Community Engagement Manager (TEMP - 24mths)

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$75,000

Description:
The Laundromat Project (The LP) is seeking a purpose-driven and creative community builder for the
full-time, two-year position of Community Engagement Manager (TEMP - 24mths). This individual is a
self-starting, team-oriented person who is passionate about helping us build meaningful and authentic
connections and partnerships with key stakeholders, creative individuals & groups in Bed-Stuy, Central
Brooklyn, and across NYC. The Community Engagement Manager will help expand and enrich our
existing relationships and forge new ones throughout the five boroughs of New York City. The ideal
candidate possesses an entrepreneurial spirit and has experience in the non-profit, cultural, and/or
education sectors.

The Community Engagement Manager’s primary objective will be robust community partnership
engagement and outreach in support of our Create Change initiative through the annual Fellow and
Resident Cohorts. Working in partnership with our Arts & Learning Senior Manager and reporting to the
Director of Programs, this individual will actively research, cultivate, and confirm partners for event
productions with participants in the program.

The Community Engagement Manager will join our team during a period of growth and assessment to
help shape the future of the department. They play a key role in ongoing organizational planning and help
to execute the day to day operations of the team.

We are seeking an individual who wants to join a dynamic and diverse team working at the intersection of
art, community, and social change. Everyday, our program team bands together to create welcoming
spaces for creative exploration and cross-pollinating ideas while resourcing our creative neighbors across
NYC to be positive forces for change in their communities.
Lead Responsibilities:

● Learn and stay current on people, interests, and issues facing the community (neighbors,
families, artists, creatives, local business owners, cultural workers, teachers, students, gardeners,
organizations, etc.) in and around Bed-Stuy and Central Brooklyn.

● Create dynamic community engagement strategies that support The LP’s communities in
Brooklyn.

● Develop new pathways for engagement and partnership building between The LP, community
members, and community-based entities, including Community Based Organizations, block
associations, community gardens, arts organizations, health centers, and more.

● eEstablish, plan, and manage a Community Advisory Council with key community residents and
leaders to help guide The LP’s work in Bed-Stuy from a place of mutual exchange.

● Design and implement community outreach plans, representing and serving as point of contact
between The LP and external stakeholders during community-related meetings (e.g. block and
tenant associations, local community development corporations, community board, and any other
relevant meetings)

● Implement a community arts engagement program with community input, facilitating activities and
workshops focused on arts education & community building that engages audiences of diverse
backgrounds and generations at The LP home, surrounding areas, local laundromats, green
spaces, and sidewalks.

● Support general departmental related programs like the Create Change Institute, Create Change
Fellowship workshops, and Artist Convening.

● Oversee and provide guidance around The LP’s vision for the Community Engagement
department.

● Lead outreach efforts and steward the administration of our community focused in-person &
virtual programming—including art workshops, community events, and Create & Connect
micro-grant fund, with special emphasis on reaching new and core community members.
Supporting Responsibilities:

● Collaborate with the Director of Programs and Senior Manager of Arts & Learning to provide
support and mentorship around community engagement with Create Change artists.

● Contribute to the design of the Create Change program, developing curricula and facilitating
workshops on The LP’s community engagement practices and pedagogy.

● Manage 1-2 direct reports, interns, and volunteers as assigned.

● Support general programs and administrative tasks.

● Send thank-you notes to donors and program participants.

● Help with fundraising and community-building events.

● Prepare Materials for programs and reports.

● Attend community events and programming.

● Join in advocacy and outreach events.

Professional Qualifications:
The ideal candidate possesses the following experiences, skills, and qualities:

● 5+ years of relevant experience in the arts and/or creative community development field.

● An understanding of The LP’s mission and values and ability to translate those into programs and
Approaches.

● Demonstrated interest in art, community, and civic / social justice matters.

● Critical thinking skills: the ability to find creative solutions and to be adaptable while working
collaboratively with diverse artists, neighbors, partners, and audiences across sectors.

● Direct experience with community engagement, using arts and culture to build relationships.

● Familiarity with the principles, tactics, and strategies of cultural organizing.

● Ability to envision and design activities and programs that engage diverse neighbors, community
partners, and socially-engaged artists.

● A people person – genuine, respectful, friendly, and accountable to others.

● Strong ties to the Brooklyn & NYC arts community.

● Administrative skills, including coordination, ideation, and implementation.

● Ability to communicate clearly and effectively.

● Collaborative work style.

● Experience managing direct reports is a plus.

● Multilingual skills (Spanish, French, Haitan-Creole, etc) is a strong plus.

● Fluency in the Mac computer platform, Google apps, Slack, Salesforce, and Asana, are a strong
plus.

Compensation:
The salary for this role is $75,000. We offer excellent benefits, including health, dental & vision insurance,
a retirement savings plan (401k), a wellness fund, professional membership and development
opportunities. Time off includes vacation, holidays, personal days, and a week off at year’s end.

Additional Details:
Anticipated Start Date: January 2023
Anticipated End Date: December 2024
Position: Full time (Temporary), with some weekends and evenings required
Reports to: Director of Programs
Office Location: 1476 Fulton St. Brooklyn, NY (Work time includes both regularly scheduled in-office
hours and virtual / remote hours)
Geographic Reach: Citywide, with particular focus on Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn

About The Laundromat Project
Locally relevant and nationally recognized, The Laundromat Project advances artists and neighbors as
change agents in their own communities. We envision a world in which artists and neighbors in
communities of color work together to unleash the power of creativity to transform their lives and
surroundings. We make sustained investments in a community of multiracial, multigenerational, and
multidisciplinary artists and neighbors committed to societal change by supporting their artmaking,
community building, and leadership development.

Since 2005, we have directly invested over $1M in 200+ multiracial, multigenerational, and
multidisciplinary artists and 83 innovative community art projects, while engaging over 48,000 New
Yorkers. This is an especially exciting time to join our team as we make our new home into a creative
community hub on Fulton Street in the heart of Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn. To learn more about The LP, please
visit: laundromatproject.org/

The LP values and centers the voices, cultures, imaginations, knowledge, and leadership of people of
color in all of our work and operations. To learn more about The LP, please visit: laundromatproject.org.
Organizational Culture

The LP strives to be a positive, fulfilling, and healthy place to work by providing professional development
opportunities, generous benefits, and a reasonable work schedule that allows staff to have greater
wellbeing both in and outside of work. We are a POC-centered learning organization committed to
working together as a staff to further our collective understanding around the many intersecting cultures,
histories, and experiences that inform our work.

Please Note: Newly hired employees are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 (i.e., have received
both doses of a two-dose vaccine or a single dose of a one-dose vaccine) and must provide proof of
vaccination upon request by the organization. Requests for potential accommodation shall be considered
in accordance with applicable law if and at such time as a conditional offer of employment is extended to
a candidate. Applicants should not provide any medical or genetic information with their application.
We cannot respond to all inquiries—only candidates for consideration will be contacted. We will not
accept reference letters or phone calls.

The Laundromat Project is an equal opportunity employer. People of color, women, immigrants,
LGBTQIA+ individuals, and others who may contribute to a rich diversity of perspectives and ideas are
especially welcome and encouraged to apply.