify support and partners for the event. Solicit their feedback on program and the projects and organizations they’d like to visit.
  • Recommend tour program outline to CCF staff and other partners.
  • Convene event partners to help with program planning.
  • Coordinate grant recipients to visit.
  • Coordinate event logistics including food, registration, and outreach efforts.
  • Develop event survey and evaluation.
  • Conduct follow-up with event participants for feedback.
  • Write summary of event and make recommendations for the following year.

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