Job Description: Speakers’ Bureau Coordinator
The Massachusetts Housing & Shelter Alliance (MHSA) is seeking a qualified candidate to oversee our Speakers’ Bureau program. The person in this position will also work closely with the Director of MHSA’s A Place to Live program to coordinate speaking engagements in new communities where MHSA micro-units are being developed.
About the Program:
The Speakers’ Bureau is dedicated to providing people who have experienced homelessness the opportunities to share their stories and educate the public about solutions to homelessness. Established in 2010, the Speakers’ Bureau has presented to more than 20,000 audience members to date. Speakers provide insights into the realities of homelessness, challenge some of the most common stigmas around homelessness and encourage audiences to engage in efforts to end homelessness. Presentations are adapted for any audience, including schools, community groups, businesses, and faith communities.
MHSA is a statewide organization that is driving innovation to end homelessness among adult individuals through advocacy and development of outcome-based programs. For more than 25 years, MHSA has been transforming the traditional response of emergency shelter into a system of permanent housing, improved access to support services and healthcare, and other long-term solutions to homelessness. These strategies have helped dramatically reduce chronic homelessness in Massachusetts and gained MHSA national recognition for several policy initiatives. MHSA has a network of 89 member agencies; it also works closely with state and city government. It uses its unique position as an intermediary between public agencies and homeless service providers to create innovative responses to homelessness for adults in Massachusetts.
MHSA is an Equal Opportunity Employer offering competitive pay, generous benefits, and work in a mission-focused organization. Learn more about MHSA at www.mhsa.net.
The Speakers’ Bureau Coordinator will manage all aspects of the Speakers’ Bureau program including but not limited to: serving as key MHSA point of contact for Speakers and hosts, coordinating logistics for presentations, facilitating presentations, growing presentation calendar through publicity and promotion, creating and adapting content for specific audiences, and providing ongoing training and networking opportunities for Speakers.
Duties and Responsibilities:
- Manage speaking calendar and all aspects of speaking engagements including transportation logistics, Speaker availability, payment forms, and any special coordination with host venue.
- Facilitate speaking engagements, including possible weekend and evening commitments.
- Initiate opportunities for speaking engagements and promote the Speakers’ Bureau program.
- Maintain relationships with current speaking venues and serve as primary point of contact with Speakers.
- Collaborate with the Development Office on promotional materials, fundraising and grant opportunities, and publicity related to the Speakers’ Bureau.
- Assist in providing data as needed, for reports or otherwise.
- Working closely with A Place to Live Director, prepare Speakers’ Bureau presentations for key municipalities related to PTL developments.
- Work with President/Executive Director and PTL Director on strategic speaking points for Speakers’ Bureau presentations, specifically regarding NIMBY issues and racial equity.
- Personal lived experience with homelessness preferred, as well as a general understanding of issues related to homelessness on a state and local level.
- Demonstrable capacity to work with basic computer software including Microsoft Office, Excel.
- Experience with issues related to racial/ethnic disparity.
- Excellent attention to detail; ability to follow through and meet deadlines.
- Excellent organizational, written, and verbal communication skills, including ability to prepare reports.
- Strong public speaking and interpersonal skills. Ability to work with Speakers, funders partner agencies and members of the public from diverse backgrounds.
- Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
- Ability to travel to various parts of Massachusetts for speaking engagements.
The Speakers’ Bureau Coordinator will report directly to the Director of Development.
NOTE: Due to COVID-19, the majority of MHSA staff are working remotely. When it is safe and allowable to do so, staff will primarily be working from the Boston office, although the person in this position may continue to primarily work remotely.
Compensation and Benefits:
This position is non-exempt (hourly) and will be full-time for 40 hours per week. Compensation is commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits include: health and dental insurance (80% employer-paid), pre-tax commuter benefits, generous paid vacation and holidays, a 401K retirement plan with generous matching contribution, and more.
How to Apply:
Please email a cover letter and resume to: Ms. Kaye Wild, Vice President, Massachusetts Housing & Shelter Alliance at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please put in the subject line: Speakers’ Bureau Coordinator Position. Please reply by December 8, 2020.
MHSA is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to a diverse workforce. Individuals from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.