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High School to Career Manager

Job Description

About DSNI:

Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative (DSNI) is a thirty year-old resident-led, non-profit planning and organizing entity in the Roxbury/North Dorchester area of Boston.  DSNI’s mission is to empower Dudley residents to organize, plan for, create, and control a vibrant, diverse and high quality neighborhood in collaboration with community partners.   In order to realize the neighborhood’s vision of a vibrant urban village, DSNI has organized to make significant strides in the areas of land control, affordable housing, community facilities, urban agriculture, youth development, and community building.  Progress in our neighborhood is the result of robust collaborative efforts led by community residents.

About the Boston Promise Initiative:

The Boston Promise Initiative (BPI) is a comprehensive place-based collaborative effort with this vision: All children growing up in the Dudley Promise Neighborhood have access to effective schools and strong systems of family and community support that will prepare them to attain an excellent education and successfully transition to college and career. Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative (DSNI) is the lead agency for a 2012 US Department of Education Promise Neighborhood implementation grant, responsible for organizing and advocacy, convening collaborative tables, coordination of aligned efforts, fundraising, and use of data to meet child & youth outcomes and to strengthen family and community supports.

Position Overview: 

The High School to Career Manager will lead the planning and start-up phase of the Corridors to College Success initiative, a component of our BPI efforts. They will focus on engagement of the community and partners in improving existing, and securing new, opportunities for young people in the Dudley Village Campus (DVC) so they can move seamlessly through postsecondary pathways to living wage careers. Supported through the Ford Foundation’s Educational Opportunity and Scholarship Initiative, the High School to Career Manager will use a place-based, community-building approach to: strengthen and build new strategic partnerships; build consensus on goals; oversee the Peer Leadership team; ensure there is synergy with other collective action collaborations; and identify ongoing shared assessment and measurement tools. The ideal candidate will have creative vision, be guided by principles of resident and youth leadership, and also be a highly organized self-starter with a strong skill-set in managing complex work and working effectively with a variety of stakeholders.

Supervision:  

The position reports to the Director of Youth Leadership and Development.

Duties

  • Coordinate the Corridors of College Success initiative, including convening community meetings and strategy sessions to analyze existing data, develop a shared vision and identify concrete strategies to promote a supportive environment for young people to achieve their academic and career goals
  • Work with key partners to develop shared data systems and policy efforts
  • Oversee the Youth Voice Project, which includes supervising a staff of 4-6 Peer Leaders responsible for conducting outreach and research, and elevating youth leadership strategies that inform the Boston Opportunity Youth Collaborative and Corridors work
  • Staff and facilitate the DSNI College to Career Workgroup
  • Build and maintain partnerships with DSNI partner high schools, community colleges and universities and identify resources to support their efforts in creating supportive pathways for young people
  • Oversee process to collect and analyze data to inform postsecondary strategies and monitor progress
  • Support the development of the DSNI Young Alumni Network with Youth Opportunities and Development staff
  • Coordinate communications and public relations efforts to promote Corridor of College Success work in collaboration with DSNI staff
  • Communicate with funders and manage reports and deadlines in collaboration with DSNI resource development staff
  • Participate in staff meetings, retreats and other DSNI activities

Qualifications, Skills and Knowledge Requirements:

  • Content knowledge and experience with youth development and post secondary strategies and pathways
  • Substantial experience in community engagement
  • Knowledge of the local neighborhood and broader post secondary communities and resources
  • Experience in community organizing and policy advocacy
  • Proven ability to use collaborative processes and partnerships that create alignment around shared goals and plans
  • Strong project management skills, including demonstrated ability to work with cross-functional teams, work effectively with multiple stakeholders, prioritize multiple work tasks, and meet deadlines
  • Excellent meeting facilitation skills
  • Experience and ease working in multicultural, multilingual settings
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills
  • Strong computer skills, particularly in Microsoft PowerPoint, Word, and Excel
  • Willingness to work flexible schedule, including some nights and weekends
  • Bilingual preferred (Cape Verdean, Spanish)
  • Neighborhood residents are encouraged to apply

Salary:

Salary range for this position is $50,000 – $60,000 annually, depending on experience.  DSNI offers a comprehensive benefits package.

