CDR Seeks Network Facilitator and Partnership Coordinator
Application Review Begins April 20, 2023
Are you committed to addressing bias, hate, and community violence with holistic solutions? The Center for Dialogue and Resolution (CDR) is seeking a Network Facilitator and Partnership Coordinator, who will lead efforts to catalyze a new network, bringing partners and stakeholders together with a coordinated approach to community safety. This new position will also support CDR’s community outreach efforts and build public awareness of all CDR services.
The Network Facilitator and Partnership Coordinator will have strengths in relationship building, fostering collaboration, group facilitation, project management, and cultural agility, with a demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. Strong verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills are key for this position. Local connections, and familiarity with dispute resolution, mediation and restorative justice, are also preferred.
Based in Eugene, OR, CDR has a 40+ year history of supporting community members in creating more peaceful and just communities. We are one of 14 mediation centers across Oregon, and hundreds of mediation centers across the United States. This position will not only support the development of a local network, but will also leverage and collaborate with state- and nation-wide efforts.
How to Apply
Review the complete position description and submit the following to firstname.lastname@example.org:
A cover letter that describes how your experience and values prepare you for this position, and
A chronological resume
CDR encourages those who have worked in, lived with, or are members of, marginalized communities to apply. We are committed to working against historical and systemic trends that privilege normative identities for jobs and opportunities. In accordance with Federal Law, CDR does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, or ability.
Status: 32-40 Hours/week (.8-1 FTE)
Wages: $45,760 ($22/hr.) – based on total FTE – hourly non-exempt
Benefits: Full Health and Dental coverage for staff and families
Reports to: Executive Director, and works in cooperation with CDR Program Managers
The Network Facilitator and Partnership Coordinator creates and cultivates high quality relationships and takes the lead on catalyzing a new network, while also contributing more broadly to CDR’s mission, programs, and services—including engaging in all aspects of the agency’s external-facing operations and activities.
This position has two distinct but intertwined elements: 1) Half of the Coordinator’s time will be spent on the Community Violence Intervention and Prevention (CVIP) Network; and 2) Half of the Coordinator’s time will be spent on general community outreach, partnership development, and public awareness of CDR’s work and services. The two areas described below will overlap but also have separate responsibilities.
Networks, by their very nature, are living systems that are continuously shifting and evolving. Because of these inherent network dynamics, this position will fill many types of organizational and network needs with a combination of soft skills involved with communication, facilitation, listening, and working across differences, as well as hard skills related to project management, organization, and outreach.
Relationship Building: Curious, diplomatic, and empathetic;
able to form and maintain trusting relationships with a wide range of
Fostering Collaboration: Experience initiating and/or
participating in collaborative efforts such as networks, coalitions, or other
Group Facilitation: Experience designing and facilitating
meetings and gatherings virtually and in-person.
Communications: Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal
communication skills grounded in deep listening and a commitment to co-creation
and collective action.
Project Management/Support: Demonstrated ability to support
and empower teams in pursuing their goals; well-organized and able to manage
many moving parts.
Cultural Agility and Demonstrated Commitment to
Diversity-Equity-Inclusion: Ability to work across cultural differences, share
power, and ensure equitable participation in the network.
Familiarity with dispute resolution, mediation, and
Existing local relationships are helpful, but not required.
Experience working with Microsoft Office preferred, some experience working with project management tools is a plus.
Convening the Network
- Design and facilitate Network virtual and in-person convenings in partnership with the network/stakeholder team (Core Team)
- Organize convening logistics, including meeting locations, catering, materials, reminders, etc.
