We Are Hiring: Thriving Communities Manager

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Are you passionate about uplifting mobility culture in Leimert Park? Do you know how to coordinate multigenerational teams? People for Mobility Justice is seeking a new staff member to join our team and take the lead on our Thriving Communities work. If you don’t find the details you need below, reach out to us at jobs@mobilityjustice.org.

About People for Mobility Justice

As Black Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC) we seed critical consciousness about mobility justice in all communities. We strive for a world where people have the freedom and resources to move in public spaces with love and dignity. We put our theory of change into practice through activities in three areas: Thriving Communities, Inspiring Growth, and Building Power. These activities are designed both to value our community members as “the roses who grew from concrete” and to authentically support them in urging decision makers to effect meaningful, long-lasting changes.  

About Staying Alive Leimert Park Project

Staying Alive Leimert Park will center Black lives and Black liberation in mobility justice economic development and community planning. This two-year project was co-created by Ride On! Bike Shop & Co-Op and PMJ, with funding from the Just Transit program of the 11th Hour Project. Staying Alive Leimert Park will develop three sets of activities: the Mobility Justice Lab, the Hood Planners Certification, and Life Saving Education. The Lab will engage community members in a critical policy analysis of various street safety measures and policies (i.e. Measure M, Vision Zero High Injury Network [HIN], First/Last Mile). The Hood Planners Certification will undertake popular education with teens and elders, co-creating activities that share mobility justice and PMJ’s 5Ds (Decolonize, Decriminalize, Decongest, Dignify, Determination) with the public. Life Saving Education likewise will be a series of events for the general public in Leimert Park (focus on the HIN streets in the area) using a mobile education station built on a recycled cargo bike. Staying Alive Leimert Park is designed to cultivate community knowledge about mobility justice and local policies that impact street safety and economic development in the area. We aim to highlight the intersections of traffic violence, state violence, and displacement in Leimert Park. At the culmination of this project, we will host a regional summit to showcase our participants and to strategize with regional collaborators.  

About the Thriving Communities Manager Position

The Thriving Communities Manager will predominantly spend their time leading the planning, implementation, and scheduling of “Staying Alive Leimert Park” activities. The ideal candidate will rely on their own relationships and roots in the target community, which in this case are the Black and long-term residents of Leimert Park. The manager will recruit and liaise with the Hood Planners, a cohort of of local youth and elders. The manager will contribute to PMJ’s production of the Hood Planners curriculum and schedule speakers for their summer institute. The Hood Planners will produce events and receive stipends as our staff weave them into advocacy campaigns. Additionally, both staff and the Hood Planners will engage other community residents through Life Saving Education activities in partnership with Ride On and local artivists. The ideal candidate will know how to design interventions that call attention to injustices while building from the incredible strategies that people from Leimert Park use to thrive despite those injustices.

Required Experience   

  • Must have a valid driver's license

  • Must have at least 2 years of experience riding a bicycle in street traffic

  • Must be well-networked with various community leaders, CBO’s, and businesses in Leimert Park

  • Must have experience managing a team

  • Must have at least 2 years of experience working with multigenerational groups

Desired Qualities of Lead

PMJ is a alive and growing. This means nothing is static in our organization and we expect our structure to be flexible. For people who are self-driven, organized, imaginative and creative this is a platform to dream big and implement your ideas. Our leadership model rests on accountability to the community, while also honoring funding deadlines and reporting. We strive to create viable work for our community members to stimulate economic well-being. We hope staff will bring the following qualities to the team:

  1. Self-Driven & Accountable - Our leadership model is based on trust and allowing people to grow as needed. There is no manager but the Programs and Policy Organizer‘s role is to support leads and staff in meeting grant deliverables, more importantly maximizing impact to community. Hence, the lead will need to manage their own accountability around programmatic and financial matters that serve vulnerable communities.

  2. Organized - The lead will set and maintain strict deadlines for the team that match schedule availability and timelines to meet our grant requirements. In addition, we expect them to be reasonably timely, in keeping time commitments punctual, but always with the understanding that family is first. The key here is early and transparent communication so that we avoid misunderstandings.  

  3. Creative - There is no blueprint for this work. The lead will need to tap their own and the team’s life experience to shine the light on Leimert Park and its people. This creative approach can be experimental, but always solution-oriented. When an obstacle, challenge, or conflict arises, we seek to solve the issues using methods rooted in our rich cultural traditions.

  4. Imaginative - Dream big, above and beyond this project. How do we keep this project ALIVE beyond the immediate funding scope? PMJ leadership has been designed through the people. Our programs, policies, and philosophies evolve with the people. We are open-hearted to changes that yield increased benefit to our communities.   

Compensation

This staff position is about 10-15 hours per week at a rate of $30/hour. There are currently no benefits with this position. All positions at PMJ have potential for growth if so imagined and desired, any staff working over 30 hours per week is eligible for full time benefits. We actively stimulate BIPOC wealth by ensuring that staff are justly compensated for all their hours worked to meet our deliverables.

Conversation

All PMJ roles are up for trading, revisal, shifting, and transforming, according to staff and community needs. Our work is a conversation between staff, board, volunteers/apprentices (Mobility Justice Team members), and our communities. The purpose of this conversational approach is to yield maximum benefit to our communities, which begins with our team’s full health and well-being.

How To Apply

We strongly encourage those with the following identities to apply: Black and local Indigenous people, people with intersecting identities- LGBTQIA+, women and non-binary people, people living with disabilities, immigrant activists, and others with lived experience being part of marginalized communities. All applicants need to submit a résumé (max 1 page) and cover letter (max 1 page). Any applications longer than the page limit may not be considered.   Following review of applications, we will contact selected applicants for interviews and references. Please submit your applications to: jobs@mobilityjustice.org by 5 pm on Friday, February 8, 2019. Interviews will begin immediately, and the position will begin in mid February.

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