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DC/Maryland Community Organizer Position (Temporary Assignment)

About the Green & Healthy Homes Initiative:

The Green & Healthy Homes Initiative (GHHI) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit entity with the vision of advancing racial and health equity through healthy housing. With an emphasis on Black and Brown communities, GHHI delivers improved health, economic and social outcomes.  GHHI supports housing, environmental health, and energy efficiency services for families in communities around the country, as well as conducting direct services in Maryland and other jurisdictions. GHHI’s delivery model is based on its data-driven philosophy that public and private social investments are optimized and social program outcomes are maximized when the energy, health and safety needs of an occupied home are addressed comprehensively, efficiently, and simultaneously.

GHHI’s employees are all expected to work by the organization’s operating values of assume good intent, operate with transparency, deliver on time with excellence, and ensure racial equity and diversity is part of all policies, practices, and actions.

Vision Statement:

A world where no child’s potential is limited by unhealthy housing conditions.

Mission Statement:

The Green & Healthy Homes Initiative is dedicated to addressing the social determinants of health and the advancement of racial and health equity through the creation of healthy, safe and energy efficient homes. By delivering a standard of excellence in its work, GHHI aims to eradicate the negative health impacts of unhealthy housing and unjust policies for children, seniors, and families to ensure better health, economic and social outcomes with an emphasis on black and brown low-income communities.

Our Model:

GHHI effectively integrates funding from private and public sources to deliver results for low-income residents.

GHHI Delivers:

  • Government innovation in service delivery and cost savings
  • Measurable improvements in health, economic and social outcomes for children and families
  • Development of community-based green jobs and social enterprise
  • Healthy, safe, stable, and affordable homes
  • Increased family economic security including wealth retention and reduced family displacement.

Project Description:

Through this project, GHHI will help to build community awareness of lead poisoning and expand the capacity of the District of Columbia and western Maryland to address lead hazards, asthma triggers and other residential health hazards.

This project is part of an ongoing effort to 1) increase the number of home visiting programs providing comprehensive (including environmental remediation of asthma triggers) asthma interventions, 2) while simultaneously working to increase the number of health plans serving Medicaid populations and/or state Medicaid programs that reimburse for these services. The alignment, braiding, and coordination of these efforts will transform DC’s approach to housing conditions, ensuring that DC city residents, particularly our children, are able to live in home environments that foster health and social equity. To strengthen the community’s ability to reduce the presence of lead, mold, pests, and other home environmental hazards, this project achieves the following objectives:

  • Build community and workforce capacity to address housing conditions in the District of Columbia by training community residents in comprehensive healthy homes assessment, asthma trigger remediation, and lead-safe work.
    • Trainings will be targeted to small, locally owned housing contractor firms and those working in home repair, and will build capacity within the healthy homes workforce in underserved communities, as well as creating pathways to meaningful workforce development for DC residents
  • Support ongoing education, training, and mobilization of key stakeholders in DC, and Prince George’s and Montgomery Counties in Maryland.
    • Engage stipend-supported community ambassadors (parents and community stakeholders) in the creation of lead and healthy homes outreach and education curriculum materials, in collaboration with GHHI’s communications team, to be used during and beyond the project
  • Collaborate with multi-sector partners to plan and implement a series of community-based outreach and education.

The project will target:

  • Residents in Wards 4, 5, 7 and 8 with housing repair experience and/or small, locally owned contractor firms for workforce development trainings.
  • Community ambassadors, which are stipend-supported parents of young children and other community stakeholders in Wards 4, 5, 7 and 8, to engage in development of education and outreach materials.
  • Cross-sector partners from faith-based organizations, community-based organizations, and anchor institutions in Wards 4, 5, 7 and 8 to plan and implement targeted outreach and education.

   Project Responsibilities:

The role of the Community Organizer seeks to build workforce capacity for healthier, safer housing in DC, and create pathways to career advancement for DC residents and increase the reach and boost enrollment in DC’s available housing health and safety programs as well as provide support for lead education and outreach in Prince George’s and Montgomery Counties in Maryland.

Project activities include:

  • Plan, organize and implement community-based activities, including training and education, capacity-building, and engagement, centering in the communities of Wards 4, 5, 7 and 8, including:
    • Work with GHHI healthy homes training staff to plan, organize and implement a combination of in-person and virtual healthy homes workforce development trainings, in which 20 contractors will be cross-trained to be able to perform healthy housing assessments, draft a comprehensive scope of work to remediate asthma triggers including mold and moisture infiltration, and conduct home repairs in using lead safe work practices, and become OSHA 10 certified in workplace safety, a requirement by federal and state on all construction work sites
  • Work with GHHI healthy homes training staff to provide technical training on healthy homes hazards to healthcare These trainings will enable these critical community stakeholders to be a healthy homes education resource to the families of their vulnerable patients.
  • Plan, organize and implement 4-8 community-based education events, adapting to digital outreach or virtual events as needed around the COVID- 19 health emergency.
  • Produce a parent-informed healthy homes outreach and education curriculum, in consultation with DOEE and our communications/digital media team, to be used at subsequent healthy homes outreach events and ongoing community education efforts after this grant period.
  • Work with GHHI communications team to add a dedicated web page to GHHI’s website, dedicated to this project and periodically updated with links to DOEE and other relevant sources of information.
    • Track the impact of these materials by eliciting direct feedback from residents’ stakeholders and tracking the metrics of the website and other digital media views
  • Engage grassroots, community-based organizations with the specific intention of building capacity to inform outreach materials for healthy homes education, and ongoing engagement with healthy homes efforts and events.

Required Qualifications:

  • 5+ years of community organizing experience, including experience conducting outreach, engagement and capacity building with residents and families.
  • Knowledge or experience in community education/training in the healthy housing, asthma, lead poisoning prevention or energy-efficiency fields.
  • Residency in DC, preferably in Wards 4, 5, 7 or 8, and experience working with community-based organizations and partners in DC. Experience working with communities in Prince George’s and Montgomery Counties a plus.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, bilingual preferred.
  • Valid drivers license and ability to travel (when safe to do so) within DC and Prince George’s and Montgomery Counties.

This is a full-time, exempt temporary position. The Green & Healthy Homes Initiative  is an equal opportunity employer. We believe in hiring a diverse workforce and sustaining an inclusive work environment. GHHI is committed to non-discrimination on any protected basis, such as disability and veteran status, or any other basis covered under applicable law. Interested candidates must send resume, cover letter, three professional references and salary requirements to GHHI’s Department of Human Resources at hr@ghhi.org. Visit www.ghhi.org for more information on the organization.