Process:

To be considered, interested applicants must submit a cover letter and resume by email to hr@dsni.org with “High School to Career Manager” in the subject line.  No telephone inquiries or recruiters please. 

DSNI is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

 

 

Arts & Culture Manager

Job Description:                                                                                                                      

ABOUT DSNI:

Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative (DSNI) is a thirty year-old resident-led, non-profit planning and organizing entity in the Roxbury/North Dorchester area of Boston.  DSNI’s mission is to empower Dudley residents to organize, plan for, create, and control a vibrant, diverse and high quality neighborhood in collaboration with community partners.   In order to realize the neighborhood’s vision of a vibrant urban village, DSNI has organized to make significant strides in the areas of land control, affordable housing, community facilities, urban agriculture, youth development, and community building.  Progress in our neighborhood is the result of robust collaborative efforts led by community residents.

ABOUT FAIRMOUNT CULTURAL CORRIDOR INITIATIVE:

The Fairmount Cultural Corridor is a creative placemaking initiative that combines collaborative efforts of residents, artists, community organizations and businesses to support vibrant, livable neighborhoods along the Fairmount Commuter Line, made stronger through active local creative economies.  The Fairmount Cultural Corridor draws upon the local cultural assets and ethnic traditions of the Corridor’s residents. Through arts and cultural activities, it brings people together to both celebrate and have a voice in shaping the future of their communities. The creative placemaking effort was piloted in Upham’s Corner, where it has fostered cultural economic activity and resident engagement through outdoor arts markets, technical assistance to artist entrepreneurs, interactive public art interventions, and the involvement of local merchants. With support from ArtPlace America and other local and national funders, the initiative recently expanded to include the Four Corners neighborhood, with plans to connect with creative placemaking efforts all along the Corridor.  Over eight arts and community-based organizations comprise the FCC initiative, with DSNI serving as the lead partner.

Position Overview:  The Arts & Culture Manager will have a lead role in integrating arts and culture into the organizing work of DSNI, coordinating the creative placemaking strategies of the Fairmount Cultural Corridor, and facilitating partnerships that will contribute to long-term arts and culture planning in the Dudley and Fairmount Line communities. The ideal candidate will have creative vision, be guided by principles of community leadership, and believe in the power of art to inspire and transform. S/he will also be a highly organized self-starter with a strong skill-set in managing complex work and working effectively with a variety of stakeholders.

Supervision:  The position reports to the DSNI Director of Sustainable Economic Development.

Duties

  • Coordinate the Fairmount Cultural Corridor initiative, overseeing the work of partners and implementing strategies developed by residents, artists, and partners
  • Staff and facilitate the DSNI Arts and Culture Committee to ensure that resident and artist voices guide the development of community art
  • Facilitate and strengthen partnerships among community residents and organizations to coordinate arts and culture work in the community
  • Collaborate with Design Studio for Social Intervention to support Artists-in-Residence who will design public projects for Four Corners and Upham’s Corner residents to re-imagine public spaces and address challenges and aspirations of their communities.
  • Integrate the use of creative placemaking strategies into DSNI efforts as an organizing strategy to help residents address neighborhood issues and build community
  • Assist in infusing arts programming throughout the DSNI youth employment program and curriculum.
  • Build and maintain partnerships with DSNI partner schools and identify arts-related resources to support their needs
  • Lead the planning of annual Multicultural Festival and other community cultural events in collaboration with DSNI staff and residents
  • Oversee process to collect and analyze data to inform ArtPlace and cultural planning processes
  • Coordinate communications and public relations efforts to promote Fairmount Cultural Corridor work in collaboration with DSNI staff
  • Communicate with funders and manage reports and deadlines in collaboration with DSNI resource development staff
  • Participate in staff meetings, retreats and other DSNI activities

