Resilience Corps members will serve as a first of a kind boost of capacity for local government agencies in the Greater Portland Maine region to rapidly recover from The Pandemic and accelerate civic innovation, climate action, racial equity and digital equity towards regional resilience. Corps members will split time embedded with local government entities as well as working with small cohorts to address regional projects.
Activities for Corps Members include: convening and coordinating community volunteer committees, conducting research of best practices, collecting data and helping facilitate data collection, helping organize and analyze information, conducting targeted public outreach and awareness. Specific project activities may include:
Assess community facilities as resilience hubs for crisis response including wireless internet, electric charging, distributed energy generation and storage and appropriate social distancing.
Support and guide community broadband planning to ensure universal community connectivity
Support new partnerships to provide enhanced digital services
Facilitate social distance programs and protocol
Engage small businesses to evaluate needs and priorities in relation to the needs and priorities of local government and community organizations.
Community Need Addressed
The Greater Portland Resilience Corps is designed to embed new capacity in local government to adapt and proactively adjust to short term shocks and long-term strain on economic, social and environmental systems throughout the region.
Local government capacity to prepare for change and adapt to short term shocks and long term strains is an essential component of community resilience. The Resilience Corps will help provide that capacity by supporting digital services, volunteer management, and community engagement for a wide range of activities including: public health, broadband planning, climate action, economic development, and transportation planning.
Education award upon successful completion of service, Health coverage, Living allowance, Stipend
Professional development training with data collection, analysis and visualization. Process improvement and innovation training.
Competencies You Will Develop
Lead group discussion, Listen to and consider others' viewpoints
Creativity & Problem Solving
Able to identify and define the problem, Capable of generating possible solutions, Communicate the problem to appropriate personnel, Improvise
Derive consensus, Develop constructive working relationships and maintain them over time, Establish a high degree of trust and credibility with others, Stay positive and outcome oriented, Use appropriate strategies and solutions for dealing with conflicts and differences to maintain a smooth workflow
Identify and prioritize the key issues involved to facilitate the decision making process, Involve people appropriately in decisions that may impact them, Quickly respond with a back-up plan if a decision goes amiss
Carefully consider which tools or technological solutions are appropriate for a given job, Seek opportunities to improve knowledge of tools and technologies that may assist in streamlining work and improving productivity
Able to prioritize various competing tasks, Create environment of contribution, Create plan of action, schedule tasks so that work is completed on time, Demonstrate the effective allocation of time and resources efficiently, Drive decision making, Facilitate group planning, Set goals
Be pleasant, courteous, professional and respectful when dealing with internal and external customers or clients, Provide personalized, prompt, and efficient service to meet the requirements, requests and needs of customers, Recognize the importance of maintaining privacy and confidentiality of those being served, Understand the importance of one's role in the functioning of the organization