Community Organizer

East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation (EBALDC) is seeking a temporary full time Community Organizer in the Neighborhood Economic Development (NED) department in the Havenscourt neighborhood of East Oakland.


schedule: temporary assignment from April 1, 2017 to December 31, 2017



The Community Organizer is to organize, facilitate and implement community engagement, community building, and community empowerment activities in the Havenscourt neighborhood of East Oakland. 


As part of our Healthy Neighborhoods initiative that seeks to improve resident health and well-being, EBALDC has convened the Healthy Havenscourt Collaborative.  The Healthy Havenscourt Collaborative is a diverse group of community leaders and organizations working to ensure that all children and families living in the Havenscourt neighborhood are healthy and safe in their schools, homes, and community. To guide this vision and ensure the Healthy Havenscourt Collaborative achieves its goals, the partners developed a five-year action plan.


Under the supervision of the Associate Director of Neighborhood and Economic Development and in collaboration with the Healthy Neighborhoods Manager and key partners of the Healthy Havenscourt Collaborative, the Community Organizer will support implementation of the five-year action plan with a specific focus on community leadership, organizing, and engagement. This position will be responsible for developing deep ties with Havenscourt residents as well as the broader East Oakland community to engage community members in leadership roles around the key priorities outlined in the action plan. A key responsibility of this position is to ensure that Havenscourt residents are fully engaged at all levels of implementation, from decision-making to strategy development and implementation of the action plan. The Community Organizer will need to have proven capacity in traditional grassroots organizing, leadership development, event planning, and relationship management. The staff member will be expected to build a wide base of community members, particularly untapped residents, to be community change agents and leaders.


Key Duties and Responsibilities:

Support and Develop Community Base-Building Campaigns and Events

  • Research, develop, coordinate, and implement community engagement and base-building campaigns as part of the Healthy Havenscourt Action Plan.
  • Identify and create pathways for community members to get activated and become neighborhood change agents through Healthy Havenscourt base-building efforts, campaigns, and partners.
  • Implement small events, coffee hours, and other social activities to facilitate interactions and encourage connections amongst Havenscourt residents.
  • Support or implement large-scale community events, gatherings, and activities that build resident awareness and engagement with the Healthy Havenscourt Action Plan.


Facilitate Community Feedback Loops

  • Support the Healthy Havenscourt Collaborative by organizing residents to share ideas, thoughts, and information to advance the Healthy Havenscourt Action Plan.
  • Assist Healthy Havenscourt Collaborative partners with tracking changes related to community leadership, and resident well-being by supporting the administration and collection of community surveys and overall data and evaluation processes.
  • Attend community meetings, Healthy Havenscourt Collaborative activities and events that may be held on evenings or weekends; the Community Engagement Coordinator must be able to accommodate their schedule, accordingly.


Support Communications Efforts

  • Participate in the development of written materials about the Healthy Havenscourt Collaborative, including but not limited to presentations, blog posts, pictures, newsletters, stories, annual reports, and social media.
  • Present and recruit at different community forums, gatherings and partner meetings about the work of the Healthy Havenscourt Collaborative.


Manage Resident and Partner Relationships

  • Manage relationships with residents and Healthy Havenscourt partners, actively communicating with supervisors on the status of relationships.
  • Develop relationships with other resident base-building organizations in order to find ways to collaborate and align efforts with the Healthy Havenscourt Collaborative.
  • Utilize Salesforce database to track efforts, assessments, and results of relationships developed with community members and partners.
  • Develop, collect and track information and data related to history of the Havenscourt community and of community change efforts and leaders within the Havenscourt/East Oakland community.
  • Support orienting and onboarding community leaders onto Healthy Havenscourt Core Partners Committee and workgroups, possibly managing a community leadership work group.


Participate in department, EBALDC, and other staff meetings and activities

  • Attend neighborhood meetings, department meetings, and other EBALDC events.
  • Attend community meetings; participate in organizational events, and special events as required.  Meetings may occur during the evening.
  • Participate in preparing funder reports and evaluations.
  • Assist with fund development research and grant-writing related to the above activities.


Required Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Bachelor’s degree with at least 2 years of experience.
  • A minimum of two years of relevant work experience, including grassroots organizing, campaign building, communications, community collaboration, and public health.
  • Ability to speak and write in fluent Spanish preferred. 
  • Experience or expertise in developing and carrying out marketing efforts, including events, social media efforts, and other strategies to draw a diverse clientele to the site on a regular basis.
  • Experience in organizing community members around leadership development, policy and advocacy campaigns, and creative placemaking is highly preferred.
  • Experience working with diverse, low-income communities, with people of color, and the issues affecting low-income urban residents.
  • Experience and/or familiarity with East Oakland community.  In particular an East Oakland resident is highly desired. 
  • Resourcefulness and resiliency, with the creativity and adaptability to find multiple paths and solutions to overcome challenges.
  • Proven ability to manage multiple priorities and deadlines with attention to detail in a demanding environment.
  • Ability to work independently and with a team.
  • Strong proficiency in MS Office.


Physical Demands:

  • Ability to move around the Healthy Havenscourt Corridor, including meeting with community partners and residents at various sites.
  • Ability to pick up materials, food, and other things necessary for organizing meetings and events.


To apply for the Community Organizer position, please click the link below.  Please do not call.

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Benefits and Other Information

EBALDC offers excellent benefit.  EBALDC pays up to 95% of employee premiums and 60% of dependent premiums for Medical, Dental, Vision, LTD and Life, EAP, Retirement, Paid Time Off, CA Paid Sick Leave, Holidays and Wellness Days off for all eligible employees.

**All candidates will be subject to a background check.** 

EBALDC is an EOE/AA Employer.