13 Jan We’re hiring! Project Assistant
Project Assistant, Outreach and Community Engagement
Connect the Dots is a women-owned stakeholder/community engagement firm that innovates participatory processes to connect diverse voices to decision-making. Our work focuses on building meaningful engagement and outreach methods that elevate community voices in participatory processes. Through our creative and iterative approach, we incorporate education and intentionally-designed interactions to ensure these processes are inclusive, accessible, and representative.
Connect the Dots (CtD) is seeking an ambitious, inquisitive, and motivated Project Assistant to join our team. The Project Assistant will support the team on projects, outreach, engagement-related tasks, and administrative needs. We are especially interested in candidates who are open to flexible workloads with ranges of hours estimated per week.
We are working on a range of exciting projects focused on the public realm, transportation, comprehensive planning, equitable development/investment, urban economic development, parks/open spaces, master planning, and more. CtD is a small fast-growing team based in Philadelphia, PA committed to ensuring communities’ voices are a meaningful part of decision-making processes.
This role is based in the Philadelphia metropolitan area. While our hybrid office supports remote work and flexible scheduling, applicants must be local and open to attending some in-person meetings and local events.
Role & Responsibilities
Project Assistants support a variety of tasks. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
- Coordinating and assisting in outreach efforts (distributing flyers, attending pop-ups and community events).
- Researching key locations, contacts, and stakeholders to better understand and partner with communities.
- Fostering relationships with community groups, partners, and leaders.
- Attending engagement events, including virtual and in-person public meetings, community events, workshops, focus groups, and interviews. Supporting logistics/event planning, note-taking, material set-up, implementation, and summarizing/reporting.
- Supporting the implementation and design of engagement strategies reaching diverse populations in urban, suburban, and rural communities.
- Helping produce, complete, and co-design reports, graphs, and memos through analysis of qualitative and quantitative community data gathered in projects.
- Assisting overarching project-related tasks, where needed, including editing, communications, material development, data collection/analysis, desktop research, and creating qualitative tools and promotional materials.
- Providing administrative support, including note-taking, building templates, organization, and assisting with internal processes (marketing, workflows, etc.)
Experience and Skills
- Applicants should either be in their junior or senior years of college, in graduate school, or post-graduates.
- Relevant experience and/or skills in community engagement, event planning, communications, research, urban design/planning.
- Sample experiences can include managing volunteer programs, leading student and/or community associations, supporting community events, writing and communications (publishing articles, social media, newsletters, etc.), social justice advocacy, participatory and/or qualitative research, data analysis…
- Background in relevant fields, including community development, psychology, education, planning, urban studies, political science, communications, journalism, and sociology.
- Organization: Must be highly organized, with the ability to simultaneously support and handle multiple tasks, projects, and deadlines.
- Detail-Oriented: Must be skilled at coordinating tasks and paying attention to relevant details.
- Research and Analysis: Able to efficiently and effectively find and understand data and develop research tools such as surveys and focus groups, and analyze those for themes and key conclusions.
- Internal Communication: Must be a strong, punctual, and responsive communicator. Must be able to share information and updates with team members in a clear and timely manner.
- External Communication: Must be a strong writer and able to communicate with colleagues and the general public in a coherent and accessible manner, with the ability to distill complex information in a way that is engaging and understandable.
- Community Builder: Must be welcoming, amicable, and humble. Must be open to building trust and relationships with community leaders and groups. Should feel comfortable engaging and interacting with people.
- Collaboration and Independent Work: Able to prioritize and complete tasks in both a remote/in-person setting. Able to adapt to suit the needs of varying teams and work styles. Works well in a flexible work environment and with others.
- Can speak/write in languages other than English. Preference for Chinese (Mandarin and Cantonese) and Spanish.
- GIS skills and abilities.
Email the following to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “2023ProjectAssistant [Your Name]”. Applications due by February 15th. Please include:
- Letter of interest
- 1-2 work samples such as a writing sample, report, or insight-gathering tool such as a workshop plan, survey, report, etc.
Only complete application packages will be considered. Project Assistants will be compensated at around $15.00 USD an hour, based on experience.
Note: If you’re interested in this type of role but you cannot do full-time still please reach out as we may have other opportunities available. We’d love to chat!
We welcome qualified candidates from all walks of life and value diversity in our company. We prohibit discrimination based on race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, veteran status, military service, disability unrelated to job requirements, marital status, or domestic partner status.