Director, Community Building & Engagement

23 Oct, 2020


Director, Community Building & Engagement

Neighborworks America
Remote (DC)

NeighborWorks America: Working Together for Strong Communities

Purpose of Division:

The National Initiatives Division is comprised of multiple program areas that focus on progressive research and program development to support and enhance the critical lines of business of NeighborWorks organizations in homeownership, real estate and neighborhood development, and community building and engagement.

Within the National Initiatives Division, the Community Initiatives Department supports efforts to build vibrant local communities that provide equitable opportunities for people to thrive. Community Initiatives is comprised of NeighborWorks America’s Community Building and Engagement, Rural, Healthy Homes and Communities and Shared Equity Housing Initiatives. The Department supports (1) place-based community stabilization strategies aimed at creating a strong and balanced real estate market, safe and attractive conditions, and a positive neighborhood image; (2) community building and engagement strategies aimed at building resident leadership, collective capacity and social connections; and (3) systems-level strategies that bring together community stakeholders to address complex challenges. Community Initiatives accomplishes this vision through grant making, technical assistance, peer-to-peer learning, demonstration projects, trainings and workshops, research, sharing best practices, and convening practitioners and experts.

Position Summary:

The NeighborWorks America Community Building and Engagement (CB&E) program supports organizations across the NeighborWorks network to collaborate with residents to realize their shared visions. The program ensures that network organizations are positioned to achieve impact in their efforts to strengthen social connections, develop resident leaders, and support resident-driven groups. The Director, Community Building & Engagement leads NeighborWorks America’s efforts to promote resident leadership as an essential component of comprehensive community development. This position leads efforts to center and promote CB&E’s values and impact, both internally at NeighborWorks America and externally with network members and other partners. This includes:

Leading efforts that help residents and network organizations to identify priorities, create solutions and drive local change.
Overseeing programs that support network organization in building social capital and increasing residents’ capacity to address critical issues and create positive outcomes.
Offering support and evidence to help network organizations to integrate CB&E across lines of business (including tools to better measure and assess outcomes from CB&E efforts).
Expand professional development resources and networking opportunities for network CB&E staff.
Developing tools to help organizations to promote resident-led racial equity efforts.
The Director a mission-driven leader who collaborates with colleagues across NeighborWorks, the network and broader field. The Director reports to the Vice President, Community Initiatives and supervises staff on the CB&E team.

NOTE: Preference is for Washington, DC; consideration will be given for NeighborWorks regional office locations (Atlanta, Boston, New York, Kansas City, Denver or Los Angeles) or remote status.

Essential Duties/Responsibilities:

Lead NeighborWorks America’s efforts to promote resident leadership as an essential component of comprehensive community development.
Manage the operations of the CBE program including: strategic, operational and budget planning and supervision and oversight of remote and onsite staff and consultants
Educate NeighborWorks America staff, network members and external partners on the value and impact of Community Building and Engagement (CB&E) efforts.
Develop messages and communications that effectively convey the importance of CB&E to creating vibrant, sustainable and equitable communities.
Cultivate and manage strong cross-divisional relationships in order to train, embed, assess and communicate CB&E principles, values and results.
Ensure that CB&E programming, messaging and tools employ a racial equity lens to direct resources to benefit historically marginalized communities.
Direct pilots, technical assistance, grants, convenings and peer learning opportunities to accelerate the adoption of promising CB&E models across the NeighborWorks network.
Develop new and strengthen existing partnerships with national intermediaries, funders, resident leadership and community development organizations and other cross-sector partners to share and leverage resources, facilitate local partnerships, broaden knowledge of effective strategies, and contribute to field-level change.
Identify, support and disseminate funding models that increase the scale and sustainability of CB&E efforts.
Represent NeighborWorks America as the lead spokesperson on the topic of CB&E, in addition to serving on taskforces and workgroups.
Serve as a member on the National Initiatives and Community Initiatives leadership teams and support the development and implementation of divisional and departmental strategic priorities and programs.
Oversee annual workplan and budget development and execution for the CB&E program.
Stay up to date on trends, challenges and opportunities that affect local and national efforts aimed at promoting resident leadership.
Other job-related duties as assigned.
Nature of Work Contacts:
The Director will interact with a diverse group of NeighborWorks staff, NeighborWorks network members, community residents, consultants, external partners, funders, and other stakeholders from within and outside NeighborWorks America.

Fiscal Responsibilities:
The Director will be responsible for managing program budgets, grantmaking processes and procurement activities.

Required Minimum Qualifications:

(a) Education: A bachelor’s degree is required; a graduate degree in a related field (e.g. leadership, public policy, urban planning, or nonprofit management) is preferred. Relevant experience will be considered in lieu of a degree.

(b) Experience: At least seven (7) years of professional experience working to develop, implement, promote and evaluate efforts aimed at strengthening social connections, developing resident leaders, and supporting resident-driven groups. Direct experience with community development nonprofits leading comprehensive, resident-led efforts is preferred.

(c) Licenses, Certifications: None specified
(d) Competencies, Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

Passion for and dedication to supporting resident leaders and resident-led community development efforts.
In-depth knowledge and understanding of community development, community building and engagement, nonprofit management and communications.
Demonstrated commitment to promoting equity, diversity, and inclusion.
Demonstrated abilities to successfully partner and collaborate across departments and/or divisions internally, as well as externally with partner organizations
Ability to serve as an internal and external subject matter expert and though leader on issues related to community building and engagement.
Familiarity with funding models that support the sustainability and growth of community building and engagement programs.
Experience developing metrics to evaluate and communicate the outcomes of community building and engagement activities.
Demonstrated project management experience, including independent management of project goals, budgets and timelines as well as coordinating with diverse groups of internal and external stakeholders to implement project plans.
Experience developing and deploying technical assistance, peer learning, tools and training to spread knowledge and adoption of promising practices.
Strong written and verbal communication skills, including experience developing reports, publications and presentations to promote new ideas and share best practices.
Accomplishments that reflect teamwork, integrity, effectiveness, and efficiency – including demonstrated leadership, ability to influence and bring about consensus, and to work independently.
Strong interpersonal skills with a demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective working relationship with others and successfully interact with people at all management and support levels, as well as people of diverse socio-economic backgrounds.
(e) NeighborWorks America Staff are expected to demonstrate excellence in the following:

Sensitivity to racial, gender, sexual orientation and cultural differences
Effective, respectful, and timely communications with internal and external stakeholders
Listening effectively, seeks and accepts feedback
Effective teamwork
Analytic, thoughtful and strategic thinking
Considering the mission, objectives, and goals of NeighborWorks and demonstrating an understanding of the impact of her/his/their decisions and behavior on the organization
(f) Technology: Proficient use of Microsoft Office suite.

Preferred Qualifications:
A graduate degree in leadership, public policy, urban planning, nonprofit management or related fields is preferred.

Working Conditions:
(a) Travel: Up to 25 percent required.
(b) Physical/Sensory Demands: Extensive computer and telephone usage. Fast paced work environment.

Special Provisions: None Specified.

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Job posted: 2020-10-23