Allston Brighton Community Development Corporation

Working together, building community


Manager of Community Building and Engagement

About Allston Brighton CDC

Allston Brighton CDC builds a stronger and more stable community by representing and supporting the expressed interests, positive engagement and leadership development of Allston Brighton’s diverse local communities, institutions, individuals, and families of all incomes. For over 40 years, Allston Brighton CDC has led initiatives that create affordable housing, foster community leadership, enhance and protect open spaces, and offer steps to increased incomes and assets so residents can call Allston Brighton home for the long term.

Today, Allston Brighton CDC addresses critical changes in our community, focuses and defines its role as a catalyst for community stability, and positions itself for the sustained creation of opportunities for families and individuals of all income levels to engage as leaders and improve their lives. One of our strategic directions is to mobilize and support new voices for community leadership. In this initiative, Allston Brighton CDC seeks to empower residents and groups of people by providing them with the skills they need to affect change in their own communities and connect them to broader neighborhood stabilization efforts and campaigns.

Position Overview

The Manager of Community Building and Engagement reports to the Deputy Director. The Manager is responsible for managing all activities associated with the Community Building and Engagement Department and ensuring that ABCDC’s organizing and advocacy activities are integrated into all aspects of our work. The Manager is responsible for broadening and deepening resident engagement of people living in ABCDC housing and the neighborhood at-large to increase social capital, expand ABCDC’s network, build systems which connect residents to engagement and leadership opportunities, establish a pipeline for resident membership and ownership, and design resident engagement initiatives.



  • Design and implement program and organizing work that adheres to ABCDC’s principles, vision and mission, that is performed in a culturally and linguistically appropriate manner, and that is aimed at creating deeper connectivity and sense of community among ABCDC residents and the Allston Brighton neighborhood
  • Recruit and supervise fellows, community ambassadors, interns, and volunteers who work on neighborhood stabilization and community engagement activities
  • Track and evaluate community engagement efforts with defined goals and measurement tools
  • Manage all data related to program activities and outcomes in Salesforce and in other platforms as required

Leadership Development

  • Identify leadership development needs for community residents, including for residents of ABCDC housing, working with the Resident Services Manager
  • Build a robust leadership development program to provide community residents with organizing and advocacy skills as well as education on the substantive issues
  • Engage and train community members, with an emphasis on those living in ABCDC housing, in planning activities, through the development and implementation of workshops, training, and community design sessions
  • Connect ABCDC residents to other organizational initiatives, including community planning and neighborhood stabilization campaigns

Community Engagement

  • Organize ABCDC residents, and residents living in the broader community, around issues of affordable housing, equitable transportation access, transportation infrastructure, owner-occupied homeownership
  • Provide outreach for youth-related and skill-development initiatives involving residents of the neighborhood’s public housing developments at Faneuil Gardens and Commonwealth Housing
  • Coordinate with local tenant associations and support the Youth Program Supervisor in implementing the grant-funded youth program
  • Facilitate board elections for the Faneuil Gardens Local Tenant Organization and the Commonville Tenant Council (CTC), including outreach, providing required notices, and overseeing the elections process
  • Develop and execute a coordinated Affordable Housing campaign through one-on-one, meetings, and a multi-faceted outreach campaign.
  • Build and sustain a strong base of support for initiatives that help to further the mission of ABCDC
  • Participate in joint-coalitions and strategic partnerships, and collaborate with allies, partner organizations, elected officials and institutions that are consistent with promoting the mission of ABCDC
  • Contribute content to Resident Services Newsletter to increase ABCDC resident knowledge of affordable housing and other important neighborhood
  • Assist in ABCDC’s social media strategy and fundraising, working with the Communication and Grant Manager as well as with other ABCDC Departments
  • Other duties as assigned. All staff share administrative responsibility of the organization, assume new and emerging responsibilities as the organization evolves, engage in learning opportunities, and share new information and knowledge that may help inform the future of the 

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent professional organizing experience
  • Hands-on experience with facilitative leadership
  • Strong collaboration skills and excellent communication and active listening skills
  • Highly organized self-starter, able to easily manage multiple priorities in a fast-paced environment
  • Detail-oriented, high quality written and oral communication
  • Creative problem-solver with the ability to train and motivate others
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, economic equity, and community engagement
  • Strong team orientation and ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people as well as independently
  • Excellent time and project management skills
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office, adept with social media, including Facebook and Twitter
  • Flexible, possess a sense of humor and desire to be an integral member of a learning community at a time of growth and change

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Multi-lingual, Cantonese, Mandarin, Spanish
  • Familiarity with challenges impacting Allston Brighton
  • Experience using technology to facilitate community engagement
  • Experience with Salesforce, WordPress, Google Analytics

The Selection Process:

Please submit one PDF document containing a cover letter detailing your interest and qualifications for this position, and an up-to-date resume to Rachel Regis, Deputy Director at [email protected].

