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Hiring: Development and Communications Coordinator

Development & Communications Coordinator

Overview:

The Vietnamese American Initiative for Development (VietAID) was created in 1994 by community leaders to 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. VietAID’s primary programs today include a bilingual preschool, an afterschool and summer program for children grades 1-8, a youth leadership development initiative for high school students, management of affordable housing units, housing counseling courses, and community organizing and engagement.

Job Summary:

The Development & Communications Coordinator is responsible for carrying out key fundraising and communications tasks for the organization, including grant writing, annual appeals, fundraising events, donor relations, individual donor stewardship, social media communications, newsletters, and marketing materials.

Major Responsibilities:

The position will report to the Executive Director. The position’s primary responsibilities include:

Development: 70%

  • 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 Director of Community Relations and Board of Directors to develop strong relationships with community supporters.
  • Designing and executing a strategy for increasing contributions of individual donors.
  • Collaborating with the Director of Community Relations to plan and implement periodic fundraising events, including events to raise the profile of VietAID and celebrate Vietnamese community and tradition in Boston, and a major event each Fall.
  • Working with program staff on providing reports to funders as outlined in their contracts.
  • Maintaining the organization’s DonorPerfect and Constant Contact databases to track individual, foundation, and corporate donors and funding opportunities.

Communications: 30%

  • Ongoing support of social media engagement strategy, including maintenance of relevant content and periodic posting on VietAID’s Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts.
  • Supporting maintenance of the organization’s website, including posting relevant updates.
  • Updating VietAID’s communications materials as needed.
  • Writing a quarterly newsletter with key organizational updates.
  • Coordinating with Director of Community Relations with development of VietAID’s annual report and programming outreach materials.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor or advanced degree.
  • Minimum of 3 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.
  • Experience using social media platforms preferred.
  • Experience with database use and maintenance preferred.
  • 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 leading projects on his/her own as well as in teams. Strong interpersonal skills and collaborative, energetic approach. Good organizational skills.
  • Experience working in low-income and multi-ethnic communities.

To apply, send a cover letter, resume, and two writing samples to admin@vietaid.org. Put “Development & Communications Coordinator Application” in the subject line.

First West Nile Virus-Positive Mosquitoes of the Season Detected in Boston

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Contact:
Ana Karina Vivas
(617) 534-2821
avivas@bphc.org

First West Nile Virus-Positive Mosquitoes of the Season Detected in Boston

BPHC advises residents to avoid mosquito bites and mosquito-proof their homes

BOSTON – Tuesday, July 11, 2017 ¬- The Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) today announced that a mosquito pool in Roslindale has tested positive for West Nile Virus (WNV). Although there have been no recorded human cases of mosquito-borne illnesses in Boston this year, BPHC advises residents to prevent mosquito bites and protect their homes by using window screens and emptying standing water.

WNV is most commonly transmitted to humans by the bite of a mosquito infected with the virus, but it poses very low risk to most people. The risk can be further reduced by using insect repellant when outdoors, especially from dusk to dawn and, when possible, wearing long-sleeved shirts and pants.

Residents should also mosquito-proof their homes by making sure that their window and door screens are in good repair to prevent mosquitoes from getting inside. To help prevent mosquitoes from breeding, BPHC advises residents to empty standing water from flowerpots, gutters, buckets, pool covers, pet water dishes, discarded tires, and birdbaths on a regular basis.

The City of Boston, in partnership with the Suffolk County Mosquito Control Project, has placed larvicide in catch basins and wetlands, a process designed to reduce the mosquito population. Targeted, truck-mounted aerosol spraying is also performed to help control the mosquito population in certain areas of Boston.

If residents have any questions related to the spraying or any questions on mosquitoes, they may call the Suffolk County Mosquito Control Project at (781) 899-5730. For more information on sprayings, please visit bphc.org/mosquitocontrol

For more information on mosquito-borne illness, call the Boston Public Health Commission at (617) 534-5611 or visit bphc.org/mbi

About the Boston Public Health Commission

The Boston Public Health Commission, the country’s oldest health department, is an independent public agency providing a wide range of health services and programs. It is governed by a seven-member board of health appointed by the Mayor of Boston.

Public service and access to quality health care are the cornerstones of our mission – to protect, preserve, and promote the health and well-being of all Boston residents, particularly those who are most vulnerable. The Commission’s more than 40 programs are grouped into six bureaus: Child, Adolescent & Family Health; Community Health Initiatives; Homeless Services; Infectious Disease; Recovery Services; and Emergency Medical Services.

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