Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative (DSNI) is a thirty-two 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. Progress in our neighborhood is the result of robust collaborative efforts led by community residents.
Please see below for open positions.
DSNI is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Resource Development Associate
All of DSNI’s initiatives, projects, campaigns and events, which are coordinated, planned and organized by DSNI Board members and staff, require fundraising to support continued progress. To support grant development, donor cultivation and other fundraising efforts, DSNI seeks to hire a Resource Development Associate. The Resource Development Associate will play a critical role in the organization’s development function as we deepen our impact and expand the funding base necessary to sustain the organization. This is a full-time position with salary commensurate with experience. DSNI offers a comprehensive benefits package.
The Resource Development Associate will work closely with all DSNI staff, Board and partner organizations. The position reports to DSNI’s Resource Development Director.
Specific Duties and Responsibilities:
Grant Writing and Management
- Manage the grant submission process, including completion of high-quality proposals, tracking, reporting and correspondence with funders
- Develop and maintain an annual schedule of letters of inquiry, proposals and reports, updating the grants calendar on a regular basis
- Build a pipeline of prospective funders for DSNI by research and identifying new grant opportunities
- Work with contracted development consultants
- Develop and maintain funder relationships
- Maintain the organization’s development database, ensuring regular, accurate updating and report generation
- Analyze and share fundraising data with internal staff to better inform strategy and decisions on fundraising prospects
- Manage donor acknowledgement process
- Support fundraising and friend-raising plans for DSNI’s annual events, including Open House, Annual Meeting and Multi-Cultural Festival
- Ensure the publication of DSNI’s monthly newsletter and periodic e-communications
- Develop and manage the strategy for DSNI’s social media platform, ensuring timely and interactive social media content
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 diverse work-styles and points of view and have the ability share both responsibility and credit. S/he has experience working in grassroots and community based organizations. S/he must be able to work well under pressure and have a demonstrated ability to pay attention to details.
- At least 2-3 years of relevant work experience; direct experience with grant writing and/or writing required
- Excellent writing skills, including attention to grammar and usage, and verbal communication skills
- Bachelor’s degree required
- Extremely comfortable working with a dynamic, deadline-driven and collaborative team
- Superior organizational and analytical skills
- Experience or interest in comprehensive community change initiatives
- Proficient in the use of technology, with expertise in Office Suite products
- Experience using Salesforce preferred
- Experience with fundraising preferred
Neighborhood residents and bilingual applicants (Spanish, Cape Verdean Creole) are strongly encouraged to apply.
How to Apply:
To be considered, interested applicants must submit a cover letter, writing sample and resume by email to HR at HR@dsni.org with “Resource Development Associate Application” in the subject line. Please cc: email@example.com. No telephone inquiries or recruiters please. DSNI is an EOE.
Youth Voice Project-Peer Leader
About the Youth Voice Project (YVP):
DSNI serves as the lead organization for the Youth Voice Project (YVP), a component of the Boston Opportunity Youth Collaborative (BOYC). The Boston Private Industry Council (PIC) and Boston Opportunity Agenda formed the BYOC and funded the YVP as a way to increase youth voice and participation in the implementation of citywide strategies that support Opportunity Youth (youth ages 16-24, not employed or in school) in pursuing educational opportunities and securing livable wage careers.
Reporting to the DSNI High School to Career Manager, the Youth Voice Project Peer Leaders will:
● Conduct outreach and make referrals to the Connection Center in Ruggles Station
● Identify tools young people from all backgrounds can use to create their own college & career pathways
● Assess how organizations are engaging youth as leaders and make recommendations
● Gather input from Opportunity Youth on what supports they believe are available and what is missing
● Participate and make recommendations at monthly Opportunity Youth Collaborative and High School to Career Workgroup meetings, as well as OYC planning meetings and subcommittees
● Plan youth-centered events that create platforms for youth to share their stories and help organizations, community leaders, academic institutions and Opportunity Youth forge meaningful relationships
This group of 4 young people will work as a team to:
▪ Develop ways to gather input from Opportunity Youth throughout Boston on various issues related to education and employment
▪ Coordinate their outreach and advocacy efforts with Opportunity Youth United, youth councils, the Connection Center staff and other partners
▪ Plan and lead workshop sessions, specifically around youth voice, community organizing, racial equity, social justice and participatory action research
▪ Assist in organizing and facilitating community meetings about supporting youth to be successful after high school
▪ Present on data that they collect from surveys and focus groups, and prepare reports as needed
▪ Work with High School to Career Manager, Mentoring Organizer and caring adults to accomplish their own personal goals
▪ Other duties as assigned
▪ Strong desire to work with and on behalf of youth and young adults;
▪ Able to work with individuals from different backgrounds and cultures and travel comfortably throughout Boston;
▪ Excited about engaging young people in developing their leadership and participating in joint decision-making processes with adults;
▪ Willingness to work with a mentor on personal and professional goals;
▪ Willing & able to work a flexible schedule - mostly afternoons, evenings and some weekends;
▪ Good communication skills and willingness to speak in public;
▪ Bilingual (Spanish or Cape Verdean Kriolu) a plus
▪ Monday, Wednesday, Friday afternoons/early evening availability
$12 per hour for 10-15 hours per week from November 2016 - August 2017
How to Apply:
Please submit your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org with “YVP Peer Leader” in the subject line. For more information, contact: 617-442-9670 x120.