Community Organizer for Newton County


Full Year

Job Summary:

This part-time professional position is responsible for organizing and supporting the Newton County Planning Team (Planning Team), as part of the 2-year Ozarks Firearm Suicide Prevention Planning Project. The Community Organizer for Newton County (Community Organizer) will help Community Partnership of the Ozarks (CPO) and the Planning Team create a comprehensive firearm suicide prevention strategic plan for Newton County and establish broad-based community support to implement that plan.

Reporting Structure:

The Community Organizer reports directly to the Project Coordinator.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Bachelor’s degree in the field of public health, education, social work, public administration, human services, communication, or a closely related area is preferred; (additional years of experience may be substituted on a year for year basis for the education requirement);
  • Extensive knowledge of Newton County, including its community resources and culture;
  • Knowledge of the principles of planning, program development, and community involvement and empowerment;
  • Experience working with collaborative partners and developing collaborative partnerships;
  • Proven written and oral communication skills;
  • Proficiency with Internet and Microsoft Office programs, email, and virtual communication tools, such as Zoom and Microsoft Teams;
  • Ability to attend suicide prevention and awareness trainings;
  • Ability to prepare and maintain meeting agendas and minutes;
  • Ability to write clear reports and planning documents;
  • Ability to speak effectively in public and make professional presentations;
  • Ability to mobilize and motivate volunteers;
  • Ability to facilitate groups and moderate open forums;
  • Ability to meet deadlines, work both independently and in a team, and collaborate with other agencies;
  • Excellent organizational skills and follow through;
  • Excellent moral and ethical character;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and interest in working with persons and groups of diverse backgrounds and experiences;
  • Detail-oriented;
  • Self-motivated and solution focused;
  • Committed to supporting and modeling the CPO values of integrity, compassion, teamwork, creativity, compassion, excellence, and diversity and inclusion.

Essential Qualifications/Skills:

  • Develop expertise in evidence-based suicide prevention strategies and trainings;
  • Recruit community members to the Planning Team;
  • Build collaborative relationships with community agencies and organizations;
  • Maintain positive relationships with existing partners;
  • Coordinate and facilitate Planning Team meetings;
  • Be the key point-of-contact and staff support to the Planning Team;
  • Recruit community participation in suicide prevention training and awareness activities;
  • Attend regular meeting with project staff and supervisors to share project updates, celebrate successes, and discuss strategies to address barriers and challenges that may arise during the project;
  • Assist project staff and the Planning Team in developing a comprehensive evidence-based firearm suicide prevention strategic plan;
  • Prepare progress reports and make recommendations of project changes;
  • Work closely with the Project Director and Project Coordinator to develop, collect, and input data, track measurable milestones and outcomes, and develop evaluation reports;
  • Represent CPO at meetings and conferences;
  • Participate in CPO’s resource development activities;
  • Other duties as assigned.

Position Clarification:

The position of Community Organizer is a grant-funded position and is based upon yearly funding availability. This is a part-time (20 hours/week), non-exempt position. Community Partnership of the Ozarks is an Equal Opportunity Employer.