Employment

ABOUT DNDA & YOUNGSTOWN

The Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association (DNDA) integrates Art, Nature, and Neighborhood to build and sustain a dynamic Delridge. DNDA was founded in 1996, and since then has provided innovative and inclusive programming, promoting social, racial, and environmental justice.

DNDA’s Youngstown Cultural Arts Center (YCAC) hosts groundbreaking youth arts programming and is a widely recognized model for comprehensive community engagement. Located in the diverse Delridge Neighborhood of West Seattle, the historic building renovated from the old Frank B. Cooper Elementary School houses 36 units of low-income artist housing, commercial office space for arts-based nonprofits, as well as rental spaces for arts and cultural events, performances, classes and gatherings. Owned and operated by DNDA, Youngstown is the only mixed-use space in Seattle offering artist housing, nonprofit offices, youth programs, and creative public rental facilities, allowing incredible capacity for cross-sector collaboration.

DNDA is a diverse, anti-racist organization and Equal Opportunity Employer happily serving people of various communities and backgrounds. We seek applicants who are radical about inclusivity, and want to join in the work of revolutionizing and activating the Seattle arts scene with this lens. Women, LGBTQ and People of Color are strongly encouraged to apply.

CURRENT OPENINGS

DNDA Resident Services Coordinator

POSITION DESCRIPTION:
Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association (DNDA) is a non-profit serving the Delridge Neighborhoods of Southwest Seattle. For the past 23 years, DNDA has advanced its mission through a range of approaches: the development, ownership, and management of affordable housing and community facilities; the operation of the Youngstown Cultural Arts Center with its full range of arts and youth programming; social justice and environmental initiatives; and collaboration with community partners to advocate for and implement neighborhood improvements.

The Resident Services Coordinator will advocate on behalf of, and act as a liaison for, the 320+ residents residing in DNDA’s 144 affordable housing units. The objective of this position is to support residents in their efforts to live successfully and peacefully in their residences and DNDA-initiated communities, and to support and implement an overall culture of community building and access to resources. We also seek to help residents achieve greater economic security by linking them with programs to improve their literacy, job skills, education, and financial management. The Resident Services Coordinator will empower residents, connect them to opportunities for engagement with DNDA and in the community at large, including access to free youth and family programs. This position will work in conjunction with the property managers, and maintain a mutually respectful, collaborative relationship with both property management and DNDA staff.

POSITION DUTIES:

  • Assess needs of residents and link them to appropriate service providers and community resources.
  • Maintain a wide range of partnerships with public and private entities that provide services to residents, and monitor the ongoing provision of services from outside agencies.
  • Support residents in setting and achieving goals, assist with applications for benefits and assistance programs.
  • Provide "welcome wagons," and volunteer activities at the properties in response to needs and interests identified by community members, the DNDA Staff and Board of Directors, and service providers.
  • Plead residents’ causes with management and seek solutions together with residents, management, and ownership (DNDA), to benefit the common good in our communities.
  • Monitor and catalogue resident complaints; track and report regularly on trends and/or unresolved issues at properties or with individuals and/or groups.
  • Develop and implement community building activities such as block clubs, activity clubs, including facilitating, identifying and supporting resident leadership.
  • Eventually, work to foster and support a resident council, giving residents more voice and opportunities to be heard within their community.
  • Coordinate trainings for residents in understanding leases and house rules.
  • Establish and maintain ongoing outreach to all residents.
  • Work a flexible schedule to maintain regular contact with residents.
  • Maintain a high degree of confidentiality, professionalism, and ethical boundaries.
  • Perform duties in accordance with federal, state and local policies and regulations.
  • Inform other DNDA staff and board about programs and services offered, and notable community issues.
  • Provide monthly reports including statistics about number of activities and clients served.
  • Attend regular meetings with DNDA and property managers.

POSITION REQUIREMENTS:
This position requires a minimum of 2+ years in an equivalent Resident Services role, with at least an associate degree in social work or related coursework; in lieu of a degree, a minimum of 4+ years working in an equivalent role is desired.

Administrative

  • Strong interpersonal skills, problem solving abilities, strong initiative and good judgement.
    Excellent administrative, writing, and verbal/presentation skills.
  • Successful track record of articulating, evaluating, measuring, and reporting goals and successes/areas of improvement.
  • Ability to work effectively with low-income families, artists, educators, nonprofit organizations, volunteers and government agencies is essential.
  • Demonstrated ability to be self-directed and to handle and prioritize multiple tasks and roles.
  • Demonstrated ability to work both independently and in a collaborative team-based environment.
  • Ability to think strategically, build internal and external relationships, exhibit a flexible approach to work, and quickly adapt and pivot to changing needs in a rapid-paced, non-profit setting.

