Community Engagement Coordinator

Harris County

Houston, TX, USA

Full time

Dec 30

As a Community Engagement Coordinator, This position is an integral part of the Community Engagement team. The successful candidate will work collaboratively within a team to support the implementation of strategic goals for engaging and empowering the community. The Coordinator will work within a defined geographical region within Precinct One. 


Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Assess and gain understanding of regional community dynamics, needs, and issues by building and cultivating relationships with community members and organizations. 
  • Produce timely and well-researched written reports to ensure that community needs are an integral part of the larger Precinct decision-making process. 
  • Clearly and consistently communicate community needs to Community Engagement Manager through weekly reports, and proposals and memos as needed. 
  • Create and execute regional direct action plans to improve civic engagement and empower communities. In partnership with the Community Engagement Manager, use reporting matrix to accurately assess successes and areas for improvement. 
  • Serve as a community relations liaison between residents and the office of Precinct One, representing the office at community events by presenting certificates and resolutions and/or speaking publicly. 
  • Serve on project teams to execute short-term and long-term community engagement projects with excellence. 
  • Develop an understanding of policy priorities, and have the ability to communicate clearly and compellingly around policy issues affecting the Precinct One community. 
  • Build coalitions with a variety of stakeholders in order to improve relationships, expand partner bases, provide resources to constituents, and contribute to strategies that will resolve concerns. 


Harris County is an Equal Opportunity Employer

https://hrrm.harriscountytx.gov/Pages/EqualEmploymentOpportunityPlan.aspx

If you need special services or accommodations, please call (713) 274-5445 or email ADACoordinator@bmd.hctx.net




Requirements

Education:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Social Work, Communication, Public Relations, Counseling, Sociology, Psychology, or a related field of study 

 

*Experience may substitute for education*


Experience:

  • Three (3) years of experience in addressing constituent concerns, case management or community engagement or outreach. 
  • Proficiency in Microsoft software applications which could include Outlook, Word, Excel, Power Point and Share Point 
  • Valid Texas State Driver's License 



NOTE: Qualifying education, experience, knowledge and skills must be documented on your job application. You may attach a resume to the application as supporting documentation but ONLY information stated on the application will be used for consideration. "See Resume" will not be accepted for qualifications.

Preferences

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of ways to engage communities and perform outreach efforts 
  • Skilled at initiating conversations with various stakeholders to find out important matters to them and their communities 
  • Ability to evaluate trends and make suggestions for improvement of community related programs 
  • Skilled at keeping conversations going surrounding issues and strategic initiatives that help remedy those issues 

General Information

What you get in return:

  •  You will be surrounded by coworkers who bring their best to work each day. Passionate people that want to make a difference in the communities Precinct One serves along with Harris County as a whole. 
  • Harris County employees receive a competitive salary plus medical, dental and vision insurance at no cost to the employee after the first two months of full time continued employment. 
  • Vacation, sick time and floating holidays allow our employees to recharge and balance work and personal time. 
  • Mandatory participation in our retirement program allows employees to save for retirement. 
  • Various other benefits and discounts lead to the satisfaction and engagement of our employees.

About the Community Engagement Division

  •  The Community Relations Department’s mission is to advance equality, fairness and justice for all people we serve by developing effective and inclusive outreach, organizing, mobilization, and information sharing strategies
  • We aim to improve civic engagement, empower communities and advance public policy priorities established by the precinct and community and connect constituents to services
  • Ultimately, we seek to strengthen and solidify Commissioner Ellis and the Precinct presence in th

About Precinct One

  • There are four precincts in Harris County. The four elected commissioners, along with an elected county judge, serve as members of Harris County Commissioners Court, the administrative head of the county’s government.
  • With approximately 1.1 million residents, Harris County Precinct One is a diverse, urban precinct that covers 363 square miles. Precinct One’s multi-racial, multi-ethnic population is roughly 39 percent African American, 37 percent Latino, 18 percent Anglo, 5 percent Asian, and 1 percent other.
  • Precinct One, which includes 876 miles of road, stretches south to Brazoria County and reaches into the eastern and northern sections of Harris County. The Precinct’s territory includes a large section of Downtown Houston, including the Downtown Harris County Courthouse Complex, Toyota Center, Minute Maid Park, and the BBVA Compass Stadium. Other notable landmarks include the 263-acre NRG Park Complex and the renowned Texas Medical Center. 
  • The Precinct is also the higher educational home to Houston Community College, Rice University, Texas Southern University, the University of Houston and the University of St. Thomas. 
  • Precinct One manages more than 20 parks, 11 community centers, numerous hike-and-bike trails, three maintenance service centers and several area offices, all of which provide an array of services to Precinct One residents.


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