About Us

Job Openings

Below are the current openings on our team.

Community Engagement Liaison for Kansas City, KS

Lead Organizer for Health Equity

Communications Internship

 

Community Engagement Liaison for Kansas City, KS

Position: Community Liaison – Community Engagement Initiative
Location: 2400 Troost Ave, Suite 4600, Kansas City, MO
Class: Exempt Employment Status: Full Time Salary: Based on experience
Reports to: Jointly between CCO’s Chief Operating Officer and CGPS State Director

Organizational Summary: Communities Creating Opportunity (CCO) exists to discover and direct the power of people to move human dignity to the center of public life. Our long-term goal is to impact the longevity and quality of life of all residents in the sates of Missouri and Kansas.  Our current campaigns include community engagement in historically marginalized communities, improving healthcare access, civic and voter engagement, early childhood education, and confronting predatory lending and poverty wages. 

Position Summary: Communities Creating Opportunity will designate a staff member to serve as a Community Liaison which will be financed directly through Kansas Health Foundations Communities Engagement Initiative. The selected Community Liaison will have experience and expertise in building partnerships and implementing cross-sector programs within the community.  The Community Liaison will be responsible for identifying the specific community anchor institutions to engage, facilitate the necessary actions to implement, evaluate, promote and report grant-funded activities related to the community action plan. Additionally, the Community Liaison will have expertise in community organizing, particularly around issues related to healthy eating, community design to increase physical activity, and improved student outcomes.  Each Community Liaison will also serve on a state council comprised of five community liaisons and one community resident. 

 

  • Build advocacy efforts to engage community residents around identified issues related to community design, food access, and improved student outcomes
  • Serve as a media contact for the community CEI project and provide media outlets with sample press releases, and op-eds as necessary
  • Identify opportunities to sustain the CEI work beyond the scope of the project
  • Build partnerships with local organizations to drive the momentum of the project including businesses, faith organizations, community foundations, health care professionals etc.
  • Identify and participate in professional trainings that enhance ability to mobilize the community around identified health issues
  • Write and provide success stories of the community CEI project
  • Identify local, state, and federal policymakers and provide them with information on the community engagement project

Other Organizational Requirements:
Candidate must be self-motivated, results oriented, and highly disciplined individual with strong interpersonal and group facilitation skills, keen political analysis and tactical thinking, good written and oral communication skills, and strong time management practices. Ideal candidate must reside in Wyandotte County, KS or be very familiar with the challenges of low-income communities in Wyandotte County. 

 

Qualifications:

·      B.A. or B.S. in a relevant area and minimum of 2-3 years in advocacy/community organizing experience  OR M.A./M.S./M.P.H/M.P.A  and minimum of 1-2 years in advocacy/community organizing experience

·      Deep understanding of health issues in community

·      Experience building and managing complex coalitions

·      Strong interpersonal and stakeholder relations skills with an ability to identify new strategic partnerships among key organizational stakeholders in the community

·      Takes initiative and good analytic thinker

·      Passionate about social justice with a respect for disparate populations

·      Excellent writing and communication skills with an ability to present information to different types of audiences.

·      Experience in all aspects of program management including planning and evaluation

·      Ability to work effectively with public officials and a variety of stakeholders including grassroots groups and advocates

How to Apply:

Visit https://www.ziprecruiter.com/jobs/communities-creating-opportunity-7630b909/community-engagement-liaison-kansas-city-ks-e5b970f2

If you need assistance or experience any technical difficulties with your online application, please contact seft@cco.org.  

Deadline:  Position open until filled.  Interviews will begin immediately.

 

LEAD ORGANIZER FOR HEALTH EQUTIY 

Position Summary:  The Lead Organizer for Health Equity will manage CCO’s diverse health team to accomplish the following goals:  1) manage the implementation of strategic health initiatives that leads to increased health access and life expectancy for residents across the states of Missouri and Kansas, 2) collaborate with CCO staff, leaders, partners to create strategic alignment between health and other organizational campaigns and initiatives, 3) develop and mobilize diverse partnerships and campaigns to address community, long-term health access and equity challenges.

