Updated: May 5
Project Description Background: EQT By Designs Community Engagement Team, in partnership with Wisconsin Population Health Institute (PHI) seeks to prototype a model of employing Neighborhood Ambassadors through a project focused on collecting data on health inequalities.
This project, in partnership with PHI, will amplify the voices of those most impacted by health inequities by surveying South Madison. The South Madison focus makes your organization uniquely capable of being knowledgeable of potential Community Ambassadors.
This project would begin June 1 2023 and run through August 31st, with the possibility of extending into September of 2023.
Community ambassadors will canvass homes in the study area, focusing on rental properties, multi-family homes, and the mobile home park in addition to attending events hosted by local organizations, faith centers, and eldercare communities.
The first canvassing phase will entail talking to people in the neighborhood, dropping door hangers, and otherwise letting folks know they will be knocking on doors to ask for resident opinions in exchange for a token of thanks.
The second phase entails conducting in-person data collection door-by-door and at events. Ambassadors will work with a team coordinator at UW who will track the incentives distributed to participants of the study, overall data collection activities, and monitor data storage.
Community ambassadors will have fair compensation (see LTE description below for more details) for their work. For EQT this is to serve as a proof of concept of the benefits of recruiting and compensating Community Ambassadors to assist in projects that involve deep community engagement. Our belief is it won’t only deepen community engagement, but build community, and elevate community voices in projects and programs affecting their communities.
A Southside resident(s) preferred/ideal, or someone with deep Southside community connections
Representation demographics or expectations (BIPOC and multilingual, renter, homeowner, seniors, timing and availability (night/weekend))
Ambassadors should understand the cadence and rhythms of where community members reside, live, and hang out.
Community connections within the South Side of Madison, preferably currently residing within Madison's South Side.
Community Ambassador Position Description
Limited-Term Employment: Four positions open
In coordination with the Public Health Initiative (PHI), we’re working on community power-building efforts at the local level by amplifying the voices of those most impacted by health inequities. This project will target South Madison, to assist in this we are hiring four (4) part-time, LTE, “Community Ambassadors.”
Goal and purpose of this role: To be available and visible when community members are free is vital to the outreach strategy. Ambassadors should plan accordingly in terms of thinking about the time of day, week, and weekend to ensure the successful reach and accomplishment of the goals and objectives outlined below.
Term of employment: June 1 - August 31st, with the possibility of extending into September of 2023.
Hourly Wage: $25/hour
Hours per week: 8-10 hours/week
Application Link: EQT South-Side Community Ambassador Application
Canvassing homes in the study area, focusing on rental properties, multi-family homes, and mobile home parks in the South-Side area;
Attending events hosted by local organizations, faith centers, and eldercare communities.
Canvassing will entail talking to people in the neighborhood, dropping door hangers, and otherwise letting folks know they will be knocking on doors to ask for resident opinions in exchange for a token of thanks;
Conducting in-person data collection door-by-door and at events.
Patterns of outreach and engagement - ambassadors should ensure that they make themselves available as community members;
Number of people to engage - 200+ people of historically marginalized and disenfranchised community members in the south side of Madison;
Any supplies such as safety vests, data collection tablets with cases, and outreach materials will be provided.
What a candidate brings:
Ambassadors should understand the cadence and rhythms of where community members reside, live, and hang out;
Community connections within the South Side of Madison, preferably currently residing within Madison's South Side;
Language skills in Spanish or Hmong a bonus.
Work Schedule Expectations
Flexible work schedule; we will work with Community Ambassadors to customize their work schedule while meeting the goals of the program;
Be in the field during the time of day and days of the week when community members are active and freely available;
This will include evenings and weekends;
Available for training and team building during the last two weeks of May for three 2-hour retreats.