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Thu Dec 7 19:14:37 CST 2000

[ed:  I just got four job ads and am combining them in this message to 
reduce e-mail clutter.  They are separated by asterisks and the number for 
each is among the asterisks.  Job ads with salary info are noted.]

1.  Detroit AmeriCorps Director Job Description
2.  Stand For Children -Oregon Organizer (includes salary info)
3.  VISTAs
4.  St. Nicholas Neighborhood Preservation Corporation--organizer

Detroit AmeriCorps Director Job Description

From: Barry Checkoway <barrych at>

Dear Colleague:

Know someone who might have interest in a university-community
partnership position in Detroit neighborhoods?  Please post
and circulate the following. Thanks,

Barry Checkoway





Michigan Neighborhood AmeriCorps Program (MNAP) invites applications for
the position of Director.

MNAP is a unique partnership of 8 graduate professional schools at the
University of Michigan and 20 community-based organizations affiliated
with the Michigan Neighborhood Partnership (MNP) in Detroit neighborhoods.

The Director has responsibility for overall program direction, staff
supervision, and financial management. Responsibilities include
recruitment, selection, placement, orientation, and training of student
and community members; building university-community partnerships; and
program representation with state and national agencies. The position is
located in Ann Arbor and Detroit.

Desired qualifications include Master's degree in social work, urban
planning, social science, or related field; knowledge of Detroit and
community-based organizations and familiarity with the University of
Michigan; and excellent interpersonal, communication, and management

Minimum qualifications include Bachelor's degree; ability to work with
diverse campus and community constituencies; and at least 3 years of
commuity service or service-learning experience.

Applications will be reviewed as received with interviews starting
December 15 and continuing until the position is filled. Interested
applicants should submit a letter of interest, resume, and names and
telephone numbers of three references to:

		     Mary Beth Damm
		   Ginsberg Center for
              Community Service and Learning
                  University of Michigan
  		    1024 Hill Street
                   Ann Arbor, MI  48109
                  734-647-7402 Telephone
                     734-647-7464 Fax

Stand For Children -Oregon Organizer

From: "Jonah Edelman" <jonah at>

To whom it may concern,
I would appreciate it if you would promptly post this Stand For Children -
Oregon position announcement.   Thank you for your support, and for the
valuable work you do.
Jonah Edelman
Executive Director
Stand For Children

Stand For Children - Oregon

Position Description
Position:               Organizer
Salary Range:           $24,000-33,000 (dependent upon experience or 
capacity), plus benefits
Reports To:             Organizing Director
Date Required:  Position Available Immediately (as of 12-05-00)

Description of Position
Stand For Children is a national voice for children’s education, health and
safety with three Chapters (Salem, Albany, Corvallis), 2
Chapters-in-Formation (Hillsboro, Beaverton), and 500 members in Oregon.
Salem Stand for Children has made improvements in children’s mental health
services and increased children’s access to dental care.  Albany Stand For
Children recently convinced their local school district to make adding
elementary school counselors a district goal.  Corvallis Stand For Children
is pushing for Oregon’s first child care provider wage ladder, which would
provide wage enhancements to providers who improve their education level.
Statewide, Stand For Children members recently encouraged more than 40,000
voters to vote in accordance with their positions on 11 ballot measures, and
members will soon select specific priorities for the coming legislative
session.   2001 goals include: 10 Chapters, 2000 members, 1 statewide
legislative success, and 15 local successes for children.

Stand For Children seeks talented, committed Organizers to organize strong,
effective Stand For Children Chapters in and around Portland and
Eugene-Springfield.   After completing an initial training period, these
Organizers will also have the opportunity to teach and support Stand For
Children Chapters in the Western Region.

Specific Duties
In an initial organizing drive, the Organizer will:
Identify and recruit Chapter leaders through face-to-face conversations and
Teach and work with Chapter leaders on key aspects of organizing, including
conducting face-to-face conversations and housemeetings, building Stand For
Children Teams within their child care centers, schools, congregations,
etc., leadership development, working effectively with decisionmakers, and
moving from problems to solutions to effective action.
Develop a strong enough group of leaders to move the Chapter forward with
part-time Organizer support.

