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Red Hook in the News

A lot going on this week in the neighborhood.  Here’s a mini-round-up of Red Hook news from the web:

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.

Jill & RHI Get Their Due

Another nice writeup on the work of Jill Eisenhard, founder of the Red Hook Initiative, written yesterday.  This one from that esteemed Paper of Record, The Batavia Daily News (just kidding- we love you, Batavia Daily News!).  Actually, it seems like that’s where Jill grew up, so it’s especially fitting that they celebrate the great work she’s doing down here.

When Jill Eisenhard was growing up on South Street Road in the rural town of Pavilion, she never thought that someday she’d be living and working in the borough of Brooklyn.

Check out the article to learn more about one of the neighborhood’s most vital community resources.

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?!

Red Hook LGBT Group Starts 12/4

Got an email from Jill at the Red Hook Initiative about a brand new LGBT group RHI is organizing in the neighborhood.

Seems like a great resource to add to the community.  If you’re interested but can’t make it this Friday, I’m sure they’d be happy to see you next week- get in touch w/ Leon and help build what could really be a wonderful program.

Worthy Winners in the News

Just saw on the Brooklyn Daily Eagle that two longtime collaborator/partners of Dance Theatre Etcetera were recognized for their work in Brooklyn.  The 5th Avenue Committee has joined DTE at our annual Red Hook Fest in the past, and

was honored by the Bank of America Charitable Foundation as a “Neighborhood Builder,” winning $200,000 in unrestricted funding.

F.A.C. is an organization that advocates for affordable housing, also offering job training programs and assisting in community organizing.

Jill Eisenhard of the Red Hook Initiative was also honored as a “Local Hero.”  No surprise that Jill donated her award to the organization she works so hard for, as RHI continues to look ahead to its new, permanent home on Hicks Street.

Congratulations to Jill and everyone at the 5th Avenue Committee!

Scholarship Opp. For Red Hook Students

Straight out of an email from the Red Hook Initiative:

In August, RHI will once again distribute the Joan Bennett Stewart College Scholarships, thanks to the Carver Scholarship Fund. Applications are being accepted from college students who live in the Red Hook Houses, until July 31, 2009. Over $10,000 will be awarded. (To get an application, contact sandy@rhicenter.org).

HIV Testing @ Red Hook Initiative

From Vanessa Staton at the RHI:

Tomorrow, Saturday, February 14th, 2009 The Red Hook Initiative will be hosting a FREE HIV testing day. There will be a mobile van located at 6 Wolcott Street in front of the Senior Center. They will be testing from 10am – 3pm. The test will be painless (no needles involved) and you will receive your results in 20 minutes. Teenagers welcome.

Food, music, fabulous and friendly people. Come share some love with us on Valentine’s Day!

Fore more information, 718-858-6782.

Need a tutor?

Free Tutoring at the Red Hook Initiative.