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Wanted: Bilingual Community Outreach Manager

To build membership capacity and organizes and coordinates projects by developing activities and related timelines

By Latino Farmers Cooperative of LA, Inc.
Published on LatinoLA: January 12, 2012


Wanted: Bilingual Community Outreach Manager


Position Announcement: Bilingual Community Outreach Manager

SUMMARY OF RESPONSIBILITIES

The Latino Farmers Cooperative of Louisiana, Inc. is seeking a bilingual, full-time Community Outreach Manager (COM) to deepen connections between the organization and the Latino community, businesses, and other non-profit organizations. The COM builds membership capacity and organizes and coordinates projects by developing activities and related timelines to meet established project goals. He/she then evaluates the project's results and prepares related reports for the management of the projects. The COM also coordinates events with other organizations.

The COM works closely with the Executive Director to develop and enhance programs, services, and resource development as well as lead workshops. The COM manages an emergency food program (The Daily Bread Food Pantry), as well as the food-buying club ("Canasta Basica"). He/she helps Latino families requiring assistance by conducting interviews to gather physical, psychological, and social information to determine clients' needs, and then referring clients to appropriate community resources.

The COM supervises, coordinates and trains the community volunteer program, interviewing, screening, and placing volunteers in appropriate programs and activities as well as preparing appropriate volunteer training and procedure manuals.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:

Develop and implement organizing and action strategies for outreach and media campaigns
Liaise with local groups, community leaders, and public officials
Develop relationships with local groups, community leaders, public officials, and media
Identify and develop training materials
Facilitate workshops, trainings, field trips, and group sessions
Assist with all aspects of office management
Maintain and expand membership levels and capacity
Engage members in all aspects of community organizing
Solicit additional in-kind and monetary contributions where appropriate

QUALIFICATIONS:

Experience: The candidate must have a Bachelor's Degree in social work, sociology, public health or related field, and minimum of two to three years of related experience in nonprofit programming, supervising, and/or direct service to low-income families and/or community organizing. Experience should include small non-profit development, evaluation process, and data collection and reporting.

Skills and Abilities:

Demonstrate capacity to understand and work with an immigrant population
Excellent bilingual (English/Spanish) oral and written communication skills
Ability to initiate, lead, and work independently as well as being a team player
Ability to perform multiple tasks and work a flexible schedule, occasionally including weekends
Computer proficiency: Microsoft Word, Excel, desktop publishing
Must be organized with attention to detail
Ability and willingness to handle clerical work and correspondence
Ability to physically lift 40 pounds
Valid driver's license/vehicle insurance and reliable transportation preferred

COMPENSATION: Salary Range $30,000 -$35,000 (plus benefits) depending on experience and contingent upon grant funding. This is an exempt position. Full time ÔÇô 40 hrs/week (some weekends).

TO APPLY: Qualified candidates should send resume by email to info@LatinoFarmersCoop.org. A cover letter helping us get to know you and your interests is optional. Please include the words "Community Outreach Manager" in the subject line and respond no later than January 30th, 2012.

ABOUT THE LATINO FARMERS COOPERATIVE OF LOUISIANA

The Latino Farmers Cooperative of Louisiana (LFCL) is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization that was founded in March of 2008 to address the growing poverty, hunger, racial inequalities, and human needs of the Greater of New Orleans Latino community. LFCL mission is to organize an integrated community food security system to better the social and economic life of the community, to enrich the environment, and to improve human welfare. LFCL further seeks to combat issues of racial justice, immigrant rights specifically food justice by developing advocacy efforts and by using a grassroots organizing models.

To accomplish its mission, LFCL provides access to farmland, tools, community resources, education, and training for Latino members to address the socioeconomic issues of the Latino community. LFCL is built on the principals of voluntary and open membership; democratic member control, member economic participation; autonomy; independence; education; training; cooperation among cooperatives, and concern for the community. LFCL supports the values of self-help, self-responsibility, democracy, equality, equity, and solidarity through the process of cooperation, cooperative economics, and sustainable community development.

LFCL currently employs two full time staff members, one AmeriCorp member, and several other administrative and farm interns and volunteers as well as consultants and associates.

The Latino Farmers Cooperative of Louisiana, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer and a smoke-free workplace.

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