ANNOUNCEMENTS

2016: Hiring Director of Development

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Overview:
VietAID was created in 1994 by community leaders who believed that a community-based development corporation would provide comprehensive economic development programs and services to reduce poverty and alienation in the Vietnamese community of Fields Corner (a Dorchester neighborhood). VietAID’s mission is to build a strong Vietnamese community and a vibrant Fields Corner through the following measures: promoting civic engagement; building affordable housing and commercial development; providing small business technical assistance and micro-enterprise development; and offering high quality child care services.

Job Summary:
The Director of Development is responsible for overseeing all aspects of fundraising related to the organization, including grant writing, annual appeals, fundraising events, donor relations, and individual donations. The new Director of Development will have the opportunity to implement a strong fundraising program from the ground up.

Major Responsibilities:

The position will report to the Executive Director.

The position’s primary responsibilities include:
• Conducting the full range of activities required to research foundations, and prepare, submit, and manage grant proposals to private foundations and corporate sources to support VietAID’s mission.
• Working with VietAID’s Board of Directors to develop strong relationships with community supporters.
• Designing and executing a strategy for increasing contributions of individual donors and through fundraising events.
• Overseeing and planning an annual fundraising event.
• Leading the process to select, install, and populate a database of members and donors and ensure agency wide usage.
• Working with program staff on providing funding reports to funders as outlined in their contracts.

Qualifications:
• Bachelor or advanced degree.
• Minimum of 5 years of experience and proven track record of success in fundraising and communications.
• Proven ability to identify, cultivate, and sustain relationships with individuals, corporations, and foundations.
• Strong skills in foundation research and grant writing.
• Track record of commitment to community development, social justice, and/or immigrant communities.
• Must have excellent oral and written communication skills.
• Self-starter who is comfortable building a strong development department. Strong interpersonal skills and collaborative, energetic approach. Good organizational skills.
• Experience working in low-income and multi-ethnic communities.

To apply, send cover, resume, and two writing samples to Admin@vietaid.org. Put “Director of Development” in the subject line.

2016 Job Posting: Community Organizer

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VietAID: The Vietnamese American Initiative for Development (VietAID) was founded in 1994 by community leaders and residents who believed that a community development corporation would provide comprehensive economic development programs and services to alleviate poverty and advance civic participation in the Fields Corner Vietnamese community of Dorchester. VietAID’s mission is to build a strong Vietnamese community and a vibrant Fields Corner through the following measures: promoting civic engagement and community building; developing affordable housing and commercial space; providing small business technical assistance and micro-enterprise development; and offering high quality child care services.

Job Overview
Engage in community organizing efforts on behalf of VietAID’s affordable housing, real estate development, childcare, youth, and teen programs. Meet regularly with residents in VietAID-built housing, current VietAID program participants, Fields Corner neighborhood residents, Vietnamese community stakeholders, local community organizations, and local businesses. Through these meetings, assess community needs and contribute input to conversations about VietAID’s programming and long-term strategy for community development. Plan and execute community-oriented events hosted by or at VietAID.

Responsibilities
Community Liaison Regarding VietAID’s Programming:
• Develop an understanding of VietAID’s program offerings.
• Develop materials to market VietAID’s programming to community members.
• Contribute to VietAID’s public relations and social media outreach relating to community events.
• Build VietAID’s capacity to engage community residents and stakeholders in organizational decision-making

Community Events:
• Execute community-oriented events hosted by or at VietAID.

Community Member Outreach:
• Lead VietAID’s outreach to Fields Corner residents
• Lead VietAID’s outreach to Dorchester’s Vietnamese-American residents.
• Lead VietAID’s outreach to tenants at VietAID’s affordable housing developments through partnership with property management company.
• Develop understanding of existing community resources and ability to connect residents to resources as needed.
• Lead VietAID’s outreach to local community organizations, including Vietnamese- and Vietnamese-American organizations, other community development corporations, local civil and neighborhood associations, and government liaisons.
• Regularly attend community meetings and community events.
• Support community advocacy efforts.

Real Estate Development:
• Lead VietAID’s outreach relating to specific real estate development projects.

Strategic Planning:
• Conduct community needs assessment to identify unmet community needs.
• Use community needs assessment to contribute to VietAID’s strategic priorities.
• Use community needs assessment to contribute to a community plan that informs VietAID’s real estate development projects.

Qualifications
• Experience working with low-income communities, immigrant communities and/or communities of color required.
• Ability to develop relationships with diverse set of residents and constituents.
• Commitment to social justice and community organizing as a facilitator of social change.
• Ability to work independently.
• Vietnamese language skills a plus.

Application Process
Please submit cover letter and resume to admin@vietaid.org with subject line “Community Organizer Application.” In the body of the email, please indicate where you learned about this job opening. Rolling applications, position open until filled.

2016: Hiring Youth Program Social Worker

va head (E)VietAID: The Vietnamese American Initiative for Development (VietAID) was founded in 1994 by community leaders and residents who believed that a community development corporation would provide comprehensive economic development programs and services to alleviate poverty and advance civic participation in the Fields Corner Vietnamese community of Dorchester. VietAID’s mission is to build a strong Vietnamese community and a vibrant Fields Corner through the following measures: promoting civic engagement and community building; developing affordable housing and commercial space; providing small business technical assistance and micro-enterprise development; and offering high quality child care services.

