Redesign is hiring a Project Assistant for Seward Civic & Commerce Association

Job Description


Position Title:             Project Assistant, Business Association


Position Reports to:              SCCA Program Manager/Associate Director


Primary Functions:

The Project Assistant (PA) works with a team consisting of the Redesign Associate Director, SCCA Program Manager, and interns to assist with the implementation of programs and projects for the Seward Civic and Commerce Association (SCCA).   The PA is responsible for planning and executing projects, specifically organizing and implementing monthly membership meetings, and writing, designing and publishing the monthly membership newsletter in a professional and timely manner.  The PA also is responsible for monitoring the SCCA website and social media accounts. PA will assist with planning and execution of  the Franklin Frolic, a retail event to encourage exposure to the Seward business district in December 2011.  In addition, the PA is also responsible for building and maintaining constructive relationships with neighborhood residents, businesses and community organizations, and Redesign board and committee members.


Principal Duties:

·         Monthly Meetings

Work with Redesign staff and SCCA Board to define objectives for monthly meetings, identify and secure guest speakers, coordinate details of venue and food, and send out reminders and manage RSVPs for each meeting.  Attend meetings and coordinate payments and cash management for each event. 

·         Membership Newsletters

Perform interviews and complete writing for 2-3 special articles each month for newsletter. Complete newsletters in In-Design template, review with the board of directors for feedback, and publish to membership. 

·         Business Outreach

Conduct outreach in the community to area businesses, gain participation in the Seward Civic and Commerce Association, and identify needs for Redesign’s technical assistance including government approvals and referrals for financing.

·         Social Media

Monitor and update the SCCA website, online directory, and Facebook and Twitter accounts.

·         Franklin Frolic Event Planning

Work with the Marketing Intern to coordinate business participation, printed materials and outreach/advertising for the 2011 Franklin Frolic winter event.

·         Administrative

Perform administrative functions as assigned, including assistance in arranging special events, fundraising proposals, and share administrative tasks as needed to keep a small office functioning smoothly.


·         Organizational Relations

Attend committee meetings of neighborhood organizations and SCCA as needed; attend annual meetings and other public events of partners.


Preferred Qualifications and Characteristics:

·            Strong verbal and writing skills. This position has been an excellent fit for journalism students, or those with writing and interviewing experience. 

·            A strong interest in small, local business development, affordable housing, and commercial development and community planning.

·            Some experience or familiarity with project management skills including strong problem solving skills, initiative and perseverance as well as an ability and comfort working in an entrepreneurial, fast-paced, and dynamic work environment.

·            Demonstrated ability to work with people of diverse backgrounds and origins.

·            An open, engaging work style, a good sense of humor and a balanced perspective.

·            Solid computer skills in Word, Outlook and Excel. Some experience with InDesign a plus. 

·            A positive attitude toward community involvement and input and comfort in making presentations at community meetings and other public venues.

·            A 2-yr degree plus or 1-2 years into a BA or equivalent with no previous experience. 


Hours and Compensation:

Hours:  20-30 hours/wk Summer 2011, 15-20 hours/wk academic year 2011-12.

Stipend: The intern will receive a stipend for their contributions. 



To Apply:

Send cover letter, resume and a short writing sample to Megan Sheridan, SCCA Program Manager, via email at


Applications are due on or before 4:00p.m. on Tuesday, March 15th, 2011. 


Seward Redesign:

Redesign uses development to engage the energy and creativity of residents and businesses in the evolution of neighborhoods to serve future generations.

Redesign is a private non-profit corporation established in 1969.  Redesign is both a commercial and housing real estate developer that provides comprehensive community development services, including planning, policy advocacy, and program administration.  It sustains its work through philanthropic support, government contracts, and earned fees in real estate development consulting.

We maintain an entrepreneurial, team-oriented work environment that supports individual creativity and collaboration with other organizations.


Redesign offers competitive compensation and benefits. Redesign is an equal opportunity employer; members of minority communities and women are strongly encouraged to apply.


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