 

Organizational Description:  Communities Creating Opportunity (CCO) exists to discover and direct the power of people to move human dignity to the center of public life. Our long-term goal is to impact the longevity and quality of life of all residents in the sates of Missouri and Kansas.  Our current campaigns include community engagement in historically marginalized communities, improving healthcare access, civic and voter engagement, early childhood education, and confronting predatory lending and poverty wages.

 

Ideal Candidate:  CCO is seeking a professional and emotionally mature individual who recognizes that strong teams require both independent initiative and collaboration.   Candidate must be self-directed with a proven track record of working in a face-paced environment, while delivering consistent results.

 

SUMMARY of  RESPONSIBILITIES

·       Organize trainings of grassroots community and civic leaders, clergy, and staff.

·       Coach leaders to build powerful geographic and campaign teams.

·       Lead successful organizing campaigns that are rooted from community interests.

·       Carefully track individual campaign supporters and grassroots leaders through regular metrics reports and weekly data updates in the Voter Activation Network (VAN).

·       Participate in fundraising, administrative, data management, and organizational reports as required and assigned.

·       Meet regularly with President and CEO, Chief Operating Officer, other staff and leaders as assigned.

 

 

VALUES, EXPERIENCE, AND COMPETENCIES

A lead organizer must be a self-motivated, results oriented, and highly disciplined individual with strong interpersonal and group facilitation skills, keen political analysis and tactical thinking, good written and oral communication skills, and strong time management practices.  The candidate should have a four-year degree and at least 5 years professional experience in community organizing, public health, policy, teaching, and/or political or union organizing. The Ideal candidate will have experience working among low income and communities of color.

Successful candidates will demonstrate a track record of prioritizing the values of dignity, justice, transformation, and relationship and have the following competencies:

Relational: Demonstrates deep empathy and respect, able to read and gauge relationships, and appreciates and cultivates diversity.  Identifies structural issues from conversations, makes resource connections, analyzes data to produce insights among leadership base and staff team, and generates wise, actionable recommendations that move people. A track record of building strong relationships and acting as a leader in highly collaborative settings.

Developmental:  Constantly learns from and improves in his or her work.  Seek

out opportunities to help others grow and develop. Enjoys teaching. Able to provoke

and motivate on an individual, congregational, and systemic level.  Focuses on

collective impact.  Experience working directly with people impacted by health

inequities and/or working with clergy or people of faith around social change

issues.

Integrity: Treats others as he or she would want to be treated. Aligns actions with words and operates with transparency.  Values and articulates individual, community, and collective story.

Innovative & Motivated: Finds ways around obstacles and tries new approaches to get the job done.  Driven toward excellence, seeks opportunities and power. Informed and curious about environment, of how and why power moves and is applied by public figures and upstream forces.

Accountability & Discipline: Follows through with internal and external commitments within defined timelines, utilizing SMART approaches (strategic, measurable, actionable, realistic, timely)  Committed to the whole. Strong time management skills.

Communication: Produces strong written documents, edits constructively, engages in effective verbal communication, advances communications in assigned congregations/communities, develops organizational & issue narrative with campaign and organization, and conducts well-received presentations and trainings. Computer Savvy, ability to learn new systems, experience with VAN, Salesforce, Salsa, is helpful.

Problem-solving: Brings a solution-orientation to identified problems and always thinks about how to overcome real and perceived barriers.  Moves with ‘can do’ orientation first within team and among leaders. Strong bandwidth—the ability to run multiple projects and pieces of work at the same time

Self Reflection & Team Awareness:  Looking to learn, willing to risk, able to criticize self.  Acknowledges what he or she does not know and approaches others with deep respect for the difficulty of their work. Exercises self-confidence and responsibility that motivates others.

