Archive for September, 2013

Mon 9/30 FREE! Soul of Hunger – A Community Discussion About Hunger in NJ – don’t miss it!

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

FREE: SOUL OF HUNGER – A COMMUNITY DISCUSSION AROUND HUNGER IN NJ

Click here for ticket information

Location: 

Count Basie Theatre
99 Monmouth Street
Red Bank, New Jersey 07701
Phone: 732-842-9000

Date/Time: Monday, September 30, 2013, 1:30 PM

Soul of Hunger will begin with a screening of A Place At The Table at 1:30pm, a documentary on hunger in America, for those who have not already seen this powerful and informative film. Following the showing of the documentary, there will be a NJ-centered discussion on food access, availability, and what hunger looks like in our communities. Our goal is to drill down on hunger in NJ by both educating and creating an awareness of the issues surrounding hunger and begin the discussion of what it will take to end hunger in our communities. The more who attend, the more impactful this event will be – everyone is welcome at the table.

With Very Special Guests:

  • Chris Christie, New Jersey Governor
  • Tom Colicchio, Chef/Owner of Craft Restaurants and Executive Producer of A Place at the Table.
  • Jon Bon Jovi, Chairman of the JBJ Soul Foundation
Presented by: Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation, FoodBank of Monmouth & Ocean Counties, New Jersey Anti-Hunger Coaltion, and Count Basie Theatre

Tickets: FREE, but must be obtain through the Count Basie Theatre box office.

Job Posting: Creative New Jersey Seeks Communications Coordinator

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

Communications Coordinator Job Description

Part-time, independent contractor position

Overview

Creative New Jersey (CNJ) is a statewide initiative dedicated to fostering creativity, innovation, and sustainability by empowering cross-sector partnerships in commerce, education, philanthropy, government, and culture, in order to ensure dynamic communities and a thriving economy.

Creative New Jersey’s vision is:

  • For all New Jerseyans to develop their capacities for imagination, creativity and innovation;
  • For cross-sector partnerships to flourish and enhance creative problem-solving, and for New Jersey to establish more creative work places, schools, and communities; and
  • For New Jersey to continue to attract the best creative minds and leaders who recognize and champion the value of creativity, innovation and sustainability.

CNJ’s core programming consists of a statewide series of Calls to Collaboration which focus on championing creativity as the vehicle for developing innovative solutions to support sustainable, thriving communities. The convenings utilize Open Space Technology, a highly-scalable and adaptable meeting format which creates unique opportunities for intentional, action-oriented discussions among diverse groups of people to explore areas of collaboration, and to share resources and information. The community-building power of this process comes from participants creating the agenda together, and subsequently self-organizing to lead group discussions about creative solutions to a central community question. It unleashes the leadership of every participant who is passionate about the issue at hand and wants to take action.

Launched by the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, CNJ has produced one statewide and five community based Calls to Collaboration as well as one statewide World Café since 2011. CNJ has launched Creative Monmouth, Creative Morristown, Creative Rahway and Creative Orange. Creative Trenton is currently underway with the Call to Collaboration expected to be held in November 2013. Creative NJ will be of service to six Hurricane Sandy disaster-affected communities by developing and producing community engagement opportunities to assist residents, municipal leaders, state/local planners, business owners, local nonprofits, mental health professionals, and others in coming together to engage in critical dialogue around the issues of recovery and rebuilding.

Even though the specific agenda is not known until the participants create it during the convening’s first hour, there is a prescribed structure from which we operate which ensures a successful convening. Our programming empowers citizens, and gives them a framework for receiving information, building consensus, and taking action towards a more creative and sustainable community.

Communications Coordinator Position

Creative New Jersey is looking to hire a part-time Communications Coordinator to assist CNJ’s Director and Program Manager in implementing the mission of CNJ and to carry out the specific duties involved with launching our creative communities and the Calls to Collaboration, including our engagement work in Hurricane Sandy impacted communities.

