Community Educator

Childhood Lead Action Project
Woonsocket, Central Falls, Pawtucket, Providence, Other
Salary: $40,000/year, 35 hrs/wk
Start Date: ASAP
Full Time, Permanent

Job Description

The Childhood Lead Action Project is looking for a full-time Community Educator to raise awareness about lead poisoning hazards in paint, soil, and water and connect community members to resources for prevention. Priority audiences include parents and other caretakers of young children, tenants, homeowners, landlords, and contractors in Rhode Island neighborhoods with high lead poisoning risk factors. At least 50% of the Community Educator’s time will be focused in Woonsocket; other current priority outreach areas include Providence, Pawtucket, and Central Falls.

–Raise awareness about lead hazards and the consequences to children and others at risk
–Recruit property owners to participate in free lead abatement program and connect tenants, parents, and others to additional lead poisoning prevention resources and information
–Gather community input about needs and concerns related to lead in paint, soil, water and other sources
–Support organizational mission to eliminate childhood lead poisoning in Rhode Island through parent support, education, and community organizing

–Identify community groups and organizations connected to target audiences to reach out to
–Schedule meetings/presentations with community groups and local contacts to share information about available lead resources and recruit potentially interested participants for lead prevention programs
–Staff info table aimed at lead prevention program recruitment and awareness-raising at community events and locations where target audiences are likely to gather and be receptive to outreach, such as parks, playgrounds, back-to-school events
–Organize and teach educational workshops about lead poisoning for parents, tenants, and other audiences
–Assist with additional lead safety trainings and meetings directed by coworkers
–Gather and analyze lists of addresses/homeowners to conduct outreach to
–Conduct 1:1 outreach to property owners, landlords, tenants and others likely to be interested in lead abatement program via postcard, email, phone, or other methods
–Coordinate and carry out door-to-door outreach and community flyering campaigns aimed at raising awareness of lead hazards and lead prevention resources
–Produce draft text for outreach flyers, presentation slides, and similar materials
–Participate in regular meetings with coworkers and organizational partners to share updates about recent activities and accomplishments; discuss any needs or challenges and troubleshoot collaboratively; participate in mutual training and support; set goals and make plans; and evaluate progress towards established goals
–Maintain organized, accurate records and assist supervisor with reporting on activities and accomplishments to various audiences
–Other tasks assigned by supervisor

The Community Educator will be supervised by our Executive Director and work closely with the Program Associate assigned to assisting with materials and other logistics related to education and outreach activities. The Community Educator will coordinate and carry out some activities jointly with our Community Organizers, whose responsibilities also include community outreach and recruitment.

We value learning and growth highly at the Childhood Lead Action Project. The Community Educator will receive ongoing training and supervision from our Executive Director, with additional support from coworkers. Initial training will include assigned readings, discussions, online classes/tutorials, research assignments, and opportunities to shadow or interview a variety of lead professionals and other contacts. Ongoing training will include occasional opportunities to attend conferences and workshops. Depending on the new staff member’s experience, training topics will include: Childhood Lead Action Project resources, rules, culture, and history; causes and effects of lead poisoning; outreach and teaching methods; lead poisoning prevention programs and resources; environmental justice/health equity; short and long-term lead poisoning prevention methods; and lead poisoning prevention law and policy. We encourage all staff to reflect on their own personal learning styles and
 goals and share this with the Executive Director so that assignments can be tailored to needs and strengths.

Generous benefits package, reflecting our strong commitment to providing a sustainable work/life balance, includes:
–Health and dental insurance (premiums covered 100% by employer for full-time employees)   
–Paid vacation, holiday, sick, and personal days after 3-month trial period, with vacation time increase after 2 and 4 years employment
–Reimbursement for miles driven for required work activities at standard (federal) rate

The Childhood Lead Action Project is strongly committed to working against racism and oppression in the wider world and under our own roof. We actively work to maintain a safe, nurturing community where racial, ethnic, religious, gender, sexuality, gender expression, and class diversity are valued, present, and respected.

Cooperation, sharing and learning are core values at the Childhood Lead Action Project. Employees are required to participate in short, daily staff meetings to share key updates about their work and goals; coordinate activities and schedules with each other; make and respond to requests for skill-sharing, knowledge, and advice; troubleshoot challenges or provide a sympathetic ear, as requested; and reflect on the qualitative and quantitative outcomes of our individual and collective work.

Our office is in a beautiful restored Victorian in the West End of Providence, right off Route 95 and close to several bus lines. Each staff member is assigned a laptop for work use and has a desk, phone, and office supplies in the office.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all staff are currently required to primarily work from home. Outdoor, socially-distanced work with safety precautions including masks, gloves, and hand-washing is allowed for activities such as no-contact distribution of flyers door to door. We anticipate easing these restrictions for staff fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in the near future, in full compliance with applicable rules and guidance from health officials. This position will require significant time spent in a community setting.

–Community outreach or organizing experience (paid or unpaid) strongly preferred
–Bilingual fluency strongly preferred (English + Spanish or other locally-spoken language)
–Excellent verbal and interpersonal skills
–Highly organized and dependable
–Able and willing to work nights and weekends to accommodate community member schedules and needs, as well as weekdays
–Driver’s license and regular access to a car (for meeting families in different areas of the state, providing rides to meetings, actions, etc.)
–Comfortable with public speaking, making announcements at large meetings, door-to-door canvassing, and meeting lots of new people on a regular basis
–Computer skills (ability to use common office programs, troubleshoot typical office hardware and software problems, and learn to use technology that is new to you)
–Able to work from home safely, independently, and effectively (laptop and misc. supplies provided by organization)
–Experience teaching adults (in any context) preferred
–Familiarity with Rhode Island/Rhode Island communities very helpful, especially Woonsocket
–Knowledge of the following topics helpful (gained from life experiences, work, or school):
–Landlord responsibilities, tenants’ rights
–Immigration and refugee resettlement systems in U.S.
–Health and social services available to low-income families in RI
–Lead poisoning and other housing safety and environmental justice issues

How to Apply

The Childhood Lead Action Project is an equal opportunity employer. People of color, women, and LGBT individuals are strongly encouraged to apply. Send short cover letter and resume to Application period open until position is filled.