Alaska Fellows Program position description
Cook Inlet Housing Authority
Community Development Fellow
This position is part of the Alaska Fellows Program. All fellows live together, “in community,” in their respective host site. Each host site is unique and remarkable.
Fellows receive housing, a $1000 monthly living stipend and a $500 relocation stipend. The fellowship includes facilitated and funded opening and closing retreats.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. If you are applying to a position in Juneau, please note that the program will last seven months (October-April) while other programs will run nine months (September-May).
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Work Term: September 2021-May 2022
Employer: Cook Inlet Housing Authority
Contact: Alyse Loran, Community Development Planner, Cook Inlet Housing Authority (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Title: Community Development Fellow
Organization Description: Cook Inlet Housing Authority (CIHA) is a regional housing authority and community development organization based in Anchorage and serving Southcentral Alaska. At CIHA we measure our success not just by the number of housing units we build, but by the impact we have in our communities. Our overall mission is to create housing opportunities that empower our people and build our community.
CIHA’s core mission-driven work lies in developing and operating housing, especially affordable housing, in core communities in Anchorage and Southcentral Alaska. Two years ago, CIHA launched a Community Development department. The department leads efforts in community engagement, economic development via CIHA’s commercial property portfolio and small business assistance, creative placemaking, open space amenity programming, indigenous placenaming efforts, and pre-development planning and property acquisition. The department also leads the initiative known as “The Nave,” a former church (formerly the “Church of Love”) that will re-open this summer and fall after an extensive redevelopment project. This community and cultural hub is central to our housing and redevelopment work in the neighborhood of Spenard.
The Community Development Fellow will primarily provide support to the Community Development Department, working with a small group of 4-5 staff members to build the department’s capacity over a range of activities. The Community Development Fellow will also provide support to the broader organization. This last year has demonstrated that the needs of vulnerable communities during a pandemic are ever-changing, and opportunities to engage in new partnerships or seek new resources are constantly evolving. Potential areas of additional support provided by the Community Development Fellow may include supporting our efforts to help Alaskans moving out of homelessness; seeking new resources available through state or federal governments to support our core populations; and partnering with our subsidiary Cook Inlet Lending Center as they transition from small business grant support to small business lending and capacity building.
CIHA is a fast-paced work environment and often considered a leader in the Anchorage community when it comes to thinking creatively to address our community’s challenges. We are looking for someone who is passionate about our mission and the communities with whom we work.
Position Description: In collaboration with the Community Development Planner and Vice President of Community Development, the Community Development Fellow will support our work in planning, economic development, and community engagement and partnerships. A particular emphasis of the Fellow’s work will be on communicating the impact of the Community Development Department’s work both internally and externally. This may include developing methods of documenting, tracking, and presenting data and stories about the work of the Department to the community, funders, and CIHA staff.
Specific responsibilities will include:
Help to organize and frame the work around The Nave to be an inclusive and equitable community hub that supports the local neighborhood, artists, and culture bearers.
Communicate the broader purpose, goals, and outcomes of CIHA’s community development mission and The Nave to internal and external stakeholders, including The Nave and CIHA websites, based on CIHA internal goals and best practices among community development organizations.
Provide support with commercial real estate leasing, in particular evaluating lease rates, assessing small business needs, helping to attract neighborhood based business tenants and documenting the impact of this work.
Outreach to Spenard businesses nearby as the district emerges from the pandemic and engage in opportunities to work collaboratively on commercial corridor issues. This includes a future road improvement project.
Research opportunities for funding to support programming in The Nave and enhancements to physical spaces that promote health and wellness. Provide grant writing research and assistance.
Engage in community conversations around community-identified needs and priorities.
Provide “pandemic-related” support as needed around areas such as homelessness, small business assistance, and access to funding.
Support the framing of a “CIHA Development Framework” to internally guide future affordable housing developments including documenting neighborhood demographics, housing needs, and CIHA’s portfolio performance.
Interface with the Community Development team and other internal departments, such as Resident Engagement, to identify opportunities for collaboration.
Support other community development initiatives as needed and interested.
Hours for this position will likely be Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm, at CIHA’s office in The Nave in the Spenard neighborhood of Anchorage. Limited travel within Anchorage will be required, with a CIHA car available for use during work hours. The fellow will report to Alyse Loran, Community Development Planner, and will also work with Tyler Robinson, VP of Community Development, Real Estate, & Planning.
Qualifications: Qualified applicants will have: experience with research and documentation; basic data analysis and reporting skills; strong communication skills; strong writing skills and graphics layouts a plus; initiative and attention to detail; and an interest in identifying and implementing solutions in the field of community and economic development.
Work Authorization: This host organization is not able to sponsor HB1 visas at this time.
Application Materials: A complete application should include a cover letter, resume, and two references.
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