Community Engagement Specialist

Reports To

Manager, Health Initiatives

Status

Non-Exempt

Category

Full-Time

Location

Lee Barta Community Center, 108 Liberty Street, Binghamton & United Way of Broome County, 101 S. Jensen Road, Vestal, and off-site locations, as needed.

For consideration

Please send cover letter and resume to:
United Way of Broome County, Inc.
Finance PO Box 550
Binghamton, NY 13902

Email

[email protected]

POSITION SUMMARY STATEMENT

This position is responsible for providing support within United Way of Broome County’s (UWBC) Community Initiatives & Planning Department at the Healthy Lifestyles Coalition satellite office located at the Lee Barta Community Center. The Community Engagement Specialist’s primary role will be to develop neighborhood buy-in for the HLC by meeting with residents, businesses, faith leaders, and other stakeholders to develop and implement enrichment/program activities for residents. They are responsible for working in partnership with United Way staff, community partners, community coalitions, school districts, donors, the general public, and other stakeholders in planning, administering, implementing, and evaluating programming at the Lee Barta Community Center and locations in the surrounding neighborhood which meets the needs of the diverse community.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Support the operations of the Lee Barta Community Center, including but not limited to: implementation of programming, promoting community center events and programs through community outreach, record keeping and reporting, and communicating with neighborhood residents, parents, community partners, and school staff.
  • Assist in developing community partnerships (public schools, community service providers, social service agencies, etc.), maximizing limited resources and strengthening the neighborhood.
  • Coordinate activities, projects, and programs that address the social determinants of health.
  • Utilize creative and analytical talents to engage communities in healthy lifestyle programs and activities for youth, individuals, and families.
  • Mobilize efforts to recruit and retain program participants to attend planned activities and share skills and best practices.
  • Provide leadership development opportunities, promote teamwork, and enhance the skills and abilities of community residents.
  • Coordinate the dissemination of information about the initiative’s activities, events, and progress with the Health Initiatives Manager and Marketing & Communications Director.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Community Initiatives & Planning Director and/or the Health Initiatives Manager, to support the effective operation of United Way of Broome County and the Lee Barta Community Center.

Qualifications

Education and Experience Required

Qualified candidates for the position will possess the following:

Education and Experience Required:

  • Preferred: Bachelor’s Degree in education, human development, social work, sociology, or a related field.
  • Accepted: Associate’s Degree in a related field and 3 years of experience in community organizing, program development, community education, and/or education.

Skills Required:

  • Verbal and written communication skills to include the ability to present ideas clearly and concisely, engage others, and take into consideration the perspectives of others
  • Visioning and strategic thinking skills to include the ability to think long-term challenge imaginations about how the community should work, and create a vision which captures the mind and energizes others to commit to the vision.
  • Strategic and operational planning skills to include the ability to create long-term objectives and strategies for meeting goals, allocate resources based on priorities, maintain accountability, and utilize personnel and other resources efficiently to accomplish projects, and anticipate and plan for potential obstacles.
  • Problem-solving and decision-making skills to include the ability to identify, analyze, organize, and solve problems in a timely and effective manner; and to use data and inputs from other to make sound decisions.
  • Interpersonal skills to include the ability to appeal to reason, values, or emotions to generate enthusiasm for the work, commitment to task objectives, or compliance with orders and requests; and the ability to build leverage, and maintain mutually positive relationships which provide support for and add value to United Way, its programs, and the community.

 

Skills Required

  • Verbal and written communication skills to include the ability to present ideas clearly and concisely, engage others, and take into consideration the perspectives of others
  • Visioning and strategic thinking skills to include the ability to think long-term challenge imaginations about how the community should work, and create a vision which captures the mind and energizes others to commit to the vision.
  • Strategic and operational planning skills to include the ability to create long-term objectives and strategies for meeting goals, allocate resources based on priorities, maintain accountability, and utilize personnel and other resources efficiently to accomplish projects, and anticipate and plan for potential obstacles.
  • Problem-solving and decision-making skills to include the ability to identify, analyze, organize, and solve problems in a timely and effective manner; and to use data and inputs from other to make sound decisions.
  • Interpersonal skills to include the ability to appeal to reason, values, or emotions to generate enthusiasm for the work, commitment to task objectives, or compliance with orders and requests; and the ability to build leverage, and maintain mutually positive relationships which provide support for and add value to United Way, its programs, and the community.
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Physical Demands

Sitting, Standing, Lifting, etc.

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 may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  Occasional walking or standing is required.  The hands are regularly used to write, type, key and handle or feel small controls and objects. 

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