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Richmond Community Foundation’s goal is to create healthy, sustainable communities in Contra Costa County. We believe in the Theory of Change, in which we identify a realistic long-term goal and consider what conditions need to be in place to reach it. The majority of our long-term goals entail measuring and tackling social and economic challenges that local residents face.
We take our community’s issues seriously and are continuously searching for concerned listeners, earnest thinkers, capable communicators, talented problem-solvers, and devoted professionals who want to learn, grow and most importantly, make the communities of Contra Costa County healthy and sustainable for the people who work, live and thrive here.
A career at RCF offers countless opportunities, an empowered workforce, and a supportive environment. We pride ourselves in recognizing our associates’ and teams’ successes in our goal to solve our community’s most urgent concerns.
When you join RCF, you’ll find a culture where every person is a vital part of the solution and an essential voice of the community. We aim to be a safe place for anyone on our staff to learn, explore and grow. Ultimately, we strive to generate tangible results that will change the way our entire community works, lives and succeeds.
The Community Engagement Intern works for RCF’s Equity for Black Women and Girls Initiative. The mission of this initiative is to make sure Black women and girls are seen, heard, valued, and served. The launch of this project in 2021 included interviews and focus groups called Sister Circles, to explore the needs of and current support for Black women and girls in Contra Costa County, including Richmond residents. These Sister Circles were a necessary safe space for Black women and girls to convene, discuss community issues and solutions, and learn and grow together. The final report included two recommendations: 1. Launch Sistas SOAR (Success Opportunities Apprenticeship and Resilience), an incubator program to provide tools and resources to Black women and girls who want to be entrepreneurs and own their own businesses, with the goal to build generational wealth and financial freedom. And 2. Continue the Sister Circles and train and pay community facilitators to host them.
Work is assigned and supervised by the Program Director of the Equity for Black Women and Girls Initiative. Given the nature of non-profit work, the candidate must have a passion for public sector service, community engagement, and equity for Black women and girls. An ideal candidate will want to gain experience in grant writing, community and economic development, and program planning. Assignments are expected to be carried out under limited supervision within the office or remotely, therefore only candidates with sound judgment, time management skills, and internal motivation should apply.
- The candidate will research and investigate new grant sources or innovative programs and present pertinent information to the Program Director and Taskforce.
- Perform assignments relating to the Sister Circle and Sistas SOAR (Incubator Program) program implementation.
- Engage with community members for outreach purposes.
- Assist the Program Director to develop and draft internal and external documents and materials to build or retain relationships with donors, volunteers, community members, and other supporters of the initiative.
- Assist the Program Director to coordinate existing fundraising efforts while exploring innovative approaches to generate support for the initiative.
- Increase awareness of the initiative’s goals and the mission it serves, to as wide of an audience as possible.
- Assist the Program Director with the social media handles Facebook and Instagram.
The best candidate will be chosen from a pool of currently enrolled community college or undergraduate students who can demonstrate that they seek to gain hands-on experience in grassroots community development. In addition, the best candidate will possess the below skills:
Well-organized, detail-oriented, works well independently and with a team.
Excellent time management skills, able to prioritize competing tasks.
Basic computer software applications, including Microsoft Office Suite. Must have proficiency skill rating in using MS Word, Teams, Zoom, and Excel.
Demonstrated commitment to the values and mission of RCF Connects and Equity for Black Women and Girls.
Ability to adapt communication styles to diverse environments.
Cultural humility to work effectively with a team of ethnically and racially diverse colleagues.
- Minimum 10 hours a week for a maximum of 125 hours over the course of the semester.
- A laptop or desktop to work remotely
- Transportation to get to onsite meetings.
- Submittal of all work assignments within determined deadlines.
- A $1,500 stipend will be awarded to the candidate per semester, paid monthly.
- Flexible hours; some work from home.
- Duration of internship for one semester, with the possibility of continuing.
- A workplace culture committed to supporting employees’ good quality of life.
How to Apply:
To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to email@example.com. The position will be open until filled.
Employees at RCF enjoy a comprehensive benefits package, competitive pay, retirement savings with employer match, paid time off, and work/life balance.
The Richmond Community Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, veteran status, physical or mental disability, or sexual orientation.