St. Louis Policy & Partnerships Fellow
St. Louis Vacancy Collaborative
St. Louis, MO United States
We are looking for a Policy & Partners Fellow to work with the Vacancy Collaborative and Green City Coalition over the next two years. The Lead for America fellowship program selects, trains, and places leaders ages 21-30 in high-leverage roles within their local communities. The deadline to apply is June 15th, 2021.
St. Louis Development Corporation and Community Builders Network
The St. Louis Vacancy Collaborative (VC) is a coalition of community members, private and non-
profit stakeholders, and City agencies committed to reducing vacant property in St. Louis. We exist to harness the power of coordination to create new forms of equitable development, support neighborhood-led planning, improve community health, and encourage alternative land uses that create community assets. Since 2018, the Collaborative has grown from a volunteer steering committee into a multi-stakeholder coalition of over 40 organizations, 12 City departments, and hundreds of volunteers. The Collaborative is currently supported by 1 full time staff person and two AmeriCorps Volunteers. As we look to expand and deepen the VC’s work, a Lead for America fellow will help identify long-term, sustainable funding sources, define a clear governance structure for our work, and solidify our relationships with key partners, including Green City Coalition (GCC) and their efforts to develop a community land trust in the City of St. Louis.
The fellow will support the VC coordinator, Vacancy Advisory Committee, and the VC’s six working groups through the following key tasks & responsibilities:
GOVERNANCE & SUSTAINABILITY
Guide the Vacancy Advisory Committee in developing procedures and systems for effective VC governance that recognizes the autonomy and voice of community members and the coalition partner organizations
Identify funding opportunities (grants, donations, and/or fee-for-service) for long-term support of the Vacancy Collaborative’s role as a convener and collective impact coalition.
IMPACT & EVALUATION
Assist in developing the VC’s next work plan, defining measurable goals, and creating a system for ongoing monitoring of success;
Support the VC’s six working groups (Anti-displacement, Data, Marketing & Engagement, Reinvestment & Reuse, Stabilization Maintenance & Demolition, and Vacancy Prevention) in monitoring progress, and with connecting to additional partners or resources needed to meet goals;
Identify funding sources as needed to accomplish work plan goals related to vacancy reduction or prevention.
Support key partners in facilitating community meetings and conversations with the implementation of a community-based land trust as a tools for redevelopment and preventing displacement in high vacancy neighborhoods;
Work with the trust’s partners, board, and staff with efforts to increase neighborhood and resident representation and participation in planning and development related to vacancy reduction and property reuse;
Assist partners in developing and disseminating related communication tools.