Established in 2006, Strive Partnership is a collective impact organization devoted to educational achievement that comprises leaders from education, business, nonprofit, civic and grassroots organizations in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. StrivePartnership's goal is to galvanize greater Cincinnati’s urban education ecosystem to ensure that it cultivates every child from cradle to career. Community-based assets – including the contributions of residents and small-scale neighborhood efforts – are critical components of this ecosystem.
StrivePartnership is hiring a Manager for Community Strategies to lead in the design and implementation of efforts that recognize community authority and expertise, and integrate them into the leadership practices of the organization to advance racial equity and social justice.
This position is central to the StrivePartnership Operations team. The position manages and directs an evolving and dynamic function at StrivePartnership that leads in the design and implementation of efforts to identify, mobilize and magnify community-based assets, expertise and authority -- including the contributions of residents and small-scale neighborhood efforts – and to integrate them into StrivePartnership’s broader institutional practices to advance racial equity and social justice.
The Manager for Community Strategies possesses experience leading successful community engagement efforts; appreciates and recognizes the unique strengths and assets of urban neighborhoods, including those typically deemed underserved; has the capacity to manage multiple goals, relationships and projects concurrently with people from a variety of cultural, economic and professional backgrounds; has excellent communication skills and proven ability for clear and persuasive writing and presenting; and is able to work collaboratively with other StrivePartnership staff members to develop and share responsibility for team projects.
This position that will report to the StrivePartnership Director of Operations and work closely with the entire StrivePartnership team. Its focus is both Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. Specifically, the individual will:
Lead the design and implementation of efforts to identify, mobilize, and assess community-based assets that effectively support education and learning, and to integrate them into formal educational practices.
Build an effective organizational infrastructure within StrivePartnership to incorporate community expertise and authority into the organization, and position them as essential technical interventions for achieving success.
Regularly obtain and share knowledge and relevant trends regarding community-based work with members of StrivePartnership’s operational and field teams, Executive Committee and Action Councils, and other partners and stakeholders to drive more inclusive decision-making.
Manage routine communications functions aimed at informing an array of audiences, including producing print and online materials, posting through social media, and interacting with media outlets as necessary.
Manage StrivePartnership’s agreements and partnerships with experts, consultants, funders and other providers of community building strategies.
The successful candidate must bring:
Knowledge and skills at a level normally acquired through the completion of a Bachelor's or Master's degree in education, business, communications or related fields.
At least five years in a role related to community engagement.
Experience engaging with educational policy, education systems and/or community-based education programs.
Proven ability to work with people from a variety of racial/ethnic, cultural, economic and professional backgrounds.
Demonstrated commitment to and passion for working with racially diverse communities.
Appreciation for and recognition of the unique strengths and assets of urban neighborhoods, including those typically deemed underserved.
Understanding of the challenges and barriers faced by communities related to race, ethnicity, and class due to inequalities that have been perpetuated historically through systemic practices.
Commitment to improving education results from early learning through higher education.
Action-oriented self-starter who works well independently with minimal direct oversight.
Ability to work effectively with colleagues in teams in a close-knit workplace atmosphere where responsibilities sometimes overlap.
Capacity to manage multiple goals, relationships and projects concurrently in a complex environment.
Exceptional team management, project management and time management skills, including successful experience developing and managing consulting contracts.
Excellent communication skills and proven ability for clear and persuasive writing and presenting.
A bachelor’s degree.
Desired qualifications include:
Trained and experienced community organizer.
Understanding of trends and practices related to education in an urban environment.
Bilingual or multilingual.