Specific Duties include:

  1. Plan, organize and implement overall communication strategies; create and distribute on-going communication, feedback, and information from CNJ to the field via: email updates; postings on the website, Facebook, Twitter, and other social media outlets; participation in a variety of committee meetings and statewide events.
  2. Manage and create new content for CNJ’s website, Facebook and twitter accounts.
  3. Solicit and manage information from our creative communities before and after the Call to Collaboration; includes collecting updates and anecdotal stories for publishing on the website, FB, Twitter, and in newsletters.
  4. Create, write, and distribute CNJ News (an online newsletter) every 6 to 8 weeks.
  5. Serve as the media contact; write and distribute press releases for CNJ announcements (as needed) and work with the local Host Team members to assist them in writing and distributing their local releases.
  6. Participate in meetings and statewide events/activities as a representative of CNJ when appropriate.
  7. Work to ensure the mission of Creative New Jersey is being fulfilled.

Additional responsibilities and duties may be assigned as Creative NJ’s work expands and grows throughout the state.

General Qualifications

The ideal candidate:

  • possesses strong written and verbal communication skills;
  • has in-depth knowledge about New Jersey’s nonprofit sector; strong relationships with the arts, education and sustainability sectors are a plus;
  • has 2+ years of marketing, communications, media or public relations experience;
  • has the ability to work independently and as a member of a team; able to balance competing priorities;
  • is comfortable speaking in front of large and small groups;
  • is flexible and able to navigate issues/changes as they arise with clear and level-headed thinking.

Specific Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree required; preferably in marketing, English/journalism or a related communications field a plus;
  • Minimum of 3 years’ experience working in the nonprofit sector, preferably in NJ;
  • Proficient in Microsoft office, web-based platforms and communication software (such as WordPress and Mailchimp), and social media;
  • Proven competency in creative writing.

Compensation: this job is a part-time, independent contractor (fee-based) position, and is funded by a grant from the New Jersey Recovery Fund. The contract is for 12 months, at approximately 30 to 35 hours per month, for a total flat annual fee of $7,500. Creative NJ does not have a central office and therefore, the Communications Coordinator must be able to work from her/his home office and work hours are flexible. The Communications Coordinator reports to Creative NJ’s Director.

Start Date: as soon as possible – contract will be for 12 months from the start date. Resumes are accepted until the position is filled.

Interested individuals should submit a cover letter and resume to: CNJ Communications Coordinator Search at: info@creativenj.org

NOTE: Creative New Jersey does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression. CNJ is an equal opportunity and equal access employer. 

Job Posting: Creative New Jersey Seeks Program Manager

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

Program Manager Job Description

Part-time, independent contractor position

Overview

Creative New Jersey (CNJ) is a statewide initiative dedicated to fostering creativity, innovation, and sustainability by empowering cross-sector partnerships in commerce, education, philanthropy, government, and culture, in order to ensure dynamic communities and a thriving economy.

Creative New Jersey’s vision is:

  • For all New Jerseyans to develop their capacities for imagination, creativity and innovation;
  • For cross-sector partnerships to flourish and enhance creative problem-solving, and for New Jersey to establish more creative work places, schools, and communities; and
  • For New Jersey to continue to attract the best creative minds and leaders who recognize and champion the value of creativity, innovation and sustainability.

CNJ’s core programming consists of a statewide series of Calls to Collaboration which focus on championing creativity as the vehicle for developing innovative solutions to support sustainable, thriving communities. The convenings utilize Open Space Technology, a highly-scalable and adaptable meeting format which creates unique opportunities for intentional, action-oriented discussions among diverse groups of people to explore areas of collaboration, and to share resources and information. The community-building power of this process comes from participants creating the agenda together, and subsequently self-organizing to lead group discussions about creative solutions to a central community question. It unleashes the leadership of every participant who is passionate about the issue at hand and wants to take action.

