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Community Impact and Engagement Specialist

Saint Petersburg, FL
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Job Summary

This position is designed for a creative, energetic individual who is interested in catalyzing resident participation in community and social support services for community residents. The person in this position performs responsible administrative work in providing strategies, planning, facilitation, and development services, and for creating and implementing a long-term community engagement plan that includes consistent and effective communication, engagement, and participation in local government and community building processes and supporting an inclusive community.

  • The main functions of this position will be working with local families to connect needed resources. Responsibilities include Identify families who need help, Assess families’ needs, situations, strengths, and support networks to determine their goals and develop plans to improve families’ well-being.
  • The second function of this position will be leading event planning of 6 Community Engagement events in Lealman.

This is a 1-year grant funded position. Funding for this position will be a priority but not guaranteed in 2019.

Responsibilities and Duties

WORK ENVIRONMENT: The person holding this position will work irregular hours and may be required to work nights, weekends, and holidays as necessary to complete assigned duties and responsibilities. Work is performed in a variety of settings including offices, community meetings, businesses, classrooms, and homes in the community. Frequent independent travel throughout the county and Lealman area is required.

ESSENTIAL: The goal of this position is to build community capacity to implement Pinellas PAL goals and community sustainability goals through resident and cross-sector engagement that is participatory, inclusive, deliberative, and collaborative. Providing work as a family support specialist for PAL and Lealman families and organizing community events. Strong ties to the Mid to South Pinellas Community and community organizations are highly preferred.

Sample tasks include:

  • Create and implement a community engagement system and strategy;
  • Develop staff skills at all levels of the organization to create a culture of engagement;
  • Leverage the use of technology to gain efficiencies and enhance two-way communication between social services and residents;
  • Review and evaluate engagement systems and activities and make enhancements to improve effectiveness;
  • Provide consultation, training and assistance to staff and volunteers on implementing engagement tools;
  • Identify potential community partners and build lasting and reciprocal relationships;
  • Provide opportunities for early involvement and meaningful voice in identifying community needs and shaping solutions in partnership and in support of other organizations;
  • Ensure that the needs of culturally and economically diverse communities are met and identify and remove barriers to participation;
  • Use training, one-on-one interviews, and small group meetings with and other techniques to facilitate engagement of PAL families and Lealman residents in taking initiative to solve community problems;
  • Ensure that PAL employees are provided opportunities to increase their engagement skills;
  • Provide assistance in coordinating volunteers for high priority projects;
  • Confer with the Executive Director, Grant Specialist Manager, and Board of Directors community sustainability goals should receive focused attention at any point in time;
  • Maintain accurate records and prepare reports related to program activities.
  • Ability to read, analyze and interpret professional journals, technical procedures, governmental regulations and grant materials.
  • Ability to create and monitor grant budgets, preparation, implementation, reporting and management of Police Athletic League's awarded grants.
  • Proven experience in initiating and facilitating grant projects.
  • Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and grant applications.
  • Ability to use computer equipment and relevant software packages.
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule.
  • Experience in Word and Excel
  • Ability to capably develop, plan and implement programming that is functional, operational and meets the needs of the participant.
  • Proven ability to speak effectively to large and small groups.
  • Inter-personal skills.
  • Ability to perform all functions of the job classification without posing a direct threat to the health or safety of other individuals in the workplace.
  • Ability to lift 50 lbs,
  • Ability to work some weekend and evening events.

Qualifications and Skills

Education: Bachelor's degree preferred in social work, education, or related field; Must possess appropriate valid Florida driver's license.

Strong ties to the Lealman and Mid-Pinellas County area are highly preferred, but not required.

All candidates will be required to pass a Level 2 Background check, fingerprinting, and polygraph testing.

Please send a cover letter and resume. No phone calls.

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