Title: Census Coordinator
Every 10 years, the U.S. Census Bureau must do a headcount of everyone living in all the 50states, Washington D.C., Puerto Rico and the Island Areas. The next census occurs in 2010,and getting an accurate count is vitally important to our community.Census data is used to ensure that each state is fairly represented in Congress, and to drawequitable political boundaries at the state and local level. Census data is also used to distribute$300 billion in federal funds, which support schools, families, affordable housing, CommunityDevelopment Block Grants, road construction, and emergency food and shelter. There is almostno other single project which, if successful, will have a lasting impact on the Berkeleycommunity.
Job Description: The City of Berkeley is committed to a full and accurate Census count of all ofour residents, and a student intern would be required to commit to this project through Spring of2010. This project offers a tremendous opportunity to work with City staff, community membersand leaders, elected officials, and other leaders at the local, county, state and federal level. Youwould be able to learn about how media, government, and resource allocation work.The right student will be involved from the beginning to develop the City’s outreach messagesand strategies, identify and track outreach resources, and work directly with community leadersto encourage responses to the Census questionnaire when it is mailed in March 2010.
Work will be done will City staff support, but the goal is for the student to independently manage parts ofthe project.Experience and qualification include:
• Has experience in community organizing and/or volunteer coordination;
• Can write and speak to a wide audience;
• Likes working with people of all perspectives and backgrounds;
• Can work independently to accomplish goals on a tight timeline.
Responsibilities and duties include:
• Working with City staff to organize a Complete Count Committee made up ofcommunity organizations who collectively represent Berkeley’s diverse community;
• Tracking and reporting on the work being done by the organizations;
• Organizing and distributing information about the Census and the City’s work;
• Responding to queries from the public;
• Helping to connect volunteers with appropriate community organizations;
• Assisting in the planning and execution of “Get Counted” events;
• Working with organizations to identify what resources they need to reach theirconstituency groups and assist in locating those resources.
Assignment: Applicant must commit to 20 hours a week from June 1, 2009 - May 15, 2010.
Pay is $20 an hour.
Submit one-page cover letter, resume and at least 3 references to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax (510) 981-7099 by Friday, May 22, 2009.
"So just be mindful on how our community has been when it comes to visibility or lack there of and know that this management position is a way that yall can help advocate for your self, your parents, your extended family, your community."