Launched by the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, CNJ has produced one statewide and five community based Calls to Collaboration as well as one statewide World Café since 2011. CNJ has launched Creative Monmouth, Creative Morristown, Creative Rahway and Creative Orange. Creative Trenton is currently underway with the Call to Collaboration expected to be held in November 2013. Creative NJ will be of service to six Hurricane Sandy disaster-affected communities by developing and producing community engagement opportunities to assist residents, municipal leaders, state/local planners, business owners, local nonprofits, mental health professionals, and others in coming together to engage in critical dialogue around the issues of recovery and rebuilding.

Even though the specific agenda is not known until the participants create it during the convening’s first hour, there is a prescribed structure from which we operate which ensures a successful convening. Our programming empowers citizens, and gives them a framework for receiving information, building consensus, and taking action towards a more creative and sustainable community.

Program Manager Position

Creative New Jersey is looking to hire a part-time Program Manager to assist CNJ’s Director in implementing the mission of CNJ and to carry out the specific duties involved with launching our creative communities and the Calls to Collaboration.

Specific Duties include:

  1. Assist CNJ’s Director with producing, managing and implementing CNJ’s community engagement activities and Calls to Collaboration in 7 to 10 communities, including communities affected by Hurricane Sandy. This work includes assisting with:
    a) Leadership/Mentoring of Community Host Team Co-Chairs, Core Teams and larger Host Teams;
    b) Participating in Host Team meetings, both in person and on the phone;
    c) Overseeing local fundraising and in-kind donations and stewardship of funders;
    d) Management and oversight of event logistics including creation of cross-sector participant list, invitation, registration, facility set-up, activity timeline, event schedule, venue set-up, hospitality and caterers, etc.;
    e) Facilitating and managing on-going correspondence with Host Teams, local stakeholders, local funders, venue management, and participants;
    f) Producing the Call to Collaboration Open Space Convenings with 100+ cross-sector participants in each community, including NewsRoom set up and management;
  2. Assist in sourcing and compiling information for website and communications to the field.
  3. Assist in cultivating relationships with new potential creative communities.
  4. Assist in fostering and deepening relationships with CNJ’s partners and other like-minded organizations.
  5. Assist with content management of website, facebook, and other social media communications.
  6. Participate in meetings and statewide events/activities as a representative of CNJ when appropriate.
  7. Work to ensure the mission of Creative New Jersey is being fulfilled.
  8. Assist with preparations for CNJ Steering Committee Meetings.
Additional responsibilities and duties may be assigned as Creative NJ’s work expands and grows throughout the state.

General Qualifications

The ideal candidate:
  • possesses strong written and verbal communication skills along with a keen ability to lead and mobilize a diverse group of individuals toward a common goal;
  • has in-depth knowledge about New Jersey’s nonprofit sector; strong relationships with the arts, education and sustainability sectors are a plus;
  • is a detail-oriented and strategic thinker who understands how to marry vision with implementation;
  • has experience in leading large and small group meetings;
  • has a demonstrated track-record for strong project management including delivering projects/initiatives on-time and within budget.
  • has the ability to work independently and as a member of a team;
  • is flexible and able to navigate issues/changes as they arise with clear and level-headed thinking.

Specific Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree required;
  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience working in the nonprofit and/or educational sector, or as a community activist and advocate, preferably in NJ;
  • Experience in community engagement activities;
  • Proficient in Microsoft office, web-based platforms and communication software (such as WordPress and Mailchimp), and social media;
  • Proven competency in writing and public speaking.

Compensation: this job is a part-time, independent contractor (fee-based) position and is funded by a grant from the New Jersey Recovery Fund.  The contract is for 12 months, at approximately 20 hours per week, for a total annual fee of $25,000.  Flexibility is essential, and there will be occasions when more than 20 hours of work are required in a particular week.

Additionally, the position requires some evening and weekend hours.   Creative NJ does not have a central office and therefore, the Program Manager must be able to work from her/his home office.  The Program Manager reports to Creative NJ’s Director.

Start Date: as soon as possible – contract will be for 12 months from the start date. Resumes are accepted until the position is filled.

