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Waterfront Access and Community Engagement Consultant (Part-time)
About the Waterfront Alliance
The Waterfront Alliance is a civic organization that brings together a diverse coalition of more than 1,100 stakeholders with ties to the New York–New Jersey waterways. Founded in 2007, our mission is to inspire and effect resilient, revitalized, and accessible coastlines for all communities. Key programs and advocacy areas include climate resilience, public access to the waterfront, the working waterfront, and climate education. In 2020, we launched a multi-year campaign for regional resilience, to identify and advocate for our region’s most urgent investments and policy changes to combat our collective climate risk. This position will support the campaign, Rise to Resilience.
The Waterfront Access and Community Engagement Consultant will support a Waterfront Alliance research and advocacy grant funded project to open unused New York City owned sites for waterfront recreation and access. Through research and analysis; prioritization; and community-led implementation, this project will provide solutions to long-standing, seemingly permanent impediments to access and will help break down physical and social barriers on City owned properties.
The project will entail four main phases over the course of 18 months (1) collecting, synthesizing, and analyzing open source geographic datasets related to vacant waterfront lots; (2) creating criteria to prioritize geographies with the best potential and highest need for public access; (3) engaging nonprofit partners, community organizations and community members in determining prospects for funding and opening waterfront sites for community access, and (4) working alongside Waterfront Alliance team in community engagement.
This project will provide the strongest pathway possible for New York City to open its waterfront lands to the communities that need them the most.
Classification: Independent Contractor
Project Fee: In your proposal, please include a proposed project fee and payment schedule.
Location: Remote, with possible in-person work only as conditions improve with the Covid-19 crisis in New York, New York. Visits to priority sites and engagements with communities at priority sites as necessary.
Reports to: Vice President of Programs
Research and Knowledge (40 percent of time required)
- Collecting, synthesizing, processing, and comparing geographic datasets
- Developing criteria to prioritize waterfront access in underserved communities
- Researching funding and finance models for managing and maintaining these properties
Stakeholder and Community Outreach (60 percent of time required)
- Engaging with nonprofit partners to determine options for priority sites and funding models.
- Conducting qualitative stakeholder interviews and outreach with local community waterfront or civic groups that can speak to experiences on the ground and describe community needs with respect to opening specific sites
- Incorporating community led input and direction into plans for priority neighborhoods
Skills and Attributes
- Knowledge of issues related to open space, parks and land use in New York City
- Strong analytical, mapping and basic GIS skills
- Background in urban planning, public access development, community engagement, mapping, design, engineering, or research preferred
- Ability to interact with a diverse group of stakeholders and a commitment to prioritizing/empowering the voices of underrepresented communities while developing plans with communities for opening prioritized waterfront locations— potentially 3–4 sites.
Please submit a cover letter and resume (single PDF) no later than May 30, 2021 to [email protected]. Materials should describe your experience as it relates to the project description and desired skills and attributes, your professional/educational background, your proposed consultancy fee (i.e. monthly, weekly, hourly or other), three professional references, and at least one work sample.The role is anticipated to be 20–25 hours/week for 12–18 months. Questions can be directed to Karen Imas at [email protected]. No phone calls please.
To apply, please submit your resume and cover letter to [email protected]