Position/Title: Advocacy and Community Organizing Manager

Position Type: Full-time, Exempt

Reports To: Chief Program and Impact Officer

Growing Home is dedicated to creating a thriving and equitable north metro Denver – one family at a time. Our participant-centered approach to strengthening families, nurturing children, and connecting community fills a critical gap for families and children who are experiencing immediate and long-term barriers to stability and success. Through evidenced-based programs, we improve outcomes for children, their parents, and their community. Our model makes us a leader in the two-generation approach to poverty alleviation and community equity.

Mission: To guide children and their families on the path to a brighter future.

 

Vision: We envision our community working together so that all children and their families have a place to call home, food on the table, and the opportunity to pursue their dreams.

 

Core Values: Respect, Effectiveness, Learning, Collaborative Leadership, Professionalism, and Inclusiveness.

 

General Purpose:

The Advocacy and Community Organizing Manager leads Growing Home’s Connecting Community programs, which focus on engaging families, volunteers, and participant leaders from all walks of life to share in the responsibility of solving community problems, with a particular focus on housing justice, food justice, and education. This work is fueled by an agency-wide participant-centered approach that blends direct services with community leadership. Our Connecting Community programs include community engagement, community organizing, and advocacy. The Manager will lead these programs, utilizing an asset-based community development and network organizing approach and ensuring high quality, participant-centered best practice programming. The Manager is responsible for connecting grassroots efforts with mission-focused advocacy work for systemic change. The Manager will supervise staff, oversee program operations and budgets, and lead Connecting Community program evaluation efforts. The Manager will also serve as a member of the Management Team.

Responsibilities:

Leadership

  • Actively participate in Growing Home’s Management Team, championing the organization’s strategic priorities, strategic goals, and workplace culture
  • Supervise staff using organization’s servant leadership philosophy, coaching staff towards a culture of excellence
  • Ensure alignment and collaboration between Connecting Community programs/staff and other staff/parts of the organization

 

Program Operations

  • Oversee day to day operations of Connecting Community programs through a strengths-based and supportive approach
  • Monitor Connecting Community program budget and contract deliverables, communicating successes and challenges with supervisor
  • Ensure compliance with grant contracts and regulatory requirements related to Connecting Community programs
  • Develop and streamline processes and procedures related to Connecting Community programs

 

Community Organizing

  • Provide supervision and support to grassroots community organizing and engagement efforts that successfully mobilize community members towards collective action and civic engagement in community-led mission-focused projects and campaigns
  • Develop and facilitate one-on-one and group training for participants on leadership skills, key community issues, and civic engagement
  • Along with community leaders, develop and execute campaigns around housing justice, food justice, and educational equity that result in improved outcomes for community members
  • Conduct research to understand root causes on issues voiced by the community and identify potential solutions

Advocacy

  • Stay apprised of and educate staff and community members on emerging policy issues impacting Growing Home’s community and work
  • Represent Growing Home in advocacy related collaborative meetings and initiatives
  • Collaborate with advocacy organizations to advance staff and community members engagement in advocacy projects and campaigns
  • Co-lead Growing Home’s Advocacy Committee
  • Vet opportunities and conduct due diligence on advocacy issues, making recommendations to Advocacy Committee and Board of Directors, in alignment with Growing Home’s process for public policy engagement
  • Connect grassroots efforts with organizational advocacy efforts

Participant-Centered Approach

  • Collaborate with Managers to explore participant centered opportunities within their program
  • Develop and facilitate trainings and activities that strengthen Growing Home’s participant centered approach
  • Co-lead Growing Home’s Program Advisory Committee with Chief Program and Impact Officer

Evaluation

  • Oversee all Connecting Community evaluation efforts with support from Impact Manager; including monitoring progress on goals/impact of programs, ensuring participatory methods are used to document learning and development of community leaders, and incorporating findings into ongoing improvement efforts
  • Ensure adequate and complete data collection for Connecting Community efforts
  • Compile quantitative and qualitative reports for partners and funders
  • Facilitate data-driven conversations with staff and participants, utilizing research and data to highlight inequity and opportunity and make improvements as needed

 

Fundraising

  • Keep Development Team apprised of potential funding opportunities for Connecting Community impact area
  • Facilitate access to data, success stories, and reports for fundraising as needed
  • Participate in site visits as needed

 

Job Qualifications:

  • Bilingual (Spanish/English) required (written and oral fluency necessary)
  • Minimum three (3) years community organizing, community engagement, developing grassroots leadership, and/or advocacy experience required
  • Intense passion for social justice and equity
  • Knowledge of the socioeconomic characteristics and needs of the north metro Denver community, including Adams County and Westminster
  • Strong communication, networking, and listening skills
  • Experience in coalition building and community mobilization
  • Experience working in service provision or an interest in nonprofit organizational development
  • Strong cultural competency and collaboration skills
  • Work effectively in an environment with diverse cultures, multiple perspectives, and competing needs
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office Suite including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook

 

Hours of Work & Location:

  • Hours of Work: This position is full-time, 40 hours a week. Work will generally be completed Monday-Friday, between 9am-5:30pm, with some evenings and weekends required
  • Location: Work will be performed out in the community and at Growing Home offices.

