Improving the Cleanliness, Health and Employment Outcomes for Underserved Neighborhoods

May 18, 2022

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The City of Baltimore is launching CleanCorps, a new initiative designed to beautify neighborhoods, increase resident employment, and tackle health inequities in underserved communities. To support this work, Baltimore will partner with FUSE Corps to maximize the impact of the initiative, building close partnerships with community-based and city-wide nonprofit organizations and implementing strategies for ways in which Baltimore can reduce the long-term need for supplemental cleaning efforts.

This fellowship project begins on July 25, 2022, and ends on July 24, 2023. The fellowship begins with a multi-day virtual orientation the week of July 25, 2022. The selected Executive Fellow will begin their first day of providing services to the host agency on August 1, 2022.

PROJECT CONTEXT

The City of Baltimore recognizes the unique opportunity to address longstanding health inequities in a way that simultaneously creates wealth-building opportunities for its residents. As part of Mayor Scott’s agenda and the City’s strategic investment of federal relief funds, Baltimore is launching innovative programs that create employment pathways while improving residents’ quality of life. Among these programs will be CleanCorps, a new initiative designed to beautify neighborhoods, increase resident employment and tackle health inequities in underserved communities. 

Neighborhood organizations have a ready sense of what beautification efforts are needed and where, and thus are uniquely positioned to support a range of neighborhood-based efforts. In some neighborhoods, community-based partners with sufficient capacity will utilize grant funds to hire residents for cleaning and beautification projects. In other neighborhoods without organizational capacity, city wide nonprofit organizations will hire un- and under-employed people to do the work in partnership with the neighborhood. People hired to do the work in all target neighborhoods will have access to wraparound support services. Both the community-based partners and nonprofit organizations will be chosen through an RFP process. These new CleanCorps partnerships will lead to increased employment for neighborhood residents and make neighborhoods cleaner.

In order to support these improved sanitation and workforce development outcomes for Baltimore residents, the City of Baltimore will partner with FUSE Corps to host a fellow for one year to maximize the impact of CleanCorps through close partnerships with community-based and city-wide nonprofit organizations. The fellow will be a project manager for this effort and provide critical data for the implementing strategies for ways in which Baltimore can not only reduce the long-term need for supplemental cleaning efforts, but also work towards improved community cleaning as well as increased job creation and community engagement. 

PROJECT SUMMARY & POTENTIAL DELIVERABLES

The following provides a general overview of the proposed fellowship project. This project summary and the potential deliverables that follow will be collaboratively revisited by the host agency, the fellow, and FUSE staff during the first few months of the fellowship, after which a revised scope of work will be developed and agreed upon by the FUSE Fellow and the host agency

Starting in August 2022, the FUSE Executive Fellow will work to quickly connect with a wide range of critical stakeholders across the City of Baltimore, city agencies, nonprofit entities and community partners to understand the current landscape and initiatives. The fellow will spearhead implementing existing community partnerships aimed at improving neighborhood cleaning and increasing workforce opportunities for residents. The fellow will also take stock of lessons learned from similar initiatives undertaken throughout Baltimore and the rest of the country, and provide recommendations on how those lessons can be applied in Baltimore.

The fellow will ensure ongoing coordination, monitoring, reporting and day-to-day operations with the community-based and nonprofit organizations, city agencies and stakeholders involved in implementing this initiative. This includes on-site visits and regular communication with all project stakeholders. Implementation should be informed by a data-driven approach to monitoring the efficacy of this community approach to neighborhood cleaning. Ultimately, this community cleaning strategy will help the City of Baltimore provide more equitable services and opportunities to residents and their communities.

By August 2023 the Executive Fellow will have overseen the development and initial implementation of the initiative, making sure it is as efficient and effective as possible. This will include the following:

  • Assess the current landscape and review best practices: Gain an in-depth understanding of existing, planned, and future efforts to serve neighborhood cleanup needs, as well as the partners and stakeholders associated with this work. Take stock of successful community engagement approaches utilized by other Baltimore nonprofits and agencies, as well as similar initiatives from across the country, which may help inform implementation and day-to-day operations.
  • Coordinate with internal and external stakeholders to maintain deep relationships and implement the program: Demonstrate cross-cultural agility and successfully engage with all relevant stakeholders. Build upon the Department of Planning’s relationships with the community and citywide nonprofit partners and other city agencies to implement the neighborhood-based approach to street, alley, vacant lot and public trash can cleaning, ensure the coordination of the initiative, and maximize efficiency, all while maintaining neighborhood residents’ engagement. This includes responsibility for day-to-day operations, including site visits, operational support to the community-based organizations and citywide nonprofit organizations, contract and invoice management, maintenance of all processes and procedures, and supervision for additional talent assigned to the initiative.
  • Ensure successful execution that aligns with the goals of multiple stakeholders: Execute the implementation plan such that the initiative ensures clean alleys, public trash cans, streets and vacant lots, and increases employment opportunities. Implementation should be carefully sequenced to build momentum and ensure engagement of all key stakeholders. It will also require the development of plans for additional training or support that may be needed to allow participants to successfully execute their roles.
  • Support long-term implementation and ensure initiative sustainability: Document lessons learned and recommendations for the initiative to move from its initial programming year to long-term implementation.

KEY STAKEHOLDERS

  • Executive Sponsor – Cheryl Casciani, Director of Community Planning and Revitalization, Baltimore City Department of Planning
  • Project Supervisor – Kimberley Knox, Greening Coordinator, Baltimore City Department of Planning
  • MacKenzie Garvin, Chief of Staff, Baltimore City Mayor’s Office of Employment Development
  • Kristyn Oldendorf, Chief, Office of Waste Diversion, Bureau of Solid Waste

QUALIFICATIONS

  • At least 15 years of professional experience in outreach and organizing with community-based organizations as well as high profile individuals and agencies
  • Strong project management skills – Project Management Professional certification a plus
  • Experience in managing day-to-day operations of complex projects
  • Superior critical thinking and analytical skills, including the ability to quickly map various stakeholders and initiatives
  • Superior listening and communication skills with a wide range of stakeholders
  • Capacity to identify best practices, understand data and evidence and use it to support a business case, and make a persuasive argument to support recommendations
  • Ability to synthesize complex information into clear and concise recommendations
  • Excellent stakeholder engagement skills and the ability to use facilitative techniques to coordinate stakeholder activities
  • Self-motivated and goal-oriented leader who can also be an independent worker
  • Ability to relate to a wide variety of diverse audiences with strong emotional intelligence and empathy
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills with an ease in public and high-level presentations
  • Ability to sustain progress within potentially ambiguous environments
  • Experience working with underserved communities 

FUSE Corps is an equal opportunity employer with a core value of incorporating diverse perspectives into our work at every level. We encourage candidates from all backgrounds to apply for this position.

 

FUSE Corps is an equal opportunity employer with a core value of incorporating diverse perspectives into our work at every level. We encourage candidates from all backgrounds to apply for this position.