Street Roots

for those who cannot afford free speech

Our Mission

Street Roots creates income opportunities for people experiencing homelessness and poverty by producing a newspaper and other media that are catalysts for individual and social change.

Vendor Program Assistant: Street Roots Job announcement April 25, 2019

STREET ROOTS JOB ANNOUNCEMENT: VENDOR PROGRAM ASSISTANT, CLOSES 5pm PST 05/13/2019

Mission: Street Roots creates income opportunities for people experiencing homelessness and poverty by producing a newspaper and other media that are catalysts for individual and social change.

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**** JOB ANNOUNCEMENT: STREET ROOTS VENDOR PROGRAM ASSITANT *****

Are you ready and excited to support 170 people experiencing homelessness and poverty to earn an income and get a hand-up selling Street Roots, an award-winning weekly newspaper?
 
We’re seeking a motivated, independent, compassionate, team-oriented self-starter to support daily front office interactions for our amazing team of vendors. Our Vendor Program Assistant opens the vendor office three days a week (including weekends), and hosts a calm, safer space for more than 170 active vendors. Basic duties include selling the newspaper to vendors, maintaining vendor sales locations, badges and database; overseeing office cleanliness and organization; managing the front desk (fielding calls and messages, distrubing Rose City Resource Guide, serving as an ambassador for our organization); maintaining vendor post map; and broadly supporting the well-being of vendors. 

Full job description follows below and is available at www.streetroots.org/VendorProgramAssistantMay2019

Salary and Benefits Information:

  • $16/hour (20-22 hours/week) Working Saturdays and Sundays is required

Want to apply?

Email a resume and a brief cover letter to admin@streetroots.org by 5pm on Monday, May 13, 2019. Please write “vendor program assistant” in the subject line.

In your cover letter, tell us how you heard about the position and respond to these questions:

  1. What qualifies you to work with people who are experiencing poverty and homelessness? What skills (personal, professional, educational or volunteer) do you bring to the job?
  2. Street Roots strives to create a safe space for people across race, ethnicity, culture, gender, housing status, family status, ability and sexual identity. How would you work to support this?

All inquiries will be handled confidentially. Interviews will begin in mid May and job will begin late May or early June. An email acknowledgement will be sent to all applicants within two business days. If you do not receive an acknowledgment within that timeframe, please contact Kayla Jones at kayla@streetroots.org
A criminal record will not necessarily disqualify a person from the position.

Equal Opportunity Employer

At Street Roots, we believe we can meet the organization’s mission only with a diverse board and staff who actively cultivate a culture of equity and inclusion across race, ethnicity, culture, gender, housing status, family status, ability and sexual identity.

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**** JOB DESCRIPTION: STREET ROOTS VENDOR PROGRAM COORDINATOR *****

  • HOURS/STATUS: 22-20hours/week /Non-Exempt
  • The person in this position is expected to work weekends
  • REPORTS TO: Vendor Program Manager

               
Mission                   

Street Roots creates income opportunities for people experiencing homelessness and poverty by producing a newspaper and other media that are catalysts for individual and social change.
                                    
Position Summary

Our Vendor Program Assistant opens the vendor office three days a week (including weekends), and hosts a calm, safer space for more than 170 active vendors. Basic duties include selling the newspaper to vendors, maintaining vendor sales locations, badges and database; overseeing office cleanliness and organization; managing the front desk (fielding calls and messages, distrubing Rose City Resource Guide, serving as an ambassador for our organization); maintaining vendor post map; and broadly supporting the well-being of vendors.    

                    
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
            
Street Roots Vendor Office:

  •  Open and close vendor office 3 days per week including Saturday & Sunday (office opens at 7:30am daily)
  • Cover relief shifts as needed
  • Manage SR front desk (selling newspapers, distributing Rose City Resource guides, managing mail, triaging calls, relaying messages to vendors; and distributing forms such as sale post requests, bus pass requests, in-kind donation forms. Many things happen simultaneously at SR. The person in this position needs to be able to maintain grace and calm under pressure.
  • Track sales locations for Vendor Program Manger, updating post maps and track vendor sales in conjuction with map
  • Maintain vendor database (ensuring sales records are input correctly, running and analyzing weekly sales reports, documenting all incidents in office or on location) 
  • Oversee distrubution of vendor mail, office announcements and boards
  • Manage a space that is inclusive and safe for people across race, ethnicity, culture, gender, gender identity, housing status, family status, ability and sexual identity.
  • Manage a safe office, working with staff to mediate and de-escalate vendor conflict, support vendors in crisis
  • Oversee distribution of vendor mail and hygiene supplies
  • Oversee cleanliness and organization of vendor office by distributing vendor chores daily, inventorying hygiene supplies and communicating supply needs to Vendor Program Manger and Administrative Assistant 
  • Help vendors get to sales locations or events through our transportation programs (including Uber grant and TriMet passes)
  • Manager volunteer support, assigning tasks
  • Support Vendor Program Manager and Volunteer Coordintor in hosting in-office events and meetings.

Staff Development

• Participate in ongoing trainings, staff meetings, and Street Roots ongoing equity & inclusion work.
                               
Experience, Knowledge, Skills, and Core Competencies

  • Relevant coursework in social work or related field and/or experience working with people in homelessness and poverty (including employment, volunteerism, peer support training, lived experience)
  • Exceptionally dependable with time, records management and cash handling (vendors depend on the office being open on-time every day and for their accounts to be accurate)
  • A strong capacity for treating people with respect, dignity, and nonviolence in often trying situations Self-motivated and work well in unstructured, sometimes chaotic environment Strong communication skills (both written and verbal) and a strong commitment to teamwork, communicating regularly and clearly with Vendor Program Manager r as well as vendor team members (staff, volunteers)
  • A demonstrated commitment to non-violence in crisis de-escalation
  • Able to maintain appropriate professional boundaries and confidentiality A demonstrated commitment to keeping an inclusive, safe, and equitable environment for people across across race, ethnicity, culture, gender, gender identity housing status, family status, ability and sexual identity; and to Street Root’s ongoing work around equity
  • Technology: Every day you will be using MacOS, GMail, Google Drive Applications, and a Salesforce database. Ability to use modern computer technology is essential.

    
Work Environment

Small, sometimes chaotic office environment in Old Town.
Individuals from all walks of life come into and call Street Roots daily. You will be expected to treat everyone with the same level of respect.

The Vendor Office is open during the following hours 365 days per year regardless of holiday or weather. Your schedule will involve working weekends.

  • M - F        7.30 AM - 3.00 PM
  • Saturday    7.30 AM - 2.00 PM
  • Sunday    7.30 AM - 1.00 PM

Our Friends Speak About Street Roots

Street Roots is a journalistic gem. I feel lucky to have access to such high caliber investigative reporting with a strong community conscience. Combine the newspaper with Street Roots’ tremendous community organizing presence and the result is an irreplaceable social change resource.

- David Rogers, Executive Director, ACLU of Oregon