During a 3 month trial period, successful candidates will demonstrate
capacity in the following areas:
Connecting with a wide range of people and recruiting members through
face-to-face conversations.
Facilitating concerns discussions in Housemeetings.
Identifying, recruiting, and developing potential leaders through
on-the-ground work and workshops.
Scheduling, evaluating, and reporting on face-to-face conversations.
Conducting briefings and evaluations with leaders.
Effective phone calling and phone training.
Strategic planning and thinking.
Developing a power analysis of the community.
Effective time management for a 50-55 hour week.
Ability to assess their own strengths, and those of others, and identify
areas for improvement.

Qualifications and Personal Qualities
Community organizing or related experience; passion for children; commitment
to Stand For Children’s mission; desire to learn and grow; excellent
listening and verbal skills; a sense of humor.  Fluency or proficiency in
Spanish, experience working with children, and knowledge of issues affecting
children and families helpful.

Email resume and cover letter to Jonah Edelman, Stand For Children’s
Organizing Director, at jonah at, fax to (801) 761-8913, or mail to
2811 NE Schuyler, Portland OR 97212.  Visit for background
information about Stand For Children.  If you have questions about the
position, call 503-997-5355.


From: Jeffcalt at

VISTA Members needed as Community Builders in 7 urban sites nationwide!
Create high-tech educational and training environments in low-income housing
Join a 14-member VISTA team working across the country!

AmeriCorps*VISTA Members will be an integral part of the Youth Policy
Institute's Community Building and EmpowerNET strategy in 7 communities
nationwide: Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington, DC, Pittsburgh, Memphis,
Louisville, and Prince George's County, Maryland.  VISTA Members will assist
the Youth Policy Institute (YPI) in dealing with critical community issues
like sustainability, "digital divide," and self-sufficiency.  VISTA Members
will also empower low-income residents to shape the futures of their own

The 7 sites are funded by the U.S. Departments of Labor and Education.  These
grants will assist thousands of participants with welfare-to-work and
technology services.  VISTA Members will work as Community Builders at each
site.  VISTA Community Builders will work closely with on-site
welfare-to-work professional staff, faculty and students from a local
university, and national YPI staff.  Community Builders will directly assist
residents of the targeted low-income housing projects and neighborhoods in
all aspects of individual, family, and community empowerment.  Community
Builders will also seek additional funding sources for the long-term
sustainability of their work in the community.
     VISTA Community Builders will:
·   Establish partnerships with community-based and governmental agencies
·   Manage a community technology center
·   Organize computer and technology classes
·   Conduct community-based research in partnership with a local university
·   Facilitate community planning and direct democracy
·   Establish a Community Advisory Committee composed of residents and local
service providers
·   Help run the EmpowerNET, an innovative community Website (see, click on Pacoima for prototype)
·   Develop relationships with local employers and businesses

The Youth Policy Institute (YPI) national staff in Los Angeles, Washington,
DC, and New York City will train and support the 14 VISTA Community Builders.
  YPI was founded in 1979 by David Hackett, a former close aide to John and
Robert Kennedy.  YPI's mission is to foster community building and
neighborhood empowerment for lower-income and minority communities, with the
goal of attaining social and economic justice.

VISTA Members will be starting in January 2001 for a one-year term.  Members
will receive a living stipend, a comprehensive benefits package, and an
educational award at the completion of their year of service.  Relocation
expenses may also be covered.  All ages are encouraged to apply.  Please
contact Jeff Caltabiano at 323/957-1057 or JeffCalt at for more

(Please pass along this announcement)

St. Nicholas Neighborhood Preservation Corporation--organizer

From: "Alison Cordero" <acordero at>


St. Nicholas Neighborhood Preservation Corporation seeks a Community
Organizer to work with OUTRAGE, a coalition of residents and organizations
in East Williamsburg and Greenpoint, Brooklyn, to organize an effective
campaign to reduce the volume of garbage processed in our community. He/she
will help to maintain and strengthen the existing coalition, work with
coalition members to  develop and implement political and practical
strategies to achieve its goals, and facilitate linkages with other groups
working to change the City’s garbage policies.  Requires BA/BS or
equivalent; excellent communications and organizing skills, and ability to
understand complex technical material and explain it to community residents.
Knowledge of Williamsburg/Greenpoint community, waste disposal and
environmental justice issues a plus. Salary commensurate with experience and
excellent benefits package.  Fax resume to Alison Cordero at (718)486-5982
or e-mail to acordero at

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