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Sunset Area Community Development Specialist
 
 
 
Part of an eight-member VISTA team supported by a VISTA Leader. This VISTA member will serve with the City of Renton and focus on using community development and engagement as a tool for combatting poverty in the Sunset neighborhood, a diverse and economically disadvantaged area in Northeast Renton. The City of Renton (incorporated in 1901; current population 102,700) is the lead organization for the Sunset Area Transformation Plan http://sunsetrenton.com/. The VISTA member will work toward building capacity and sustainability in the community by building rapport and trust with neighborhood residents and businesses to foster connections, identify community needs, and work together to combat poverty and improve the quality of life in the neighborhood. The VISTA member will work with residents, businesses, and other partners to identify, plan, and implement community events, activities, and small-scale neighborhood improvement projects. This will help break the cycle of poverty by strengthening the social fabric of the community, as well as improving the ability of low-income residents to work together to address their own needs and respond to emerging issues. The VISTA member’s community development efforts will help improve neighborhood image and safety and cultivate neighborhood pride to combat blight, crime, and other challenges of concentrated poverty. The VISTA member will also write grants to support small-scale neighborhood improvement projects that can be executed with residents on a grassroots level. Through these efforts, the VISTA member will work toward building greater resilience and self-sufficiency among neighborhood residents and businesses and expanding opportunities for everyone in the community. Renton is located on Lake Washington and has excellent parks for outdoor activities and outstanding access to public transportation to Seattle and other parts of the Seattle metropolitan area.
 
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Member Duties : The VISTA member will: • Engage residents and businesses through community outreach, events, and activities to identify needs and goals to enhance their lives and improve the neighborhood • Collaborate with residents, businesses, and other partners to identify, plan, and implement community events and activities to build relationships and foster connections among residents and expand opportunities • Work with the Renton Chamber of Commerce and other partners to create business development and support training and activities for Sunset Area businesses • Collaborate with residents, businesses, and other partners to identify, plan, and implement small-scale neighborhood and community improvement projects to improve the quality of life and strengthen social connections in the neighborhood • Write grants for funding to support neighborhood improvement projects, art, and/or placemaking initiatives in the Sunset Area
 
Program Benefits : Health Coverage* ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Training ,  Living Allowance ,  Relocation Allowance ,  Education award upon successful completion of service ,  Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Public transit pass & potential housing . 
 
 
*For details about AmeriCorps VISTA healthcare benefits, please visit http://www.vistacampus.gov/healthcare
 
Terms :
Permits working at another job during off hours ,  Permits attendance at school during off hours . 
 
Service Areas :
Community Outreach ,  Entrepreneur/Business ,  Community and Economic Development ,  Housing ,  Neighborhood Revitalization . 
 
Skills :
Recruitment ,  General Skills ,  Communications ,  Team Work ,  Fund raising/Grant Writing ,  Community Organization ,  Writing/Editing ,  Leadership . 
 
 
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SUMMARY
Program Type:
AmeriCorps VISTA

Program
Sunset Area Community Development Specialist

Program Start/End Date
08/05/2019  -   08/03/2020

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
College graduate

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations WASHINGTON   Seattle/Tacoma/Bremerton  

Languages
Spanish desired
English

Accepting Applications
From  05/01/2019  To  06/30/2019 

Contact Mark Santos-Johnson
1055 S Grady Way
Renton   WA   98057
425-430-6584
msantosjohnson@rentonwa.gov
rentonwa.gov/
 
AmeriCorps VISTA

Listing ID 88836


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