VietAID Scholarly Program for Youth (VSPY): VSPY is an After School program during the academic calendar and a day Summer Camp during July through August providing academic support and enrichment activities to predominantly Vietnamese American youth, local youth from Dorchester, and VietAID’s housing developments.

Position Overview: Social Worker will coordinate the socio-emotional learning program for first through eighth graders in VietAID Youth Program, provide general social work services to youth and support the overall program with the socio-emotional wellness activities for our youth. This is a part-time, one-year position starting with After School from September through May and summer day camp during July and August.

Start Date: September, 2016

Responsibilities:

Facilitation and Curriculum:
• Create and implement a social-emotional learning curriculum for fifth through eighth grade youth.

Socio-emotional Support/Counseling:
• Facilitate individualized social emotional support and counseling for a group of youth
• Work with group leaders and program staff to better support youth socio-emotionally by providing training and technical assistance
• Conduct one-on-one sessions with students as needed, for support
• Create, implement, and track behavior improvement plans

Case Management:
• Provide referrals for participants and families as necessary
• Work collaboratively with staff to identify children and families who are in need of mental health or outside case management services

Program Support:
• Conduct classroom observations to assess the needs of individual students and overall programs
• Assess staff training needs around socio-emotional learning and behavior management and provide appropriate training to meet those needs

Qualifications:
• Master’s degree in Social Work (MSW)
• Ability to facilitate individual and group work.
• Have experience with social emotional learning curriculum development and implementation.
• Strong interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills.
• Effective planning, organizational, and time management skills and keen attention to detail.
• Ability to multi-task and to respond flexibly to a fluid and evolving program environment.
• Commitment to social justice and cultural responsiveness; knowledge/experience working with bilingual, immigrant youth and youth of color for at least two years
• Bilingual in Vietnamese is preferred/helpful

Job Type: Part Time/Contract basis
Salary: hourly rate commensurate based on experience

Please send resume and cover letter to:
Mr. Thanh Nguyen, Youth Program Director
at admin@vietaid.org

2016-2017: Hiring educators for afterschool youth program

2016-youth-hiringProgram Description:
VietAID is running an afterschool youth program for seventy five students in 1st through 8th grade for the academic year 2016-2017. We are seeking responsible, caring and enthusiastic people to serve as educators for our program. We provide daily snacks, homework tutoring, games, recreation and enrichment activities for our students. We are located in the Vietnamese-American Community Center at 42 Charles St. in Boston’s Dorchester neighborhood.

Job Hours, Pay Rate, and Dates:
The program will run from Monday October 3rd, 2016 – May 26th, 2017 on days when Boston Public Schools are in session and training begins the week of September 19th-September 23rd. Staff shifts are generally from 3:00pm-6:00pm, with occasional flexible hours for our monthly required staff meetings and prep time. Teachers will work minimum two to maximum five days per week, depending on staffing and availability. At the time of hiring, staff will commit to working for the fall semester at a set schedule. Afterschool teachers will be paid between $10-$12 per hour depending on experience and responsibilities.

Requirements/Skills:
Afterschool teachers will hold a high school diploma or equivalent, preferably with college enrollment or degree in field related to education or child care. Experience working with school-aged children is required, and classroom teaching experience is preferred. Knowledge of the Dorchester community and Vietnamese culture is strongly preferred, and ability to work in a culturally sensitive manner with diverse communities is required. Knowledge of Vietnamese, Spanish, French, Haitian Creole or Cape Verdean Creole language is a plus, but no previous knowledge of a foreign language is necessary.

Above all, applicants MUST LOVE working with youth and have a passion for giving back to their community while inspiring others to do the same!

Job Responsibilities:

I. Training: All teachers will participate in training prior to the start of the program in addition to helping out at our parent orientation meeting on October 1st, and will be required to attend continuing staff meetings and trainings held on a monthly basis throughout the year to address changing needs of the program and the students.

II. Academics: Each day, teachers will be responsible for formal and informal academic instruction in a large group format. Teachers will design and implement age-appropriate lessons with the support of VietAID staff that aligns with Common Core learning standards. Teachers will assist with homework daily, ensuring that all homework is complete and correct.

III. Enrichment and Recreation Activities: Each day, teachers will also supervise recreational and enrichment activities. Teachers will be responsible for planning activities and ensuring that they are safe and age-appropriate. Teachers will also accompany and chaperone students on off-site trips (library, gym, pool, etc.).

IV. Safety and Behavior Management: VSPY implements a Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports system that must be followed by all staff. Teachers must maintain the VSPY Classroom Philosophy that encourages curiosity and freedom to explore topics in which the students are interested. Teachers must uphold the highest safety precautions at all times, including but not limited to, providing students with direct instruction on safety procedures, re-teaching as necessary, and holding groups back from activities if they are not safe.

