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PCRG Is Hiring Community Coordinators!

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Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group (PCRG) is currently seeking candidates to fill Community Coordinator positions in each of the following three communities: Hazelwood, Sharpsburg, and Beltzhoover. The Community Coordinator position is full time and works under PCRG’s Reimagining Communities Initiative (RCI) program.

Those interested in the position should submit a cover letter and resume to Steve Novotny, RCI Program Manager, by end of the day Friday, November 7. Resumes will be accepted via email only at steve@pcrg.org and must include Community Coordinator and the community being applied for in the subject box (ex. Community Coordinator Sharpsburg). PCRG offers competitive salary based on education and experience, as well as full benefits.

Background

The Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group (PCRG) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization consisting of community-based organizations representing low- and moderate income (LMI) neighborhoods in Allegheny County’s urban core. PCRG is a coalition of community leaders working towards economic justice, equitable investment practices and sufficient financial resources to revitalize communities. Organized to help foster the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA), a federal law requiring all financial institutions which receive a charter and deposit insurance from the federal government to ascertain and meet the credit needs of all communities from which they take deposits, PCRG works to improve opportunities in LMI communities in accordance with safe and sound banking practices and responsible public policy. PCRG aims to understand and meet each membercommunity where they are, and adapt its work to meet those needs.

Purpose and Authority

Recognizing that many LMI neighborhoods throughout Allegheny County lack the organizational capacity to fully participate within the region’s community development system, PCRG established the Reimagining Communities Initiative (RCI) in 2011 to empower communities struggling with issues of blight, abandonment, and disinvestment. Through an up-to three year partnership, PCRG works on the ground to identify and implement strategies which are tailored to meet the needs of the targeted community, with a focus on preserving home ownership, stabilizing the market, and improving the quality of the housing stock. Building sustainability within the project is crucial to its success and achieved through the cultivation of community leaders and volunteers through deliberate engagement. The RCI program leverages PCRG’s longstanding role as a leader in policy and resource advocacy, as well as convener of strategic partnerships and collaborations. Program activities address capacity issues at both the local neighborhood level, as well as system-wide. At the core of these efforts is a commitment to meaningful community inclusion. PCRG will be placing a Community Coordinator in each of the following communities as part of the RCI program: Beltzhoover, Hazelwood, and Sharpsburg.

Responsibilities

The Community Coordinator works full time as part of the PCRG Neighborhood Policy team and reports to the RCI Program Manager. They work on-the-ground in the community with the objective to build consensus and a collective voice around the creation and implementation of a community vision. They are responsible for the implementation of outreach activities and coordination with community groups and partner organizations. They are the day-to-day interface with the lead community-based organization (CBO) and other neighborhood stakeholders as appropriate. They will ensure that there is consistent, open, and clear communication in all components of the project. In addition to developing an acute understanding of neighborhood conditions and dynamics, they are responsible for identifying any needs of the lead CBO pertaining to the project’s implementation, such as background material, data, and research. The Community Coordinator is also responsible for on-the-ground coordination with partner organizations to ensure the collective efforts are complementary and supportive. This will include sharing data generated as part of the project and developing standards for its use. There is the possibility of supervising additional supportive staff, as needed. The Community Coordinator must ensure that the Program Manager is adequately informed of project progress, identifying and relaying potential obstacles or issues in a timely manner.

Education and Experience

A Bachelor’s Degree in a related field with 1-3 years’ experience or the equivalent combination of education and/or
experience in community organizing / community development.

Major Tasks and Activities

Interface with Lead CBO and other Neighborhood Stakeholders

-Establish and conduct regular meetings and communications schedule with lead CBO
-Work with lead CBO to identify other neighborhood groups for engagement
-Represent PCRG at community meetings as appropriate
-Work with lead CBO to plan and implement projects, working groups, meetings, trainings, and outreach as appropriate

Community Engagement

-Conduct door to door canvassing to build neighborhood contact list
-Conduct one on one meetings with residents to understand the overall and underlying needs of the community
-Identify potential community leaders and volunteers
-Train, coordinate, and lead resident volunteers in conducting a property condition survey of the entire neighborhood
-Train, coordinate, and lead resident volunteers in conducting a resident experience and perception survey

Project Partner Coordination

-Establish and conduct regular meeting and communications schedule with staff of partner organizations
-Work with partner organizations to establish a project work plan and schedule of activities with benchmarks
-Assist partner organizations in developing and distributing outreach materials for services provided

Project Accountability

-Establish and conduct regular meetings and communications with Program Manager
-Provide weekly written progress reports
-Utilize processes for tracking project activity, outreach, and leadership development as directed
-Other duties as assigned

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

-Ability to work with economically diverse communities and sensitivity in dealing with minority issues
-Excellent inter-personal, oral communication and writing skills
-Strong facilitation, consensus-building, and organizational skills
-Knowledge and experience with project development and management
-Ability to synthesize multiple viewpoints and opinions into workable pieces
-Ability to simultaneously and effectively manage multiple projects in a fast-paced environment
-Flexibility to respond to the needs of a dynamic system
-Broad understanding of underlying factors of neighborhood blight and disinvestment
-Ability to utilize and communicate various forms of data and information, such as tables, graphs, and maps
-Proficiency with Microsoft Office software, GIS software a plus
-Superior conduct and attitudes of professionalism
-Ability to adhere to deadlines and established benchmarks
-Ability to meet performance expectations while working in the field or remote office locations

Personal Characteristics and Traits

-Flexible and adaptable to change
-Sets high goals and standards of performance for self
-Maintains and promotes social, ethical, and organizational norms in conducting internal and external business activities
-Commitment to self-evaluation and professional growth
-Self-motivated and unafraid to demonstrate initiative

Benefits and Salary

PCRG offers a competitive salary based on education and experience, as well as a generous benefits package including medical/dental/vision insurance, disability, life insurance, 401(k) plan, and paid vacation

$32,000 – $37,000 annual salary plus full benefits

PCRG is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, age, national origin, ethnic background, familial status, sexual orientation, disability or any other characteristic protected by law

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