Community Advocate (Journey)
998457Position Classification Title:
University Program SpecialistFunctional Title:
Community Advocate (Journey)Position Type:
UNC Greensboro, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is 1 of only 57 doctoral institutions recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for both higher research activity and community engagement. Founded in 1891 and one of the original three UNC System institutions, UNC Greensboro is one of the most diverse universities in the state with 20,000+ students, and 3,000+ faculty and staff members representing 90+ nationalities. With 17 Division I athletic teams, 85 undergraduate degrees in over 125 areas of study, as well as 74 master’s and 32 doctoral programs, UNC Greensboro is consistently recognized nationally among the top universities for academic excellence and value, with noted strengths in health and wellness, visual and performing arts, nursing, education, and more. For additional information, please visit uncg.edu and follow UNCG on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.Primary Purpose of the Organizational Unit:
The complexity of social, economic, and structural factors that have created such lasting social problems as substandard housing, segregation, and homelessness and the need for sustainable community development demands a multidisciplinary, multi-method, community-engaged approach. Center for Housing and Community Studies (CHCS) brings together faculty, staff, and students from multiple disciplines to address these problems as well as to provide a point of contact for community partners, an opportunity for the practical education and training of UNCG students, and community-based evaluation and sustainable long-term regional planning.Position Summary:
The Center for Housing and Community Studies (CHCS) Community Advocate will oversee and coordinate a series of projects that assist organizations and residents in low wealth communities that are working to address longstanding Environmental Justice issues, build grassroots capacity, and support the development of alternative and shared-equity models of property ownership. The Community Advocate will serve as project coordinator for the Tenant Academy, the WRRI Stormwater Project, and the RWJF Environmental Justice Project. The position will also support planning, health equity, and evaluation studies conducted by the CHCS by means of qualitative data collection and community-engagement. The Community Advocate will also assist the PI in developing new proposals and projects to support the long-term goals of the Center. The Community Advocate will attend regular meetings with staff, community partners, and stakeholders. The Community Advocate will help organize and facilitate community forums (Housing Hangouts), meetings, and other events related to the mission of CHCS.Minimum Qualifications:
BACHELOR’S DEGREE AND ONE YEAR OF EXPERIENCE RELATED TO THE AREA OF ASSIGNMENT; OR EQUIVALENT COMBINATION OF TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE. ALL DEGREES MUST BE RECEIVED FROM APPROPRIATELY ACCREDITED INSTITUTIONS.Preferred Qualifications:
- At least 5-10 years of community-engaged work including technical assistance to non-profits, neighborhood associations, and grass-roots organizations as well as leading community-building efforts with demonstrated movement toward senior-level responsibilities.
- Knowledge of best practices for community outreach, training, and engagement.
- Experience in curriculum development.
- Experience in grant writing and grant administration.
- Experience in communicating and disseminating findings to a broad and diverse audience through social media, public speaking, authoring articles for public, etc.
- Experience leading community-based social and environmental justice campaigns.
- Strong event planning, logistics, and project management experience.
- Evidence of capacity to secure external funding for applied projects
- Experience in managing a team of assistants, students, or junior staff.
If no applicants apply who meet the required competency level and training & experience requirements, then management may consider other applicants. Salary would be determined based on competencies, equity, budget, and market considerations.Special Instructions to Applicants:
Applicants must complete and submit an electronic application for employment to be considered. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of completing an electronic application. The application must be completed in full detail for your qualifications to be considered.
Applicants are required to upload the following documents with their electronic application:
- Cover Letter
- List of References
Applicants are required to upload a list of references of at least three (3) professional references that includes:
- Company Name
- Type of reference (Professional, Supervisor, Colleague, Academic or Personal). One (1) of those references will need to be a current or previous supervisor.
