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DSNI Seeking Community Organizer - Open Position

Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative is searching for a community organizer to work with the Sustainable and Economic Development team on a number of important housing, economic development, and community revitalization efforts in the neighborhood.

Contact:Luzia Centeio at lcenteio@dsni.org
Supervisor is:Harry Smith, Director of Sustainable and Economic Development at DSNI

Job Title Community Organizer

Position Full time

Supervisor Director of Sustainable and Economic Development

Closing Date This position is open until filled.Applications must be submitted by September 14, 2012.

About DSNI
The Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative (DSNI) is a twenty-eight-year-old resident-led, non-profit planning and organizing group in the Roxbury/North Dorchester area of Boston.

Its 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.

In order to realize the neighborhood’s vision of a vibrant urban village, DSNI focuses on three strategic areas: sustainable and economic development, youth opportunities and development, and community empowerment.DSNI has grown into a collaborative of over 3,000 residents, businesses, non-profits, and religious institutions committed to revitalizing this culturally diverse community and maintaining its character and affordability.

  • Conduct community outreach and develop resident and merchant involvement in issues affecting the quality of life in the neighborhood
  • Participate in regular meetings of neighborhood and resident associations in the Dudley area
  • Monitor zoning, licensing and other regulatory processes and inform and engage residents in these efforts
  • Work with other committees and staff as part of DSNI’s overall organizing efforts to build our urban village including the Open House, Annual Meeting, Multi-Cultural Festival, Walk for Dudley and community cleanups
  • Conduct outreach to DNI Community Land Trust residents
  • Engage and support residents to play an active role in neighborhood revitalization planning processes
  • Connect neighborhood families to job and educational opportunities
  • Support campaigns to promote affordable housing and economic opportunities
  • Support other organizational work/activities and connect community members to these areas
  • Opportunities for professional growth by attending workshops, conferences and trainings.

  • Commitment to DSNI’s mission and organizing principles
  • Community organizing experience preferred
  • Familiarity with Dudley neighborhood and DSNI’s work
  • Bilingual English/Spanish or Cape Verdean Creole strongly preferred
  • Good written and verbal communication skills
  • Computer skills a plus
  • Experience working in a multicultural community
  • Ability to take initiative while working as part of a team
  • Willingness to work flexible schedule, including some nights and weekends
  • College degree preferred

Salary for this position is $34,000 - $36,000 annually, depending on experience.DSNI offers a comprehensive benefits package.

To be considered, interested applicants must submit by September 14 a cover letter and resume by email to Luzia Centeio at lcenteio@dsni.org with “Community Organizer” in the subject line.

DSNI is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Posted: September 7, 2012 Nancy J Conrad

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