Community Worker in United States

at a Confidential Company

Civic / Social Organization
NGO/Community Services & Dev
Minimum Qualification
Required Experience
Entry Level
Employment Type
Full Time
Male or Female
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Job Description

Community Worker Job Description

*Community workers help to improve the lives of disadvantaged individuals and groups by facilitating change and providing the means for self-help within community settings.

*Community development is a process whereby those who are marginalised and excluded from society are enabled to gain self confidence and to join with others.

*They are encouraged to participate in actions to change their situation and to tackle the problems that face their community.

*Community work is concerned with the development and empowerment of communities through facilitating the active participation of people in addressing issues that affect them collectively.

*It can be done in a variety of contexts: in neighbourhoods, with specific groups (eg women, Travellers), with partnership groups, local authorities and state agencies.

*Community workers usually work in teams and liaise closely with the police, social workers, teachers, probation officers and other agencies.

*They represent the voices and needs of target groups and disadvantaged communities to policy makers at local and national level.

Duties and Responsibilities

*Working with community groups providing a range of activities

*Identifying assets and capacities that are latent within communities

*Building capacity that allows the community to share knowledge and resources effectively

*Setting up new services by liaison with interested groups

*Recruiting and training paid and voluntary staff

*Attending meetings and presenting verbal and written reports

*Managing finance, payroll

*Making funding applications for relevant organisations

*Acting as a facilitator to promote self-help in the community.

Skills and Specifications

*Ability to relate to people from a wide range of backgrounds and to engage with target groups

*In-depth understanding of related policies

*Excellent written and oral communication skills including report writing

*Understanding of the issues, concerns and interests of others without being patronising

*Commitment and enthusiasm

*Good leadership, motivational and organisational skills

*Capable of working both on own initiative and as part of a team

*Sincerity, patience and tact and the ability to earn the trust of others

*Excellent listening skills and confidence in talking to people both in groups and on a one-to-one basis.
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