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Power of Vision – Administrative Communications Liaison

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POSITION AVAILABLE

Administrative Communications Liaison- Power of Vision Mural Project 2019 Community Mural

 

About the Project:

The Power of Vision Mural Project (POV) was founded in 2004. We collaborate with youth and adults in the Phillips and Whittier neighborhoods of Minneapolis to create community murals through that uplift community narratives and stories, develop skills and leadership, and build relationships.  We are now a partnership of Hope Community and the Minneapolis Institute of Art.

 

In 2019, POV is collaborating with PPL (Project for Pride in Living) in the spring and summer of 2019 to create a large-scale mural in Phillips Neighborhood.  A cohort of artist-organizers will conduct community engagement, collectively design and paint the mural on the side of PPL’s new office space on Franklin Ave in Phillips Neighborhood.  The three institutions involved hold a collective 200+ years of experience working in the Phillips/ Whittier community, and we will utilize our relationships, deep listening, and a collaborative approach to ensure a powerful, locally relevant, and beautiful mural and process.

 

About the Job:

The Administrative Communications Liaison will facilitate a smooth and effective mural design and implementation process.  They will work as part of the Mural Leadership Team to develop and track communications, tasks, maintain timeline, and other logistical support.  The person in this role will participate at many levels of this project and hold a significant portion of its logistical and communications needs.

 

Details:

Mid March 2019- Mid September 2019

15-18 HOURS/WEEK.

Schedule hours and specifics will be determined with Administrative Communications Liaison and mural leadership team.

 

In this role you will:

  • Set up meetings, send reminders and follow ups
  • Document and take notes on meetings and tasks
  • Obtain permits and contracts between participating parties and the city/ other entities as required
  • Serve as the primary holder of communication between leadership team, community partners, contracted artists and other stakeholders
  • Participate in creating and promoting materials relating to community engagement and events
  • Participate in purchase of supplies, food, and materials for planning, meetings, mural sessions, engagement sessions and other events.
  • Maintain overall accountability to project timeline

Who you are:

  • Passionate about equity and community
  • Skilled at time management
  • Comfortable working independently and taking initiative, as well as working collaboratively
  • Passionate about the role of art in social change and community work
  • A good listener
  • Outgoing, friendly, interested in people
  • Flexible and adaptable, yet firm when needed
  • Self-motivated, energetic
  • Reliable, accountable, committed
  • Committed to working inter-culturally
  • Reflective, thoughtful, want to learn

 

Required:

Skills/Abilities

  • Minimum 2 years experience with project management
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Strong creative thinking, reflection, and problem-solving skills
  • Strong English language communication skills, both written and oral
  • Ability to plan and manage time, information, and multiple priorities; to follow through on commitments and meet deadlines
  • Ability to take initiative and work independently as well as to work as a member of a collaborative team
  • Ability to ask for help, take direction and receive constructive feedback
  • Proficient in computer skills including Microsoft Office and Google Suite
  • Ability to carry/ move materials up to 30 pounds
  • Dedication to equity and ability to work with a diverse constituency (in terms of race, class, culture, gender, age, education, ability, country of origin, language, sexual orientation, beliefs)

 

Preferred:

  • Conversational proficiency in language(s) other than English
  • Experience with Hope Community’s approach to engagement
  • Relationships/ experience working in the Phillips community
  • Community arts education, public art, community engagement and/or collective mural leadership
  • Experience cultivating and maintaining community partnerships

To Apply:

Please submit:

  • A letter of interest
  • Resume
  • 2 references

 

To olevinsholden@hope-community.org

By the extended deadline of **February 21st, 2019. 

 

Hope Community is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Indigenous, People of Color, LGBTQ highly encouraged to Apply.

 

Build. Develop. Support.

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Hope Community

Program Assistant- Food, Land, and Community Program

 

Hope Community, is an innovative Community Development Organization with a 40-year history in the Phillips Community of South Minneapolis. Our housing/community revitalization strategies and partnerships create affordable housing in a community context integrated with indoor and outdoor gathering spaces. Community Engagement is central to Hope’s work. Hundreds of people each year are involved in youth and family activities, leadership and civic involvement, art and community projects, learning opportunities and community and cultural events. Hope’s Community Listening model has engaged over 4,000 people in small group dialogues about their community.

 

Position

 

The Program Assistant position will support the Food, Land, Community program at Hope Community, Inc. with a specific emphasis on youth and family engagement and leadership development.  The Program Assistant will work collaboratively with program staff to design and facilitate inter-generational programming at our farm, in the kitchen and at the table.  Our farm includes three gardens with annual and perennial vegetables—where we grow, tend and harvest together.  Our kitchen is a vibrant resource for our community members—where we process, prepare and cook food together.  Our table is more than just a place where we share a meal and break bread—it is where we gather, connect and build connections, share our stories, experiences and wisdoms. Our program aims to 1) build food and land skills, 2) develop community leadership and capacity and 3) support social connections for resilient communities.

 

Responsibilities

 

  • Engage—Engage, recruit and build relationships with youth and their families in our community food work–in our farm, in the kitchen and at the table
  • Facilitate—Plan, coordinate and lead inter-generational programming year-round, in addition to managing a special summer project with a team of teen interns
  • Support/Admin—Coordinate logistics and support for all programs (maintain records for contacts, communications, evaluation and documentation, pick up needed supplies, support volunteers, etc.)

