Job Opportunities

Part-Time HEZ Community Health Worker

Part-Time (20 hours/week)

POSITION SUMMARY:
West Elmwood Housing Development Corporation (WEHDC) serves as the backbone agency of the 02907 Health Equity Zone (HEZ). A Health Equity Zone (HEZ) is an innovative, place-based approach that brings people together to build healthy, resilient communities across Rhode Island. The 02907 community has seen a disproportionately high number of COVID-19 cases as compared to other parts of Providence and across the state of Rhode Island.
The 02907 HEZ is seeking a Part-time Community Health Worker to begin immediately. The Community Health Worker will work with the 02907 Health Equity Zone to provide culturally appropriate support to 02907 residents related to COVID-19 testing, vaccination education, contact tracing, and service delivery.

REPORTING STRUCTURE:
The Community Health Worker will report to the Health Equity Zone Manager.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
● Develop and maintain effective communications with community members, partner organizations, RIDOH, CHWs and others working in to identify and address COVID-19 related challenges.
● Work with Community Outreach Specialist to implement marketing strategies to encourage COVID-19 vaccination and testing in 02907.
● Work with CHW teams within 02907 HEZ to establish a communication channel between local vaccination sites and community organizations to collaborate on initiatives to encourage vaccination Assess the needs of residents in isolation and provide community-based referrals to the necessary supports.
● Maintain timely and accurate records and documentation as required.
● Ensure accurate and timely reporting of activities according to applicable time frames and formats.
● Relay vital COVID-19 information to residents through multiple channels and address frequently asked questions related to testing, vaccination, contact tracing, and/or isolation.
● Gain insights about needed resources and changes required to improve COVID-19 response in the 02907 community.
● Attends meetings, webinars and trainings to keep informed of changing trends or updates on COVID-19 testing and vaccination.
● Provide outreach at community gathering places, events, local spaces, and high-traffic areas where people congregate.

QUALIFICATIONS:
● High School diploma and a combination of education and skills to effectively carry out responsibilities and assignments; such as previous experience working in a community-based setting.
● Fluency (speaking, reading, and writing) in English and at least one other language preferred.
● Ability to work evenings and/or weekends as required.
● Ability to work independently and effectively in a team environment; collaborate with other HEZ/CHW team.
● High level of interpersonal skills and excellent writing and oral communication skills to collect data.
● Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with community members, residents, partner organizations, local businesses, etc.
● Ability to both work remotely and work in a typical office setting and operate standard office equipment, including computers, printers, telephones, and copiers.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES
The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and/or abilities required to satisfactorily perform essential duties. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
● Demonstrated experience using Microsoft Office applications such as Excel, Word, etc.
● Knowledge of the direct service organizations in Providence.
● Ability to effectively work independently and in collaboration with multiple staff and partners.
● Ability to maintain sensitivity to individual, system, and cultural dynamics that affect behavior and relationships
● Ability to build and sustain trust and rapport with residents and community members based on listening and respect.

This is a part time position and will require evening and/or weekend work. Continued work will be contingent on available funding and initiative priorities.
To apply, please send your resume and a brief cover letter via e-mail to Jessica Thigpen at jthigpen@westelmwood.org.

West Elmwood Housing Development Corporation is an Equal Opportunity Employer and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any kind. WEHDC is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all employees and to providing employees with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment. All employment decisions are based on business needs, job requirements and individual qualifications, without regard to race, color, religion or belief, national, social or ethnic origin, sex (including pregnancy), age, physical, mental or sensory disability, HIV Status, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital, civil union or domestic partnership status, past or present military service, family medical history or genetic information, family or parental status, or any other status protected by the laws or regulations in Rhode Island.

Executive Director

Full Time Exempt Salary

West Elmwood Housing Development Corporation (WEHDC) seeks an Executive Director to lead our dynamic organization. WEHDC is a highly successful and well-regarded non-profit community development corporation (CDC) that serves the West End neighborhood of Providence, Rhode Island with its real estate development and community action programs, and its cultural and community initiatives.
Business Overview At West Elmwood Housing Development Corporation (WEHDC), the mission is to promote and manage the development of healthy, sustainable communities through affordable housing services, with the goal to help individuals and neighborhoods meet sustainable housing needs in the West End neighborhood, Providence communities and in greater Rhode Island. WEHDC focuses on building and renovating homes, investing in resources that best support neighborhoods and the diverse people who live and work in the community. These goals are accomplished by offering a variety of programs and services related to real estate development, economic development, home ownership development, and building strategic alliances with local organizations.

