Housing Justice Communications Coordinator
Greater Minnesota Housing Fund (GMHF) seeks to fill the position of Housing Justice Communications Coordinator with a candidate with a proven ability to prepare persuasive, compelling, and educational content that will build public will and understanding for affordable housing. The successful candidate will have the ability to collaborate and prepare convincing and persuasive editorial content that will serve to elevate affordable housing as an economic and social justice issue.
The Communications Coordinator will create collateral material, manage media relations, and will plan, produce, and manage high-quality communications material that make the case for increased public and private investment in affordable housing and support funding and investment proposals, research publications, white papers, press releases, educational publications, presentations, speeches, and other formats as needed. Audiences will include the public and community stakeholders, including public officials, civic and community leaders, impact investors, charitable funders, and potential borrowers and grantees.
Essential Job Functions:
- Increase Community Understanding, Acceptance and Public Will for Affordable Housing
- Conduct research, literature reviews and analysis of housing issues to highlight housing innovations, advance housing policy and promote systems change.
- Support the staff needs for high quality collateral and presentation content for hearings, conferences, media and other events
- Create collateral materials to support funding and investment proposals and reports, produce research publications, press releases, guest editorials, educational materials, PowerPoints, speeches, and ensure a consistent message is delivered.
- Produce annual reports that effectively convey the work of GMHF
- Compose press releases and editorial pieces, arrange media interviews, develop articles, and arrange placements in journals and magazines
- Produce Research Report and Educational Publications
- Develop and manage publications from concept through to publication and distribution
- Produce of educational publications, including research reports, white papers, and how-to guides, case studies and handouts on projects and programs
- Manage development of reports including conducting literature searches, summarizing findings, writing original content, editing, managing graphic design, and coordinating teams of writers, editors, designers, and other contributors
- Collaborate with other organizational partners to identify strategic audiences and sectors for educational content and media strategies
- Ensure that all communications are tied to the organizational strategy and priorities
- Advance GMHF’s Community Relations and Engagement
- Support regional and statewide convenings to foster engagement and collaboration, including virtual convenings.
- Investigate opportunities to showcase GMHF’s work including applying for awards
- Develop & Maintain Website and Social Media presence
- Create & execute the social media strategy
- Create, manage, update & maintain the website; serve as webmaster
- Work with web designers and technicians on web project development
- Continually develop new uses and information distribution strategies via the web and social media
- Develop materials and strategies that maximize the use of information technology
- Other General Duties
- Keep appraised of affordable housing and community development topics and matters
- Assess needs for communications, research, design, photography, and other service and solicit proposals and engage subcontractors as appropriate
- Other duties as assigned
- Minimum of 5 years of experience in communications field, which may involve journalism, digital media experience, events, or public relations.
- Experience in public policy, affordable housing, and/or community development desired. Working knowledge of affordable housing and social justice issues.
- Ability to concentrate on multiple priorities, manage several projects simultaneously, shift priorities to accommodate changing demands, and work under deadlines.
- Demonstrated ability to conduct research and translate data and analysis into informative and enlightening educational content to advance housing priorities and build public will.
- Ability to write clearly and concisely. Strong writing, editing and project management skills.
- Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, Frontpage, Photoshop and other software is essential. Proficiency with a range of communications and office software tools:
- Microsoft Office, particularly Word, PowerPoint, and Excel
- Adobe Creative Suite and other graphic design and publication tools
- LinkedIn, Facebook, and other social networking tools
- Constant Contact, Reg-online, Zoom and other digital engagement tools
- Minimum of a bachelor’s degree is required.
- Ability and desire to work as part of a team in a collaborative and collegial environment that places a high value on excellence and meeting or exceeding mutual expectations for excellence.
- High degree of comfort with the iterative process that includes feedback from peers and superiors. Comfortable with peer review of professional work, willing to accept critiques, ability to incorporate feedback and produce higher quality output reflecting team knowledge and expertise.
- Supportive of peers, subordinates, and superiors, respectful and considerate of others, willing to assist others on organizational priorities as may needed. Good sense of humor.
- High energy, ethical, honest, trustworthy, respectful, loyal to co-workers and organization.
- Comfort working in an organization with evolving priorities and changing responsibilities. High tolerance for ambiguity at early stages of planning.
- A commitment and ongoing interest in working in the nonprofit field.
Competitive salary based on experience plus comprehensive benefits package. Greater Minnesota Housing Fund is an Equal Opportunity Employer
Greater Minnesota Housing Fund understands that racial justice is a complex issue, and that just and equitable solutions cannot be found through housing alone. Yet housing is the foundation of the well-being of many, and we believe racial equity in housing can improve life outcomes of individuals and families in areas of health, employment, educational attainment, income, and intergenerational wealth transfer. We believe housing is critical to moving marginalized communities forward to achieve parity in housing, health, employment, income, and other areas of life and are committed to elevating the voices of communities of color, seeking out new partners that represent marginalized populations, and promoting an infusion of capital to emerging market communities to create a more equitable housing landscape.
Inquiries and/or Resumes
Please send to: Alexis Lancaster, Executive Assistant
REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS
Minnesota Supportive Housing Stewardship Council Facilitation of Funding Alignment Initiative
DEADLINE – March 8, 2021 by 4:30 p.m.
The Stewardship Council is an interagency working group whose purpose is to directly impact the creation, preservation, and stabilization of supportive housing in order to prevent and end homelessness. The Stewardship Council is made up of designees from organizations that fund the development and operation of supportive housing throughout the state of Minnesota, including state and federal agencies, local governments, and non-profit organizations. The Stewardship Council carries out its purpose by engaging in the following activities: 1) Providing coordinated technical assistance to address project-specific needs, 2) Sharing knowledge and information internally and with stakeholders, 3) Advising decision makers regarding state and local funding and policy priorities, 4) Administering grants to address short-term project operating deficits and stabilize troubled projects. The Stewardship Council scope includes supportive housing that is scattered site as well as site-based housing targeted to those experiencing homelessness and persons with disabilities.