Strategic: Make smart choices after identifying and assessing options and trade-offs within the context of short- and long-term goals.  Recognizes the organizing opportunity that best positions organization and upstream justice work.  Aware and willing to insert self to shape and influence, able to prioritize.

EMPLOYMENT PACKAGE & APPLICATION PROCEDURE

The position offers full time, competitive pay depending upon experience with excellent benefits- health, dental, vision, and retirement. Organizers must possess a cell phone and driver’s license, car insurance, and access to a reliable automobile, a $60/month cell phone reimbursement is allowed along with IRS mileage reimbursement.  Work-related travel costs are reimbursed according to board policy. CCO is an equal opportunity employer.

How to Apply:

Submit the following documents through this link: https://www.ziprecruiter.com/jobs/communities-creating-opportunity-7630b909/lead-organizer-for-health-equity-a12ace14

 

1.     An electronic file of your resume (preferably in PDF format) including 3 references and salary history;

2.     cover letter (stating why you would be the ideal person for this position);

3.     writing sample (demonstrating your ability to think critically and communicate effectively).

If you need assistance or experience any technical difficulties with your online application, please contact seft@cco.org.   Deadline:  Position open until filled.  Interviews will begin immediately.

 

 

Communications Internship
Communities Creating Opportunity
Kansas City, Missouri

 

Available Internship Tracks:

Press
Social Media
Video Production
Story Gathering
Design for Advocacy
Arts

 

 

THE ORGANIZATION: 

"Communities Creating Opportunity...the tireless and consistently whip-smart community organization."
The Pitch, April 2014

 

Communities Creating Opportunity is a faith-based, nonprofit community organizing group based in Kansas City. In its thirty-five year history, CCO has trained and organized thousands of grassroots leaders to win  in the areas of health care, housing, credit access, racial justice, safety, immigration, youth development, education, economic opportunity, and more.

 

We place a high priority on personal learning, relationship building, and creating a strong multi-ethnic, multi-faith movement.

 

THE OPPORTUNITY:

As a communications intern at CCO, you will help tell the stories that will change the world. 

CCO volunteer community leaders have spoken at the White House, organized numerous events in Missouri and Kansas featuring both governors and other state officials, and organized actions that have helped move marginalized people from pain into power.

Our program exists to amplify the individual stories of pain and transformation in the communities we love, as well as to develop and deploy resources and messages that will catalyze change in our society.

In the last 12 months, the communications program at CCO has placed stories in national media outlets including NBC, ABC, MSNBC, the Washington Post, PBS, and the front page of the New York Times.

Communications interns will serve as an integrated part of our communications team – you will be doing real work that matters. CCO will work with successful applicants to design an internship tailored to your interests and skills. Most internships will be based out of our main office in Kansas City, but some may be work-from-home optional.

 

Potential Duties:

 

  • Press outreach and management
  • Design and create online outreach materials
  • Create and curate content on social media platforms to strengthen our online presence
  • Assist with the expansion of communications infrastructure
  • Help to implement our story gathering program
  • Produce written, audio, or video stories on community members or volunteer leaders
  • Design materials for community organizers
  • Engage the artistic community in Kansas City to create art with social justice themes
  • Help to arrange trainings with artists and community members
  • Event production

 

 

 

Qualifications:

 

  • Dedicated commitment to social justice and racial equity priorities
  • Excellent command of the English language
  • Strong writing skills
  • Reliability
  • Eagerness to learn and the ability to juggle multiple projects on tight deadlines

 

 

Nice to haves:

 

  • Prior communications or volunteering experience
  • HTML skills
  • Photoshop
  • Video editing
  • Graphic design skills
  • Spanish or other second language skills

 

 

How to apply

Email a resume and cover letter to internship@cco.org with the name of the internship in the subject line. Additionally, if you have them, please submit one or two examples of communication materials you have created or helped to develop.