 

Salary and Benefits:

  • $48,500-51,000, dependent on experience
  • Health insurance
  • Company paid life insurance
  • Paid vacation, sick days, and holidays
  • Optional 403(b) plan with 5% match after 1 year
  • Professional growth and development opportunities
  • Employee wellness program

Growing Home is committed to an inclusive workplace. We are an equal opportunity employer.

 

Growing Home is committed to an inclusive workplace. We are an equal opportunity employer.

Position/Title: Community Activator

Position Type: Nonexempt / FTE

Reports To: Advocacy and Community Organizing Manager

Growing Home is dedicated to creating a thriving and equitable north metro Denver – one family at a time. Our participant-centered approach to strengthening families, nurturing children, and connecting community fills a critical gap for families and children who are experiencing immediate and long-term barriers to stability and success. Through evidenced-based programs, we improve outcomes for children, their parents, and their community. Our model makes us a leader in the two-generation approach to poverty alleviation and community equity.

Mission: To guide children and their families on the path to a brighter future.

 

Vision: We envision our community working together so that all children and their families have a place to call home, food on the table, and the opportunity to pursue their dreams.

 

Core Values: Respect, Effectiveness, Learning, Collaborative Leadership, Professionalism, and Inclusiveness.

 

General Purpose: 

The Community Activator is a critical member of the Connecting Community team which focuses on engaging families, volunteers, and participant leaders from all walks of life to share in the responsibility of solving community problems, with a particular focus on housing justice, food justice, and education. The Community Activator will implement community organizing and community engagement efforts, engaging and growing a grassroots base of community members who are directly impacted by systemic inequities. He/she/they will work to build relationships and trust within the community, facilitate community engagement activities, and lead community organizing activities that build and mobilize community power, all with the intent to create a pipeline of leadership and engagement at Growing Home.

 

Responsibilities:

Community Engagement

  • Utilize an asset-based community development approach to support community projects, including but not limited to a community garden and Generation Wild, a collaborative project with the City of Westminster to supports student access to outdoor activities
  • Build and maintain trustworthy relationships with Growing Home participants
  • Train and support community leaders to create the structures and skills needed to operate effectively as a team (e.g., developing clear roles, decision making process, agenda setting, presentation skills)
  • Coordinate the participation of community leaders in trainings, meetings, and other activities
  • Facilitate access to information for community members to determine how they want to engage in upcoming projects
  • Identify and address barriers to community engagement at Growing Home
  • Collaborate with the City of Westminster in carrying out Generation Wild project activities

 

Community Organizing

  • Meet individually and in groups with Growing Home community members to develop relationships, understand their concerns, and provide coaching
  • Recruit, support, and retain a diverse community of people who are interested in growing their leadership skills and leveraging their collective power to improve conditions for themselves and their neighbors
  • Collaborate with Advocacy and Community Organizing Manager to mobilize community members towards collective action and civic engagement in community-led mission-focused projects and campaigns
  • Plan, facilitate, and coordinate logistics of meetings with community leaders
  • Stay apprised of and leverage external expertise and other community initiatives aligned with Growing Home’s community organizing work

 

Participant-Centered Approach

  • Support Growing Home’s efforts to integrate participant-centered approaches throughout the organization, working with staff across the agency to connect direct services to community organizing and advocacy
  • Actively participate in Growing Home’s Advocacy and Program Advisory Committees

 

Advocacy

  • Stay current on emerging policy issues impacting Growing Home’s community and work, particularly as they directly affect Growing Home participants
  • Stay appraised of advocacy opportunities that emerge from community members
  • Support community leaders to network with partner organizations in and beyond their community

 

Evaluation

  • Collaborate with appropriate staff to evaluate the effectiveness of community leadership, engagement, and organizing efforts
  • Ensure administrative tasks are carried out in a timely manner, including data and incentive tracking, record keeping, and timely communications
  • Use participatory methods to document learning and development of community leaders
  • Compile quantitative and qualitative reports for Growing Home, partners, and funders as needed

 

Job Qualifications:

