Health Equity Zone (HEZ) Coordinator
Health Equity Zone (HEZ) Project Coordinator The Blackstone Valley Advocacy Center is a non-profit organization providing comprehensive services to victims of domestic and sexual assault. Job Summary: The Health Equity Zone (HEZ) Project Coordinator will facilitate the assessment, planning, and implementation of the Blackstone Valley HEZ Initiative, a place-based approach to improving health outcomes in high need neighborhoods. The first year of the HEZ Initiative will involve organizing professionals and residents into active working groups to guide a six month assets and needs assessment, followed by a community-driven planning process. In the following years, the HEZ Coordinator will facilitate Health Equity Plan implementation and evaluation. Principal Duties and Responsibilities:  Coordinate the Health Equity Zone (HEZ) initiative in Cumberland, Lincoln, and North Smithfield;  Lead strategic growth and deepen impact of Health Equity Zone initiatives by developing strategic action goals in collaboration with stakeholders;  Spearhead relationship building and cultivate meaningful collaborations with community leaders, local politicians, and community-based organizations;  Mobilize community members and collaborators to fulfill community-building goals;  Represent the HEZ and BVAC at local events, community gatherings, workshops, trainings and to community leaders, local politicians, and community-based organizations;  Supervise the HEZ Community Organizing Core;  Represent the HEZ and BVAC with local and state government officials, in the media, and with private organizations;  Facilitate community-organizing initiatives, including curriculum and program development;  Coordinate, collaborate, and strategize in tandem with BVAC’s Director of Community Services, community organizer, the Health Equity Collaborative and the Community Organizing Core;  Develop program logic model and work plan;  Generate new program ideas and work with teams to implement and carry out programming related to community building and health equity;  Monitor and evaluate HEZ programs, practices, and initiatives to ensure quality and effectiveness and make recommendations for improvement; and  Act as a resource for staff, collaborators, and community members by providing technical support within areas of responsibility and expertise. Skills and Abilities Required:  Excellent community organizing skills;  Demonstrated success in organizing, strategizing, and following through on organizing campaigns;  Bring inspirational presence, reliable leadership, and enthusiasm for BVAC’s mission and vision to community meetings, task forces, and other strategic sites;  Excellent individual and group communication skills (written and verbal) and finesse in applying these skills across a range of relationships and environments;  Strong program planning skills;  Strong interest in evaluation skills;  Ability to handle a variety of projects and assignments at once with attention to detail;  Excellent time management, project management, and delegation skills;  Ability to effectively build relationships with a wide variety of constituents including youth, parents, health and human services professionals, teachers and school leaders;  Ability to work both independently and as a team member;  Ability to apply creative and critical thinking to improve existing programming;  Understanding and analysis of systemic nature of oppression, particularly the intersection of gender, race, sexuality, and class;  Bachelor’s degree in a field related to community planning, public health, or social justice and three years of significant, related community organizing experience OR five or more years of significant, related community-organizing experience;  Comfort working with diverse populations;  Knowledge of community development models and experience supporting leadership development of community members;  Interest in being part of a learning environment and in supervising interns;  Desire for and comfort with community taking the lead;  Must be able to motivate community members and support community self-determination while also creating and enforcing systems of accountability;  Flexibility and willingness to grow in response to community needs or changes in the field;  Ability to work as part of a diverse team inclusive of various experiences of race, sexuality, gender, ability, or age;  Excellent ability to plan and organize a demanding workload;  Understanding of how to create and carry out work plans; experience developing logic models a plus; and  Computer skills in Microsoft Office programs, and proficiency in utilizing the Internet, including social media. This job description is intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed; the Principal Duties and Responsibilities are a representative, but not exhaustive, list of duties performed. The Blackstone Valley Advocacy Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The organization does not discriminate against a volunteer, an employee, or applicant for employment of conditions or opportunities for employment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, age or country of ancestral origin. Benefits: • 401(k) • Dental insurance • Health insurance • Vision insurance • Life insurance • Paid time off Job Type: Full-time Salary: Based on experience

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