Interested individuals should submit a cover letter and resume to: CNJ Program Manager Search at: info@creativenj.org

NOTE: Creative New Jersey does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression. CNJ is an equal opportunity and equal access employer.

Mon 9/30 FREE! Soul of Hunger – A Community Discussion About Hunger in NJ – don’t miss it!

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

FREE: SOUL OF HUNGER – A COMMUNITY DISCUSSION AROUND HUNGER IN NJ

Click here for ticket information

Location: 

Count Basie Theatre
99 Monmouth Street
Red Bank, New Jersey 07701
Phone: 732-842-9000

Date/Time: Monday, September 30, 2013, 1:30 PM

Soul of Hunger will begin with a screening of A Place At The Table at 1:30pm, a documentary on hunger in America, for those who have not already seen this powerful and informative film. Following the showing of the documentary, there will be a NJ-centered discussion on food access, availability, and what hunger looks like in our communities. Our goal is to drill down on hunger in NJ by both educating and creating an awareness of the issues surrounding hunger and begin the discussion of what it will take to end hunger in our communities. The more who attend, the more impactful this event will be – everyone is welcome at the table.

With Very Special Guests:

  • Chris Christie, New Jersey Governor
  • Tom Colicchio, Chef/Owner of Craft Restaurants and Executive Producer of A Place at the Table.
  • Jon Bon Jovi, Chairman of the JBJ Soul Foundation
Presented by: Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation, FoodBank of Monmouth & Ocean Counties, New Jersey Anti-Hunger Coaltion, and Count Basie Theatre

Tickets: FREE, but must be obtain through the Count Basie Theatre box office.

NJSACC Goes ‘On The Road to Quality’ for its Annual Conference for Afterschool – register by Friday 11/8

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013


NJ’s Annual Conference for Afterschool
Fri-Sat November 22 & 23, 2013

LAST DAY TO REGISTER: FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2013

CLICK HERE FOR FULL CONFERENCE BROCHURE

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER TODAY

This year’s conference celebrates the official launch of NJ’s Quality Standards for Afterschool. Come learn about the Standards and how to use the easy Self-Assessment Tool. The conference features 54 workshops on topics including STEM, global learning, administration, and much more!

UPDATE: This year, NJSACC is pleased to welcome the U.S. Department of Education Mid-Arlantic Regional Meeting for SEA 21st CCLC Coordinators as a pre-conference day, taking place on Thursday, November 21, 2013.

If you are attending this meeting consider staying on and attend On The Road To Quality Friday, November 22 and/or Saturday, November 23 – details below:

Conference Fees:
Members: $251 / 2 days $151 / 1 day
Non-Members: $296 / 2 days $196 / 1 day
Fee includes conference materials, continental breakfast and lunch

Conference Location and Accommodations:

The Marriott Princeton Hotel and Conference Center at Forrestal
100 College Road East, Princeton, NJ 08540

Room Rates: $119 per night

Room Reservations:
Reservations must be made by individual attendees directly with Marriott reservations at (800) 228-9290 or (609) 452-7800.

Room reservations must be made on or before Friday, November 8, 2013.

When you call make sure to mention the NJSACC Conference and the dates of the conference in order to receive the conference rate.

Please Note: Full conference program will be posted at: www.njsacc.org in early September in a downloadable format.

For more information: NJSACC 908-789-0259 | www.njsacc.org

This year’s conference celebrates the official launch of NJ’s Quality Standards for Afterschool. Come learn about the Standards and how to use the easy Self-Assessment Tool. The conference features more than 50 workshops on topics including STEM, global learning, administration, and much more!

Conference at a Glance

Click here to view detailed schedule

This conference is funded in part by the:

  • NJ Department of Human Services, Division of Family Development as part of a Federal CCDF Block Grant Earmark
  • Federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as amended (Title IV, Part B o fNo Child Left Behind), 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant funds awarded to the NJ Department of Education