Community Engagement Specialist

Community Engagement Specialist

VanderHouwen | Medford, OR, 97504, US
Salary Range:$32,000 – $42,000 Salary range estimated by Zippia

Posted 14 days ago

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Community Engagement Specialist The Community Engagement Specialist is responsible for the administration of the community engagement and outreach activities for our client’s organization. This position researches and identifies best practices and meaningful opportunities to interface with members and the public in a variety of engagement activities. This position also acts as a community liaison to a variety of services that share our mutual population and coordinates small sponsorships and projects for community partners. This position works with the Community Health Manager in some workgroups and processes which are relevant to the implementation of the Community Health Improvement Plan. All work will be conducted through the lens of improving health equity for all vulnerable populations. This position is located in Medford, Oregon. Community Engagement Specialist Responsibilities Community Engagement and Outreach: Coordinate the development of the local Community Advisory Council (CAC), including member recruitment, outreach and engagement, agenda planning, meeting and group facilitation, and document preparation in accordance with current contract requirements. Actively works to foster relationships with community-based organizations and networks to advance community relations and equity-based initiatives. Develop and implement public participation plans, outreach tools and other activities designed to broaden public involvement and improve communications with community members, particularly for underserved communities and communities of color. Continually refines outreach and engagement tools in support of programs/resources that lead to more accessibility for communities of color, non-English speakers, and people with disabilities. Collaboration with team/departments to identify and track community events to maximize organizational capacity for engagement. Work with team/departments to plan, implement, and participate in community outreach initiatives and culturally relevant engagement strategies. Identifies opportunities for team/departments to leverage existing community engagement work and learnings. Program Administration: Work with the Community Health Manager to implement work relevant to the Community Health Improvement Plan, overseen by the CAC, in accordance with contract requirements. Research, develop, and implement plans in partnership with other organizations to address the cultural competency and health equity transformation requirements to Oregon Health Authority. Ensure communication with staff to provide a high level of support to the local CAC. Coordinate CAC-initiated projects, in consultation with CAC Chair, Regional Executive and other staff. Serve as the liaison between organizations. Collaborate with the Community Health Manager on agency, initiative and event-specific advertising. Manages community reinvestment funds through the sponsorship review process. Take on the completion of specific project-related tasks with increasing levels of responsibility over time. Pilots community engagement initiatives in collaboration with staff in underserved neighborhoods. Reviews key public engagement messages and policies for accuracy and consistency. Act as a liaison to outside community stakeholders, reporting back to the Community Health Manager. Represents company at community events, standing committees, workshops, conferences, and project-specific events. Serves as a subject matter expert in community dynamics and cross-cultural community engagement. Works directly with Health Equity Program Specialist to coordinate agency-wide equity learnings and expand impact for underserved communities. Commit to collaborate with others to achieve goals; possesses the awareness, knowledge and ability to work within culturally diverse teams. Essential Department and Organizational Functions Propose and implement process improvements. Meet deadlines for completion of workload. Maintain agreed upon work schedule. Demonstrate cooperation and teamwork. Provide cross-training on specific job responsibilities. Meet identified business goals that contribute to departmental goals. Perform other duties as needed. Community Engagement Specialist Qualifications Basic knowledge of principles, methods, and techniques of project management and change management. Significant self-direction/self-management skills with the ability to work independently and effectively as a sole contributor and as part of a team. Ability to informally lead peers, cross-functional partners and management toward project goal attainment. Strong interpersonal, organizational, oral and written communication skills. Ability to coordinate multiple cross and parallel projects. Ability to organize, analyze, simplify and report complex information into presentation format. Ability to work in an environment with diverse individuals and groups. Understand the nature of consumer engagement and vulnerable populations, particularly communities of color. Ability to build and maintain professional relationships with public, stakeholder groups, community organizations, and both internal and external management groups; ability to present a positive and professional image. Ability to work collaboratively, navigate difficult conversations, resolve conflicts, propose solutions and gain agreement with a variety of internal and external stakeholders. Refined interpersonal maturity/skills and a high level of emotional/social intelligence. Ability to use critical thinking skills in problem solving. Ability to manage multiple tasks and timelines and to remain flexible in a dynamic work environment. Ability to propose and implement processes and procedures as needed. Ability to practice sound judgment, sensitivity, and maintain confidentiality. Ability to use word processing, spread-sheet, PowerPoint. Ability to occasionally work irregular hours (e.g., evening meetings and weekend activities). Education and/or Experience Required: Minimum 2 years of volunteer coordination, project coordination, or community outreach experience in non-profit organizations. Valid driver’s license, acceptable driving record, and automobile liability coverage or access to an insured vehicle. Preferred: Experience in the healthcare field. Experience with racial equity, social justice or inclusive community engagement work helpful. About VanderHouwen VanderHouwen is an award-winning, Women-Owned, WBENC certified professional staffing firm. Founded in 1987, VanderHouwen has been successfully placing experienced professionals throughout the Pacific Northwest and nationwide. Our recruitment teams are highly specialized in either Technology and IT, Engineering, or Accounting and Finance career markets. Our recruiters value building meaningful, professional relationships with each candidate as well as developing honed knowledge of companies' staffing needs and workplaces. Partner with us to land your next exciting career. VanderHouwen is an Equal Opportunity Employer and participates in E-Verify. VanderHouwen does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or any other characteristic protected by applicable local, state or federal civil rights laws. #LI-hybrid