Community Outreach

  • Understanding of, and ideas for, supporting local efforts and partners as a community-based organization.
  • Interest in community organizing, civic engagement, and developing and sustaining partnerships with local organizations.
  • Experience networking and partnering with non-profit organizations, and demonstrated ability to move partners toward action.
  • Dedication to social justice initiatives and demonstrated cultural competency and awareness of barriers faced by disenfranchised communities.
  • Bi-lingual applicants encouraged.

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYMENT
DNDA is committed to equal opportunity for all employees and applicants without regard to race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, religion, age, national origin, marital status, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, political affiliation, union membership, combat era or disabled veteran status, or the presence or perception of any sensory, mental, or physical handicap, use of a service animal, or any other status protected by law in any employment practice, unless based on a bona fide occupational qualification.
This policy applies to all areas of employment, including recruitment, hiring, training, promotion, demotion, compensation, benefits, transfer, discipline, and termination. All applicants for employment, transfer or promotion are evaluated on the basis of education, training, experience, skill, aptitude, performance history, and other work related factors.

APPLICATION PROCESS:
Please send a resume and cover letter VIA EMAIL to: jobs@dnda.org
SUBJECT: Resident Services Coordinator
Position is open until filled, with priority given to applications received by May 3rd, 2019.

Job Type: Full-time or Part-time, 24-40 hours/week
Salary: $18.00 to $20.00 /hour

Forest Restoration Crew Lead

Forest Restoration Crew Leads manage and lead volunteer habitat restoration projects, including providing environmental education to adults and youth, removing invasive species, and planting native trees and shrubs during regularly scheduled volunteer events.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Supervise, motivate, educate and inspire volunteers during habitat restoration work parties
  • Train and motivate a group of volunteers to efficiently complete forest restoration activities
  • Educate groups of volunteers about restoration ecology, native and invasive plants, the West Duwamish Greenbelt and Longfellow Creek
  • Report to Environmental Programs Director and Restoration Program Coordinator on the work party’s activities
  • Monitor, manage, and promote the volunteers’ safety

About Us: Since 2003, Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association’s Nature program (formerly known as Nature Consortium) has brought volunteers and community members together to help restore habitat in the forest by removing invasive weeds, amending soil, addressing erosion issues, and planting new native trees and shrubs. We are committed to restoring Seattle’s largest remaining forest, the West Duwamish Greenbelt, and one of the few watersheds to support spawning salmon, Longfellow Creek. These important ecological resources span hundreds of acres in the Delridge neighborhood of West Seattle and include miles of maintained trail systems.

DNDA also provides affordable housing, operates Youngstown Cultural Arts Center and provides Summer Youth Programming in multiple Seattle Housing Authority communities.

DNDA is a diverse, anti-racist organization and Equal Opportunity Employer happily serving people of various communities and backgrounds. Women, LGBTQ and People of Color are strongly encouraged to apply.

How to Apply: Send your resume and one paragraph on why you’d like to join the DNDA restoration team. 

Email: caroline@dnda.org

Job Type: Volunteer, On Call

Volunteer House Manager

House Managers are “On-call” Staff who oversee events hosted at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, and trade their time for space to do their art at Youngstown.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Greet and orient guests to the facility, assuring all needs are met
  • Watch over active and inactive rental spaces to ensure compliance with building and rental regulations
  • Answer front desk phone, and take messages for Youngstown Manager
  • Manage cleanliness of rental spaces and access of the facility
  • Cover other tasks as needed or requested by Manager and Director

About Our Community:
DNDA’s Youngstown Cultural Arts Center (YCAC) hosts groundbreaking youth arts programming and is a widely recognized model for comprehensive community engagement. Located in the diverse Delridge Neighborhood of West Seattle, the historic building renovated from the old Frank B. Cooper Elementary
School houses 36 units of low-income artist housing, commercial office space for arts-based nonprofits, as well as rental spaces for arts and cultural events, performances, classes and gatherings. Owned and operated by DNDA, Youngstown is the only mixed-use space in Seattle offering artist housing, nonprofit offices, youth programs, and creative public rental facilities, allowing incredible capacity for cross-sector collaboration.

DNDA is a diverse, anti-racist organization and Equal Opportunity Employer happily serving people of various communities and backgrounds. We seek applicants who are radical about inclusivity, and want to join in the work of revolutionizing and activating the Seattle arts scene with this lens. Women, LGBTQ and People of Color are strongly encouraged to apply.

How to Apply: Send your resume and one paragraph on why you’d like to join the DNDA team. 

Emailvolunteer@youngstownarts.org

Job Type: Volunteer, On Call