Community Organizer/Volunteer & Intern Coordinator

Disability Advocates of Kent County is seeking an Community Organizer/Volunteer & Intern Coordinator to join our dynamic and dedicated organization!  This is an hourly position with a pay rate starting at $18/hour, and full-time benefits including health, dental, vision, health savings account, a generous paid time off plan and more.

Position Summary
The Community Organizer/Volunteer & Intern Coordinator will work closely with volunteers, interns, community partners, and staff on a variety of activities to promote independent living and community-based services for people with disabilities. They are an intricate part of the Independent Living Services team and the entire organization, recruiting, engaging, and supporting volunteers and interns for participation within programs, at events, and as part of community groups and projects. Their efforts motivate and lead the disability community, organizational representatives, and community stakeholders in Kent County to identify and then work on significant issues that impact people living with disabilities. This outgoing and energetic people-person assists in planning and implementing assertive public policy change efforts through community organizing efforts.  Their two areas of focus will be:

1.    Community Organizing – Public Transportation:  Work to ensure that the needed public transit and mobility services in our community are expanding in an effective way.
2.    Volunteer & Intern Coordination: Work to ensure volunteers and interns are actively recruited, engaged, and supported for participation within Disability Advocates’ various programs, at events, and as part of community groups and projects.

Necessary Skills/Attributes
·         Must be a highly organized outgoing and energetic people-person and a self-starter, with the ability to take initiative, lead others, and provide meaningful activities about which people can be motivated.
·         Have exceptional time management, organization and documentation skills.
·         Must be detail-oriented and able to balance multiple tasks to support numerous community organizing efforts, as well as volunteer and intern functions throughout the organization.
·         Must possess professional written and oral communication skills, networking skills, and be proficient at public speaking.

Education: Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration, Community Planning, Social Work, or related field or significant experience in these areas may substitute.

Experience: Previous nonprofit experience highly preferred in the areas of community organizing and volunteer coordination and/or public policy work.

Work Environment and Abilities: This is a standard office environment with most communication through office meetings, email and phone conversations. In addition, attendance at meetings out of the office is expected, therefore, a self-identified mode of transportation is required.

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We advocate and facilitate action by persons with disabilities and the community to achieve equal access for all. We support equal employment opportunities at Disability Advocates for persons with disabilities through various workplace accommodations, therefore we encourage persons with disabilities and veterans to apply. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status.

How to apply:
Please send your resume and cover letter to: humanresources@dakc.us  or Disability Advocates of Kent County, Attn:  Human Resources, 3600 Camelot Drive SE, Grand Rapids, MI  49546. Applications without a cover letter will not be considered.  Applications will be accepted through Tuesday, March 23, 2021. No phone calls, please. EOE