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Founded in 2014, Rainier Valley Corps has launched a fellowship program where cohorts of talented leaders are recruited, trained by RVC, provided a living salary and healthcare, and placed at grassroots organizations led by communities of color, with the hopes that these fellows will help these organizations develop their capacity.

RVC works in partnership with a variety of communities-of-color-led organizations in Rainier Valley, including Got Green, Ethiopian Community Center, East African Community Services, Eritrean Association of Greater Seattle, Families of Color Seattle, Southeast Seattle Education Coalition, Horn of Africa Services, Rainier Beach Action Coalition, Filipino Community of Seattle, and Somali Community Services of Seattle.

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Rainier Valley Corps
3715 S. Hudson St
Suite 102
Seattle, WA 98118

Web: https://rainiervalleycorps.org/

Operations Associate

Job Closed

Seattle, WA

Job Overview and Requirements

Do you love creating systems and processes that increase efficiency? Are you amazingly talented at keeping track of all kinds of tiny details? Do you want to be challenged all the time at work, pushed to the limit, learn a ton of stuff, be on the cutting edge of equity and community engagement work, have a lot of fun, be frustrated on occasion and inspired frequently, and make a significant impact? Rainier Valley Corps is looking for an Operations Associate who wants an opportunity to learn and develop within an organization that is growing rapidly. The Operations Associate will play a vital role on the team, managing various aspects of the office and onboarding new partners that are looking for operations support. RVC intends to invest deeply in the professional development of this position so that they can grow and develop as the program grows, gaining increasing levels of responsibility and opportunity over time.

Our story: In light of the recent election and the current political climate, the need to invest in communities-of-color-led nonprofits is more urgent than ever. Due to a historic lack of investment in this sector, communities of color are unable to fully participate in civic engagement and advocacy around critical areas such as environmental justice and education equity. Without the involvement of the communities most affected by injustice, policies and practices are often ineffective.

Recognizing these challenges, Rainier Valley Corps was formed in 2014. We focused on the lack of staff capacity and launched a fellowship program where cohorts of talented leaders are recruited, trained by RVC, provided a living salary and healthcare, and placed at grassroots organizations led by communities of color, with the hopes that these fellows will help these organizations develop their capacity.

RVC is strategically moving from a single leadership program model toward holistic capacity building focused on organizations led by communities of color. This new model combines our existing fellowship model with four new core capacity-building areas: operations support, capacity-building coaching, fund development, and collaboration. We believe that the combination of these strategies will unlock the potential of communities of color to mobilize, shape policies, and respond to the current political climate.

RVC works in partnership with a variety of communities-of-color-led organizations in Rainier Valley, including Got Green, Ethiopian Community Center, East African Community Services, Eritrean Association of Greater Seattle, Families of Color Seattle, Southeast Seattle Education Coalition, Horn of Africa Services, Rainier Beach Action Coalition, Filipino Community of Seattle, and Somali Community Services of Seattle.

As RVC grows, we need a passionate Operations Associate who can work with the rest of the team to shape the future of our organization. This is a great opportunity for someone who wants not just a job, but also an opportunity to empower communities of color and cultivate the next generation of leaders. Plus, we’re right in the middle of Columbia City, and it’s awesome here, with diverse restaurants, bars, and shops. And the team is ridiculously dedicated to the mission and fun to work with. It helps that we have the best snacks.

REPORTS TO: Managing Director

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES:


Operations Support Partner Onboarding (50%)
  • Facilitate onboarding of new partner organizations, ensuring that they feel well-supported
  • Create and manage clean, efficient processes for transitioning partner organizations into RVC’s finance, human resource, and legal systems
  • Ensure that RVC’s finance, human resource, and legal systems are efficient and user-friendly, strategically assessing them regularly and making improvements
  • Play a key role in developing RVC’s operations support program
  • Take the lead on special projects to research and improve various aspects of the support we provide to partner organizations

Office Management & Logistics (40%)
  • Collect and process staff timesheets on a bimonthly basis
  • Provide logistical support for trainings and events
  • Ensure the office is welcoming for both staff and guests
  • Manage office supply purchasing
  • Do basic IT troubleshooting for staff
  • Take meeting notes, organize documents, and track data
  • Oversee the general RVC email and phone, ensuring communications are passed on to the appropriate person and that every contact is responded to promptly

General Operations (10%)
  • Collaborate with staff in making key strategic decisions affecting RVC’s future
  • Engage in deep professional development, participating in the curriculum provided to participants in RVC’s Fellowship Program
  • Participate in staff meetings, attend community events, and otherwise contribute to strengthening the deep roots within our community, both internally and externally

Essential Requirements

  • Experience with communities of color and grassroots organizations
  • Passion for working in the nonprofit sector
  • Talent for creating and managing systems
  • An eye for creating efficiencies and keeping track of details
  • Ability to develop trusting relationships with diverse individuals from many different backgrounds
  • Comfort with computers and a variety of online platforms
  • Flexibility and adaptability
  • Love of continuous learning
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Able to work some evenings and weekends
  • Commitment to our mission and our values of Equity, Integrity, Community, Action, and Transformation
  • A great sense of humor!

Compensation and Benefits

  • This is a full-time, non-exempt position, working 37.5 hours per week, with a salary range of $37,000-$43,000. Salary offer will be dependent on experience.
  • We believe in work-life balance, and are committed to keeping the workload in alignment with the true hours worked.
  • We provide 23 days of Paid Time Off, 11 paid holidays, and a flexible, family-friendly schedule.
  • We provide medical (zero-deductible HMO and PPO options), dental, vision, short- and long-term disability, life, and AD&D insurance, with RVC covering over 90% of the costs of the insurance package.

Our Hiring Process & Timeline:

  • We will read your cover letter first; this is an entry-level job so your past experience is not as important as gauging whether this is the right fit for you. In your cover letter, please be sure to tell us why you are interested in this job and what makes you a strong candidate.
  • We will review applications on a rolling basis until the position is filled.
  • We will begin scheduling phone interviews on April 20th
  • We will conduct short phone interviews during April and begin in-person one-hour interviews in May.
  • If you are invited for an in-person interview, we will ask for two work samples relevant to this position, e.g. a process you created, a writing sample, or other relevant materials.
  • Finalists will be invited to a second-round one-hour interview, and we will make an offer shortly thereafter.
  • We would like to have the selected candidate start in June.

RVC is an equal opportunity employer. People of color, especially those from Southeast Seattle, are strongly encouraged to apply.