JOB OPENINGS

Community Engagement Manager - Full-time

Communications & Events Fellow - Part-time

Community Engagement Manager - Full-time

Summary: Catalyze SV (CSV) is hiring a full-time Community Engagement Manager to be the point person on our community engagement work. This includes 5 main areas:

  1. Co-lead the strategy for our community engagement advocacy 

  2. Partner with our staff, volunteers & other groups to put on our social & educational events

  3. Identify, plan, & execute our Community Visioning Workshops

  4. Manage our Community Engagement Committee

  5. Prospect, plan, execute, manage, facilitate & expand CSV’s growing body of work - our community engagement services

 

Job Responsibilities

 

Community Engagement Services: ​

  • Play a leading role on strategy for all CSV’s community engagement efforts 

  • Coordinate & collaborate with our clients/partners at key steps of the process

  • Plan & co-execute any and all community engagement activities, including: 

    • Build partnerships with other groups who might participate in them

    • Promote efforts & recruit participants using CSV’s communications channels

    • Help secure elected officials & government staff participation

    • Cultivate & train community members/CSV volunteers

    • Co-facilitate CSV public engagement activities such as meetings & workshops

    • Draft & distribute a final report after activities conclude 

  • Track your hours & CSV’s costs & submit invoices to entities hiring CSV

  • Work with CSV’s Development Manager to identify potential projects for Workshops

  • Play a leading role in business development to maintain & grow this body of work by: 

    • Identifying additional opportunities for CSV to provide our services

    • Tracking open RFQs & RFPs that may be a fit for CSV

    • Building relationships with government officials & other nonprofit organizations

 

Community Engagement Advocacy:

  • Identify local governments willing to create or reform their community engagement practices, processes & policies

  • Meet with city officials, developers & other stakeholders re: these reforms, rooted in CSV’s recommendations from our Cultivating Community Initiative

  • Research, understand, try out, & make recommendations for implementing community engagement best practices & new strategies, tools & technologies 

 

Community Engagement Committee

  • Manage all committee meetings, including coordinating the location, date, agenda, remote access, food as needed, & email to committee members.

  • Manage CSV’s intern assigned to this Committee

  • Recruit new volunteers to the Committee 

  • Serve as the project manager on our volunteers’ event ideas

  • Track the committee’s results, including volunteer participation

 

Educational & Social Events:

  • Brainstorm potential events for CSV to host or co-host

  • Plan & execute these events for CSV

  • Coordinate communications between featured guests

  • Assist with facilitation of events

  • Delegate event tasks to CSV’s intern as needed

 

Communications & External Affairs:

  • Participate in meetings as a CSV representative

  • Develop, hone & present CSV’s messages to the public as a secondary spokesperson 

  • Draft & push out content on CSV’s social media platforms & to our listserve 

  • Document CSV events & successes via film, audio, photos, notes, etc. 

  • Build, maintain & strengthen relationships with community members, developers, government officials, media, businesses, civic leaders & other nonprofit orgs

 

Your Skills & Our Expectations:

  • Experience in one or more of the following:

    • grassroots organizing 

    • community engagement 

    • event planning and/or 

    • meeting facilitation

  • An entrepreneurial mindset and/or experience in, or knowledge of, business development

  • Exceptional people skills, particularly in building & maintaining relationships with community groups & leaders

  • Experience predicting & responding to different perspectives from different groups 

  • Skilled communicator, especially as a public speaker

  • Knowledge of how local government/politics works or can learn it very fast 

  • Agree with the strategies, goals & values of Catalyze SV

  • Able to work independently & track hours billed to clients

  • Detail-oriented to ensure all aspects of our events are well-planned 

  • Can meet hard deadlines with thorough work

  • Communicate frequently and openly with your colleagues & external partners

  • As CSV is a startup organization, be open to shaping your role & your job tasks changing

  • Bilingual in Spanish, Vietnamese, ASL or Mandarin is a major plus

Structure & Compensation

The Community Engagement Manager will report to CSV’s Executive Director. CSV is a fiscally-sponsored project of Social Good Fund (SGF). Thus, you’ll legally be an employee of SGF and governed by its employment policies (unless otherwise specified by CSV). SGF/CSV provide a number of benefits to full-time employees (including vacation, holidays, sick days, health insurance, and access to a 403b plan), for which you will be eligible. CSV is invested in your success & growth, so you’ll have numerous opportunities for professional growth & mentorship.

 

Your salary range will be $70,000 - $75,000. You will be paid twice monthly. CSV will provide a monthly transit stipend to you once in-person work returns.

