Website Lydia Place

INTERN POSITION: COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT INTERN 

MISSION:  To disrupt the cycle of homelessness and promote sustained independence for current and future generations.

VISION:  A compassionate community where everyone has a home and the opportunity to thrive

PROGRAM: Community Engagement Program

SUPPORTED BY: Community Engagement Director

PROGRAM LENGTH: 10 weeks, minimum 10 hours per week

BENEFITS:        

  • Gain experience with event planning, fundraising, and all aspects of non-profit community engagement
  • Develop rapport and establish strong connections with local community partners, groups, businesses, and non-profit organizations
  • Learn how to work, communicate, and make positive change in a professional office environment
  • Letter of recommendation can be provided upon successful completion of internship

POSITION SUMMARY:   The Community Engagement Intern will assist in community engagement opportunities, event planning, coordinating special projects, maintaining a volunteer database, and strengthening community partnerships.

LYDIA PLACE VALUES:

COMMUNITY
We believe strong healthy communities are the foundation to a better world.

EQUITY
We believe it is our responsibility to actively challenge systems of oppression. We recognize a majority of those experiencing homelessness have been marginalized.

UPSTREAM IMPACT
We believe that the best way to eliminate homelessness is to look beyond short-term solutions and focus on breaking the generational cycle of poverty.

EMPLOYEE WELLNESS
We value each other as humans first. We know that the best outcomes for our clients and our community are achieved when our team is healthy and thriving.

TO APPLY: Email resume and detailed cover letter outlining your interest, qualifications, experience, or information that may not be encompassed in your resume such as lived experience that as it relates to this position, in attached .doc or .pdf format to Community Engagement Director, Tally Rabatin at tallyr@lydiaplace.org. Position open until filled.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:   

  • Demonstrated experience equivalent to, or actively completing a degree in Communications, Public Relations, Business, or related field. Applicants using internship for class credit preferred.
  • Background/ interest in the fields of social justice, human services, community education and engagement
  • Ability to generate enthusiasm around programs and events as well as appreciate those individuals, groups, and businesses supporting Lydia Place
  • Experience working with diverse groups of people
  • Proficiency with word processing, Microsoft Office programs, and cloud-based internet software
  • Completion of background investigation, including professional reference checks
  • Valid driver’s license, access to a vehicle and proof of insurance required
  • Proficiency in Spanish, Russian, or Sign Language preferred

Due to Washington State mandate, all Lydia Place employees and volunteers are required to have full COVID-19 vaccination and ability to furnish proof of such by first day of work for continued employment. Exceptions for individuals with a medical reason or bone fide religious belief will be reviewed and determined by Lydia Place Directors.

REQUIRED CORE COMPETENCIES:

Anti-Oppressive Lens
Must be able to adopt anti-oppression, anti-racist, and trauma-informed framework to navigate complex systems of racism, poverty, homelessness, violence against women and children and other systems of oppression.

Effective Communication
Must be able to read and interpret documents, write reports, correspond verbally and in writing with clarity, and must embody active listening skills. Must be able to ask for help when needed and offer help to others when appropriate as well as give and receive feedback. Supports and explains reasoning for decisions.

Initiative
Ability to assess and identify actions to address issues independently while knowing when to ask for appropriate support.

Organization
Effectively able to manage time and develop and carry out complex timelines and action plans.  Able to follow policies and procedures.

Integrity
Responsible, reliable, and accountable for actions in all settings. Open and honest about own strengths, limitations, and boundaries.  Able to maintain confidentiality and commitments.

Emotional Intelligence
Must have an awareness of own emotions and be able to manage them while also being able to understand and respond appropriately to the emotions of others. Effectively manage disagreements. Ability to manage frequent high stress situations.

Open-mindedness
Adept at holding space for opposing ideas and embrace diversity in all areas of the workplace.

Courage
Willingness to step outside of your comfort zone to address uncertainty, fear, discomfort, inequities.

Curiosity
Positive change and innovation requires that we ask questions. The why’s, why nots, and what-ifs are crucial to this work and we encourage and expect employees to ask questions. We look for curiosity about ourselves, our workplace, the people, and families we serve, and the larger community.

Flexibility
Able to adapt and pivot as situations arise that are unexpected and/or challenging. Embrace needed change and manage well when faced with ambiguity.

Creativity
Thinking outside the box, resourcefulness, trying new things, approaching things differently and moving beyond the status quo.

Collaboration
Embraces a team approach with colleagues, community partners, and can work both individually and part of a team when needed. Supports organizations goals and values

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Work closely with Community Engagement team with event planning, execution, follow-up, and additional aspects of community engagement opportunities, holiday drives for our clients and fundraising events.
  • Research tabling, engagement, and partnership opportunities in the community for Lydia Place; represent agency as needed
  • Support volunteer recruitment, volunteer database maintenance and reports
  • Assist with the coordination, organization and dispersal of community donations to our direct service staff
  • Assist with creating promotional materials and content for in house signage, social media and newsletters for volunteers and greater community
  • A variety of administrative and organizational tasks that are integral to the Community Engagement Team
  • Additional duties as assigned.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an intern to successfully perform essential functions of this position.
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The intern must occasionally lift and/or move up to 30 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this position include close vision, distance vision, and depth perception. While performing these job duties, the intern is regularly required to listen to others and provide verbal feedback. The intern is required to sit for extended periods of time. Intern also is frequently required to stand, walk, climb, or balance.

To apply for this job email your details to tallyr@lydiaplace.org