Open Positions at GRIOT Circle

GRIOT Circle seeks experienced Full-Time Friendly Visiting Coordinator to launch our new Friendly Visiting Program

 Available Immediately

The Organization

GRIOT Circle was founded in Brooklyn, N.Y. in 1996 by LGBTQ elders of color in order to respond to the social and psychological fragmentation caused by ageism, racism, sexism, homophobia, and poverty in the lives of LGBTQ elders of color.  GRIOT (Gay Reunion in Our Time) – meaning storyteller and keeper of oral history in West African culture – is officially recognized as a nonprofit 501(c) (3) and remains the only staffed organization in the country exclusively dedicated to serving the needs of LGBTQ elders of color.  The mission is to respond to and eliminate all forms of oppression, including: ageism, racism, sexism, misogyny, transphobia, homophobia, poverty, xenophobia, and their intersections. We achieve this by providing health, wellness, advocacy, and leadership activities to remove isolation and fear, build community, as well as honor racial and ethnic traditions.

 

The Program

Friendly Visiting is a program that matches seniors with volunteers who make regular visits in seniors’ homes. Friendly visiting programs are important to help relieve the social isolation experienced by many seniors.  Friendly visiting is also an enriching experience for volunteers. Many relationships are sustained over a number of years and can provide ongoing companionship for both seniors and volunteers. For seniors, friendly visiting maintains their connection to the community, facilitates access to social services, and provides educational and social opportunities. For volunteers, friendly visiting offers the opportunity to cultivate a lasting friendship, to learn from a senior’s life experiences, and to benefit from the personal satisfaction derived from community service.

Responsibilities

  • Responsible for the recruitment, training, monitoring, recognition, and support of volunteers that provide friendly visits and community visits to socially isolated clients.
  • Actively seek eligible clients and volunteers for the Friendly Visiting Program.
  • Update and develop program policies and procedures in direct consultation with The Department for the Aging.
  • Maintain specified targets of home-based volunteer visits per week.
  • Responsible or completing compliance requirements (e.g. background checks), data collection and reporting as required by funding bodies in a timely manner.
  • Participate in relevant meetings/forums to raise and address issues and network with relevant services to maintain good working relations and facilitate access to the programs.
  • Coordinate specific referrals and clients increased needs as required with the partnering case management agency.
  • Attend monthly coordinators meetings.
  • Ensure quarterly statistics for the Friendly Visiting Program are completed in a timely manner and liaise with the Department for the Aging by the required date.
  • Travel across the designated region to promote programs, visit clients, attend recruitment activities and when required to meet program objectives.
  • To update and develop program policies and procedures in direct consultation with the Department for the Aging and participate in continuous quality improvement.
  • Ensure that all regulatory, compliance and programmatic requirements outlined by the Department for the Aging are met.
  • All other duties as assigned by the Executive Director

Qualifications and Skills

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work, Human Services, or related field
  • 3-year minimum working with LGBTQ, and/or seniors and/or communities of color providing case management or coordination of volunteer services
  • Have demonstrated strong interpersonal skills, public speaking, and writing competencies
  • Work well in a team atmosphere
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office

Compensation and Benefits

The maximum salary range for this position is $40 K per year depending upon qualifications and experience. GRIOT offers a benefits package including medical and dental, retirement contribution, 4 weeks paid vacation per year, and generous sick, holiday, and personal time off.

How to Apply

Please send resume/CV and cover letter, to Executive Director, José Albino, at jalbino@griotcircle.org. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Please write Friendly Visiting Coordinator in the subject line.  No phone calls, please – only applicants being considered for interviews will be contacted.

 

EOE Employer:  We are an equal opportunity – affirmative action employer. We are committed to providing equal employment opportunity without regard to race, ethnicity, religion, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, marital status, sexual orientation, veteran status, or disability. People of color, women, people with disabilities, and people of diverse sexual orientations, gender expressions and identities are encouraged to apply.

 

Open

GRIOT Circle seeks an experienced Development Coordinator to coordinate multiple fundraising strategies.

 

Development Coordinator Position – Available Immediately

 

HISTORY:

GRIOT Circle was founded in Brooklyn, N.Y. in 1996 by LGBTQ elders of color in order to respond to the social and psychological fragmentation caused by ageism, racism, sexism, homophobia, and poverty in the lives of LGBTQ elders of color.  GRIOT (Gay Reunion in Our Time) – meaning storyteller and keeper of oral history in West African culture – is officially recognized as a nonprofit 501(c) (3) and remains the only staffed organization in the country exclusively dedicated to serving the needs of LGBTQ elders of color.  The mission is to respond to and eliminate all forms of oppression, including: ageism, racism, sexism, misogyny, transphobia, homophobia, poverty, xenophobia, and their intersections. We achieve this by providing health, wellness, advocacy, and leadership activities to remove isolation and fear, build community, as well as honor racial and ethnic traditions.

The Development Coordinator is responsible for overall coordination of GRIOT Circle’s Development Plan and fundraising strategies which include:  individual, foundation, and government fundraising efforts, special events, and special campaigns.  The Development Coordinator works closely with The Executive Director, the Board of Directors, and the GRIOT staff team in the planning and implementation of the various strategies.

Responsibilities

 

  • Coordinate the creation of an annual development plan in consultation with the ED and Board Fundraising  Committee
  • Meet with prospective donors and supporters and work with ED to cultivate relationships with government officials and foundation staff
  • Help to grow individual gifts program and coordinate appeals
  • Maintain a foundation and government grant tracking system and support the Executive Director and Deputy Director in their efforts to secure grants acquisitions
  • Coordinate the annual fundraising event
  • Be an active ambassador for the organization
  • Staff Board Fundraising Committee meetings
  • Oversee fundraising database and tracking systems and analyze data for regular reports and updates on outcomes
  • Work with communication staff to identify publications that support fundraising and program activities.
  • All other duties as assigned by the Executive Director

 

Qualifications and Skills

  • Minimum Bachelor Degree
  • 5 years minimum fundraising experience within an organization(s) that serves LGBTQ, and/or seniors and/or communities of color.
  • Have demonstrated strong interpersonal skills and writing competencies
  • Have knowledge and experience in fundraising with individuals
  • Possess the interpersonal skills to work with and motivate staff, Board members, and volunteers
  • Work well in a team atmosphere
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office

 

COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS

The salary range for this position is $62-67K per year depending upon qualifications and experience. GRIOT offers a benefits package including medical and dental, retirement contribution, 4 weeks vacation per year, and generous sick, holiday, and personal time off.

HOW TO APPLY

 

Please send resume/CV, cover letter, and a writing sample (not to exceed 5 pages)

to Executive Director, José Albino, at jalbino@griotcircle.org . Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. Please write Development Coordinator in the subject line.  No phone calls, please – only applicants being considered for interviews will be contacted.

 

EOE Employer:  We are an equal opportunity – affirmative action employer. We are committed to providing equal employment opportunity without regard to race, ethnicity, religion, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, marital status, sexual orientation, veteran status, or disability. People of color, women, people with disabilities, and people of diverse sexual orientations, gender expressions and identities are encouraged to apply.

 

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