Organization description: Center of Life is a growing community empowerment organization based in the Hazelwood neighborhood of Pittsburgh. Once an industrial center for the region, Hazelwood seeks to transition after decades of economic discrimination and governmental neglect. With many families having deep-rooted connections to the neighborhood and surrounding areas, Center of Life’s mission is “to provide families and youth with the life skills, education, training, and resources necessary to be strong and to make their communities strong”. In turn, our vision is “to empower and equip families to bring economic revitalization to their communities”. As such, it is critical that the Operations Intern share a personal commitment to this work.
Position description: The Operations Intern assists the Director of Programming and Outcomes and Evaluations Coordinator in addressing and improving Center of Life’s operational frameworks to support the organization’s mission.
Working format: Fully remote with the option to work on-site depending on individual comfort levels and local COVID-19 regulations
Position dates, schedule, and pay rate:
8 weeks total
July 6, 2021 – August 27, 2021
15 – 20 hours per week
Flexible hours that includes a weekly, daytime meeting with Director of Programming
· Research current and best practices for non-profit policies and procedures include maternity and paternity leave that supports a growing and diverse staff
· Research online calendar platforms for organization-wide use and access that includes daily calendars for programs, events, van use, and space rentals; such a platform will need to include filters for increased readability and functionality as well as an accessible way for staff to contribute routinely
· Develop a password-protected, online portal for staff to access policies, calendars, and other pertinent materials in collaboration with the Marketing and Communications Coordinator and Outcomes and Evaluations Coordinator
· Organize the organization’s historical data and evaluations as directed by the Outcomes and Evaluations Coordinator
· Current enrollment in or recent graduate from an undergraduate or graduate program in one of the following areas: Public Policy or Administration, Sociology, Business Administration or Management, Communications, or related programs
· Participation in multiple extra-curricular activities and has demonstrated the ability to multitask, prioritize responsibilities, and work independently
· Familiarity with or desire to learn the local non-profit, education, and arts landscapes
· Professional experience with a non-profit or governmental agency
· Ability to operate on an EST schedule regardless of location
· Track record of managing projects with time-sensitive deadlines and goals
· Strong propensity for research, writing, and organization
· Cover letter
· Two writing samples that respond to two of the following prompts (500-750 words max):
o What is a social issue that you are deeply passionate about addressing? What theoretical frameworks, social movements (current or previous), and community-based strategies do you believe are most pertinent to addressing said issue?
o How can a growing, community-based non-profit use its policies, procedures, and operations to prioritize staff well-being, success, retainment, and productivity especially for staff that are BIPOC, LGBTQ, or a member of traditionally marginalized communities?
o Describe a time in which you created, implemented, and assessed an operational framework to reach a goal or increase productivity in an academic, professional, or creative setting. Include the purpose of the framework as well as challenges or barriers to success and how your framework accounted for these.
· 2 professional or academic references