Habitat Connects Coordinator
Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry that partners with families of all backgrounds and beliefs who are in need of safe, decent, and affordable housing. Tacoma/Pierce County Habitat for Humanity has been building and partnering with families in Pierce County since 1985. We will build between 12 and 14 homes in Pierce County over the next year.
Tacoma-Pierce County Habitat for Humanity Vision:
Tacoma-Pierce County Habitat for Humanity's vision is to build and foster a community where everyone has a decent, affordable place to live and where poverty housing is unacceptable. Our Christian foundation calls for us to set aside religious differences and work toward a common goal: to eliminate poverty housing in our community. Our values set the stage for this work.
Partnership - From its very inception, Habitat for Humanity has been built on partnerships — partnerships with families, faith organizations, area corporations, community organizations, and individuals. We believe in the power of families working side by side with volunteers to build a Habitat House.
Homeownership - We believe in the power of homeownership to change lives, improve communities, and build the hope that can break the cycle of poverty.
Diversity - We believe that everyone, from all walks of life, deserves a decent, affordable place to live and that each person has something to contribute to building houses!
Volunteerism - We believe in the power of a community coming together to make a difference, and we are committed to providing exceptional volunteer experiences.
Stewardship - We believe we are responsible to our community and to those who give generously so that we can continue to build houses in partnership with families in need. We are committed to excellence and to the efficient use of our resources, and are accountable to our funders, families, and volunteers.
Pay range: $21.00-$25.00 per hour
Position status: Full-time, 32-40 hours per week
Benefits: Medical, dental, vision, retirement
Habitat Connects is an innovative community grassroots leadership program offered by Tacoma-Pierce County Habitat for Humanity (TPCHFH) affiliate. Participants include homeowners at existing and emerging TPCHFH neighborhoods, as well as those new to the homeownership process. We are looking for an energetic, culturally competent Coordinator that can continue to grow Habitat Connects’ vision, mission and outcomes. This is an exciting opportunity to expand our existing program, which has been shared with other Habitat affiliates across the country and recognized as a neighborhood revitalization best-practice program.
Strategically plan future program elements and outputs for Connects mentors, neighborhood leaders and invested partners.
Work within community-identified needs to develop leadership and educational opportunities.
Train, mentor and support program participants to become active, effective leaders in their communities, effective communicators on multiple public platforms, and outstanding neighbors.
Build strong relationships with participants through regular community-based meetings, event coordination and educational workshops. Support participants in achieving goals for community involvement through advocacy and action.
Manage group dynamics: allow space for participant voices to be heard, facilitate effective group decision making, mediate internal conflicts as appropriate.
Coordinate, design and facilitate Habitat Connects workshops in TPCHFH neighborhoods.
Works with TPCHFH Homeowner Services Manager to coordinate asset-based community development processes, including a variety of evaluation elements to determine program efficacy and areas for growth.
Orients Homeownership program participants to Habitat Connects and neighborhood involvement, conducts case management with participants as part of initial services prior to house match.
Organizes homeowner teams and action committees to develop and implement concrete projects and campaigns to create positive change within local institutions, communities and cities.
Work with TPCHFH Homeowner Services Manager to implement new phases of the Habitat Connects program to include homeowner/grassroots leader mentorship coordination and plan additional just-in-time trainings requested by Habitat neighborhoods and communities.
Conduct administrative, organizational and clerical tasks necessary to support Habitat Connects work: follow through on all commitments and decisions in a timely and professional manner; document all program meetings and activities; case note as required; provide written monthly and quarterly reporting and work plans.
Collaborate with the TPCHFH Homeowner Services Manager and Development Director to write/design program communications including e-newsletters, blogs, social media and letters. Create marketing and outreach materials for Habitat Connects and related events.
Supervise volunteer teammates as needed.
There is a need to be able to lift up to 30 pounds to take training materials and supplies to community meeting locations. In some instances, this will also involve traversing an active construction website. Any necessary accommodations to perform this task will be provided.
Other duties as assigned.
Asset-based community development
Community organizing and advocacy
Staff and volunteer supervision
Training: creation and facilitation (including public presentations)
Coordination of events, programs and services
Outreach and recruitment
Customer service (including conflict resolution)
Reporting, research and data collection
Lead and organize demonstration projects
Working with economically and ethnically diverse populations
Ability to work with respect to a wide variety of religious affiliations
Effective communication skills: both written and verbal
Ability to multi-task efficiently in a fast-paced environment
Familiarity with affordable housing and social service-based issues in Pierce County
At least three years related experience in community development, organizing, facilitation, organizational management, or grassroots leadership development.
BA or BS in social work, education, or related field – additional experience in lieu of four-year degree will be considered.
Three years of public presentations or workshop facilitation.
Two years of data collection, evaluation and reporting.
Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite 2016 and social media tools.
Proven ability to work side by side with diverse populations to achieve a variety of personal, family, neighborhood and community development goals.
Strong interpersonal skills; ability to relate easily with a wide range of economically and ethnically diverse individuals.
Creativity, flexibility, ability to multi-task several projects simultaneously, and excellent problem-solving skills.
Flexible to work occasional nights and weekends as needed for homeownership events.
Excellent communication abilities in writing and in person.
Must have a car and maintain a valid WA driver’s license as well as automobile insurance coverage.
Previous work in neighborhood revitalization programs.
Working knowledge of low-income housing advocacy and first-time homeownership challenges.
Instructional design or related experience.
Those interested in this position may apply by submitting:
A letter of interest specifically addressing the qualifications listed in this announcement including why you are interested in an education, community development and grassroots leadership role through Habitat for Humanity.
Tacoma-Pierce County Habitat for Humanity is an equal opportunity employer. If you are selected for the position, Tacoma-Pierce County Habitat for Humanity will conduct a background and credit check before hire.
Send all of the above materials to:
Christina Rupp, Homeowner Services Manager
C/o Tacoma/Pierce County Habitat for Humanity
By email: firstname.lastname@example.org
By mail: 4824 South Tacoma Way, Tacoma, WA 98409