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Project Coordinator

The 11th StreetBridge Park    
 
The 11th Street Bridge Park, the first elevated park in the nation’s capital, is searching for a Project Coordinator to manage collaborations with external partners, write and submit grant requests and complete regular reports to funders including financials. The 11th Street Bridge Park is a project of the Ward 8 based non-profit Building Bridges Across the River (BBAR.)
 
This is an exciting opportunity to join the 11th Street Bridge Park team. We are seeking a creative individual with excellent writing, communications and project management skills.
 
The Project Coordinator is responsible for coordinating deliverables as part of a three-year J.P. Morgan Chase PRO Neighborhoods grant focused on helping to implement the 11th Street Bridge Park’s Equitable Development Plan – a multi-sector effort to ensure local residents can stay and thrive in place. The PRO Neighborhoods scope includes: standing up a Community Land Trust with City First Enterprises; workforce training in collaboration with Workplace DC; and technical assistance / loans for nearby small businesses with the Washington Area Community Investment Fund (WACIF.)  The Project Coordinator is responsible for ensuring annual grant deliverables are met by project partners, writing annual grant reports and coordinating evaluation metrics with researchers from the Urban Institute. Additionally, under the direction of the 11th Street Bridge Park’s Deputy Director, the Project Coordinator will: compile grant and financial reports for other funders working in collaboration with BBAR’s accounting department; complete prospecting profiles for other funding sources; and write/submit smaller grants to support the Bridge Park’s mission. 
 
The successful candidate will possess proven experience with all of the following: project management; grant writing; ability to read, understand and create financial documents; and ability to work with a diverse group of external partners.  
 
Responsibilities and Functions

PROJECT MANAGMENT: 
• Coordinate partners within the PRO Neighborhood grant including City First Enterprises, WACIF, Workplace DC and Urban Institute. • Ensure partner deadlines and deliverables are met. • Compile annual report to J.P. Morgan Chase including financials. • Working with the Equitable Development Manager, help coordinate tasks related to the implementation of the Equitable Development Plan strategies.   • Provide public presentations to community groups, stakeholders, business owners, funders and government officials. • Be available to assist Bridge Park team with regular programming throughout out the year. 

 
GRANT WRITING / REPORTING: 
• Identify and cultivate new funding prospects to further build the capacity of the organization and bring new prospects into the pipeline. This includes foundations, corporations, government and individuals.  • Coordinating regular grant reports. • Develop letters of inquiry, proposals and budgets for grant proposals.  • Write and submit grants supporting the 11th Street Bridge park’s mission and goals targeting $100,00 and below.  • Develop and maintain donor database in preparation for the Bridge Park’s capital campaign.  • Assist with regular cultivation events over the course of the year.  • Working with the Communication Manager, coordinate end of year giving campaign.  • Thoroughly understand the 11th Street Bridge Park and how it operates; develop a comprehensive knowledge of its mission, programs, outreach and funding base.   • Author and edit original content for online communications channels. • Lead regular site tours of the 11th Street Bridge Park. • Thoroughly understand the 11th Street Bridge Park and how it operates; develop a comprehensive knowledge of its mission, programs, outreach and funding base.  

 

Qualifications and Requirements
• Bachelor’s degree with proven writing experience. • Demonstrated project management experience coordinating complicated projects with many moving parts.  • Development experience for non-profit organizations. • Deep knowledge of adjacent 11th Street Bridge park communities in Wards 8 and 6. • Excellent written (including editing and proofreading) and verbal communication skills, including the ability to understand and translate the 11th Street Bridge Park’s mission and to develop complex written materials to summarize the essence of large scale projects and collaborations.   • Knowledge of and demonstrated proficiency in the use of software (Windows OS, Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and donor database such as DonorPerfect) and the ability to use or learn technology used at the 11th Street Bridge Park, including Droople web management and Salsa software systems.  • Proven ability to manage a complex budget. • Strong research and analytical skills. Ability to investigate an issue, ask thoughtful questions and recommend possible solutions. Able to build a logical approach to addressing problems by drawing on own knowledge and experience or by seeking other references or resources as appropriate. • Able to set short-and long-term planning goals in line with program priorities and available resources. A task-oriented style, with a focus on achieving clear and ambitious goals. Demonstrated ability to meet multiple deadlines by maintaining a high level of organization while delivering a high-quality work product. Able to develop and move projects forward with independence and autonomy and maintain attention to detail and thoroughness in completing assigned duties. 

• Intellectually curious, creative and strategic thinker. Able to think out of the box, challenge conventional norms, and try new approaches. • A team player with a high level of energy, enthusiasm, and dedication to the mission and objectives of the 11th Street Bridge Park. A commitment to working in a fast-paced, deadline-driven, collaborative environment with shared goals and appropriate communication and coordination with colleagues. • Sound judgment and integrity with discretion in handling and securing confidential information, as well as the ability to conduct oneself in a highly professional manner. • This position will be expected to participate in evening and weekend programming such as festivals, community presentations and regular outreach events on as needed basis.

COMPENSATION & BENEFITS
This is a full-time position with competitive salary based on candidate’s experience and reports to the Deputy Director. Benefits include vacation / sick days, health / dental / vision and 401(k).

About the 11th Street Bridge Park As the old 11th Street river bridges that connect Washington, DC’s Capitol Hill and historic Anacostia neighborhoods are being replaced, a local nonprofit organization, Building Bridges Across the River in collaboration with the District government will transform the aged infrastructure into the city’s first elevated park: a new venue for healthy recreation, environmental education and the arts.
 
The 11th Street Bridge Park will span the capital’s cityscape – a soaring structure that will engage the local community and bring residents together from across the city. The Bridge Park will support the community’s environmental, cultural, economic and physical health.

The project has four goals:
• Reconnect the neighborhoods on both sides of the river

• Re-engage the community with the Anacostia River – an incredible and irreplaceable natural resource

• Become an anchor for equitable and inclusive economic growth.

• Create a healthy community by establishing a safe place for residents to exercise and play

The 11th Street Bridge Park provides an exciting environment and the opportunity to work with a highly talented team, engaged volunteers and enthusiastic community members. We are an energetic organization that values innovative thinking and fosters an environment of both entrepreneurship and teamwork. 
 
About Building Bridges Across the River at THEARC The 11th Street Bridge Park is a project of Building Bridges Across the River at THEARC. Opened in 2005, The Town Hall Education Arts Recreation Campus (THEARC) is a $27 million, 110,000 square-foot campus located on 16.5 acres in Washington, DC’s Ward 8. Built and now run by nonprofit agency Building Bridges Across the River (BBAR), THEARC is home to ten of Washington, DC’s best nonprofit agencies who work collaboratively under BBAR’s leadership to provide cultural arts, social services, health care, recreation and educational  programs. THEARC features two buildings, classrooms, state of the art dance, music and visual art studios, a full service pediatric medical and dental clinic, meeting space, an organic community teaching garden, playgrounds, computer labs, libraries and THEARC Theater, a 365 seat community theater that is the only theater of its kind in Washington, DC’s East of the Anacostia River community. 

 

For more information on this position, please send resume and cover letter to:
Scott Kratz, 11th Street Bridge Park Director
skratz@thearcdc.org