Job Information

Position Type: Organizational Management
Evaluation Schedule: Annually by Board of Directors
Compensation Range: $90,000 – $110,000
Position Overview: The Executive Director (ED) role is to assess the efficiency of the WEHDC, and provide overall leadership, direction, operational and financial management for the organization. The ED reports to the Board of Directors and works in partnership with the Senior Management Team to guide the company’s culture and direct communication, to reinforce the mission and motivate the team. The ED will strategize and manage the organization’s real estate development activities, which is the primary source of earned income.

Essential Functions

  • Provide organizational development and management to carry out the strategic goals of the organization.
  • Oversees the administration of the organization and manages the staff.
  • Build internal and external stakeholder partnerships to advocate for the mission of WEHDC.
  • Real estate acquisition, management, and development fee generation to sustain organization operations.
  • Manages the financing and structuring of complex real estate transactions.
  • Responsible for budget, loans, and contract compliance management– including negotiation of critical and controversial issues with funders, lenders, etc.
  • Formulating and interpreting policies, procedures, and regulations as necessary.

Duties & Responsibilities

Management

  • Identify, strategize, develop, and implement programs/projects that execute on the mission and values of WEHDC that will be submitted to the Board for consideration.
  • In conjunction with the Board, develops new strategies and programs to meet housing and community development needs in target areas.
  • Provide executive reports at the Board of Director meetings, on organizational activity, project/program progress, evaluation, and policy management.
  • Provide staff support to all Board Committees or delegates as appropriate.
  • Oversees internal control including defining, organizing, and delegating responsibilities to the staff.
  • Assures sound fiscal budgeting, planning, and accounting practices are fully utilized.
  • Provides orientation and training to staff that aligns with the organization’s policies that will effectively support the staff.
  • Assures proper asset management of all WEHDC properties.
  • Develops annual budgets as required.

External Partnership

  • Maintains good public relations, keeping the public informed about WEHDC programs through various media channels.
  • Partners with community stakeholders in program design, implementation, and evaluation.
  • Cultivates strong relationships with funders, lenders, municipalities, communities, partners, etc.
  • Maintains and extends on-going business relationships with Federal, State, Local government, other business, community, and professional partners.
  • Communicates effectively with various constituents, government, business/finance, nonprofits, funders, donors, neighborhood residents and customers.
  • Represents WEHDC in promoting solutions to housing and community development issues to neighborhoods, communities, and other stakeholders.
  • Directs an outreach program to ensure community participation in WEHDC programs and projects.

Business Partner

  • Locates and recommends control of suitable sites/structures for affordable housing/community development initiatives, developing financial projections, rehab and/or construction estimates, operating budgets, and financing packages.
  • Negotiates the purchase of property for WEHDC projects with Board approval.
  • Identifies appropriate funding sources, develops proposals, and pursues funding for WEHDC projects, programs and operations.
  • Assures implementation of robust resource development program to support implementation of organizational mission.
  • Ensures compliance with funding sources contract and reporting requirements.
  • Takes a leadership role in national and/or statewide networks devoted to affordable housing and community development issues.

Education & Qualifications

  • Demonstrated experience in a nonprofit operation, affordable housing, community development, and working with a community Board of Directors.
  • Demonstrated experience in program planning, staff supervision, and oversight, fundraising, resource development, and grant-writing, board relations, and program planning and oversight.
  • Ability to collaborate and cultivate relationships with funders, government, private sector and community partners.
  • Proven ability to develop and execute financial strategies including financial structuring, securing approvals, resourcing, and developing affordable, multi-family, single family, commercial and community facilities projects.
  • Demonstrated success in building sustainable organizations, effective management of staff teams and strong strategic relationships.
  • Has a proven track record of creative and nimble responses to rapidly changing political and economic environments.
  • Excellent public speaking skills with the ability to inspire diverse audiences.
  • Possesses knowledge of community and asset-based development practices and principles.
  • Bachelor’s Degree required with relevant experience.
  • Has a minimum of 6-8 years of experience as Senior Manager in non-profit community development Corporation.
  • Must have a valid RI Driver’s license, auto insurance, and is bondable and insurable by organization’s insurers.
  • Familiarity with the Rhode Island housing/community development industry is a plus.

