Neighborhood Meeting Specialist WHOLE CHILD STRATEGIES

Title: Neighborhood Meeting Specialist
Reporting to: Senior Project Manager
Reports: None
Education Requirement: Minimum Bachelor’s degree
Salary: Dependent upon experience

ABOUT US

Whole Child Strategies, Inc. (WCS) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit entity serving Memphis and Shelby County. Our mission is to empower neighborhoods and communities disproportionately affected by poverty to self-determination in addressing barriers that hinder children from graduating on-time, career and college-ready – providing funding, critical supports and coordinated efforts around collective accountability, public advocacy and community development.
It is our vision all children will graduate high school on time, college and career-ready through support of revitalized neighborhoods, accountable neighbors, and sustainable systems.

JOB DESCRIPTION

The WSC Neighborhood Meeting Specialist will execute the work of the Whole Child Strategy, Klondike Smokey City Neighborhood Council and the Klondike Smokey City CDC. This role will be responsible for serving as co-facilitator for the Neighborhood Council and for partner agencies and stakeholders centered around school and neighborhood coordination of efforts.

The Neighborhood Council is focused on identifying community-level assets and needs related to students attendance and collectively developing strategies to improve these outcomes. As the Neighborhood Meeting Specialist, this role will work with the Neighborhood Facilitator and Neighborhood Organizer to support the Neighborhood Council in defining and reaching their goals. The Neighborhood Meeting Specialist will support the work of the Neighborhood Facilitator and Neighborhood Organizer by assisting to recruit council participants, assist the Neighborhood Council in defining and refreshing their goals, facilitating trainings and supporting partner and community capacity building in relation to the Whole Child Strategy.

The Neighborhood Meeting Specialist will spend 80% of their time supporting the work of the Whole Child Strategy and 20% supporting the Klondike Smokey City CDC Executive Director. The Neighborhood Meeting Specialist will hold office hours within the Klondike Smokey City CDC. Note: This position is one-year in length, with possibility of extension.

The Neighborhood Facilitator is responsible for the following categories of work, but should execute all duties as assigned with fidelity as the categories and tasks are not exhaustive but demonstrative.

Duties and Responsibilities

Neighborhood Facilitation
▪ Co-develop Neighborhood Council meeting agendas;
▪ Co-facilitate Neighborhood Council meetings;
▪ Serve as primary note-taker for Neighborhood Council meetings;
▪ Co-manage after-meeting processes, including:
    o Editing and distributing notes
    o Upload pictures and other visual aids to a shared Google Drive folder
    o Organize sign-in sheets and contact logs
    o Report attendance numbers to Whole Child Strategies
    o Organizing and managing action commitments
    o Managing Neighborhood Council action plans.
    o Assist in planning strategy aligned projects with the Klondike Smokey City CDC Executive Director and WCS Project Manager
▪ Coordinate with partners to conduct trainings and content/skill support sessions;
▪ Work alongside the Neighborhood Facilitator and Neighborhood Organizer to assist in developing the asset/needs assessment;
▪ Work with the Neighborhood Council and community stakeholders to determine capacity-building needs;
▪ Cultivate and foster relationships with parents, families, and residents to encourage engagement in key decision-making;
▪ Assist in recruitment of a diverse range of participants to serve on the Neighborhood Council;
▪ Assist with calling meeting participants to follow-up on suggestions and concerns.

Minimum Qualifications
▪ Bachelor’s Degree
▪ Minimum two (2) years working in a nonprofit or community development setting;
▪ Process oriented, analytical problem solver, strategic planner, solution oriented;
▪ Willingness to travel and work evenings and weekends as projects demand;
▪ A valid driver’s license.

Preferred Qualifications
▪ Effective project and time management skills
▪ Clear and concise verbal and written communications
▪ Technologically proficient, especially in presenting work products/plans
▪ Experience with an all hands on deck approach to work-related projects and tasks
▪ General facilitation skills
▪ Adept interpersonal skills, focusing on building relationships and resolving conflict
▪ Ability to work independently, but also as part of a team
▪ Clear commitment to continuous improvement via training and professional development

Desired Knowledge & Skills
▪ Ability to rapidly acquire and assimilate new knowledge
▪ Interest in solving complex problems
▪ Experience in using continuous improvement processes and methodology
▪ Knowledge of teaching and learning in a specific instructional grade plan (e.g. early childhood, elementary, middle or high school, etc.)
▪ Knowledge of instructional and/or student support systems
▪ Knowledge and proficiency in Google Drive
▪ Experience working within a Memphis community, preferably Klondike Smokey City

Interested applicants should reach out to Cortney Thomas at cdthomas@wcstrategies.org by Friday, June 8th with their cover letter and resume.