Qualifications, Skills and Knowledge Requirements:

  • Content knowledge in arts, social practice art, creative placemaking, and/or arts and cultural management
  • Substantial experience in social community engagement involving the arts
  • Knowledge of the local neighborhood and broader arts communities and resources
  • Experience in community organizing and policy advocacy
  • Proven ability to use collaborative processes and partnerships that create alignment around shared goals and plans
  • Strong project management skills, including demonstrated ability to work with cross-functional teams, work effectively with multiple stakeholders, prioritize multiple work tasks, and meet deadlines
  • Excellent meeting facilitation skills
  • Experience and ease working in multicultural, multilingual settings
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills
  • Strong computer skills, particularly in Microsoft PowerPoint, Word, and Excel
  • Willingness to work flexible schedule, including some nights and weekends
  • Experience working with youth desirable
  • Bilingual preferred (Cape Verdean, Spanish,)
  • Neighborhood residents and artists encouraged to apply

Salary: Salary range for this position is $50,000 – $60,000 annually, depending on experience.  DSNI offers a comprehensive benefits package.

To be considered, interested applicants must submit a cover letter and resume by email to hr@dsni.org  with “Arts and Culture Manager” in the subject line.  No telephone inquiries or recruiters please.  DSNI is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

 

Resource Development Director

JOB DESCRIPTION

 

Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative (DSNI) is a thirty year-old resident-led, non-profit planning and organizing group in the Roxbury/North Dorchester area of Boston.  DSNI’s mission is to empower Dudley residents to organize, plan for, create, and control a vibrant, diverse and high quality neighborhood in collaboration with community partners. DSNI's approach to neighborhood revitalization is comprehensive and focuses on three strategic areas—sustainable and economic development, leadership development and collaboration, and youth opportunities and development. In partnership with nonprofit organizations, community development corporations (CDCs), businesses, and religious institutions serving the neighborhood, DSNI works to implement resident-led revitalization plans.

 

Today, DSNI is engaged in a wide range of community change efforts, affecting all areas of neighborhood life. Examples include:

 

The Boston Promise Initiative: Place-based approach to transforming community-school relationships and accelerating academic achievement that ensures sustained success in school for all Dudley children.

 

Fair Chance for Family Success: Resident-led partnership of DSNI and Family Independence Initiative, along with neighborhood partners, to support families in the Dudley neighborhood in building their income, savings, and assets and increasing their economic and housing stability.  

 

Strong Leaders, Brighter Futures: Youth mentoring program pairs neighborhood adults with youth in mentoring matches, designed to ensure that our community supports youth development and entry into college and family-supporting careers.

 

Dudley Children Thrive: Organizing approach connecting neighborhood families with small children to each other, and to the resources that all families need to help meet the challenges of raising children today.

 

Each of these initiatives, and the many other projects, campaigns and events which are coordinated, planned and organized by DSNI Board members and staff, requires fundraising to support continued progress.  To support grant development, donor cultivation and other fundraising, DSNI seeks to hire a Director of Resource Development.

 

The position will be a permanent position, within the Resource Development department at DSNI. The Director of Resource Development will work closely with all DSNI staff, Board and partner organizations.  The position reports to DSNI’s Executive Director and supervises the Resource Development Manager. A detailed job description follows below.

 

RESPONSIBILITIES:

The Director of Resource Development serves as a member of the senior leadership team and collaborates with management, staff, Board, and residents to meet contributed revenue goals for the organization. The position will be responsible for actively pursuing internal and external strategies and collaborations to exceed fundraising goals utilizing traditional and new methods.  In addition to providing leadership and oversight of the day-to-day operations of fundraising efforts, this person will stretch the entire team to cultivate new and existing relationships that build a strong revenue pipeline, and ensure good systems and processes are in place among staff, peers and across the organization that support Development efforts.