 

The individual in this role will work remotely until the pandemic subsides. Thereafter, it’s anticipated you can work part-time remotely & part-time in shared office space CSV will re-secure. On average, you may have night meetings until roughly 8 pm one weeknight per week. As such, your regular work hours may vary at times, which will give you flexibility. 

 

Since this is a new position at a young organization, you’ll work with our Executive Director to secure long-term funding for this position through community engagement services contracts.

 

Inclusivity:

CSV’s core values highlight our goal of building diverse, equitable & inclusive communities. That’s why we welcome folks of diverse abilities / marginalized backgrounds to apply for this position!

 

Applications & Process

Please email a resume & up to a one-page cover letter to alex@catalyzesv.org by December 30, 2021 with “Community Engagement Manager Application” in the subject.

 

Applicants who proceed through to the end of the process can expect 4 steps before an offer:

  1. 1-hour Zoom interview with CSV’s Executive Director

  2. Performance Task (w/up to a week to complete it)

  3. Final 30-60 minute interview with one or more CSV advisors

  4. CSV contacts 2 professional references & 1 personal one

Communications & Events Fellow - Part-time

 

Summary: Catalyze SV (CSV) is looking for one or more students who can independently work between 5-15 hours per week and take a leading role in planning & executing our online communications, community engagement & events. This fellowship will run through the academic year, with the possibility of an extension. 

 

Our Work: One of CSV’s main objectives is to help community members be more effective advocates for sustainable, equitable, & vibrant development. We do this a number of ways, including:

  • educational & social events that build community, skills & knowledge;  

  • sharing accurate, accessible, timely information with the community about how government processes & decisions occur when it comes to development; and

  • monthly meetings of our Community Engagement Committee. 

 

Your Responsibilities

  • Monitor media coverage for current or possible news stories that intersect with CSV’s work

  • Draft written & visual (i.e. graphics) social media posts for Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn & Instagram related to development generally & that involve our work specifically

  • Draft written & visual content for email blasts to our e-listserv

  • Assist in managing CSV’s monthly Community Engagement Committee meetings, including co-facilitating the meetings (currently only via Zoom) & taking notes during them

  • Lead multiple aspects of CSV’s events, including:

    • Project manage events to ensure preparation occurs on time & successfully

    • Share your creative ideas on possible future events

    • Offer input on making current events better

    • Draft & send invitations to panelists/participants of events 

    • Marshal volunteers to lead events

    • Create event information in Eventbrite 

    • Set up regular check-ins with CSV staff, volunteers & contractors to ensure event preparation is on track

  • Co-facilitate broadcasting meetings & events through Facebook Live, YouTube & Zoom

  • Check-in weekly with the Executive Director to discuss your workload & anything you need, including creating an agenda/to-do items each week

 

Our Expectations of You:

  • Agree with the values, strategies, & goals of Catalyze SV

  • Communicate in writing in clear, concise, accessible language

  • Knowledge of, and skills with, the social media platforms mentioned above

  • Ability to project manage tasks, ideally using an online tool to track progress

  • Comfort using additional features of Zoom to facilitate remote meetings 

  • Able to work with a wide variety of people & encourage their increased involvement

  • Experience having planned events, be it through social circles, school, or previous jobs

  • Some understanding of how local government works or can learn it very fast 

  • Able to work independently 

  • Can meet hard deadlines with thorough, quality work

  • Resist cutting corners

  • Communicate frequently and openly with your CSV points of contact

  • Flexible to changes, as Catalyze SV is a startup organization

  • Exhibit complete and total integrity by honestly and forthrightly tracking your work

 

Compensation & Value: 

CSV is a fiscally-sponsored project of Social Good Fund (SGF). Thus, you’ll legally be an employee of SGF and governed by its employment policies (unless otherwise specified by CSV). 

 

You’ll be paid a flat rate of $17 per hour. You'll tabulate your own hours and be paid twice per month. You’ll work remotely until the pandemic subsides more. Thereafter, it’s anticipated you can work part-time remotely & part-time in shared office space CSV will re-secure. You will be compensated for your time if you are asked to participate in other meetings or events. Should you travel to CSV work functions, you will receive a transit stipend. You will have an opportunity to receive mentoring from our Executive Director Alex Shoor, to whom you report. 

 

Excellent work may be rewarded by:

  • a recommendation / professional reference for use in your career

  • an offer to continue with us past your academic year

  • expanding your number of weekly hours 

  • improving your job title

  • a spot bonus (for truly exceptional work)

 

Process: 

In addition to a cover letter (less than 500 words) and resume or link to your LinkedIn profile, we’ll schedule a 30-minute phone interview with preferred candidates in December. Then we’ll ask finalists to complete a short, performance-based task. The expected start is early January 2021.