CIDBIA Updates

Position Announcement: CID Community Safety Coordinator

Organization Name: Chinatown-International District Business Improvement Area (CIDBIA)
Employer Type: 501(c)3 Non-Profit
Location: Combination of remote and on-site outreach

Position Description:

The Community Safety Coordinator (CSC) serves the Chinatown-International District (CID) and is the neighborhood liaison for CID stakeholders, City of Seattle, and community organizations to improve public safety in Seattle’s Chinatown-International District. After the tragic murder of Donnie Chin, a volunteer first responder on 911 calls and public safety community leader for over forty years, the CID Public Safety Steering Committee and the City of Seattle came together and developed the CID Public Safety Task Force Report in 2016. This position is one of the action items of the report.

This position is generally autonomous, but the successful candidate will work collaboratively with public, private, and nonprofit partners and will especially rely on community organizations for their knowledge in specific program areas. This position will be supervised by the Executive Director of the Chinatown-International District Business Improvement Area (CIDBIA) and reports to the CIDBIA and the Chinatown-International District Public Safety Council.

The CSC will advocate for the reduction of criminal activities and related environmental factors, fostering public safety through a vibrant and healthy neighborhood and enhancing public safety by improving coordination and communication. The CID Public Safety Council, made up of representatives of CID organizations and key City departmental staff, provides the Community Safety Coordinator with ongoing guidance and problem-solving assistance to ensure effective collaboration and progress toward defined outcomes including:

  1. Developing initiatives to improve police-community relations with an emphasis on serving non/limited English-speaking residents in CID.
  2. Coordinating public safety efforts to appropriately address the needs and concerns of business owners, neighborhood groups and residents in CID.
  3. Overseeing community management of the recommendations from the Public Safety Task Force and its implementation in CID.

Essential Duties

Neighborhood Coordination
Coordinate public safety activities in the neighborhood – information sharing, data tracking, communication, and education.

  • Respond to businesses, residents, and community members as needed, including but not limited to assistance filing police report, advising safe practices, and 1 on 1 support with businesses and residents.
  • Collaborate with the SPD CID Public Safety Liaison and City of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods Community Engagement Coordinator on coordinating outreach and communication to neighborhood stakeholders.
  • Staff support for the CID Public Safety Council. Coordinate monthly community public safety meetings (Including administrative tasks, agenda development, meeting minutes, and distribution).
  • Coordinate and support - as appropriate - community-driven initiatives to enhance public safety service delivery.
  • Data maintenance and management, administer and coordinate the annual CID public safety survey with community-based partners.
  • Manage events and supervise volunteers in implementation of various public safety activities. Inclusive of educational workshops and special events.

Communication & Collaboration
Establish, strengthen, and maintain positive relationships with program partners. Be a direct resource and support to neighborhood constituents – businesses, residents, property owners, employees, and visitors.

  • Develop and support ways of sharing information to keep community constituents updated on current cases, issues, and individuals known to conduct criminal activities. Collaborate and communicate with City agencies to support community education efforts. Report the information at appropriate meetings, presentations and public events as needed.
  • Serve as an information conduit between the SPD and the community regarding up-to-date information about daily patrol and police operations.
  • Maintain regular communication on perceived safety needs of the CID neighborhood to the CID Public Safety Liaison and the Crime Prevention Coordinator with SPD.
  • Support City programs such as Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD), REACH, and King County Regional Homelessness Authority (KCRHA) to help communicate and address neighborhood public safety order issues.

Education & Training
Be the repository for public safety education, identify needs and develop resources for the neighborhood.

  • Facilitates community education on a range of issues that impact the neighborhood, which includes CPTED, EBT Fraud, Car Prowls, Trespass Ordinance, Stolen Goods Trafficking, Shoplifting, Homelessness Encampments, De-escalation, Chemical Dependency, Mental Health.
  • Educate and lead trainings for the community on the role of SPD and other departments that impact public safety; how police handle situations, share public safety tips and answer questions. Work with the community in learning how and when to call 911.

Represent the interests of the CID to the City, SPD, and other policy-making bodies.

  • Be current on City policies and procedures that relate to public safety in the CID.
  • Identify and develop key relationships at SPD and the City and represent the CID interests.
  • Provide public safety policy analysis to community organizations.
  • Identify areas for policy and programmatic improvement for the betterment of the neighborhood.
  • Determine the best measures of public safety data and track to measure success of programs and activities.

Required Qualifications/Skills:

  • Excellent communication skills –verbal, written, and strong ability to listen
  • Strong administration and interpersonal skills, good organization skills; patient
  • Strategic thinker and problem-solving abilities
  • Strong ability to build relationships with diverse stakeholders
  • Ability to collaborate and facilitate conversations with diverse perspectives
  • Ability to prioritize, multitask and work independently
  • Assertive, empathetic, culturally competent
  • Knowledge and passion for the Chinatown International District
  • Ability and experience facilitating public meetings
  • Proven experience in data analysis and management
  • Commitment to racial equity and justice.

Education & Experience

  • A bachelor's degree in a related field and 3+ years’ experience in public safety, community outreach; or any suitable combination of education, skills and experience.
  • Demonstrable experience working with low-income, communities of color and diverse populations.
  • Demonstrable experience working independently and in community liaison/outreach roles.
  • Ability to communicate, written or verbally, in Cantonese, Mandarin, or Vietnamese a plus.

Compensation and Benefits

  • Salary is $60,000/year
  • 100% of Employee Medical, Dental and Vision Insurance Benefits are covered by Employer; Spouse and Dependent Benefits are available with payroll deduction for cost.
  • Cell phone and travel stipend
  • Retirement contribution equal to 3% of salary
  • 24 days per year of Paid Time Off (PTO)
  • Paid holidays including 1 week off between Christmas and New Year’s Day

This is a paid, full-time position that is funded by a 1-year grant to run January to December 2023. Continued employment past December 2023 is contingent on the grant being renewed.

Please submit a cover letter and resume to by January 15th, 2023.