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RHI Needs a New Director of Programs

There couldn’t be a better organization to hook up with.  Here’s the posting:

Director of Programs

The Red Hook Initiative (RHI)

The Red Hook Initiative (RHI) is a community-based non-profit organization that works to confront and affect the consequences of intergenerational poverty through an approach that provides support in the areas of education, health, employment and community development. As the organization continues to grow, the Red Hook Initiative seeks a Director of Programs to manage the effective delivery of RHI’s 25+ programs and services.RHI’s primary work is with young people between the ages of 9 and 22 years old. At the core of RHI’s guiding principles is the belief that community members can transform their own social conditions and realities. As a practice, 95% of RHI’s employees live in the Red Hook Houses. Eventually, the goal is to employ 100% of its staff from the Red Hook community. In 2008 & 2009 RHI paid over $450,000 back into the neighborhood—demonstrating its economic and social value to the neighborhood. Core program areas support young people through offerings in education, employment, physical health and social health.The Director of Programs will work closely with the Executive Director to provide day-to-day program and staff management and to maintain the strategic vision and quality programming that exemplifies RHI. The Director of Programs will oversee approximately 20 full and part time staff. The ideal candidate will have an unwavering commitment to the mission of RHI as well as the proven ability to work effectively with people of all ages. Top candidates will have a strong track record of designing programming for youth and a demonstrated commitment to the populations RHI supports. This is a full-time, exempt position located in Brooklyn, NY and reports directly to the Executive Director.

Responsibilities: Management and Administration • Develop, implement and manage effective internal operational systems for programs • Effectively align program and staff support and operations with long-term agency goals and expectations • Foster a team-oriented, supportive, accountable work environment at RHI • Represent RHI at local events, community gatherings, or workshops and trainings • Work with the Executive Director to develop and evaluate organization strategy • Contribute to grant writing and reporting process • Present programmatic elements of RHI in a compelling manner to prospective funders and other supporters Program Management and Evaluation • Oversee program operations and lead staff in monthly and long-term program planning • Assist in developing strategies to engage young people and organizations from Red Hook in the programs and services offered by RHI • Provide hands-on supervision, coaching, and professional development workshops for staff • Recruit and hire new staff members in keeping with the RHI model • Evaluate program effectiveness using an outcomes-based approach and ensure the agency’s ability to anticipate and effectively respond to changing client needs • Lead efforts to establish and maintain sound working relationships with agency partners Core Competencies • Ability to effectively communicate and build relationships with a wide variety of constituents including teens, parents, health and human service professionals, teachers, and school leaders. • Ability to handle a variety of projects and assignments at once, managing time well, and asking for support when needed. • Ability to work independently and as a team member. • Resident of or familiarity with the Red Hook community preferred

Qualifications: • B.A./B.S with 2-3 years of management and program development experience • 3-4 years of experience working directly with youth and/or community development or grassroots organizations • Excellent written and verbal communication skills • Experience with evaluation or participatory action research • Ability to multi task while maintaining a tremendous attention to detail • Ability to work independently and within a multi-disciplinary team • English/Spanish Bilingual preferred Compensation and Benefits: Compensation is competitive and commensurate with experience.

About The Red Hook Initiative: The Red Hook Health Initiative began in 2002 as a project of a local hospital in an effort to reduce the growing health disparities that exist in Red Hook, Brooklyn. In 2006 the Red Hook Initiative formed as a community-based non-profit in order to address this wide-range of community needs. The organization works to confront and affect the consequences of intergenerational poverty through an approach that offers support in education, employment, health and community development. Participants of RHI believe that the momentum to improve the quality of life for Red Hook’s residents – as well as the community at large – must come from the people living in the community.

To Apply:
To Apply: The Red Hook Initiative has engaged Koya Consulting to help in this hire. Please send a thoughtful cover letter and resume to Katie Bouton at executivesearch@koyaconsulting.com. RHI is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women, and LGBT applicants.

Falconworks & Other Friends on TV

Via McBrooklyn:

Brooklyn Independent Television’s Neighborhood Beat visits Red Hook on Thursday, February 4, at 8:30pm

Neighborhood Beat is a great show that checks out a lot of the under-the-radar highlights in neighborhoods across the borough.  Looks like for this episode they’ve got old DTE friends Falconworks, the Kentler Gallery, plus Hope & Anchor and one unfamiliar name, Marsha Trattner.  Apparently Ms. Trattner is going to show us  the old art of blacksmithing, which I can tell you from my experience in the fourth grade- very cool.

Check it out tomorrow night on Brooklyn Independent TV (link for which channel that means for you).

Tree Lighting Tomorrow Night In Coffee Park

Tomorrow night from 6pm-7pm join Red Hook Rise, Red Hook Boaters, The Justice Center, The Red Hook Initiative, The Red Hook Houses West Tenant’s Association, PS 15, the Rec Center, & The Red Hook Latin Society (plus more, I’m sure) for the annual tree lighting in Coffey Park.

