Community Leadership Facilitator - flexible location Northeastern or Central Nebraska

The Center for Rural Affairs is seeking a full-time Community Leadership Facilitator to work in Nebraska rural communities with rapidly growing immigrant populations.

The ideal candidate will be passionate about an inclusive rural future and serve as a facilitator to assist communities to become more  welcoming and inclusive. They will have a proven ability to build consensus with community leaders, partners, and residents to build institutional capacity around inclusion, welcoming, and intercultural development. They will deliver community workshops and events advocating for more equitable access to community resources for individuals, such as businesses, healthcare, housing, planning, and everyday decision making. They will be committed to getting results, while creating opportunities for communities to come together, network, and develop cohesiveness and have the resilience to navigate setbacks with the will to push forward.

Who We Are

The Center for Rural Affairs is a dynamic, energetic non-profit organization working to build a better rural future for all. We’ve done this work for more than 47 years, and we do it from rural places. Our work creates opportunities for beginning farmers, new business owners, and first-time advocates. The Center’s work is fueled by our compassionate, mission-driven staff who work for the betterment of rural communities, stewardship, and the next generation. Additional information can be found at www.cfra.org.

What You’ll Do

The Community Leadership Facilitator, who is based in central or northeastern Nebraska, reports to the Community Development Manager and works with the Farm & Community team, is responsible for the following:

  • You will be the project-lead to strategically plan, schedule, promote, recruit, and deliver curriculum and coaching to emerging and existing rural community leaders, groups, or organizations helping to build local or institutional capacity around inclusion, welcoming, and intercultural development.      
  • You will deliver three community workshops and activities that support welcoming, inclusion, and accessibility efforts for community members and businesses within the first year.
  • You will build and maintain relationships with five partner organizations, collaborators, community members and leadership focused on community development, economic development, immigrant advocacy, community engagement, and leadership development.
  • You will actively and passionately create opportunities for different social groups to come together, network, and develop a working rapport on a regular basis.
  • You will work collaboratively and tirelessly with community leaders to identify needs and opportunities to strengthen efforts around welcoming and inclusion. 
  • You will be the trusted go-to person for resources and referrals when requested by community members, organizations, Center staff, and project partners. 

Who You Are & Keys to Success (the must-haves)

To be successful in this job, you will excel in four areas:

  • Relationship-building: You develop and maintain strong, collaborative working relationships with a diverse group of stakeholders and can bring in allies and coalition partners from marginalized communities statewide, such as people of color, people with disabilities, low-income families, people experiencing homelessness, and immigrants. You know how to build alliances and find points of collaboration even when there are competing interests.
  • Drive to achieve results: You have a track record of accomplishing ambitious goals and getting results even when there are obstacles. You set a high bar and meet it, because you think three (or 30) steps ahead to anticipate hurdles and come up with pragmatic solutions. You plan backwards and involve stakeholders appropriately.
  • Inclusive leadership and management: You approach leadership with a mindset of “power with” rather than “power over” and regularly include others in decision-making. You have experience managing multiple projects and keeping tasks from slipping through the cracks. You use resources wisely, and can provide clear direction to staff, partners, consultants, and volunteers to leverage time and talent for impact.
  • Commitment to racial equity and social justice: You recognize the role of race, income, age, immigration status, and other identities in addressing  disparities, and you consistently amplify community voices to advocate for more equitable policy solutions. You recognize how your own identities show up in the work, and welcome, reflect on, and act on feedback with an eye toward continuous learning about race, ability, and other lines of difference.

If you are fluent in speaking and writing in another language such as Spanish, Karen, Somali, or Arabic, this is a plus.

If you were here right now, you would be:

  • Delivering workshops that provide community leaders the knowledge and tools that set the stage for building institutional capacity for an inclusive business environment in their local town.
  • Building and maintaining strong relationships with local community leaders engaging them in strategy conversations to build local collaborations with existing immigrant populations residing within their town.
  • Leading an amazing community event that will bring all members of the local community together in an exchange of cultural traditions and sharing.
  • Serving as the first person local leaders, residents, business owners, and established agencies come to for resources, advice, and general knowledge around diversity, inclusion, and equity.

What Else You Should Know

This is a full-time non-exempt position based in Central or Northeastern Nebraska. This position will require frequent travel by car throughout the state to meet with communities and individuals, and include both overnight and out-of-state travel on occasion. This position has a salary range of $38,000 to $47,000 with top-notch benefits that has a cash value ranging from $10,000 to $29,500, depending on family status and tenure with the Center.

How to Apply

If you would like to work for an organization who has a national reputation as one of the top organizations in the country that works to make rural communities more vibrant, apply by sending your resume, cover letter, and three professional references to trishd@cfra.org. In the cover letter, please include how your personal and/or professional experiences have positioned you for success in this role and any related work, skills, or expertise you want us to know about. Let us know how you heard about this position and why you want to work for the Center. 

The Center for Rural Affairs is an Equal Opportunity Employer and participates in E-Verify.