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    RFP: Waterfront Access and Community Engagement Consultant

    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.

    Consultant Description

    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

    Responsibilities

    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.

    RFP Instructions

    This RFP is issued solely for information and planning purposed and does not constitute a contract of work. Please submit a proposal in PDF format no later than April 26, 2021 to [email protected]. The proposal should describe you experience as it relates to the project description and desired skills and attributes, your biography, your proposed fee, three professional references, and at least one work sample. Questions can be directed to Karen Imas at [email protected]. No phone calls plese.

    To Apply

    To apply, please submit your resume and cover letter to [email protected]

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    Communications Intern

    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.

    About the Position

    The communications intern will support the Waterfront Alliance’s communications manager to advance the organization’s digital presence through social media campaigns, email marketing, digital asset creation, and more. The intern will support the building and strengthening of brand awareness and social engagement with frontline communities, new and existing partner organizations, and corporate donors across all sectors.

    Classification: Part-time temporary, non-exempt (15-20 hours per week for four months)

    Compensation: The position pays $15/hour

    Location: New York, New York (remote)

    Reports to: Communications Manager

    Responsibilities

    • Assist with the design and execution of social media campaigns
    • Create weekly and monthly editorial calendars to promote organization initiatives and programs
    • Craft and design evergreen and targeted content for social channels
    • Contribute to the creation of mock-ups, email campaigns, and social media content
    • Schedule out pre-drafted content such as earned media, WaterWire blogs, infographics, videos, and press releases on social media
    • Track social media engagement to identify high-performing ideas and campaigns for scalability
    • Support marketing team at online events
    • Monitor all social media platforms for trending news, ideas, and partner promotion
    • Research and evaluate competitor marketing and digital content
    • Other tasks and projects as assigned by the communications manager

    Required Skills and Attributes 

    • Bachelor’s degree or currently in school with a focus on communications or related fields such as advertising, marketing, or graphic design.
    • Experience with major social media platforms including Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube, and Instagram, etc.
    • Knowledge of social media analytics software, such as Hootsuite/ Facebook Insights/ Twitter Analytics to track audience engagement and campaign performance a plus
    • Experience with content management systems, word processor applications, and image/video editing software a plus
    • Well honed copywriting and editing skills
    • Demonstrated creativity and problem-solving skills

    How to Apply

    Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, and work sample (social media posts, blog posts, portfolio, etc.) for the Waterfront Alliance as a single PDF to [email protected] The subject should indicate “Communications Intern.” Applicants must be legally authorized to work fulltime in the U.S. and should not require employment sponsorship now or in the future. Only complete applications will be considered. Position open until filled. No phone calls please.

    As an equal opportunity employer, Waterfront Alliance encourages applications from all individuals regardless of age, gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, marital status, physical ability or any other legally protected basis.

    To Apply

    To apply, please submit your resume, cover letter and writing sample to [email protected]

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