To more effectively carry out its charge, Stewardship Council is seeking to formalize its role as an advisory body to the member organizations with respect to supportive housing policy and funding alignment aimed at strengthening the supportive housing infrastructure statewide. In this advisory role, Stewardship Council is embarking on a work plan to carry out the following key tasks:
1. Clarify role and membership of Stewardship Council to ensure proper representation of key stakeholder interests;
2. Secure broad support from stakeholders to establish itself as the statewide supportive housing advisory body
3. Define “operating” and “services” activities to establish common vocabulary among funders and stakeholders;
4. Establish a minimum package of services and specialized operating requirements that must be provided to qualify a project as supportive housing;
5. Establish standards for supportive services to including:
- Minimum staff qualifications and training
- Minimum service activities and project operating requirements
- Outcomes & Performance Benchmarks
6. Propose methodology for setting rates and funding required levels of specialized project operating functions and resident services through commitments issued at the same time as housing development financing is committed by Minnesota Housing;
7. Identify infrastructure needs and options for meeting oversight responsibilities & maintaining quality assurance for the Stewardship Council as an advisory body;
8. Evaluate existing service funding to determine how it might be repurposed as part of implementing a new funding methodology which reduces or eliminate the uncertainty of essential service and operating funding for supportive housing;
9. All work must be done in a manner that intentionally and actively antiracist and aimed at eliminating racial and ethnic disparities both in services as well as performance benchmarks.
The project is expected to begin on or about April 15, 2021 and be complete by August 15, 2021 or within 120 days of entering into the contract for services.
This Request for Proposal process is expected to occur within the following timeframe:
➢ RFP Release – February 8, 2021
➢ Proposals Due – March 8, 2021
➢ Review Proposals – March 9 to March 19, 2021
➢ Notification of Selection – March 22, 2021
➢ Enter into Contract with Consultant – By April 1, 2021
➢ Work Begins – By April 15, 2021
D. Scope of Services
Stewardship Council is seeking a consultant with expertise in human centered design and in developing antiracist policies to facilitate creation of the work products outlined above through a broad statewide stakeholder engagement process. The stakeholder engagement work will include engagement of service providers, developers, funders, persons with lived experience accessing supportive housing resources in Minnesota. Stakeholder engagement will emphasize diversity, equity, and inclusion.
The consultant shall perform the following key roles and tasks:
1. Prepare a project plan, including a project schedule with dates for delivery of key work products.
2. Prepare agendas, meeting materials, facilitate meetings and coordinate meeting logistics.
3. Monitor progress of assigned tasks in between meetings, as appropriate.
4. Convene bi-weekly meetings of the Stewardship Council to provide progress reports and gather input.
5. Convene at least 6 stakeholder engagement meetings to gather input regarding the types and levels of services and special operating needs that are essential to project stability and desired resident outcomes.
6. Record and organize input from stakeholders regarding policy and systems changes and provide written summary, including key findings, to Stewardship Council.
Background Research & Analysis
7. Review and provide a written summary of relevant findings from the supportive housing evaluation report, Minnesota Housing’s Consolidated RFP materials related to supportive housing, relevant legislative reports on DHS Housing Support services and related materials. The summary shall be used to help inform the work plan, determine gaps in prior work, and recommend focus of additional research.
8. Review and summarize key data on racial disparities in supportive housing in Minnesota using data sources such as MAXIS and HMIS.
Final Report Preparation
9. Drawing on the input from stakeholders and guidance from the Stewardship Council, prepare written report describing the key findings and recommendations derived from the stakeholder engagement and background research tasks outlined above.
10. Circulate draft of report to Stewardship Council for comments.
11. Convene Stewardship Council to discuss and reach consensus on the final edits to the draft report.
12. Prepare and deliver a final report to both to an internal audience (Stewardship Council and member organizations’ leadership) and an external audience (all stakeholders).
E. Proposal Format & Requirements
A written proposal shall include the following information:
- Fees and costs to be charged for each activity outlined in the scope of services described above, using the Estimate of Consulting Hour Worksheet.
- A narrative description of organizational and staff capacity to perform each of the services within the timeframe contemplated for this engagement.
- Professional qualifications of specific staff who will provide the services. The narrative must include a description of the consultant’s expertise and experience and with human centered design and antiracist policy development, if applicable.
- A narrative explanation of how the consultant will include BIPOC individuals and communities represented in the stakeholder population.
- A list of current and past clients and projects that are applicable to this project
- Names and contact information for at least three (3) references.
F. Proposal Evaluation
Proposals will be evaluated on the following factors:
- Ability to perform services in a timely, yet thorough, manner (15% of scoring).
- Demonstrated cultural competency and staff expertise in antiracist policy development (15%)
- Professional qualifications of the staff assigned to this project (20% of scoring).
- Performance track record with respect to similar engagements (25% of scoring).
- Reasonableness of Fees & Costs (25% of scoring).
G. Terms and Conditions
By submitting a proposal, the Contractor represents that they are capable of performing the work required to achieve the objectives of the Stewardship Council and that the information provided in support of their proposal is accurate and complete.
Issuance of this RFP and receipt of proposals does not obligate the Stewardship Council to awarding a contract. The Stewardship Council reserves the right to reject all proposals, withdraw its RFP or re-issue the RFP without stated cause.
H. Submission Deadline
Proposals are due by Monday March 8, 2021 at 4:30 p.m. Please submit electronically by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Any questions regarding this RFP may be directed to Nikki Mohs at 651-350-7232 or email@example.com.