This month the KFNA discussed the three Minneapolis Charter Amendments, as well as outreach plans for building community this winter.
Title: Equity and Justice Organizer
Classification: Full time, non-exempt, 40 hours/week, shared position between two nonprofit neighborhood associations
Salary: $35,000-$39,000 per year paid bi-weekly, depending on experience / 90-day probation period
Benefits: generous PTO + extended office break offered 2021 (additional paid holiday break 12/18/21- 1/16/22.)
Schedule: Flexible hours. Some nights and weekends required.
Location: Co-working office in the Lyndale neighborhood in South Minneapolis at 35th and Nicollet
The most important aspects of the Community Organizer position are skilled communication, empathy, and relationship-building. The primary task is to increase â€“Â and retain existing â€“Â volunteer neighbor participation at both organizations. The Community Organizer will accomplish this through sustained, coordinated effort of volunteer recruitment and retention, and close work with the Executive Director and neighbor-leadership. The position reports directly to the Executive Directors.
- Languages: comfortable with both spoken and written Spanish + English.
- Organizing Experience: time invested by living or working in a diverse community: direct organizing training or lived-experience preferred.
- Computer skills: basic data entry and graphic design, experience with email, Whatâ€™s Ap, Excel, and Word
- Communication Skills: Strong writing ability; comfortable giving presentations and leading meetings.Â Social Media skills or willingness to learn.
- Proof provided of being fully vaccinated by start date.
National Night Out (NNO) is an event that takes place every year on the first Tuesday in August. Minneapolis leads the nation for NNO participation, and Kingfield often leads the City for participation. According to the City website, holding an NNO gathering gives you and your neighbors:
- A reason to have a social gathering with your neighbors
- A chance to get to know each other
- Time to build important relationships with our neighbors that keep your neighborhood safe
With its roots in â€œcommunity policingâ€, NNO was conceived of as a way to also connect police to the community.Â In Kingfield, this has looked like individual blocks inviting police officers to stop by their NNO event if the block wanted to invite them. KFNA has independently supported NNO events (without connection to MPD) over the two decades.Â The value that this event brings to neighbors cannot be overlooked.
We believe NNO events in Kingfield create the sort of community-based safety we know is cultivated by neighbors knowing each other, knowing each others’ kids and dogs, and being connected on our blocks and throughout our neighborhood. In this spirit, National Night Out is a community-building and safety strategy that KFNA supports regardless of its historical involvement with the police.
So in the spirit of connecting with neighbors, and in the spirit of creating a community where all neighbors feel welcomed and safe, KFNA will be visiting all block parties that registered their block party for NNO at theÂ City of Minneapolis (we access a list of these directly from the city) AS WELL AS all blocks that want to instead register as a site for the National Night Out for Safety and Liberation AND provide you block party address directly to us by emailing .
Who are we?Â We are the Kingfield and Lyndale Neighborhood Associations, two independent nonprofits cohoused in the South Nicollet Action Center at 3537 Nicollet Avenue South. As place-based nonprofits that cover from Lake Street to 46th Â South and from Lyndale Avenue to 35W, we are focused on the neighbors and the opportunities in this area including housing and development, food security, racial justice and safety, election engagement, education, as well as community building and engagement. We share our office space, and occasionally our work, with dynamic issue-based organizing groups; currently this includes Minneapolis Climate Action and the Somali American Women Action Center. Together we seek to create a community center for all neighbors,Â by focusing on 1) connecting neighbors to each other and to resources, 2) community identification of issues and solutions, and 3) leadership skill development.
Our organizations are committed to being equitable and inclusive and reflect the diversity and many identities in our neighborhood. We seek to foster the leadership and participation of people who neighborhood organizations have historically underinvested in. This includes people who rent, and people who identify as BIPOC (black, indigenous, people of color), LGBTQ+, youth, and seniors.
Position Description:Â Full time (FTE)â€”Reporting to two co-housed nonprofit organizations.
Hourly range $18-21, based on experience, paid bi-weekly.
Paid holidays + PTO + Shortened work year (additional paid holiday break 12/18/21- 1/16/22.)
90-day probation period
Spanish: fluent in spoken and written Spanish + interpretation and translation experience
Experience living and working in a diverse community: direct organizing training or lived-
Basic computer skills including: email, data entry, graphic design, Excel, and Word
Strong writing ability in both languages. Comfortable with giving presentations and leading
Proof provided of being fully vaccinated by start date.
For more information and to apply please visit http://bit.ly/EquityJusticePosition
Spokes and Sneakers: The 35W@94 project is not all about freeways and neither is MnDOT. Weâ€™re also improving the bicyclist and pedestrian experience by building better pedestrian bridges over the freeway, creating a new connection from the Midtown Greenway to the new Lake Street Transit Station, widening sidewalks, improving accessibility, and more. Asks questions to the project contractor, hear from the executive director of the Midtown Greenway Coalition, and learn about the statewide pedestrian plan and multimodal transportation plan.
Presenters: Sam Buttweiler with Ames Construction, MacKenzie Turner Bargen, MnDOTâ€™s Pedestrian & Bicycle Coordinator, and Soren Jensen with the Midtown Greenway Coalition.
6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 19
Event Password: MnDOTVirtual
Call-in Option: +1-408-418-9388
Access Code: 187 830 2898