Project Manager – Memphis Partners for Resilient Communities
BLDG Memphis is a coalition of organizations and individuals who support the development and redevelopment of safe, healthy, and attractive neighborhoods throughout the Memphis region.
Early in 2017, Memphis was one of six regions selected to receive a three-year grant from the Strong, Prosperous, and Resilient Communities Challenge (SPARCC) initiative, which is designed to “amplify locally driven efforts to ensure that major new infrastructure investments lead to equitable, healthy opportunities for everyone.” (More information is available at sparcchub.org). SPARCC is supported by several national foundations and technical support organizations. Although the SPARCC initiative is focused on changes at the regional level, the initial work locally is focused on the North Memphis area.
BLDG Memphis is administering the SPARCC grant on behalf of the Memphis Partners for Resilient Communities (Memphis Partners), which successfully pursued the funding. The successful candidate for this position will possess exceptionally strong project management and analytical skills, as well as considerable experience and/or in-depth knowledge and commitment to the promotion of an authentic community driven design and implementation process that integrates design thinking and human centered design practices.
This position will have financial and administrative reporting to the BLDG Memphis executive director, but also will have accountability to the leadership of the Memphis Partners.
Grant Management and Reporting
- Serve as a primary contact point to the national SPARCC team, including weekly calls with the staff lead as well as communication with other funders and technical assistance partners.
- Manage the SPARCC budget under the direction of the BLDG executive director, including tracking expenditures, awarding small grants and stipends, etc.
- Prepare all required SPARCC grant reports.
- Work with the United Way of the Mid-South (the fiscal agent) to request periodic funding draws and meet all grant compliance requirements.
- Develop proposals to secure additional SPARCC grants for technical assistance, innovation, creative placemaking, and to meet other funding needs, in coordination with BLDG Memphis.
- Develop proposals to other funders, to leverage the SPARCC grants and support its implementation, in coordination with BLDG Memphis.
- Manage the one-year work plan and work with Memphis Partners to update and manage work plans for years two and three.
- Support the coordination of Memphis Partners meetings and events (committees, work groups, and community meetings) until additional staff and/or community/agency support are in place.
- Establish and staff an office in the North Memphis area.
- Gather, analyze, and report needed community data – and track program outcomes – with the support of other staff and outside contractors.
Staff and Consultant Management
- Manage a community engagement coordinator, and other potential staff and interns.
- Working with the Memphis Partners and BLDG executive director, solicit and manage outside consultants, including developing scopes of work, preparing MOUs, and ensuring the successful completion of work.
Qualifications and Requirements
- Bachelor’s Degree strongly encouraged.
- At least 5 years’ experience managing projects, including budgeting, reporting, outcome tracking, ideally in the nonprofit or community development arenas.
- Demonstrated understanding of and commitment to racial equity and equitable development practices.
- Demonstrated commitment to promoting principals of authentic community driven solution design and implementation.
- Ability to master technical material (particularly in the areas of climate change and health, two of the SPARCC focus areas) and connect it to meeting community needs.
- Excellent communication skills, including writing and public speaking.
- Comfortable adjusting to different neighborhood and stakeholder dynamics, and managing multiple reporting relationships.
- Ability to work independently with minimal direction and as part of a collaborative team.
- Adept at working with a diverse set of stakeholders, including neighborhood residents, nonprofit leaders, government officials, business leaders, and others.
- Personal or professional connection to North Memphis is a plus (but not required.)
- Energetic and enthusiastic, efficient and productive.
To be determined in discussion with the selected candidate.
Candidates should send their resume accompanied by a cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org. Resumes will be accepted until the position is filled. Interested candidates are strongly encouraged to read the full Memphis Partners proposal before responding.