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Blackstone Valley Advocacy Center

Job Description

Health Equity Zone (HEZ) Project Coordinator

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 6-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.

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; make recommendations for improvement.
  • Act as a resource for staff, collaborators, and community members by providing technical support within areas of responsibility and expertise.

Core Competencies

  • 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); 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

Qualifications and Experience

  • 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.
  • Understanding and analysis of systemic nature of oppression, particularly the intersection of gender, race, sexuality, and class; this position requires a commitment to and passion for social justice.
  • 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; the candidate 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.
  • Computer skills in Microsoft Office programs, and proficiency in utilizing the internet including social media.

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.