 

Specific Duties and Responsibilities

  • Contributes broadly to the development, and shares responsibility for the fulfillment, of the organization’s mission, strategic plan, and overall sustainability.
  • Devises and maintains a multi-year development plan, including an annual strategic fundraising plan
  • Develops and maintains advanced prospect management and analysis systems
  • Works with communications staff to position the organization locally, nationally, in the strategic focus areas, ensure ongoing feedback to funders, and material and message development
  • Manages and cultivates existing relationships with funders to improve retention
  • Prepares staff for site visits from potential and current funders
  • Creates and leads the overall resource development strategy for residents, individuals, corporations, and foundations, including major prospect cultivation, planned giving, and resource development events
  • Seeks out and develops innovative funding partnerships with partner organizations
  • Participates in meetings of the local fundraising association, represents the organization at public events and makes presentations to donor groups and at other special events
  • Leads the team in raising annual, major and capital commitments through continuous relationship building, solicitation, and stewardship with prospective and current donors.
  • Partners closely with the communications team to ensure a flawless donor experience and improve retention and acquisition.
  • Enlists the Executive Director, Senior Leadership Team, Board of Directors, volunteers, staff and residents to significantly increase visibility and increase donations to the organization through their contacts, cultivation and solicitations.
  • Partners with the finance team to track receipt of grants, donors and other solicitations to ensure timely acknowledgements and maintain real-time awareness of the organization’s financial position.
  • Sets and executes organizational goals for securing sponsors for special events (like 30th Anniversary Gala), cultivating/managing event-related relationships, and implementing mini-event strategy (friend-raisers and other small regional gatherings) as part of stewardship plans.
  • Supports the development of a framework for DSNI as it begins fulfill its new sub-granting function
  • Regularly presents fundraising plans, progress updates, and outcomes to Board and staff.

·       Participates in annual budget development and reports on progress.

 

Supervisory Responsibilities:

  • Directly supervises Resource Development Manager. Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with organizations policies. Responsibilities include: regular supervision, assigning and monitoring work, evaluating performance, assisting in prioritizing tasks and addressing challenges.
  • Lead Resource Development Committee of the DSNI board

 

Knowledge Management:

  • Supervise management of donor database and donor acknowledgement process
  • Ensure Salesforce database integrity and accuracy, and manage preparation of donor/prospect profiles maintaining confidentiality. 

 

Qualification, Skills and Knowledge Requirements:

The Director of Resource Development will provide leadership in building the appropriate systems to increase and diversify DSNI’s annual income. The ideal candidate should have experience garnering support from foundations and other philanthropic organizations, possess exceptional writing and editing skills, have a strong ability to forge relationships, particularly in the funding community, as well as experience in marketing and special events, and working in a diverse setting.

 

DSNI is a highly collaborative organization, which moves quickly among many competing priorities.  The successful applicant will be able to jump in, learn quickly and go the extra mile.  The ideal candidate must have the ability to maintain confidentiality, be respectful of many work-styles and points of view and have the ability to share both responsibility and credit.  S/he must be able to work well under pressure and have a demonstrated ability to pay attention to details.  Most importantly, the successful candidate will be comfortable giving and receiving coaching on fundraising. S/he must be an entrepreneurial, self-directed team player committed to comprehensive community change. 

 

  • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree preferred
  • Minimum of five years’ experience at the Director level/senior management, leading the generation of multiple types of revenue; supervisory experience necessary
  • Proven experience and knowledge of the full spectrum of development, including gift solicitations, stewardship, donor recognition and administration
  • Ability to drive agenda forward by building strong internal partnerships with diverse groups of constituents
  • Excellent writing skills, attention to grammar and usage, and ability to write clearly and concisely
  • Excellent verbal communication skills
  • Strong group training and facilitation skills
  • Strong computer skills, particularly in Microsoft PowerPoint, Word, Excel, and Access
  • Extremely comfortable working with a dynamic, deadline-driven and collaborative team
  • Superior organizational and analytical skills
  • Experience or interest in comprehensive community change initiatives

 

Neighborhood residents and bilingual applicants (Spanish, Cape Verdean Creole, Haitian Creole) are strongly preferred.

