Position open at Rosewood: Director of Community Safety!

Are you passionate about community empowerment, justice and safety? Come work with Rosewood and turn your passion into action!

Director of Community Safety


The Rosewood Initiative is a non-profit organization dedicated to making the Rosewood area in East Portland/West Gresham a great place to live, work and play. We do this by empowering community members to lead change in their lives and in the community with support from Rosewood and many other partner organizations.

The Director of Community Safety is responsible for creating, directing, implementing and overseeing programs designed to promote area livability by improving community safety and fostering positive relationships between community members and partner agencies in public safety, social services and government.

While the Director’s work is informed by an intersectional analysis of criminal justice and social equity, community needs shape our focus and refine our goals to meet the specific needs presented by the unique qualities of this neighborhood.

The Director’s position is designed to help Rosewood broaden its social justice analysis and reach, and to strengthen the impact of its successes in community advocacy. The Director should be firmly grounded in social equity and justice theory, have strong credentials speaking to a dedication to such theories, be invested in the growth of The Rosewood Initiative organization, and welcome the opportunity to work on a small but exceptional team.

Duties and Responsibilities:
Essential Functions:
– Lead strategic growth and deepen impact of the Community Safety program
– Design public safety campaigns specific to the Rosewood area
– Spearhead relationship-building and cultivate meaningful collaborations with community leaders, local politicians, community-based organizations, and other stakeholders
– Mobilize community members and the Rosewood team to fulfill organizing goals
– Develop leaders to act and advocate for community problem solving, livability, and safety
– Represent RI at local events, community gatherings, workshops, trainings and to community leaders, local politicians, and community-based organizations

Program Management and Evaluation:
– Fulfill the deliverable objectives on Community Safety grants
– Create professional synergy and programmatic integration with other RI programs
– Coordinate, collaborate, and strategize with law enforcement agencies, social justice organizations, and other community resources
– Generate new program ideas related to social justice initiatives
– Monitor and evaluate programs, practices, and initiatives to ensure quality and effectiveness; make adjustments for improvement
– Track data on program and generate reports on same
– Effectively align program staff support and operations with long-term agency goals and expectations

Core Competencies:
– Excellent individual and group communication skills (written and verbal)
– Program planning and evaluation skills
– Ability to handle a variety of projects and assignments at once with attention to detail
– Ability to effectively build relationships with a wide variety of constituents including youth, parents, health and human services professionals, public officials, law enforcement, and private organizations
– Creative and critical thinking

Qualifications and Experience:
– Understanding of the systemic nature of oppression, particularly the intersection of race, gender, and class; this position requires a commitment to and passion for social justice
– Comfort working in underserved communities of color
– Knowledge of youth development models and interest in supporting leadership development of young people
– Flexibility and willingness to grow in response to community needs or changes in the field
– Meeting facilitation skills

Preferred Qualifications:
– Bilingual (preferably in Spanish)
– BA in Social Work, Community Development, Criminal Justice, or related field
– Program Development experience
– Public speaking experience
– Supervisory experience

Application Guidelines/Contact:
To apply please email your cover letter and resume to our Executive Director: jenny@rosewoodinitiative.org


Volunteer Appreciation Night

On Thursday, September 24th, Rosewood volunteers and partners came together for Volunteer Appreciation Night! Rosewood  wanted to take the chance to recognize  everyone’s hard work! The night was filled with awards, a lot of laughs and some tears of happiness! Again, we’d like to thank everyone who is part of Rosewood, you are all such a great asset to the community!

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The Aspire Project Dance Camp!

We had the honor of hosting Dance Camp at Rosewood this week! There was about 17 participants that put all their hard work and energy towards their routine.  The theme of the camp was minions and as you can see the yellow shirts and thick black glasses. They performed there three jazz routines today for family and friends and did such an amazing job. Its great to see youth in the space doing something empowering.  Take a look at these pictures from the event!dance camp 1dance camp 2

National Night Out!

Thursday, August 6th, over 700 people gathered for National Night Out! It was an awesome celebration in the Rosewood community! Our neighbors enjoyed free BBQ, live music, dancers, a vibrant community market with over 50 vendors, and even a singing contest!   It was Rosewood’s largest event to date, and we hope it’s even bigger next year!

Special thanks to the Portland Police Bureau who came out and engaged with community members and even let kids sit on a police motorcycle! Also a special thanks to all the churches and people who helped put this together, we couldn’t of done it without you!

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Looking for Market Vendors!

Market Vendors,
We are pleased to announce that we will be hosting our first Rosewood National Night Out Market on Thursday, August 6th from 5-8pm.  National Night Out is a week long celebration held in communities across the country as a way to build community and combat crime across the United States.
Last year we had a free community dinner and live music that drew around 300 community members.  This year we thought, “Why not raise the bar and add a market?”, so we’re doing just that! The market will be an outdoor market and will again feature live music and a free community dinner!
If you are interested in being a vendor sign-up here.  If you have any questions feel free to email me at tony@rosewoodinitive.org or call at 503-208-2562.  I look forward to seeing you at the market!
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