 

Specific Duties

 

  • Attend program meetings and check-ins
  • Prepare for program, run errands, clean up/take down
  • Assist with Farm program—garden tasks, harvest, build infrastructure
  • Assist with Kitchen program—cooking tasks, preserve and share food
  • Assist with Table program—coordinate monthly skill-shares and community gatherings
  • Connect with community—build the base in our community food project, 1:1’s w/community members
  • Attend monthly staff meetings and reflections
  • Reflect, write, evaluate program goals and outcomes

 

Qualifications

Experience

  • Coordinating and leading youth and family programs
  • Growing and stewarding on urban farms, community gardens and other environmental spaces
  • Working in and with members of a diverse community (race, class, culture, gender, age, experience, education, ability, country of origin, language, sexual orientation, beliefs)
  • Mentoring youth in completing a project and developing goals and timelines

 

Skills/Abilities

  • Strong collaborative approach to community work
  • Creative thinking, reflection, and problem-solving skills
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to follow through on projects
  • Strong interpersonal skills with a variety of adults and youth in a public setting
  • Ability to take initiative and work independently
  • Ability to take direction and receive/integrate constructive feedback

Qualities/Characteristics

  • Outgoing, personable, curious
  • Enthusiastic, energetic, creative, flexible
  • Self-motivated, accountable
  • Reliable, capable, committed to timely follow-through
  • Committed to working inter-culturally

 

Preferred:

  • Valid driver’s license and 3-years good driving record
  • Ability to communicate fluently with Spanish-speaking and/or East African community members

 

Position Scope

 

The Program Assistant is a part-time position (25 hours) year-round.

 

This position will require working conditions that include an office setting, outdoors and in the elements of our community gardens which require some physical labor, and out in the community connecting to residents and neighbors. The schedule will vary but will include working some evenings and weekends.  Wage is dependent upon experience and qualifications. 

 

The position will start mid- to late-February 2019.

 

To apply for position

 

Submit letter of interest, updated resume and a short essay (100 words or less) answering this question:

 

What is your first memory of food?

 

Send documents to: Jae Hyun Shim, Program Coordinator, Email: jhshim@hope-community.org

Deadline for interested applicants is Sunday, January 27th, 2019 5:00PM CST.

We will offer interviews late-January 2019.

The position will start mid- to late-February 2019.

 

Hope Community is an Equal Opportunity Employer

 

 

Enjoy our Fall 2018 Newsletter

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Our 2018 Fall Newsletter is here!

Celebrating 15 years of the Power of Vision mural project

 

For more than a decade, art has been an important community building tool
in Hope’s place keeping and leadership development work. Within our Art,
Policy, and Power program, the Power of Vision (POV) mural project (est.
2004) has been a space for youth and adults to create murals that reflect
community, convey understanding and embody hope. The POV project
allows local emerging artists in our community to learn from mentors and
create public art reflective of their own vision of their community, while
building art skills, leadership, and relationships.

 

As Hope’s mission expands and our next chapter unfolds, the history of creating
Power Spaces remains a part of our core. POV exemplifies this by creating a
space for youth to explore arts in a new way—knowing they are at the center
and that their voices will be driving the narrative of the final mural—visible in
their own city. The POV project, like all our work, is part of our overall
strategy of Place Keeping—a development and engagement approach that
recognizes, amplifies, and leverages the stories, practices, and collective
assets already found within the neighborhood and the community.

 

Your investment in Hope is an investment in the power of community. Hope’s approach is to build on the existing power of community and to focus our work on what we hear from community. It is intentional, complex, and strategic and creates space where people can be part of a community where they can connect with others, learn together, and build the future they want to see.

 

We are grateful for your belief in, and generous support of our work.

Click Here to View Our 2018 Fall Newsletter (pdf)

 

Please Enjoy our 2017 Annual Report!

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Our 2017 Annual Report celebrates our 40 years of building power spaces, while highlighting what we have done and what we’ve learned about our work over time: it’s not what we do that makes us successful, it’s how we do it.

 

Click here to read or print our 2017 Annual Report

Thank you to our community of supporters. Together, we are building a stronger community, city & future. 

 

Eager to share Hope with your friends? Watch our video and share it with those you care about. Donate or become a monthly Sustainer today!

Thank you,
Shannon Smith Jones

Here’s to Another 40 Years of Hope!

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What a day!

 

The Staff and Board of Hope Community are so appreciative to all who joined us on Saturday, May 19th, for our final 40th Anniversary Event!

Joined by over 150 of our community of residents, program participants, funders, donors and partners, we explored Hope’s Campus, connected with some of the many people who have shaped Hope over the last 40 years, and built new relationships as we enter a new era.

During our 40th Anniversary Open House, we were honored to unveil our newest video in our #40Stories of Hope Campaign. This story embodies the legacy of Hope & our commitment to our community. If you missed the program, or just want to see the wonderful video again, you can find it below! A very special thank you to our friends at Line Break Media for producing this powerful piece.

 

 

Here’s to Another 40 Years of Hope!!