Learning Network Expansion Manager, Reimagining the Civic Commons

About Reimagining the Civic Commons

Reimagining the Civic Commons (RCC) is a national initiative that is transforming our shared civic assets to foster engagement, equity, environmental sustainability and economic development in cities across the country.

To counter the trends of increasing economic segregation, social isolation and distrust, a collaboration of national foundations and local civic leaders are reimagining civic assets as a solution. Together, we are demonstrating that transformative public spaces — such as parks, libraries, trails and community centers — can connect people of all backgrounds, cultivate trust and create more resilient communities.

We believe in the power of the commons.

For more information, visit https://civiccommons.us/.

 

About the Role

Shared learning is integral to Reimagining the Civic Commons. A national Civic Commons Learning Network (Learning Network) housed at U3 Advisors provides a growing community of practice with access to research and impact assessment, elevation through storytelling and cross-city learning opportunities. It is a go-to resource for civic asset and city leaders nationwide. We aspire to measure the impact of investments in the civic commons, support the innovation and collaboration required to achieve those impacts and increase broad-based support for these investments in cities across the country.

The Manager will be responsible for piloting an expansion of the Learning Network, overseeing an application and invitation process for 3-5 new cross-silo city teams to join the network of 10 existing city teams. The Manager will shape the program for new participants, helping them adopt RCC outcomes and principles to their own work, build relationships with each other, identify common goals, and work through common challenges. This initial expansion effort will ultimately serve as a model for future network expansion.

The Manager will work closely with the Director of RCC as a collaborator to develop this pilot expansion and the future of the Learning Network as a whole. The role is currently structured as a full-time, one-year contract, with the anticipation that it will be extended for another one-two years by the conclusion of the initial contract. The role will be fully remote and will remain remote after normal business activities resume following COVID-19 restrictions.

 

Scope of Work

The Manager reports to the Director of Reimagining the Civic Commons and will be responsible for leading the expansion of the RCC Learning Network to a new cohort of cross-silo city teams. This includes:

Recruiting and on-boarding expanded Learning Network participants

  • Lead outreach with interested cities and their partners.
  • Convey RCC vision, principles, and outcomes framework.
  • Conduct the application process, including coordinating with existing Learning Network members throughout for input.
  • Communicate with local/regional funders and civic leaders.

Facilitating cross-city Learning Network programming

  • Understand the goals, vision, organizational structures, and unique contexts of participants – both as citywide teams and as individual organizational representatives.
  • Facilitate identifying shared opportunities and challenges for the participant cohort and the larger public space field, particularly highlighting issues related to equity and racial justice.
  • Develop a one-year and multi-year program plan for the cohort, starting with on-boarding and progressing to sequenced focus areas discussions and problem-solving. Develop this program in alignment with the Director of RCC and existing Learning Network program sequence.
  • Host regular calls and working groups for participants to discuss successes and challenges across all participating cities.
  • Assist in the curation and execution of major learning events like Civic Commons Studios (multi-day programs at a participating city, with tours, presentations, and discussions). Plan event agendas, manage logistics, invite participants, and conduct follow-up outreach.
  • Throughout all programming and meetings: track connections and ideas made across participants and conduct follow-up between participants to strengthen relationships; expand upon ideas and learnings, including identifying and facilitating discussions around racial equity and other RCC-aligned values; and work with participants to apply those ideas to practice.
  • Proactively communicate regularly with individual participants to continuously strengthen the network.
  • Regularly conduct strategic review of the overall program strategy, direction, and progress with reports to the Director of RCC and engaged funders.

Managing impact assessment and storytelling

  • Support implementation of RCC learning and impact assessments, using shared Civic Commons measurement tools. Manage technical assistance partners and provide direct technical assistance as needed.
  • Track assessment implementation process across participants.
  • Convene regular discussions around RCC measurement.
  • Support implementation of RCC storytelling to elevate the work on the ground in the new cohort of cities and distill new insights for the larger field. Coordinate content development by Learning Network participants, and manage storytelling partners to develop compelling content that inform the field.
  • Develop case studies and presentations, document emerging practices, and compile anecdotes, data points, and images.
  • Provide overall network-wide assessments and reports.
  • Engage with local/regional and national funders on development and review of impact assessments and reports.

 

Travel

When public health conditions allow for safe business travel to resume, the Manager is expected to travel to the participating cities, estimated at approximately 15-20% of total time.

 

Experiences, Skills, and Abilities

Required

  • Passion and commitment to equitable and resilient cities
  • Adoption of RCC outcomes and principles
  • Proactive in weaving together new networks
  • Experience centering racial justice in discussions, program planning, and outcomes assessment
  • Experience facilitating multi-stakeholder meetings and collaborative efforts
  • Experience developing new programs, ideally for peer learning or professional development
  • Demonstrated effectiveness in running programming independently
  • Strategic systems thinker
  • Strong writing skills and storytelling ability
  • Strong public speaking and group moderation skills
  • Deep curiosity to learn
  • Strong project management and organizational skills
  • Comfortable working remotely

Additional experience desirable:

  • Experience working in urban public space and/or other public assets issues
  • Experience working with city, civic, and philanthropic leaders
  • Background in start-up organizations or programs
  • Experience with nonprofit and program evaluation

 

Submittal

To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to Stephany Lin at slin@u3advisors.com. In your cover letter, please explain what interests and excites you about RCC’s work and include examples of relevant past experience.