V. Supervising volunteers and teen employees: The afterschool program will have volunteers and/or high school employees who will be under the supervision of teachers. Teachers will be responsible for helping them fulfill job duties and acting as supportive mentors, allowing them to have a role in shaping the quality of the program. Teachers will also be responsible for communicating regularly with their direct supervisor to ensure a strong support system for our teens.

VI. Tracking and Evaluation: Teachers will track and evaluate progress of students daily. This may be done electronically using Google Drive, so prior experience with Google Spreadsheets is helpful.

VII. Additional Responsibilities: Teachers will oversee snack and break times to ensure student safety. Additional responsibilities can included but are not limited to, walking students from the bus to program and assisting with events like the parent orientation, staff meetings, family potlucks, check-ins with Youth Director etc. Teachers will generally assist the Youth Director in the administration of the program and will be expected to perform duties outside of their direct classroom commitments.

Applications Accepted on a Rolling Basis, Priority Deadline September 9th
To apply, please send a resume and cover letter stating your interest in the position, relevant experience, and days of availability to Thanh Nguyen at thanh@vietaid.org.

Vietnamese American Initiative for Development, Inc.
42 Charles Street, Suite E,
Dorchester, Massachusetts 02122
Tel: 617.822.3717
Fax: 617.822.3718
vietaid.org

2016: Real Estate Director Sought

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VietAID-Four-Corners_Upper-Washington_t580The Vietnamese American Initiative for Development (VietAID) seeks a Real Estate Director to join our organization, and lead our affordable housing and real estate development activities.

VietAID was founded in 1994 to alleviate poverty and advance civic participation in the Fields Corner and Vietnamese community of Dorchester. VietAID’s mission is to build a strong Vietnamese community and a vibrant Fields Corner by: promoting civic engagement and community building; developing affordable housing and commercial space; providing small business technical assistance and micro-enterprise development; and offering high quality child care services.

Real Estate Development at VietAID

VietAID has pursued a transit-oriented real estate development strategy that links housing, small business development, and transit assets and opportunities to build a vibrant, diverse and sustainable community. Our real estate development began with the planning and development of the first-in-the-nation Vietnamese-American Community Center (VACC), our home and an important community space and cultural center, which we completed in 2002.

VietAID has leveraged over $50 million of public and private financing to support our transit-oriented developments, including the Vietnamese-American Community Center, a community garden, 15 homeownership projects, and 88 units in mixed-use affordable housing rental projects – all of which are located within a half-mile radius of transportation nodes.

Currently we are building 35 affordable rental units and commercial space at our Upper Washington Street project and are assembling the financing for capital improvements to 18 units currently in our portfolio. We anticipate site designation from the City of Boston this fall for a 44-unit, mixed-use project and are seeking additional development opportunities.

Transition at VietAID

Our former Real Estate Director has moved on to a position in another state. Henry Joseph, our Real Estate consultant, is providing interim project management services. Jeff Katz, an experienced consultant specializing in transitional leadership, is serving as our Interim Executive Director, working closely with our Board of Directors on an executive transition.

The Real Estate Director

We seek a motivated self-starter to manage our real estate projects in development and identify new project opportunities. Responsibilities will include:
• Manage completion of projects that are currently in development.
• Create a pipeline of new development projects, including site research, response to public and private site RFPs, feasibility analyses, acquisition and/or site control and securing predevelopment financing.
• Identify unmet housing needs in the community and pursue development opportunities that will meet these needs.
• Initiate and oversee completion of various projects, including new construction and renovation of small and large residential and commercial properties.
• Prepare financing proposals, obtain financing commitments and manage closings with funders.
• Manage the public approval process.
• Negotiate contracts with architects, contractors and other consultants and coordinate their efforts once selected.
• Perform day to day project management for projects under construction and through marketing and leasing.
• Work with development staff and the Executive Director to develop grant proposals and to complete reports for funders.
• Represent VietAID at meetings with funders and partners.
• Oversee the outside property management firm and VietAID’s portfolio performance.
• Share responsibility for staffing the Board’s real estate development committee with the Executive Director.
• Oversee the creation of departmental work-plan and budget, and ensure that goals are being met.

Desired Skills and Qualifications

The Director of Real Estate should have many of the following skills and qualifications:
• 1-3 years of direct project management experience.
• Familiarity with real estate development and affordable housing finance in the City of Boston and in Massachusetts.
• Strong oral and written communication skills.
• Strong skills in Word, Excel, and social media.
• Demonstrated skills in working independently and in managing multiple projects simultaneously.
• An entrepreneurial spirit.
• A passion for community-based development.
• An ability to develop relationships with diverse populations of residents and constituents.
• Experience working with low-income communities, immigrant communities and/or communities of color preferred.
• Bachelor’s degree in urban planning, business, real estate, architecture, or related field required; Master’s degree preferred.

Application Process

Please submit a cover letter describing your interest and salary requirements plus a resume to: VietAID Real Estate Director Search, Ann L Silverman Consulting, VietAIDRealEstateDirector2016@gmail.com. All applications will be acknowledged when received.

VietAID is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We encourage applications from candidates from diverse backgrounds and cultures.