Development Review Committee – discussions on policies and planning

The committee will meet on Tuesday, February 12, from 8-9:30 a.m., in Conference Room B, 180 East 5th Street.

Agenda items will include discussion of potential policy / process changes for downtown businesses with Joe Spencer, Downtown Alliance President. Topics will include:

  • Requirement that establishments serving liquor cannot be within 300 feet of a church or school
  • Requirement restricting advertising signage to a small percentage of windows on businesses
  • Prohibition on merchandise sales on sidewalks
  • Special event permit requirements where businesses request permission to sell alcoholic beverages outside (during parades or other events)

The committee will also discuss the process for updating the Downtown Chapter of the City’s Comprehensive Plan (CRC will begin this process in 2019).

For an overview of that process, please see the City’s District Plan Guidelines

Engagement Program Manager – Temporary, Part-time Contract Opportunity

Engagement Program Manager Posting

CapitolRiver Council is seeking to hire a part-time employee on a temporary contract to lead and implement a broad range of community engagement strategies in District 17, which includes Downtown Saint Paul and the Capitol area. A key focus of the position is to engage downtown residents in discussions about local issues, and to develop recommendations and advocate those recommendations to the Saint Paul City Council and Mayor.

In 2019, CRC will be working with City staff and the Planning Commission to review and update the Downtown chapter of the City’s Comprehensive Plan. Therefore, a desired outcome is to increase the number of people who are engaged in that planning process, and in particular, to engage people who reflect the diverse perspectives and interests of all District 17 stakeholders.

Overview of duties and expectations

  • Develop professional relationships with residents in each residential building in District 17, and invite them to participate in public committee meetings and other planning activities. (Note that you are part of a team that includes many CRC board members who live downtown.) Particular emphasis should be on a) identifying buildings where CRC does not have an established professional relationship with at least one resident, and b) helping people to become effective advocates for the neighborhood through understanding concepts of community organizing and advocacy.
  • Develop strategies for engaging stakeholders in meaningful discussions about quality-of-life issues, livability and barriers to livability, collecting input, and developing recommendations based on that input.
  • Develop strategies for creating an organizational culture that fosters mutual respect, where all people’s opinions are valued, and where all people feel safe in sharing their opinions and concerns.

Desired qualifications

  • Previous work experience (including volunteer work if applicable) and / or training in community engagement, advocacy, community organizing, or a related field, preferably in Downtown Saint Paul.
  • Familiarity with the City of Saint Paul Comprehensive Planning and neighborhood planning processes.
  • Demonstrated cultural competence, and experience addressing the needs and priorities of a broad population in a neighborhood and / or a larger community (city, school district, county, etc.). Racial equity should be at the core of this work, but efforts should also address additional disparities that people may encounter in District 17. These could include disparities based on income, age, gender, immigration status, or among renters and homeowners.
  • Demonstrated understanding of local government decision-making processes, and potential ways to address community needs. For example, strategies for addressing issues and concerns could include recommendations regarding allocation of public resources; recommended changes to statutes or ordinances; or ideas for collaborative efforts among public, private and nonprofit sector organizations to address concerns related to housing, education, recreation, transportation, safety, health, and food access.

Terms and conditions

  • Position is a temporary contract position, with tasks to be completed over approximately 3 to 4 months.
  • Position reports to the CapitolRiver Council Executive Director.
  • Hourly rate is $20-25 per hour.
  • Up to $9,000 is available for this position.
  • Applicants will submit a proposal, and CRC staff will rank the proposals based on the following criteria. All applicants will be informed if they will be selected for an interview or not.

Ranking Criteria (proposals will be evaluated based on how well the applicant addresses these qualifications and skills):

  • 0-25 points for work experience, academic course work or professional training (completed seminars, webinars, etc.) in community engagement, community organizing, or a related field.
  • 0-10 points for experience with the City of Saint Paul’s planning processes (this could be as an employee or volunteer, such as a district council board member or participant in planning activities led by the City of Saint Paul or the Riverfront Development Corporation or similar organization).
  • 5 points for experience as a community organizer or similar position in Saint Paul’s District 17 (all 5 points will be awarded for at least 6 months of experience).
  • 5 points for experience as a community organizer or similar position anywhere in Saint Paul (all 5 points will be awarded for at least 6 months of experience).
  • 0-5 points for experience working on event planning and coordination.
  • 0-5 points for experience working with diverse groups of people to identify and address disparities.

To Apply:

Please send your resume and a proposal that explains how you would perform the desired duties, if hired. Please be as specific as possible in terms of how you would identify audiences, engage them in our work, empower people to be effective community leaders, and help create a culture of mutual respect.

The goal is to fill this position in late February. Review of applications will begin on February 11, 2019.

Please contact Jon Fure, CRC Executive Director, to apply, or to ask questions about this opportunity: 651-221-0488, office@capitolrivercouncil.org

CapitolRiver Council is an equal opportunity employer.

Community Engagement and Planning Intern Opportunity

The CapitolRiver Council is seeking a student intern to lead community engagement and urban planning activities in Downtown Saint Paul, and to provide staff support to public committees that engage stakeholders in developing recommendations to advise the Saint Paul City Council. In 2019, we will be working with City staff and the Planning Commission to review and update the Downtown chapter of the City’s Comprehensive Plan. The ideal student will have completed one or more courses on subjects related to engagement and planning, such as Community Development, Urban Planning, Public Policy, Housing Policy, Public Administration or Nonprofit Administration.

CRC, an official advisory group to the Saint Paul City Council, represents and works in partnership with all District 17 stakeholders to act on urban planning and community building efforts as part of a shared vision to support sustainable, safe, healthy, and vibrant neighborhoods.

Compensation: $15 per Hour, 10-15 hours per week

Duration: Temporary / Seasonal

Apply by sending your resume and letter of interest to Jon Fure, CRC Executive Director, at office@capitolrivercouncil.org .

CapitolRiver Council is an equal opportunity employer.