Careers at LRCDC

Family Enrichment Center (FEC)
FEC Community Liaison (Harlem)

Reports to:          FEC Site Director, Harlem
Classification:      Full Time/Non-Exempt

ORGANIZATION

Living Redemption Community Development Corporation (LRCDC) is an independent Harlem-based nonprofit, dba Living Redemption Youth Opportunity Hub (LRYOH), founded in 2019 to catalyze Central and West Harlem’s homegrown “Credible Messengers,” who are part of the larger Credible Messenger and Transformative Mentoring Movement. With a mission to Save Lives and Heal Communities One Relationship at a Time, LRCDC offers restorative transformation for Central and West Harlem’s most vulnerable populations by providing intensive Credible Messenger-led mentoring, community outreach, and a holistic model of programs and services, including wraparound support and advocacy.

LRCDC is excited and proud to be a part of a groundbreaking new initiative in ACS’s Division of Child and Family Well-Being, which aims to establish Family Enrichment Centers (FEC) citywide. The FEC is a home-like, inclusive, safe environment where community members can gather, build new relationships, learn new skills, participate in offerings and receive access to resources that are needed in order for children, families and individuals to thrive. The FEC model stands apart from many others in that it is community-led in both design and operation, with Living Redemption partnering with residents and local community-based organizations in West and Central Harlem to co-create the Family Enrichment Center.

POSITION

The Community Liaison contributes to the day-to-day operation of the FEC Harlem site by:  (1) helping to develop and maintain a parent or advisory group;  (2) cultivating relationships with other community groups and stakeholders to collaborate around meeting community needs;  (3) ensuring a warm and welcoming atmosphere at the FEC program where information, referrals and resources are freely offered and exchanged to support the needs of participants; and  (4) joining and/or creating a network of resources by serving on community district committees, attending local school meetings and events, and building relationships with local businesses and faith-based groups. The Community Liaison is focused on building connections using a warm, engaging, and enthusiastic communication style to enhance and support the family protective factors of FEC participants and community members.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Develop and nurture collaborative and effective relationships with community stakeholders in order to provide relevant activities and programming around key issues of significance to the community.
  • Work collaboratively with local public school staff to engage the participation of families in developing, implementing, and attending FEC programming.
  • Gather and disseminate resource material and referral information regarding issues and themes significant to the Harlem community and of importance to the FEC participants.
  • Manage the Harlem FEC website in order to communicate with and engage membership and monitor and quantify participation in offerings and events.
  • Train community residents, program participants, and staff in the skills of outreach, engagement, and recruitment in order to ensure full utilization of FEC programs and activities.
  • Identify and develop emerging community leaders to assume leadership roles as mentors, teachers, group leaders, and constituent representatives on matters of collective impact.
  • Attend Community Board meetings, school meetings and other community-based meetings as appropriate to represent the Harlem FEC interests.
  • Identify and maintain up-to-date information on key community issues and trends impacting children, youth and families.
  • Promote opportunities for youth, families, and community residents to participate in FEC program planning and implementation.
  • Provide opportunities for community members to work and celebrate together in order to foster a sense of belonging, pride and mutual responsibility.
  • Supervise interns and volunteers, as appropriate.
  • Work collaboratively with funders to develop, track and evaluate program efforts and outcomes.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelor’s degree in social work or related field and/or equivalent experience required.
  • High School diploma and five (5) years of professional experience in community-driven programs working directly with children, youth and families.
  • Community development/outreach field experience preferred.
  • Live and/or worked in West and Central Harlem.
  • Comfort and ease in facilitating groups of families, adults, and community stakeholders required.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate clearly, effectively, and collaboratively with all levels of staff, participants and community members, with excellent interpersonal and organizational skills.
  • Ability to work on a flexible schedule including occasional evenings or weekends as needed to attend community meetings/events and/or program activities.

GENERAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • All staff are expected to be committed to the mission, vision, and values of Living Redemption Community Development Corporation, which includes involvement in quality improvement activities and a willingness and ability to work within a culturally diverse environment.
  • Living Redemption is an Equal Opportunity Employer and complies with the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act. We encourage all qualified individuals to apply.
  • Any offer of employment is contingent upon receiving satisfactory references and approval of hire by applicable regulatory bodies, as appropriate.
  • Falsification or omission of relevant information in connection with any application for employment is grounds for denial or dismissal.

Hours:  35 Hours/Week

Location:  302 West 124th Street, New York, NY 10027

Salary:  TBD

Benefit Status: This position is eligible for excellent benefits, including paid vacation and sick leave, medical and dental insurance, retirement, life and disability insurance.

Application Process: Please complete the Job Application Form and include the following in application submissions:

  • Cover Letter explaining salary requirements and interest in this specific position
  • Current Resume
  • Writing Sample

Closing Date:  Open until filled; to be filled as soon as possible.

 

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