  • Bilingual in Spanish and English (written and oral)
  • Intense passion for social justice and equity
  • Knowledge of the socioeconomic characteristics and needs of the north metro Denver community, including Adams County and Westminster
  • Strong communication, networking, and listening skills
  • Experience planning and facilitating meetings and community gatherings
  • Experience developing grassroots leadership, including a demonstrated commitment to recognizing community members’ knowledge/power and an ability to create cohesiveness and effectiveness among a multi-class, multi-generational, and multi-ethnic community
  • Experience in coalition building and community mobilization
  • Experience working in service provision or an interest in nonprofit organizational development
  • Work effectively in an environment with diverse cultures, multiple perspectives, and competing needs
  • Proficient with MS Office (i.e. Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook)

 

Hours of Work & Location:

  • Hours of Work: This position is full-time, 40 hours a week. Work will generally be completed Monday-Friday, between 9am-5:30pm, with some evenings and weekends required
  • Location: Work will be performed out in the community and at Growing Home offices.

 

Salary and Benefits:

  • $18-20/hour
  • Health insurance
  • Company paid life insurance
  • Paid vacation, sick days, and holidays
  • Optional 403(b) plan with 5% match after 1 year
  • Professional growth and development opportunities
  • Employee wellness program

Growing Home is committed to an inclusive workplace. We are an equal opportunity employer.

 

 

Growing Home is committed to an inclusive workplace. We are an equal opportunity employer.

Position Type: Food Pantry Driver

Position Type: Non-exempt/part-time, up to 20 hours a week

Reports To: Strengthening Families Manager

Growing Home is dedicated to creating a thriving and equitable north metro Denver – one family at a time. Our participant-centered approach to strengthening families, nurturing children, and connecting community fills a critical gap for families and children who are experiencing immediate and long-term barriers to stability and success. Through evidenced-based programs, we improve outcomes for children, their parents, and their community. Our model makes us a leader in the two-generation approach to poverty alleviation and community equity.

 

Mission: To guide children and their families on the path to a brighter future.

 

Vision: We envision our community working together so that all children and their families have a place to call home, food on the table, and the opportunity to pursue their dreams.

 

Core Values: Respect, Effectiveness, Learning, Collaborative Leadership, Professionalism, and Inclusiveness.

 

General Purpose: 

Growing Home is looking for a responsible, reliable and consistent driver that will pick up food donations and orders to supply the Growing Home Food Pantry.  This position will be essential in supporting Growing Home’s food rescue, making over 20 food pick ups a week.  The Food Pantry Driver will assist in picking up large orders of food and supplies from various vendors and bring them to the food pantry.  They will also assist in dropping off food and unloading it into the Food Pantry.  Additionally, they will coordinate and communicate with food rescue volunteers, training them on picking up and transporting food donations and scheduling them as needed to assure Growing Home receives all the scheduled food donations.  This person should be comfortable with driving large vehicles including cargo vans and box trucks and have a clean driving record and a current Colorado driver’s license.  This position will need to be flexible, with work hours primarily 8:00am – 11:00am to pick up food from food rescue partners throughout the area.  They will also support with some occasional afternoon transportation activities.  This position is part-time, up to 20 hours a week.

Responsibilities:

 

  • Drive vehicle and pick up daily food rescue food and transport it to the Growing Home food pantry,
  • Assisting with unloading and shelving food as needed
  • Work with the Food Supply Coordinator to organize a pick up plan that includes driving to and picking up food at multiple locations every morning
  • Create and coordinate a food pick up schedule working with volunteers as needed.
  • Train food rescue volunteers on food safety and picking up and transporting food donations
  • Support occasional afternoon food pick up’s
  • Implement best practices around food safety and transport
  • Record temperatures of food at pick up and drop off to ensure food safety
  • Communicate with stores and vendors to confirm the pick up of food and supplies
  • Lift boxes and load and unload from vehicle
  • Operate a pallet jack to move pallets of food on and off transportation
  • Be available to pick up food during the week and on weekends as needed
  • Safely operate a motor vehicle; following both traffic laws and Growing Home’s policies

 

 

Job Qualifications:

  • Proven experience as a driver, preferably with large vehicles
  • Clean driving record
  • 21 years or older
  • Ability to safely operate a cargo van and box truck
  • Ability to work on Saturdays and holidays
  • Easily read and follow route maps
  • Must be able to carry 50 lbs, bend, and stack goods
  • Current Colorado driver’s license (no CDL required)
  • A polite and professional disposition
  • Ability to pass a background check

 

Salary and Benefits:

  • $15-17/hour
  • Optional 403(b) plan with 5% match after 1 year
  • Positive, friendly workplace
  • Growing organization; ongoing opportunities for professional growth and development

 

To Apply:

Please send resume and cover letter to careers@growinghome.org with Growing Home Food Pantry Driver in the subject line.

