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Job Posting: COMMUNITY ORGANIZER

va head (E)Job Description: VietAID Community Organizer (in PDF)

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
Viet-AID Holiday E-Card 2012Engage 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.

Job Posting: REAL ESTATE DIRECTOR

va head (E)Job Description: VietAID Real Estate Development Director (in PDF)

VietAID-Four-Corners_Upper-Washington_t580VietAID: 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 and 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’s Real Estate Development: Over the past fifteen years, VietAID has pursued a transit-oriented development strategy that links housing, small business development, and transit assets and opportunities to build a vibrant, diverse and sustainable community. The strategy began with the planning and development of the Vietnamese-American Community Center (VACC), completed in 2002. To date, 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 6 mixed-use affordable housing rental projects – all of which are located within a half-mile radius of transportation nodes.

Job Overview: The Real Estate Development Director will be responsible for the day-to-day project management of VietAID’s existing projects, including: the public approval process; Boston Redevelopment Authority design review; Zoning Board of Appeal rezoning; funding applications to the City of Boston and Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development; design development and bidding; the selection of professional and construction firms; work with the architect and general contractor to develop and finalize designs; construction schedule; and project management during construction. The director of real estate will also identify new projects and create the organization’s future development pipeline.

Responsibilities:
Development Pipeline:
• 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 new housing needs in the community, create programming, and attract funding sources to meet those needs.
Project Management:
• Initiate and oversee completion of various projects, including new construction and renovation of small and large residential and commercial properties.
• Negotiate contracts with architects, contractors and other consultants and coordinate their efforts once selected.
• Oversee the construction of the projects and perform day to day project management for projects under construction and through marketing and leasing.
Financing:
• Prepare financing proposals, obtain financing commitments and manage closings with funders.
• Represent VietAID at meetings with funders and affiliates.
• Work with development staff and the Executive Director to develop grant proposal concepts and to complete reports for funders.
Property Management:
• Oversee the property management firm and VietAID’s portfolio performance.
Administration:
• Share responsibility of staffing the Board’s real estate development committee with the Executive Director.
• Oversee the creation of departmental work-plan and budgets and ensure that goals are being met.

Qualifications:
• Bachelors degree in urban planning, business, real estate, architecture, or related field required; Masters degree preferred.
• Ability to work independently with entrepreneurial spirit.
• Experience working with low-income communities, immigrant communities and/or communities of color preferred.
• Ability to develop relationships with diverse set of residents and constituents.

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

Youth Program Social Worker

Job Description: Youth Program Social Worker

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 fifth 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 with a focus on summer day camp during July and August and continuing into After School from September through May.

Start Date: June 15-18, 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 ones 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) and have Seminar in Field Instruction (SIFI) certification.
• 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

Please send resume, cover letter, and list of two references to:
Mr. Thanh Nguyen
Youth Program Director
Viet-AID, 42 Charles Street, Suite E, Dorchester, MA 02122
617-822-3727, ext. 21; thanh@vietaid.org