(Image not intended to represent actual Coffey Park tree)

The event is organized by Partnerships for Parks’ “Red Hook Catalyst Project.”  There will be caroling, snacks, drinks, and lots of Red Hooky-goodness.  DTE will be there, why won’t you?!

Halloween Harvest (Festival)

Last Saturday’s annual Harvest Festival at Added Value was rained out,  but you can come down this Saturday, the 31st, for some on-the-farm fun geared towards the little guys and their grown-up travel companions.  They’ll get out the costume bins, there are pumpkins to pick- a good start for a Halloween morning, to be sure.  Give AV a call for details- 718-855-5531- or come on down to Red Hook Saturday morning.

Check out some pictures from last year’s Festival:



Ruby puts the finishing touches on the DTE "Poetree"



The "poetree" in bloom w/ hopes for the future & celebrations of the past

Apologies due to Ellie Winberg…

Of the BrooklynStudioTour, who’s great open studio tour of Carroll Gardens & Red Hook I personally e-promised to feature on the blog a couple of days ago.  Fear not, though, because the tour is this weekend, and you’ve got all the info you need right here:


studiotour-front-may2009Participating spaces include BWAC, the new Space 414, and many, many more.

BWAC’s 17th Annual Spring Pier Show

“The Color of Hope” opens tomorrow and will be at BWAC until June 14.  Don’t wait to check it out, though, because they’ve got some great stuff planned for this weekend’s opening.  From the BWAC website:

Our opening weekend festivities include a Meet the Artists reception on Saturday with music by The Loose Marbles, a traditional New Orleans street band, 3PM. The celebration continues on Sunday, with jazz guitarist Ron Jackson.

Featured artist for this show is Renee Radenberg, who creates objects of beauty of recycled scrap glass and metal.

The show is completely FREE, and the gallery is open from 1-6pm on weekends.

And if all that wasn’t enough for you?  Come by to see DTE’s Got Dot? Project in action, as we set up a table for our community art project in the BWAC space.

Last Night’s Red Hook Community Meeting

Martha reports back from last night’s gathering of community leaders and residents on the subject of public housing:

Generously and warmly hosted by the Cavalary Baptish Church, last night’s event was an introduction to new chariman of the the New York City Housing Authority, Ricardo Morales.  Organized by State Senator Velmanette Montgomery, the meeting also featured participation from Assemblyman Felix Ortiz, Councilwoman Sara Gonzalez, and Congresswoman Nydia Velásquez (who celebrated her dilligent work bringing federal funding to a number of community organizations in Red Hook), among others.

Chariman Morales discussed the challenges facing public housing- cuts in funding, difficulties in apportioning state and city funds to public housing, and an overburdened, aging infrastructure.  He stressed looking at problems comprehensively, hoping for systematic improvements ranging from a series of greening initiatives (new windows, centrally-monitored thermostats, etc.) to a reassessment of notoriously run-down (and often-expensively repaired) elevator systems.
Members of the community asked questions, with particular interest in the decreased operations of the important community PAL Miccio Center, while community organizations from Added Value to Red Hook Rise to your very own DTE spoke to the community about their work and services.

Chairman Morales stressed the importance of looking at issues facing the Red Hook Houses as “challenges, not problems,” and promised to work with the community to address these challenges.  Hoping to show his commitment to this end, he mentioned that one way he has dealt with budget cuts is to cut his own central staffing, rather than making further cuts in the community centers directly associated with city housing projects.

While the meeting was more of an introduction and call to action, Martha did say she walked away with one very clear point.  Again impressed by Red Hook’s political leaders, from the community level all the way to our federal representives, she mentioned how refreshing it was to see elected officials who were clearly plugged into the needs of their constituents, and who fought dilligently to see those needs met.  Velmanette Mongtomery, she mentioned, knew the name of practically every person in attendance.  “If you are feeling cynical about politicians,” Martha said, “I just hope you get the chance to see Red Hook’s elected officials in action.”

Lobsters in Red Hook

(And other graphic pun possibilities)

Another entry to the long  line of unique businesses that call Red Hook home.

Pardon me for Asking has the most extensive (that I’ve seen) rundown on very-soon-to-the-nabe fresh lobster storefront, The Red Hook Lobster Pound.

Event @ The Justice Center Tonight

From the Brooklyn Eagle:

Wed. April 15, Rising Star Recognition Ceremony, 5-6:30 p.m.
Keynote speaker: Hon. Nydia Velazquez. Recognizing the achievements of youth who have provided outstanding service to their community. Held at the Red Hook Community Justice Center, 88 Visitation Place. For information or to attend, contact Shante Martin coordinator of Youth Services: (718) 923-8261.

More recognition for the RHCJC

Judge Calabrese’s alma matter with a piece on The Justice Center’s impressive work.

…Red Hook saw the largest drop in major crimes in the city in 2006 and 2007.

The Red Hook Community Justice Center is increasingly being looked at as a model of justice working for a neighborhood and the people that live in it.  As the first multi-jurisdictional community court in the country, it’s faced high expectations and continually impressed those in- and outside of Red Hook.

Stay tuned for more news from the Justice Center mid-April, as they recognize some of the rising stars in the community’s youth.  Details to come.