WANTED: Community planner for sustainable revitalization non-profit (NY)

Rethink. Rebuild. Renew. That’s the slogan of Sustainable Long Island, which seeks a full-time Community Planner.

The Community Planner will work on a variety of programs in areas such as economic development and community revitalization; community outreach and training; promoting environmental health, water quality and resiliency; environmental justice, community health and wellness; and renewable energy.

Day-to-day responsibilities of the Community Planner include:

  • Coordinate with and serve as liaison to community partners, clients, and government agencies to coordinate and carry out various program activities, including but not limited to developing and implementing community surveys; crafting outreach strategies; coordinating steering or advisory committees; gathering public input on planning goals, objectives, and strategies; identifying issues, opportunities, and priorities; and assisting with implementation of community-based projects.
  • Conduct outreach and facilitate community engagement and public participation as part of planning and community development projects.
  • Develop visual and narrative outreach and presentation materials to share with the public, including but not limited to local stakeholders, public officials, and community boards.
  • Conduct research and prepare reports on current planning, sustainability, environmental health, renewable energy, and community development trends, issues, and best practices.
  • Coordinate and attend meetings, focus groups, and workshops as needed.
  • Assist in project oversight, including tracking and monitoring project budgets, preparing invoices and reports, providing technical assistance to community partners, and other tasks as assigned.
  • Support grant development and reporting for the organization including but not limited to: research for grants and proposals, tracking grant outcomes and preparing metrics (quantitative and qualitative), and drafting reports as related to Programs activities.

Essential Skills, Abilities, and Knowledge:

  • Understanding of economic and community development, environmental health, social equity/justice, and sustainability principles.
  • Excellent analytical, research and writing skills.
  • High degree of comfort with public speaking and making public presentations.
  • Self-directed and willing to take initiative; ability to work independently as a project leader, as well as part of a team.
  • Strong attention to detail, accuracy, and follow-through.
  • Comfort working in a fast-paced deadline-driven environment; ability to prioritize and cope with competing demands.
  • Excellent time-management and general organization skills.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office and Adobe Creative Cloud is essential, including spreadsheet and graphic design or publishing applications.
  • Familiarity with database and survey software, GIS and thematic mapping programs is a plus.
  • Experience and/or understanding of working with local government officials is a plus.
  • Ability to speak Spanish is a strong plus.

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See SLI community revitalization page & image credit.

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