Community Organizer and Outreach Coordinator

Community Organizer and Outreach Coordinator

Open Communities Alliance (OCA) is a Connecticut-based civil rights non-profit working to confront the state’s deep levels of residential segregation, which deprive low income families of color of access to opportunity and deepen the sharp income and race divisions in our society. Open Communities Alliance seeks to expand its outreach staff and activities to promote equitable revitalization and ensure housing choice for all families in Connecticut.

Position Overview

Open Communities Alliance (OCA) seeks a self-motivated, outgoing Community Organizer & Outreach Coordinator to conduct outreach, training, education and leadership development. The organizer will be responsible for developing on-the-ground relationships with diverse communities and organizations. This is a full-time permanent position that includes a competitive benefits package.

Responsibilities

The Community Organizer & Outreach Coordinator will:

  • Work as part of a collaborative team with the Executive Director and other staff to guide the outreach and community organizing work of OCA.
  • Recruit, organize, train and develop grassroots community members to take effective collective action.
  • Engage with community members around the issue of systemic racism.
  • Build new and strengthen existing relationships with community members, Coalition members, partner groups and Town Ambassadors to leverage the power and influence of OCA on the priorities identified by grassroots leaders.
  • Train community members, Coalition members, Town Ambassadors, and partner groups through facilitation, public presentations, one- on- one and group trainings in the principles of organizing and support them in developing relational culture in their institutions through listening campaigns.
  • Build and maintain relationships with existing and new leaders, organizational partners, and community groups.

Who we are looking for:

This is a full-time position. Occasional nights and weekends required. Candidates must be able to be present in Connecticut for meetings and events. Strong preference for candidates who have connections to Connecticut communities.

  • At least 3 years of community organizing experience.
  • The desire to organize around and engage with the issues of systemic racism and housing.
  • Capacity to think strategically about systemic issues impacting low-income communities and Black and Latino communities.
  • Commitment to working within and among people from diverse socio-economic, racial, faith, and political backgrounds.
  • Effective communication and listening skills.
  • Excited about and committed to OCA’s mission and social change more generally.
  • Ability to work as part of a team and independently.
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to manage multiple tasks in high-paced, low- structure organization.
  • Ability to speak publicly and represent the organization in community and professional settings.
  • Ability (when needed) to work flexible hours to meet community needs, including evenings and weekends.
  • Command of Microsoft Office, Google Docs, E-mail, and Social Media, and comfortable learning other platforms.
  • Bilingual Spanish/English highly desirable.
  • Valid driver’s license and insured vehicle required.

Salary is commensurate with experience and is between $55,000 to $70,000 annually. Excellent benefits, including medical and dental insurance, 15 vacation days (increasing to 21 days after the first year), 15 sick days, 3 personal days, 2 flex-holidays and 11 standard holidays, along with a 401K retirement plan with a contribution from OCA.

Please submit a resume and cover letter to [email protected] and include “OCA Community Organizer & Outreach Coordinator” in the subject line. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. 

Open Communities Alliance is an equal opportunity employer.  We seek to build diversity, equity and inclusion both within our organization and in partnership and allyship with the communities we serve.

We seek to build diversity, equity and inclusion both within our organization and in partnership and allyship with the communities we serve.

  • Open Communities Alliance
  • 75 Charter Oak Avenue
  • Suite 1-200
  • Hartford, CT 06106
  • Phone: 860-610-6040