ABCDC offers a competitive salary and benefits package. The expected salary range for this full-time position is between $55,000 and $65,000 a year. Applications will be reviewed and acknowledged as they are received. The position will remain open until filled.

ABCDC seeks a diverse pool of candidates. ABCDC is committed to a policy of equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, disability, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation or age. ABCDC is also committed to increase the racial diversity of its staff and providing opportunities for people of color to take on leadership roles within ABCDC.

Youth Program Coordinator (PART – TIME; TWO POSITIONS AVAILABLE)


Allston Brighton CDC’s Youth Development Program is a new program made possible through a state grant focused on the positive youth development of young people living at one of the Boston Housing Authority/BHA developments in Brighton (Commonwealth Apartments/Fidelis Way). This program seeks to provide summer enrichment, academic support, arts education, financial empowerment, leadership training, and civic engagement opportunities. We are looking for creative, energetic, and motivated individuals to help us develop and deliver youth programs to foster the social-emotional, intellectual, and artistic growth in young people!


Youth Program Coordinators will be responsible for overseeing the daily operations of youth programming at Commonwealth Apartments/Fidelis Way. This new program provides an opportunity for the Youth Program Coordinators to work with the Manager of Community Action, Commonwealth Tenants Association (CTA), the Boston Housing Authority, and community partners to create and deliver a high-quality and creative youth development program that supports youth holistically by fostering a supportive community, running life skills and financial literacy workshops, while providing opportunities for civic engagement and community service. The Youth Program Coordinators will be expected to work as part of a team in shaping, managing, and promoting an effective, quality after school program. Reports to the Manager of Community Action.


Program Management and Operations
• Shape and maintain youth development program in direct collaboration with Youth Development team and the Manager of Community Action.
• Work with the Commonwealth Tenants Association (CTA) to oversee day-to-day operations of the program.
• Meet regularly with the other Youth Program Coordinator to co-plan weekly workshops, address youth needs, and manage data and assessment (with support from the Manager of Community Action and community partners).
• Coordinate special events, activities, and enrichment opportunities (such as college visits, community service opportunities, field trips, etc.)
• Coordinate regular 1:1 check in sessions with participants and document case notes for each interaction

Creative Instruction and Youth Support
• Create and maintain a safe space for teens, implementing strategies for social-emotional wellbeing
• Coordinate and support 1:1 or group academic support sessions with participants as needed
• Work with team to develop and implement program curriculum, which could include weekly art workshops, as well as life skills workshops (college and career exploration, goal setting, budgeting, healthy relationships, etc.)
• Help plan and identify neighborhood-based and citywide opportunities for youth to be civically engaged in their communities and city.

External Communication
• Foster partnerships and relationships with other youth-serving organizations and community stakeholders
• Attend trainings, forums, and other opportunities for professional growth
Data Monitoring
• In partnership with Manager of Community Action, maintain daily, bi-weekly, monthly, and annual data regarding youth participation, referrals, length of stay in program, outcomes, surveys, case notes, etc.

Other Duties
• Participate in the planning, and help support, Commonwealth Tenant Association (CTA) events such as Unity Day and other events and activities related to community building and youth/family engagement
• Carry out other duties as needed

• High School Diploma or GED
• 1-3 years of experience in youth development or other relevant field such as direct social services
• Commitment to racial equity, relationship building, and positive change for young people
• Passion for youth development, social justice, and civic engagement
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills
• Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
• Ability to work independently and in a team setting
• Competency in various computer software programs, such as Microsoft Office and Google Suite (Google Docs, Google Sheets, etc.), and Internet applications
• Demonstrated project management skills, with the ability to drive projects forward, problem-solving and decision-making skills.
• Ability to multi-task and handle potential conflicts with grace.
• Able to work a flexible schedule (program hours are tentatively scheduled for 3pm – 7pm; Monday – Friday)

• Associate’s or bachelor’s degree in Education, Humanities, Arts, Social Work or related field
• Three or more years of direct experience working with urban youth in a youth development context
• Experience and/or knowledge working in community-based settings in Allston Brighton
• Bilingual; Fluency in Spanish, Portuguese or Chinese is preferred

COMPENSATION: $20.00 per hour plus benefits
TIME COMMITMENT: 20 hours per week


Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to Rachel Regis (Deputy Director) at [email protected]

Allston Brighton CDC seeks a diverse pool of candidates. ABCDC is committed to a policy of equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, disability, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation or age. People of color and Allston Brighton residents are strongly encouraged to apply for this position

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