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Jobs at Sheltering Arms Children and Family Services, Inc.

Community Organizer

Location: Jamaica, NY

Department: Youth Services

Type: Full Time

Min. Experience: Experienced

Sheltering Arms strengthens the education, wellbeing, and development of high-need children, adults, and families across the New York metro area. We serve nearly 20,000 people a year from the South Bronx to Far Rockaway. Through compassion, innovation, and partnership, we respond to our community’s greatest needs and enable individuals to reach the greatest heights of their potential. Joining our team is an opportunity to collaborate with hundreds of dedicated colleagues who represent diverse backgrounds and talents as we work together to make a measurable impact for our neighbors in need. Every role at Sheltering Arms brings with it new opportunities for advancement and development so that team members can achieve their professional goals while helping others reach for theirs.

Jamaica Community Partnership Program organizes local public and private stakeholders; builds their capacity to support and stabilize families; and engages them with ACS and other City agencies through coordinated service referral, community-led programs, community awareness efforts, and informing City policy and practice related to child and family well-being.

The community organizer will perform work involving planning, implementation, coordination and monitoring of community. The Community Coordinator will actively create and sustain partnerships. He or she will seek service linkages and communication with intergovernmental agencies and community-based organizations.

Essential Functions

  • Conduct outreach to the community (individually and as a team member) to build strong relationships with community members, residents, businesses, and community groups
  • Maintain relationships with members and stakeholders in the community
  • Provide referrals to programs and opportunities in the community
  • Coordinate and promote workshops and events where community stakeholders and agencies partner to communicate and deliver
  • Assist with maintaining data tracking systems for program activities  
  • Liaison with community-based organizations and city government to build synergy and expand programmatic offerings
  • Coordinate and promote themed events geared towards program goals where community organizations and members communicate
  • Help identify new community groups, public and private initiatives with which to build relationships
  • Help identify emerging community issues to help guide the communities response
  • Work with CPP Program Director to create and deliver outreach materials, talking points and presentation materials
  • Document all work including meeting minutes, referrals, etc.
  • Provide opportunities for community members to work and celebrate together in order to foster a sense of belonging, pride and mutual responsibility.


  • Bachelor’s Degree is required
  • At least 3 years’ experience working in community-based programs serving children, youth and families
  • Community organizing experience and knowledge required
  • Knowledge and experience conducting outreach required
  • Experience with the Jamaica Community required
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills required
  • Experience with presentations and/or training diverse groups preferred
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule that includes late evenings, overnights, weekends, and holidays as needed


It is the policy of Sheltering Arms that the Agency wholly complies with the equal treatment of all employees and applicants for employment without unlawful discrimination as to an individual’s perceived or actual race, creed, color, national origin, alienate, citizenship status, gender, gender identity, age, disability, marital status, partnership status, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion, or veteran status in all employment decisions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, compensation, training and apprenticeship, promotion, upgrading, demotion, downgrading, transfer, layoff and termination and all other terms and conditions of employment.

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