WalkDenver is hiring a Neighborhood Organizer!

by Jessica Vargas on November 29, 2018

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WalkDenver is seeking a Neighborhood Organizer to assist with our work in several Denver neighborhoods focused on promoting healthy, safe, active transportation including walking, biking, and transit.

About the Job

The Neighborhood Organizer is a full-time, grant-funded position that will support the development and implementation of three neighborhood-focused programs that WalkDenver is leading together with community partners: the Friends of Little Saigon initiative, the Vision Zero Community Program, and the Denver Community Active Living Coalition. The Neighborhood Organizer will also assist with other WalkDenver programs as needed.

The “Friends of Little Saigon” initiative, led by WalkDenver and the West Denver Renaissance Collaborative (WDRC) is focused on community beautification and stewardship of the pedestrian environment along Federal Blvd between Alameda and Mississippi in Southwest Denver. WalkDenver is working with the community to define goals for the initiative, including:

  • Get people outdoors and actively engaged in positive experiences with other residents and business owners along Federal
  • Contribute to the community’s overall health by encouraging and supporting increased use of active transportation options available in the Federal Corridor
  • Provide a more dignified and enjoyable experience for residents who already rely upon active transportation on Federal, many of whom can’t drive because of age, income, or a disability.
  • Create a strong sense of place and pride in the Little Saigon district, reflecting the unique and vibrant cultural diversity present in this part of Denver
  • Support thriving, locally-owned businesses that provide economic opportunities for area residents

The Denver Vision Zero Community Program (VZCP) is a new citywide program funded by the City & County of Denver that will give teams of community members an opportunity to design a project to increase awareness of Vision Zero and promote safer streets in their neighborhoods. The goals of this initiative include:

  • Build public awareness and support for the City’s Vision Zero policies, programs, and projects
  • Promote a Culture of Safety as outlined in the City’s Vision Zero Action Plan by engaging community members around issues of traffic safety in their neighborhoods
  • Provide Denver residents the opportunity to have their voices heard about how safety on public streets can be improved

The Denver Community Active Living Coalition (CALC), led by the City & County of Denver Department of Public Health and Environment (DDPHE), works to ensure that all Denver residents, including kids, older adults, the disabled, and the disadvantaged, have equitable access to safe, vibrant places to walk, bike, ride transit, and play. WalkDenver supports the CALC by providing technical assistance to priority neighborhoods identified by DDPHE in the Northeast (Montbello) and Southwest (including Mar Lee, Harvey Park, Ruby Hill, and College View). The goals of this initiative include:

  • Create a community coalition that includes youth and disparate community residents
  • Improve coordination among partners for assessment and implementation
  • Evaluate and improve policies related to safe routes and the built environment
  • Create effective messaging about active transportation opportunities and benefits

Half of the position will be focused on the Friends of the Little Saigon Business District initiative; the other half will support the VZCP and CALC programs. Specific duties of the position include the following:

  • Work closely with the WalkDenver Executive Director and Program Coordinator to ensure successful program outcomes
  • Coordinate with consultants and community partners
  • Prepare materials for neighborhood outreach and promotion of WalkDenver programs
  • Conduct outreach to businesses and property owners located within the Little Saigon Business District to understand their interests and concerns, build trust, and engage them in the “Friends” initiative, particularly as it relates to the exploration of the feasibility and benefits of establishing a formal business improvement district. This outreach will include one-on-one meetings, phone calls, e-mail communication, and participation in community events.
  • Support WalkDenver staff with logistics and planning for VZCP and CALC neighborhood projects, which may include: built environment assessments, community outreach and education, and/or planning and implementation of tactical urbanism or similar projects
  • Assist with evaluation of program outcomes
  • Assist with other WalkDenver programs as needed
  • Must work some evenings and weekends

Qualifications

Required

  • Background in community organizing, urban planning, public affairs, or related field
  • Interest in active transportation issues (walking, biking, transit)
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrated success engaging community members with diverse backgrounds
  • Well organized with a high level of attention to detail
  • Flexibility, positive attitude, ability to remain professional in stressful situations
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office and Google Apps (e.g, Google Drive, Docs, Sheets, Forms, etc.)
  • Willing to work some evenings and weekends
  • Has to pass background check

Desired

  • Fluent in English and Vietnamese 
  • Knowledge of Denver neighborhoods and local organizations relevant to WalkDenver’s mission 
  • Experience managing grant-funded projects 
  • Familiarity with social media 

Salary and Benefits

Compensation is commensurate with experience.  WalkDenver offers a competitive benefits package which includes a healthcare plan, dental, vision and 401K plan.

WalkDenver is a project of Colorado Nonprofit Development Center (CNDC) and all employees are CNDC employees. CNDC is dedicated to equal employment opportunities in any term, condition, or privilege of employment. CNDC prohibits unlawful discrimination against applicants or employees based on race, color, national origin, ancestry, creed, religion, sex, age 40 and over, disability, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation, marital status, gender expression or any other characteristic protected by state or local law.

To apply, send a resume, cover letter, and writing sample to Jill Locantore at jill.locantore@walkdenver.org by Friday, January 4, 2019.

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