Job: Community Development Coordinator – Bridge of Grace is a Compassionate Ministries Center

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Title Community Development Coordinator – Bridge of Grace is a Compassionate Ministries Center
Categories Industry: Nonprofit, Location: Fort Wayne, Type: Full Time
Location Fort Wayne
Job Information

Bridge of Grace is a Compassionate Ministries Center out of Grace Point Church (south campus) with the purpose of transforming lives through the power of Jesus. Pastor Javier Mondragon pioneered the effort to start Grace Point Church, South Campus in 2008. This is an inner city church in southeast Fort Wayne, one of a few with bi-lingual services, and which quickly became multi-ethnic. Bridge of Grace was founded in 2010.

Our organization’s primary focus is community development. Community development is defined as a process where community members come together to take collective action and generate solutions to common problems. In order to remain aligned with the vision of Bridge of Grace, we have implemented programs that appropriately focus on our neighborhood’s common problems, which are crime and lack of education. We believe that by providing the programs and resources needed, it will improve the quality of life of the people in our neighborhood.

Summary of Position:

The community development coordinator (CDC) advances community-centered economic development initiatives The Coordinator will collaborate with other non-profit organizations and governmental bodies serving the Bridge of Grace area to identify, secure and coordinate resources necessary to implement priority community development projects. She/he will also conduct research, share information about community development funding opportunities and serve as technical assistant and consultant to the CCDA team in Fort Wayne. The coordinator will follow-up and assure Bridge of Grace commitments to the Christian Community Development Association team is completed. Develop and be an advocate for new programs. Coordinate efforts with partners as needed such as city, business sector, police, City Safety Department, etc. involve in volunteer and student recruitment, evaluate effectiveness, and develop job descriptions.

Duties and Responsibilities

• Oversees coordination of all inquiries for community outreach; responds in a timely and accurate way to community-based groups and partner organizations.
• Shares responsibility for the ongoing maintenance of research and data information; following-up with community meetings or connections, shares information about community resources with the Bridge of Grace team and CCDA team.
• Organizes training and workshops for the community organizations and leaders about how to create strong projects and find potential funding.
• Coordinates and helps implement community and economic development projects.
• Identifies resources to provide technical assistance to community groups in the administration of grants including preparation of required reports and supporting documentation.
• Compile studies, reports, plans and other pertinent information on community
• Initiatives and potential community programs.
• Creates a system for tracking community plans and proposals for cultural and natural resource projects, and develops a project matrix.
• Promotes inter-organizational communication between local, county, state and national stakeholders and funders. Keeps and shares current information on county, state, and federal initiatives.
• Serves as a liaison as needed on boards, meetings, and events.
• Build relationships with individuals and entities in the community identifying formal and informal leadership in communities and holding community convening’s.
• Train the identified leadership in skills pertaining to economic development
• Create tools to determine project readiness and help the community move towards readiness if necessary.
• Develop database of potential funders for economic development projects with a cultural and/or natural resources focus.
• Provide technical assistance to the CCDA team
• Track metrics to determine success of programs.
• Determine barriers to success for community development and seek to eliminate those barriers.
• Strengthen partnerships with organizations and entities engaged in local economic development efforts.
• Assists with general office functions including telephones, financial reports, Administration and other related activities.
• Additional duties as assigned by Executive Director

Qualifications

• Bachelor’s Degree in community development, economic development, community planning, public administration, cross-cultural ministries sustainability or other relevant field. If not Bachelor’s Degree experience is require.
• Excellent communication, writing, and interpersonal skills. Experience in outreach preferred.
• Ability to involve and work effectively with community leaders and partner organizations.
• Ability to handle and prioritize multiple tasks with attention to detail.
• Strong organizational and computer skills.
• Candidate must be able to work as part of a team, and across departments.
• Candidate should be flexible and adaptable.
• Have own reliable transportation and valid Driver’s License.
• Preference given to candidates with grant writing experience.

Please send a cover letter, resume, and three references to:

Zis Milentis
Executive Director
Bridge of Grace CMC
5100 Gaywood Drive
Fort Wayne IN 46806
Or email: office@bridgeofgracecmc.org

Or call the office at: 260-744-4446

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