Growing Home is committed to an inclusive workplace. We are an equal opportunity employer.

Position Type: Food Pantry Lead

Position Type: Non-exempt/part time (20 hours a week)/Temporary

Reports To: Strengthening Families Manager

Growing Home is dedicated to creating a thriving and equitable north metro Denver – one family at a time. Our participant-centered approach to strengthening families, nurturing children, and connecting community fills a critical gap for families and children who are experiencing immediate and long-term barriers to stability and success. Through evidenced-based programs, we improve outcomes for children, their parents, and their community. Our model makes us a leader in the two-generation approach to poverty alleviation and community equity.

 

Mission: To guide children and their families on the path to a brighter future.

 

Vision: We envision our community working together so that all children and their families have a place to call home, food on the table, and the opportunity to pursue their dreams.

 

Core Values: Respect, Effectiveness, Learning, Collaborative Leadership, Professionalism, and Inclusiveness.

 

General Purpose: 

The Food Pantry Lead will help support the daily food pantry service as it provides food and resources to the north metro Denver community.  This position is instrumental in the operation of the food pantry and will work with the Food Distribution Coordinator to operate the Growing Home food pantry.  This person will work with the Food Pantry Team to collaborate on planning and implementation of a dynamic and responsive, participant centered Food Pantry.

This position will provide guidance and support to volunteers to ensure the receipt and storage of food donations, adherence to food safety standards and best practices, the welcoming of participants, the documenting of visits, and delivery of services. This person will also guide and support volunteers in supplying food to food distribution.

This is a temporary position that will last until December 31, 2020 and have the possibility of renewal, depending on the needs of the Food Pantry.

Primary Responsibilities:

 

  • Provide guidance and support to volunteers to receive daily food rescue and store it adequately
  • Work with the Food Distribution Coordinator to make daily decisions about what food will be distributed
  • Facilitate a daily huddle with volunteers to cover the food being distributed and any changes that will affect service
  • Meet with the Food Distribution Coordinator and other Food Pantry Leads to coordinate services
  • Support the food pantry work including food rescue, preparing produce, premade, and frozen food to be distributed and support volunteers in resupplying the distribution of food
  • Work with Food Distribution Coordinator and other Food Pantry Leads to coordinate the preparations for the next day’s service including preparing supplies
  • Maintain a clean and sanitary environment following health and food safety best practices
  • Provide assistance in food pick ups on a backup basis
  • Facilitate and participate in packing boxes for food distribution.
  • Support food distribution by jumping into any volunteer positions as needed.
  • Meet regularly with the Food Pantry Team to discuss and troubleshoot aspects of the food pantry service.
  • Provide guidance and support to volunteers to set up the distribution of food.
  • Provide new volunteer orientation as needed
  • Provide daily health checks to volunteers as needed
  • Support food pantry service and provide support to volunteers working to manage traffic, check in participants, and distribute food
  • Work with the Food Pantry Team to collect information and log participants visits into electronic databases.
  • Adhere to all safety protocols, including those related to COVID-19.

 

Job Qualifications:

 

  • Experience in coordinating groups and group projects.
  • Experience and passion for food access and justice work within a diverse community
  • Excellent oral, leadership, and interpersonal skills. In particular, the ability to understand and organize detailed information and to write about or talk extemporaneously on that information
  • Organized, efficient, and able to balance competing priorities
  • Ability to lift up to 40 lbs and be on feet 4-5 hours a day
  • Bilingual (English/Spanish) candidates are preferred
  • Demonstrated ability to work as an integral part of a team while operating with a high level of independence, autonomy, and trust
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office products including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook
  • Valid driver’s license, auto insurance, and ability to drive a large vehicle
  • Ability to work Saturdays and holidays

Hours of Work & Location:

  • Hours of Work: This position is part-time, 20 hours a week. Hours will be scheduled during the Food Pantry’s normal operating hours (Monday-Saturday, 10am-12pm).  A typical schedule will be 5 hours (8am-1pm), 4 days a week).
  • This position is temporary, with an end date of December 31, 2020. Depending on the needs of the Food Pantry, there is the potential for a longer term.
  • Location: Work will be primarily be performed at Growing Home Food Pantry.

Salary and Benefits:

  • $15/hour
  • Optional 403(b) plan with 5% match after 1 year
  • Positive, friendly workplace
  • Growing organization; ongoing opportunities for professional growth and development

 

To Apply:

Please send resume and cover letter to careers@growinghome.org with Growing Home Food Pantry Lead in the subject line.

Growing Home is committed to an inclusive workplace. We are an equal opportunity employer.

Growing Home is committed to an inclusive workplace. We are an equal opportunity employer.

Growing Home is committed to an inclusive workplace. We are an equal opportunity employer.