Volunteers Needed – COMMUNITY SAFETY & EQUITY TASK FORCE

The Town of Bennington is seeking up to eleven volunteer members to accomplish the following charge: Develop recommendations for the name, scope, structure, membership and responsibilities of a community safety and equity board. Areas of focus will include: 1. Recommendations on police department training and community collaboration efforts; 2. Review of complaints against the Bennington Police Department; 3. Development and review of proposed critical Bennington Police Department policies and procedures; 4. Analysis of safety and equity data.

A complete description of the scope of work is available below.  Applicants must live or work in Bennington, VT. To apply, send a letter of interest and one letter of reference to the Town of Bennington, ATTN: Michele Johnson, Human Resources & Contracts Administrator, 205 South Street, P.O. Box 469, Bennington, Vermont, 05201, or email to mjohnson@benningtonvt.org. Letters of interest must include name, address, and contact information. Closing date for applying is Friday, August 20, 2021, at 5 P.M.

The Town of Bennington is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We strongly encourage people of color, people with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ community, and people from other underrepresented groups to apply recognizing and respecting that diverse perspectives and experiences are valuable to our team and essential to our public service.

TOWN OF BENNINGTON
COMMUNITY SAFETY AND EQUITY TASK FORCE
SCOPE OF WORK DESCRIPTION

General Information

Volunteer Position:                             Community Member Safety and Equity Task Force

Contact Information:                          Town of Bennington

ATTN: Michele Johnson

Human Resources & Contracts Administrator

Phone: 802-447-9702
Email:
mjohnson@benningtonvt.org

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Nature of Work:

Participate in a task force of up to eleven members to accomplish the following charge: Develop recommendations for the name, scope, structure, membership and responsibilities of a community safety and equity board. Areas of focus will include: 1. Recommendations on police department training and community collaboration efforts; 2. Review of complaints against the Bennington Police Department; 3. Development and review of proposed critical Bennington Police Department policies and procedures; 4. Analysis of safety and equity data.

The full proposal and timeline can be found at the Town of Bennington’s website (www.benningtonvt.org).

Work Schedule:

The Safety and Equity Task Force will be an official committee of the Town of Bennington with membership not to exceed a six-month term. Recommendations to the Select Board are expected to be delivered prior to the completion of the task force term on the timeline provided. As a body, the group will determine the frequency and timing of meetings to accomplish the task. The expectation is that this will require a focused and efficient meeting schedule and a high likelihood for at least twice-monthly meetings. The meetings will be a combination of in-person and zoom meetings.

Task force members must participate in a 7.5-hour training delivered over 3 days prior to addressing the task force charge as outlined in the task force timeline.

Scope of Work:

The successful applicant will be able to research and review materials from a variety of sources relating to promoting and increasing safety and equity in communities and evaluate these materials for their applicability to the Town of Bennington. It will be critical for members to work collaboratively with NACOLE facilitators, Town staff and fellow task force members to achieve the goals in the charge. The task force will prepare recommendations for the Bennington Select Board relating to the specific charge and present the recommendations at a warned Select Board meeting.

Task Force Membership and Competencies Required:

The Town is committed to a task force that is as diverse as possible and reflects a range of ages and backgrounds. We are also committed to membership that reflects those who will be most impacted by the work of a safety and equity board.

Applicants are encouraged to identify potential barriers to assist fellow Task force members in developing formats, meeting times, and structures that will allow the highest level of inclusivity.

To assist in attracting diverse applicants, the Select Board particularly encourages applications from individuals with the following areas of expertise and experience.

  1. Mental Health
  2. K-12 Education
  3. Lived Experience
  4. Active BPD Officer
  5. Law
  6. Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC)
  7. Business
  8. Recent High School or College Graduate
  9. Domestic Violence
  10. Interfaith
  11. Disability
  12. LGBTQ
  13. Migrant Labor

Competencies Needed: We will consider any combination of relevant work experience, volunteering, education, and transferable skills as qualifying, unless specifically stated as required.

    • Requires a high school diploma or equivalent, or 2+ years of relevant experience
    • Demonstrate the ability to work collaboratively with others
    • Ability to effectively communicate verbally and in writing
    • Ability to exercise good judgment, courtesy, and tact
    • Ability to apply techniques and practices for dealing with individuals from various socioeconomic and ethnic groups in person and through online communication
    • Ability to learn and retain information relevant to the charge of the task force.
    • Access to reliable internet

To Apply:

Please send a letter of interest, addressing the four items below that includes your name, address, and contact information to the physical or email address below by ­­­Friday, August 20 at 5 pm. Applicants must live or work in Bennington, VT.

Your letter must address the following three points and include one letter of reference:

  1. Identify and describe your experience and/or expertise referencing relevant areas of experience and expertise listed above.
  2. Describe why you are interested in participating in the task force.
  3. What skills and experiences can you bring to this group process?
  4. Please include one letter of reference from someone not in your immediate family.

In-person interviews with finalists will be conducted beginning the week of September 7 with an expected start date of the week of September 20 for successful candidates.

Please send your letter of interest and reference to Michele Johnson at the physical or email addresses below:

Town of Bennington
ATTN: Michele Johnson
Human Resources & Contracts Administrator
205 South Street, P.O. Box 469
Bennington, Vermont 05201
Email: mjohnson@benningtonvt.org

The Town of Bennington is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We strongly encourage people of color, people with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ community, and people from other underrepresented groups to apply recognizing and respecting that diverse perspectives and experiences are valuable to our team and essential to our public service.