- Together with the Core Team, organize and host Network calls in between convenings
Catalyzing the Network
- Orient new Network members and support their onboarding
- Facilitate connections among Network participants, including: fostering new relationships; re-engaging inactive members; troubleshooting potential Network issues in partnership with the ; and liaising with Network members, Project Teams and Core Team
- Support Network participants to more deeply connect their organization with the work of Network
- Represent the Network at external events (e.g., conferences) and on social media
- Update the Network website
Coordinating the Network
- Join Core Team meetings and calls, identifying points of intersection and bottlenecks with Network Project Teams
- Track project progress
- Capture key takeaways and next steps from convenings
- Provide monthly updates to the Network
- Maintain Network records (membership, financial, Core Team summary minutes, Project Team rosters and activities)
- Maintain the Network’s technological infrastructure (Zoom, Slack, Google Suite) and keep them up to date
Communicating with and for the Network
- Function as primary point of contact for the Network internally and externally, including for the Network email address
- Connect with each individual Network participant to understand their work, their organization, and how the Network can support the participant and their organization in service of shared goals
- Work to keep Network conversations vibrant and alive
- Reach out to drifting participants and find creative ways to re-engage them in the Network
Resourcing the Network
- Support Network fundraising efforts with the Core Team
- Work with Network members to identify and secure in-kind contributions, including meeting locations, transportation, catering, materials, etc.
CDR will flesh out the details of community outreach, partnership development, and public awareness duties with the incoming Network Facilitator and Partnership Coordinator, working to create synergy between both halves of this new position.
The work environment at CDR is designed to be flexible, effective, and responsive to the needs of staff and clients. Staff at CDR work both in-person and remotely, with a work schedule tailored to the needs of each individual staff member, the entire CDR staff and volunteer team, and our clients’ needs. Decision-making at the agency involves a combination of top-down and horizontal management structures, reaching consensus whenever possible, but always engaging in collaboration and shared meaning-making for decisions as they arise.
CDR’s mission is to provide resolution services that: address disputes, crimes and community conflicts through mediation and group facilitation, using the best communication skills and dialogue models available; and to provide education services that build communication and resolution resources in the community though trainings, workshops, and presentations.
CDR values and centers diversity, equity, and inclusion in all of its work, both internally and externally. The following are CDR’s working definitions of DEI:
- Diversity refers to the array of differences in identity, including physical, philosophical, cognitive, cultural and linguistic, within any given community. Placing a value on diversity presupposes the notion that a community is fundamentally healthier, and more just, when it both contains and is informed by this multiplicity of perspectives.
- Equity is the existence of conditions where all members of a community can reach their full potential; it requires ongoing, honest self-assessment of privilege, inter-cultural fluency, and implicit bias to inform the lens through which we examine our personal positions, interpersonal interactions, and institutional structures.
- Inclusion speaks to the methods that an organization or community uses to ensure that diverse members have an opportunity to participate in that community, contribute to its expressions, and exert power within its leadership and decision-making structures. The extent to which a community operates from an ethos of inclusion reflects their support of equity and their understanding of the importance of diversity.
CDR is in the early stages of its DEI journey. All CDR employees are expected to participate in, and contribute to, the regular and ongoing DEI initiatives and efforts.
Our Core Values also include:
- Mutual respect and dignity
- Trauma-informed communication and care
For nearly 40 years, CDR has provided high quality mediation services to the communities of Lane County. CDR helps clients through the entire mediation process, from the initial call, to the final agreement and resolution. Our goal is to ensure that the mediation process is responsive, efficient, and affordable. Learn More About Mediation Services
CDR's facilitation program guides groups through all kinds of issues and group dynamics toward resolution. Whether your group is new or long-standing, large or small, informal or professional, CDR can help. Learn More About Facilitation Services
Education and Training
CDR conducts trainings throughout the year in a broad range of topics. Our trainers have a collective hundreds of years of experience in all areas of conflict resolution. Our trainings are available to the public, and we also do custom training for groups of all kinds. Learn More About Trainings and Education Services
Building Peaceful Communities
For the past four decades, CDR has been building more peaceful communities in Lane County. Our services, and the training and workshops we provide, have helped tens of thousands learn how to use positive communication to transform conflict.