Director of Community Engagement Job Description
Job Title: Director of Community Engagement
Reports to: Executive Director
Supervises: Community Outreach Manager; Leadership Development Manager; Public Affairs Manager Position Category: Full time/Exempt
Benefits: Medical, dental, vision, and life insurance; Flexible Spending Account; flexible paid time off; paid medical leave; paid parental leave; short term disability leave; 401(k) with 3% employer matching; Employee Assistance Program
Contact: Please send resume and letter of interest that includes a statement describing the candidate’s commitment to reproductive health, rights, and justice to Cicely Paine, Director of People and Organizational Culture, at email@example.com.
Position Description: Feminist Women’s Health Center (FWHC) is seeking a highly skilled and experienced leader to administer and coordinate the Community Education & Advocacy Network (CEAN) department. In close partnership with our Executive Director and staff, this position will help lead FWHC to develop a comprehensive strategy, implementation, and evaluation plan for all community engagement programs and initiatives, including community outreach, education, organizing, legislative advocacy, and leadership development, to ensure shared vision and alignment. The Director of Community Engagement (DCE) is responsible for facilitating and maintaining strategic programmatic partnerships and for participating in community-based collaboratives and networks, as well as serving as the primary liaison for community engagement work within the organization. The DCE will serve in a senior leadership role at FWHC, and reports to the Executive Director.
Essential Responsibilities: This position is responsible for the following main areas. Other duties may be assigned.
Strategic Leadership, Support, and Oversight
- Oversee CEAN’s core programmatic work, ensuring that it remains impactful, innovative, high quality, and aligned with FWHC’s organizational mission and vision by working with staff to align their actions and communications in support of agreed upon goals.
- Develop, guide, and monitor implementation of strategies for movement building and community engagement that will strengthen reproductive justice efforts.
- Develop, implement, and oversee systems and activities that recruit, orient, and engage supporters, interns, fellows, and volunteers into programs and activities of FWHC, special projects, and committees that are strategically mission-aligned.
- Explore and develop strategic engagement of new & current partners and allies, including cultivating partnerships with community organizers, key constituencies, organizations, and adjacent movements, particularly those working at the intersections of race and gender or in support of reproductive health, rights, and justice, and act as an organizational leader for coalitions and collaborative spaces.
- Support internal CEAN team objectives including scheduling meetings with staff, interns, and interdepartmental meetings.
Program Development, Implementation, and Evaluation
- Support program staff to develop and maintain program goals, objectives, activities, curriculum, and evaluation methods.
- Support event planning, including compiling organizing lists, managing invitations for CEAN events, coordinating logistics, and developing communications strategies in partnership with the Development and Communications team.
- Create mechanisms to increase engagement, grow leadership skills, and measure investment of program participants and supporters.
- Oversee implementation of advocacy education and grassroots advocacy activities such as lobby days, rallies & other campaigns, to achieve effective outcomes on policy and public affairs goals.
- Develop effective mechanisms to solicit and incorporate feedback and evaluation surveys.
- Effectively measure and articulate the impact of volunteer, intern, and supporter engagement to internal and external stakeholders.
- Foster creative problem solving and conflict resolution in overcoming barriers to program effectiveness.
Budgeting and Reporting
- Supervise and develop the departmental budget and participate in budgeting, fundraising, strategic planning, and related tasks for the organization.
- Coordinate and direct public affairs, community outreach, education, and civic engagement activities, and ensure accurate data tracking and reporting to funders.
- Work closely with CEAN staff and Development and Communications team on the development of new grant proposals and reports, including providing direction on content and prioritizations, writing narrative, creating budgets, and tracking program activities as required for grant reporting.
Qualifications: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Knowledge, Skills, and Other Abilities:
- Previous leadership experience – at least 5 years in a leadership role.
- Understanding of and commitment to reproductive health, rights, and justice issues.
- Direct experience with social justice, organizing, and/or movement building work is required.
- Experience with leadership development, volunteer engagement, civic engagement, voter education, and/or legislative advocacy is preferred. Experience with racial justice centering anti-blackness, inter-sectional analysis, TGNC, youth organizing, immigrant rights, disability justice, and/or LGBT movements.
- Excellent planning, forecasting, strategic thinking, analytical and problem-solving skills.
- Strong training, facilitation, and curriculum development experience.
- Attention to detail and excellent organizational and communication skills.
- Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively, adapt as needed, self-manage, and prioritize between and manage multiple demands.
- Ability to lead with kindness and from a strengths-based perspective; someone who sees the value in every person and communicates respect and encouragement to people at all levels; a passionate investment in the well-being and success of staff and organizational partners.
- Optimistic and resourceful, with strong self-awareness, cultural competence, emotional intelligence, and humility; grounded and flexible with a high degree of integrity and transparency.
- Ability & willingness to accommodate a flexible schedule, including some nights & weekends.
- Willingness to travel.
Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, use hands, and talk or hear. The employee is regularly required to stand, walk, or move, and reach and grip items relatively far away. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 lbs.
Work Environment: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
- Depending on location, a combination of in-office and virtual office at this time. Must be able to participate in online virtual communications including email, video conferencing, and other online tools used to facilitate virtual office culture and work sharing.
- Must be able to conduct business in English; however, fluency in languages other than English is a plus.
- This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, and scanners. Employee is regularly required to communicate effectively via computer, via phone, and in person.
- The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
This position, as with all roles at the Feminist Women’s Health Center, includes upholding the philosophy and mission of the organization by:
- Maintaining work performance consistent with the organization’s policies and procedures
- Demonstrating an ability to work well with diverse groups of people
- Maintaining a high degree of professional ethics to include confidentiality of all clients, donor, volunteer, and employee information
- Utilizing work time efficiently and with integrity
- Contributing to self-development and professional growth by seeking opportunities to learn through journals, seminars, or special programs, and sharing learning with others
- Communicating effectively with the Director of People and Organizational Culture on the status of work in progress, including written status reports and staff meetings
- Completing projects and work assignments as assigned by deadlines
Position will be reviewed annually on adherence to and performance in job functions as outlined on an annual basis, and may be modified as a result. The Director of Community Engagement will actively contribute to the development of this position and its function within the organization.
Feminist Women’s Health Center is an equal opportunity employer.