Community Organizer for Newton County
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.
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;
- Self-motivated and solution focused;
- Committed to supporting and modeling the CPO values of integrity, compassion, teamwork, creativity, compassion, excellence, and diversity and inclusion.
- 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.
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.