 

DSNI offers flexibility in scheduling, great health care benefits and a dynamic, exciting work environment. The salary range for this position is $70,000-$80,000.

 

Interested applicants must submit a resume, writing sample and three references via email only to the Human Resources department at hr@dsni.org.  No telephone inquiries or recruiters please. DSNI is an EOE.

 

COMMUNITY ORGANIZER (UNPAID INTERNSHIP)

The Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative (DSNI) is a non-profit planning and organizing group celebrating over 27 years as a successful, resident-led coalition working to create an urban village in the Dudley neighborhood of Roxbury/North Dorchester. DSNI’s mission is to empower Dudley residents to organize, plan for, create and control a vibrant, diverse and high-quality neighborhood in collaboration with community partners.
The Community Organizer will work as a team member to strengthen the neighborhood revitalization work. They will work with staff, residents, committee and Board members to unfold planning and organizing efforts to realize the neighborhood’s vision of a vibrant urban village.

Responsibilities:

• Work with DSNI Organizers to carry out organizing and planning activities. This includes door knocking, passing out flyers and talking to residents.
• Organize residents and other stakeholders to actively engage in the neighborhood revitalization effort, using door knocking, phoning, neighborhood meetings, and other outreach methods.
• Communicate regularly with residents and others stakeholders through written materials and personal contact
• Work as part of DSNI’s overall organizing efforts to Build Our Urban Village
• Attend meetings representing DSNI.
• Investigate, evaluate, and share various tools and models for outreach, organizing and collaboration.
• Prepare regular reports and articles on activities.

Qualifications:

• Commitment to DSNI’s mission and organizing principles
• Respect for resident decision-making and community planning
• Ability to take initiative while working well as part of a team
• Good written and verbal communication skills
• Ability to work long hours and be flexible
• Familiarity with neighborhood issues
• Ability to work in a multicultural setting
• A sense of humor always helps

For more information contact:

Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative, 504 Dudley Street, Roxbury, MA 02119.

Women and People of Color Encouraged To Apply.  Equal Opportunity Employer.

 

 

TITLE SEARCHER (UNPAID INTERNSHIP)


Dudley Neighbors Inc. (DNI) is a Community Land Trust in the Roxbury and North Dorchester area of Boston, organized as an Urban Redevelopment Organization under MGL Chapter 121A.  DNI’s Mission is Is to implement the community revitalization plans of the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative (DSNI), which espouses development without displacement and includes affordable housing, economic development, open space and other amenities of the Urban Village.

Job Summary:
To search public and private records to compile a list of documents pertaining to property titles, such as mortgages, deeds, and assessments. To create a reference system of all deeds of land that DNI and it affiliates own.

Essential Functions:

•    Searches records available at DNI, City of Boston Assessing Department and or Suffolk Registry of Deeds to compile all legal deeds for parcels owned by DNI & its affiliates.

•    If required, obtains maps or drawings of property from surveyor or assessor's office or from title companies.

•    Prepares reference system and report with information compiled that would be useful for future work reference.

Qualifications:

•    Ability to take initiative while working independently and as part of a team

•    Have working knowledge on how to title search using City of Boston Assessing Department and Suffolk Registry of Deeds.

•    A sense of humor always helps

•    Word processing and other computer experience (Microsoft word, excel, Adobe Acrobat).

•    Excellent verbal and written communication skills a must.

•    Must be organized and attentive to detail.

Position Type: Unpaid Internship

Please reply with letter of interest and resume immediately to: Jason Webb, Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative, 504 Dudley Street, Roxbury, MA 02119 or email to jwebb@dsni.org

Women and People of Color Encouraged to Apply.  Equal Opportunity Employer.