Community Engagement Specialist
Mi Casa Inc. is an established
non-profit affordable housing developer based
in Washington, DC, with a mission
to preserve and provide affordable housing and to sustain strong, diverse
communities. Mi Casa’s Housing Programs focus on working with low-income
communities to develop affordable co-operative and rental housing. Through
co-op development, community members are engaged in building skills and
knowledge and making decisions about the development of their buildings. Mi
Casa’s Genesis Intergenerational Program is a community program based in an
affordable rental building, where residents provide volunteer support to each
other and their community.
Community Engagement Specialist – Role Description
Mi Casa seeks a highly
motivated, creative, and dynamic individual to serve as the Community
Engagement Specialist (CES) and an integral member of the Mi Casa team. The CES
will work with interdisciplinary teams in its Housing Programs (specifically
co-op development and the Genesis Program) to facilitate community leadership
and engagement, provide training, and to build resident leadership and
community capacity. The Coordinator will work with the team members and
residents to foster a culture of mutual cooperation to work toward common
The CES will achieve this through: 1.
Working directly with residents to facilitate engagement, connections, and
leadership, 2. Coaching and providing support to Mi Casa Program staff on
resident engagement strategies and working through challenges; and 3.
Facilitating training and technical assistance to increase engagement of
individuals and the community.
The CES should have demonstrated significant
experience (three to five years) in resident engagement, training and
organizing residents, and a high level of skill in community organizing and
outreach. The CES will have experience working with low-income communities of
different backgrounds, generations, and cultures. Spanish language proficiency
is a requirement for this position.
The CES will provide community outreach for
new projects, and support to project managers on existing projects. S/he/they
will work to build new and continuing partnerships that support our work; and
advocate for support for affordable housing.
The CES will coordinate, with other
program staff, logistics and outreach for Mi Casa’s Co-op training series,
providing and coordinating trainings to co-op members and residents on a
The CES will coordinate data collection on
resident engagement—capturing and analyzing data on engagement, and other
measures of program impact.
Minimum 3 years’ experience in community organizing / building/
demonstrated experience in community organizing, community- building and
building grassroots leadership.
Highly skilled in bringing people together around a common
purpose: Direct experience in
coordinating meetings and activities that bring residents together to support
one another and work toward a common purpose (e.g, improved housing and and
Strong interpersonal and communication skills: Excellent interpersonal awareness and skill in communicating
clearly and consistently. Experience with group presentations, facilitation,
and/or conflict resolution.
Strong cultural knowledge and sensitivity to diverse backgrounds
and experience: Must be able to
effectively build on diverse interests and backgrounds to draw the community
Effective time management and coordination skills: Well-organized and effective in coordinating meetings,
activities, logistics, and communicating
with multiple people and groups.
Experience working with low-income families and/or seniors: Knowledge and/or experience of/with the challenges facing
low-income populations; experience across ages a plus.
Skilled in team building and establishing partnerships: Be a highly effective team player within Mi Casa and with
partner organizations, providing outreach to build new partnerships, etc.
Passion for Mi Casa’s mission and building community capacity: The ideal candidate will have a passion for affordable housing,
grass-roots capacity-building and strengthening low-income communities, and
come prepared with a strongly resilient and optimistic outlook.
Language Skills: Bilingual/
English/Spanish speaking and writing ability required.
Experience with data tracking and analysis a plus: e.g., tracking resident engagement, program outcomes (through
surveys, observations—e.g., participation levels, reporting, etc).
Flexible Availability and own transportation: The position requires non-traditional office hours on a regular
basis, including evening and weekend events/meetings on a regular basis.
Salary: Commensurate with
Preference for DC residents.
Learn more here
Job posted: 2021-04-21