Additional Information:

  • Subject to background check
  • Evening and weekend meetings at least four-six times monthly
  • Travel required up to 25% quarterly

Work Environment, Dynamics Physical Demands and Environmental Conditions:

Required National, Regional, State and local travel by various modes of private and commercial transportation to attend meetings and/or hold trainings at various sites requiring overnight absences from employees residence (approximately twelve days annually for up to six days at a time); sufficient mobility to work in an office setting; Extensive use of computer keyboard. Work is performed primarily in an office environment under pressure and requires the ability to quickly adjust to changing priorities and demands. Work is performed with an extensive degree of independent judgment and action under the direction of the Board of Directors.

Staff Supervisory Responsibilities:

WEHDC Executive Director currently supervises: Deputy Director, Accounting Manager, and Office Manager
Consultant/Vendor Supervisory Responsibilities: As required.
Volunteer Supervisory Responsibilities: As required.

TO APPLY
Send your resume or curriculum vitae and a cover letter describing your qualifications via email to contact@westelmwood.org. Please include “Executive Director” in the e-mail subject line. Deadline to apply is October 10th, 2021.

West Elmwood Housing Development Corporation is an Equal Opportunity Employer and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any kind. WEHDC is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all employees and to providing employees with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment. All employment decisions are based on business needs, job requirements and individual qualifications, without regard to race, color, religion or belief, national, social or ethnic origin, sex (including pregnancy), age, physical, mental or sensory disability, HIV Status, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital, civil union or domestic partnership status, past or present military service, family medical history or genetic information, family or parental status, or any other status protected by the laws or regulations in Rhode Island.

Community Building & Engagement Support Specialist VISTA

Full Time

Background Information

West Elmwood Housing Development Corporation (WEHDC)’s vision is to promote the development of a healthy, sustainable community through cultivating and enabling homeownership and economic development. It strives to realize this vision by building and renovating homes, attracting resources into the neighborhood, and investing in the diverse people who live in, work in and support the community. It accomplishes these goals by offering a variety of programs and services related to real estate development, economic development, homeownership development, including lending and community building and organizing. It is also involved in managing the properties and other assets it owns. WEHDC is located in a wonderful, culturally diverse neighborhood on the west end of Providence, RI. Our VISTA will help build out a creative database that can capture all the wonderful contributions WEH offers to the community. There will be thought-provoking workshops and activities that will help train up our VISTA, providing them with the tools they need for their success here at WEH. Helpful attributes and skills we are looking for would be a positive disposition, a willingness to learn, and the ability or understanding of how the functions within a database work to create measurable outcomes. The start date for this assignment would be August 16, 2021, and the finish date will be September 11, 2022. For more information please do not hesitate to Contact Sonia Thomas at 401-453-3220 X24 or sthomas@westelmwood.org.

Member Duties:

  • VISTA will research community organizations aligned with WEHDC mission and work with agency staff to decipher who is a new connection, and who we are working with already.
  • VISTA will create a community map with new community connections.
  • VISTA will share the community map with agency staff as a valuable resource.
  • VISTA will reach out to community organizations by email or phone with introductory letters, explaining the programs WEHDC has for the community.
  • VISTA will plan a meeting with 2 community connections and explore potential ways to work together in the future.
  • VISTA will work with the supervisor to review the next steps with the community connections made and support future partnerships fostered through this outreach.

Qualifications:

  • Must be 18 years of age or older.
  • A positive disposition & a willingness to learn
  • The ability or understanding of how the functions within a database work to create measurable outcomes

The start date for this assignment would be August 16, 2021, and the finish date will be September 11, 2022.

Program Benefits:

  • Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend
  • Education award upon successful completion of service
  • Relocation Allowance
  • Health Coverage
  • Training
  • Living Allowance
  • Childcare assistance if eligible