- Email Address
- Contact Phone Number
Applications are not successfully submitted until an online confirmation number has been received at the end of the application process.Recruitment Range:
CTR for Hsing - Comm Studies - 11515Work Hours of Position:
M-F 8 A.M. - 5 P.M. Requires some flexibility for weekends and after hoursNumber of Months per Year:
Administrative & ManagerialCareer Banded Title:
University Program SpecialistOpen Date:
Non-ExemptSalary Grade Equivalency:
Environmental Justice Program CoordinatorEssential Tasks:
The Community Advocate will serve as the Environmental Justice Project Coordinator and will provide day-to-day oversight and management of the WRRI Stormwater Project & the RWJF Environmental Justice Project. The Community Advocate will assist in the development of curriculum for environmental/stormwater activities, oversee student research assistants in delivery of curriculum; develop outreach program to area schools, church youth groups, after-school programs, etc. with goal of developing post grant sustainability. With assistance from community liaisons, the Community Advocate will organize community workdays on Buffalo Creek (4 per year). The Community Advocate will also oversee students, staff, and consultants monitoring water quality along Buffalo Creek; build community partnerships with neighborhood stakeholders and City staff; and work with faculty partners to monitor water and soil quality. With student research assistants and assistance from the CHCS Director, the Community Advocate will compile an environmental history of the community through both historical research as well as collecting oral histories from long-time residents (over 20 years). Attendance at public and stakeholder meetings will be required to establish the key concerns of the community as they related to the creeks, streams, stormwater, Bingham Park, and the greenway/riparian areas. The Community Advocate will work with Faculty PIs to conduct a health surveillance study and to collect community surveys gauging attitudes about litter, environment, perception of the neighborhood, and views of their natural resources. This is a multi-year, grant funded project.Key Responsibility:
Tenant Leadership Academy Project ManagementEssential Tasks:
The Community Advocate will serve as the Tenant Academy Project Coordinator, working with CHCS Director, other program coordinators, and CHCS staff as well as a community advisory committee to refine and adapt the curriculum of the Tenant Academy for various low income and at-risk communities in the Triad. The Community Advocate will be responsible for refinement of syllabus, tailoring of organizing manual, recruitment of cohorts of tenants, recruitment of workshop speakers, delivery workshop, and the evaluation/tracking of outcomes. In addition, CHCS will work with the Center for New North Carolinians Interpreter Access Project to create one day mini-academies for immigrant and refugee communities. The Community Advocate will also work with community partners to develop ongoing technical assistance to graduates.Key Responsibility:
Community Engagement Project SupportEssential Tasks:
The Community Advocate will work with CHCS Director, other program coordinators, and CHCS staff to design, administer, and analyze surveys, oral histories, interviews, and focus groups for funded planning, assessment, and evaluation studies. At any given time, CHCS will be engaged in multiple studies across NC and in other states. Community engagement support will include assistance in data collection, analysis, and authoring reports in coordination with other team members as needed to support the efforts of CHCS. Independently, the Community Advocate will develop relationships with appropriate stakeholders internally at UNCG and externally in the community building network and collaborative ties with local organizations and community leaders in order to assist in CHCS mission.Key Responsibility:
Grant WritingEssential Tasks:
Work with CHCS Director and staff to seek, prepare, manage, and administer grants and awards. Develop proposals to expand support for long-term sustainability and expansion of the Community Engagement and Advocacy Unit. The Community Advocate will be expected to author 3-5 grants per year.Competency:
Professional KnowledgeCompetency Description:
Knowledge of program policies, procedures, technology, best practices and their theoretical bases. Ability to interpret and apply a variety of interrelated policies, procedures, and programs for clients and to address clients’ non-routine issues. Knowledge of new theories, trends, laws or precedents demonstrated by recommending and implementing improvements or necessary changes to policies, procedures and/or program(s).Competency Level:
Program/Project AdministrationCompetency Description:
Ability to administer and/or manage a program with established guidelines and standards in its entirety or to administer several components of a multi-faceted program. Ability to ensure program/project accountability. Ability to define scope, goals, tasks, deliverables, timelines, tools, and resources. Ability to assess the needs of the work unit or project. Ability to determine any gaps, and recommend changes in procedures, workflow and work assignments to improve efficiency and effectiveness in performance of individuals and the work unit as a whole. Ability to develop and monitor program/project databases, schedules and reports. Ability to ensure accuracy of data and compliance with program standards. Ability to perform professional program administrative duties, including technical decisions. Ability to collaborate in the development and completion of grants and contracts. Ability to administer pre- and post-award agreements. Ability to prepare related reports as required.Competency Level:
Ability to advise and collaborate with clients, program participants, and others to resolve difficult issues in assigned program area(s). Ability to identify trends. Ability to recognize the impact of policies, procedures, and laws. Ability to apply knowledge and understanding of program culture, issues, and work relationships to address situations. Ability to share knowledge and critical thinking process. Ability to promote the use of best practices to achieve mutually agreeable outcomes in the resolution of issues. Ability to determine and document a course of action to address complex, ambiguous or unique operational and/or programmatic issues in assigned area(s).Competency Level:
Information Analysis and Decision-MakingCompetency Description:
Ability to analyze business operations and/or financial statements for overall program administration. Ability to develop initiatives to meet program/project needs and objectives. Ability to assess and resolve unprecedented problems that require research and review of policy and procedures for the program or assigned components. Ability to resolve problems or compliance issues, based on delegated authority.Competency Level:
Communication and MarketingCompetency Description:
Ability to maintain and enhance professional relationships to increase credibility for building support and reaching consensus when explaining and interpreting program policies and procedures within assigned area(s). Ability to convey sensitive information or decisions to clients. Ability to work toward mutual resolutions that are in the best interests of the organization and across organizational lines. Ability to promote and market assigned area(s) and persuade clients of the needs and beneficial outcomes of the program. Ability to plan and implement marketing strategies and functions. Ability to apply creativity to development of strategies and functions. Ability to take a lead in presentation of products and cultivation of donors. Ability to develop and conduct multiple training programs to meet organizational training needs. Ability to prepare teaching plans, and materials. Ability to identify objectives and provide instructions in a variety of training disciplines which include and encompass all levels of work.Competency Level:
Ability to develop and manage a program/project plan. Ability to provide consultation on issues and requests from clients. Ability to consult with higher-level professionals to discuss alternative solutions. Ability to supervise staff. Ability to develop and implement short-term strategies consistent with program goals.Competency Level:
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