Sonoma Valley Collaborative Assistant Director

Website Sonoma Ecology Center

SVC is a forum of community leaders from a wide range of sectors across Sonoma Valley, finding solutions and taking action to address our community’s biggest challenge

Sonoma Valley Collaborative Assistant Director

– Classification: Non-exempt, hourly
– Commitment: ~20 hours/week, potentially increasing to full time over several months
– Reports to: Sonoma Valley Collaborative Project Director
– Compensation: $33-$36 per hour

ABOUT SONOMA VALLEY COLLABORATIVE (SVC)

SVC is a forum of community leaders from a wide range of sectors across Sonoma Valley, finding solutions and taking action to address our community’s biggest challenges. Please read about our values, members, and activities at [SVC Website](https://sonomavalleycollaborative.org/), including a summary of accomplishments here. SVC’s core functions are as follows, with a focus on different functions at different times:

– We identify and tackle complex community problems with an explicit value of sustainability, finding solutions that have the greatest buy-in and also promote balance among: economy, environment, and equity.
– We help facilitate diplomacy across key sectors within the community, linking together organizations and leaders to solve complex community problems.
– We work to build a shared understanding of complex community problems and shift public opinion toward agreed-upon solutions.
– We develop tools that inform member decisions on new projects, policies and proposed actions.
– We link funding with new projects or programs that align with our explicit values and identified solutions.

SVC’s topic since 2019 has been housing affordability.

– Until early 2024, we focused on several planning documents from the City and County of Sonoma with enormous long-term impacts on housing affordability in Sonoma Valley.
– Now we are focused on researching the partners, programs, and costs that can most move the needle in Sonoma Valley in affordable housing production, subsidized housing preservation, and renter protections.

POSITION SUMMARY

To give a flavor for this position, the Assistant Director will, among other things:

– Facilitate delicate conversations between unlike SVC members to seek consensus positions that SVC can advocate for.
– Write and supervise communications that keep the Sonoma Valley community engaged in what SVC is doing and can do.
– Talk with youth, business leaders, health leaders, and environment leaders in ways that show them how their own needs and goals are advanced through the efforts of SVC.
– Get help from topic experts to thread the needle finding positions that satisfy SVC’s members’ needs.
– Speak at government public meetings to represent SVC’s platform.
– Learn how to protect SVC members’ “lines in the sand” while still advancing the coalition’s larger interests.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

– Support the PD to recruit, educate, and retain a diverse SVC Council of civil, credible representatives of Sonoma Valley’s many interests and sub-communities.
– Co-design, facilitate, and host effective meetings, in person and virtually, of 2 to 50 people.
– Support the PD in fundraising.
– Write appeals, conceptualize and write grant proposals, contact donors.
– Research policies, programs, and projects that can further SVC’s consensus positions.
– Conduct diplomacy, negotiation, and conflict resolution among unlike members of SVC and others outside SVC, spanning business, tourism, environment, social justice, health, faith, government, and more.
– Faithfully and vigorously represent Sonoma Valley and SVC in coalitions and groups at the county, region, or state scale.
– Write and speak to communicate about SVC: social media, newspapers, radio, eblasts, blog posts, other org’s gatherings, government public meetings, etc.
– Support the PD in working with SVC’s steering committee and potentially SVC’s new fiscal sponsor.
– Be in person in Sonoma Valley up to three times per week (most weeks will not require this), including some evening meetings.

THE POSITION REQUIRES THE ABILITY TO…

– Create inclusion and parity for underrepresented groups such as people of color, undocumented immigrants, Spanish speakers, people with disabilities, and lower-income people.
– Create multiple modes of engagement, not just conventional formal meetings.
– Design and facilitate events and conversations of up to 30 people representing different mandates and agendas.
– Speak and write effectively across multiple social, economic, generational, and cultural settings.
– Speak in public to small or large groups.
– Use knowledge of how local governments and nonprofits work.
– Advance and defend positions that may not match your own.
– Conflict resolution and consensus-finding among unlike participants.
– Be self-motivated and proactive.
– Demonstrate excellent communication and people skills, including negotiation.
– Use word processing, presentation, scheduling, and spreadsheet applications.
– Think critically, take responsibility, and problem solve.
– Understand and commit to the values and mission of SVC.

ADDITIONAL COMPETENCIES (PREFERRED)

– Written and spoken Spanish competency
– Latinx and BIPOC cultural competency

EXAMPLE PERFORMANCE MEASURES

– Recruitment and retention of SVC Council Members, including diverse and underrepresented members across economy, environmental, and equity sectors.
– Meeting facilitation that increases understanding and areas of consensus that are clear and actionable.
– Successful grant proposals, appeals, and donor cultivation that sustain SVC operations.
– Success in designing and launching new or improved policies, programs, and projects that improve housing affordability, whether by SVC or by SVC members.
– Effective ambassadorship, public relations and public engagement that increases awareness, buy-in and support for SVC, its goals and mission.
– Research and diplomacy that ensures SVC positions and actions are solidly grounded in fact and member buy-in.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

– Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience involving communications, policy, or related field.
– Experience building consensus.
– Experience communicating verbally and in writing as a representative of a group.
– Lived experience that helps connect with Latinx, lower-income, and/or immigrant people in Sonoma Valley (preferred).
– Experience securing funding and completing successful projects with coalitions and partnerships (preferred).

PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT

– Most of the job can be done from home, with prolonged periods of sitting or standing.
– You must be able to see, hear, and speak in order to use a computer, establish and participate in video conferences, and use office equipment.
– In-person meetings and site visits are part of the job, occurring 2 to 6 times per month.
– In-person meetings generally require driving a car and having a license.
– Lifting up to 30 pounds may occasionally be required.
– Some physical agility, balance, and strength is needed for occasional set-up and take-down of in-person gatherings.
– Site visits may rarely involve walking over rough terrain in high temperatures for short periods.

BENEFITS

– On the first of the month after hire, employees who average 20 hours or more per week, are offered the following:
– Eligibility to enroll in one of two Kaiser Permanente health insurance plans, of which SEC pays 80% of the employee’s premium (not that of dependents).
– Other benefits include, paid holidays, paid floating holidays, vacation accrual, and sick accrual.
– SEC provides an optional self-funded TIAA 403(b) plan and an optional free cell phone plan.
– All qualified applicants will be given equal consideration without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, breastfeeding, veteran, military status, genetic information, marital status, familial status

To apply for this job email your details to maya@sonomaecologycenter.org