Community Facilitator

AR, MS, & TN  |   Full-Time  |   On-Site

About the Job

The Community Facilitator effectively engages and guides targeted communities to enable the building of local capacity to envision entrepreneurial opportunities and to develop and sustain strategies to move their community toward prosperity. Pursuant to the community’s self-defined strategy, the Community Facilitator leverages and closely coordinates with other Communities Unlimited staff and other strategic partners to implement training and technical assistance to complete tasks necessary to accomplish strategic goals and desired community sustainability outcomes. This Community Facilitator positions requires extensive travel to work with targeted communities in Mississippi with some travel across .

Position Requirements

To satisfy the basic requirements for the position, applicants must meet all requirements of Option A or all requirements of Option B or all requirements of Option C

OPTION A: Bachelor’s degree in community and economic development, political science, sociology, or public administration with at least 3-years-experience working in community development or community organizing.

OPTION B: A minimum of 6-years-experience working in community development or community organizing activities with demonstrated mastery-level skills in community facilitation that resulted in achievement of goals within projected timeline.

OPTION C: Completion of a twelve (12) month internship with Communities Unlimited with successful performance evaluation related to community engagement.

Additional Position Requirements

  • Experience that demonstrates a working knowledge of challenges faced by rural
    communities in CU’s geographic service area.
  • Demonstrated success securing program funding program. Experience writing
    successful federal / state grant applications is preferred.
  • Strong preference for experience collaborating with a wide variety of stakeholders.
  • Must be located or willing to relocate to CU’s 7 state service area.
  • Computer literacy and effective keyboarding skills (Windows/Microsoft) are
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint) is required.
  • Experience with video conferencing tools (e.g. Skype, ZOOM, Google Meets, TEAMs)
    and Microsoft 365 (SharePoint, TEAMs) are a plus.
  • Valid driver’s license is required¸ reliable personal vehicle, and maintain at least the state minimum personal automotive liability insurance for job related travel.
  • Must be authorized to work in the USA.

Successful community facilitators have the:

  • Ability to build effective professional relationships with a diverse audience.
  • Ability to work independently with limited supervision to accomplish goals.
  • Ability to manage competing timelines and project deliverables while maintaining effective communication with implementation team members and clients.

Summary of Essential Job Duties

  • Pursuant to Internal Funding Budgets and as assigned by supervisor engage the five (5) target communities for sustainability facilitation each year
  • Organize target communities for action by conducting initial stakeholder mapping, outreach to potential stakeholders, and facilitate introductory local Community Sustainability meetings
  • Identify potential local leaders to establish a Community Sustainability Team (“CSTeam”) members and a CS Team Coordinator who will who will serve as your “sparkplug” to keep the CSTeam engaged and on task
  • Facilitate follow-up meeting(s) to guide the CSTeam through a Community Wealth Analysis to assess community assets and resources needs, ongoing community development projects to envision opportunities and corresponding known or potential barriers and identify other CU Service needs.
  • Support development of an Opportunity Assessment that includes the potential utilization of CU Portfolio Services (Entrepreneurial, RCAP, Lending, Technology, or other) for community sharing in development of local ideas
  • Collaborate with other CU staff leveraged by supervisor to identify other assistance tasks for inclusion in and develop of the draft Community Strategy Report to include timeline for assistance tasks implementation
  • Facilitate meeting(s) with CSTeam to implement their Community Strategy using CU tools.
  • Assess resource needs and facilitate connection with additional resources if needed and follow-up with local CS Community Coach monthly where applicable
  • Solicit business referrals as the opportunity arises and provide follow up as needed
  • Coordinate with engaged CU staff regularly to determine status of tasks / goals / outcomes and report achieved goals and outcomes to supervisor
  • Facilitate communication and celebration of successes both in community and organizationally
  • Attend CU staff meetings whether virtual or in person
  • The employee shall work well under pressure; meeting multiple and sometimes competing deadlines. The employee shall at all times demonstrate cooperative behavior with colleagues and supervisors.
  • Maintain the highest level of confidentiality and security with all information, understanding your obligations in regards to client data, community environmental system data, borrower data, payroll data, HR data, medical information, workman’s compensation data, IT data, computer passwords, email account passwords, phone lock codes, etc.
  • Accurate and timely submission of time and expenses in compliance with CU policy and supervisor direction, understanding this record in a critical part of CU’s compliance with grants and contracts
  • Comply with corporate branding and communication requirements and support corporate communication processes by submitting client stories, securing releases for use of client quotes/images; media capture (photos, videos, etc.) and collaborating with communications staff to promote events, loan closings, community projects and milestones and client businesses.
  • Special projects, and other duties as may be assigned from time to time by supervisor

Tools Used in Job

Proficient use of computer, internet, smart phone, web-based databases for data-entry, Microsoft Office suite including Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint is required. Use of additional software for project related activities may be required.


About the Company

Communities Unlimited

Communities Unlimited is unwinding generations of inequity and disinvestment. We serve Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas, an area with many rural communities, a high minority population, high poverty and food insecurity. We are the southern regional partner of the Rural Community Assistance Partnership, Inc.


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