Community Outreach Coordinator

Harris County

Houston, TX, USA

Full time

Jan 4

Under the Direction of the Community Empowerment and Engagement manager, the Community Outreach Coordinator will participate in the planning and execution of the community engagement and empowerment strategies and activities. The Community Outreach Coordinator is responsible for engaging community residents, community-based organizations, and stakeholders to communicate, educate, and collaborate on the implementation of community and neighborhood efforts to reduce and prevent violence and the Holistic Assistance Response Team (HART) program within Harris County communities. The Community Outreach Coordinator cultivates relationships with community and faith-based institutions, businesses, individuals, and other relevant organizations.


Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Develops and executes on outreach and coordination strategies. 
  • Works collaboratively with other CHVPS division staff to meet the goals and objectives of the division and the Department. 
  • Works in partnership with the Office of Communications and Community Engagement (OCEE) to coordinate messaging and assist with the development of a division community engagement and communication plan. 
  • Assists with the planning and implementation of responses to violence with community residents and other local partners. 
  • Works with OCEE to publicize Violence Prevention educational messages throughout the year and ensure materials are widely displayed throughout the target community. 
  • Develops and implements events to communicate key messages and engagement efforts regarding the violence prevention programs in collaboration with OCEE. 
  • Participate in regular meetings with Harris County Public Health staff to 
  1. Review and assess program progress
  2. Assess relevance and adequacy of the plan as it is developed
  3. Refocus the plan as needed based on these meetings
  4. Determine other priority needs and goals.
  • Attend Inter-community Forum (ICF) meetings and contribute to the success of the forum by contributing to the agenda, participating at meetings and by interacting with representatives from other agencies that do similar work in the county. • 
  • Convene and lead and/or join a group that is representative of the community to develop support for initiative. Ensure that this group: 
  • - Has the ability to assess the nature and extent of shootings and killings in the Safe Streets community using data and other community input
  • - Utilizes the framework for violence prevention to prioritize strategies and identify outcomes
  • - Is willing to offer partnership and resources for responses and events
  • - Has a working knowledge of community barriers and needs 
  • Facilitate implementation of the strategies identified in the plan with an emphasis on maximum engagement of community residents and existing community services
  • Collects performance data and utilizes data to ensure continuous quality improvement in community engagement activities
  • Meet with outreach staff/supervisor on a weekly, or as needed, basis to identify participant needs and gaps in services
  • Conduct a community assessment to identify resources and community organizations/groups that can assist in furthering the mission of the Office of Violence Prevention
  • Complete and submit mandatory reports and documentation in a timely manner
  • Represent Harris County Division of Community Health and Violence Prevention at local events, community gatherings, workshops, trainings and to community leaders, local politicians, and community-based organizations
  • Other duties as assigned, including special tasks involved in responding to an emergency event


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 Requirements:  

  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university with a major in Public Health, Public Relations, Social Work, or related field. 

Licenses/Certifications Required:

  • Valid Driver’s License (Texas upon hire) along with a good driving record required for regular travel between clinics when needed 

Experience Requirements: 

  • Experience working with diverse communities 
  • One (1) year of proven public engagement activities within Harris County 

Knowledge Skills and Abilities:

  • Initiative and the ability to generate and implement innovative ideas and strategies
  • Proven ability to develop communication plans, newsletters, and surveys
  • Ability to work independently and in sensitive working environments having lead community task force and/or initiatives
  • Ability to collaborate effectively with community groups, residents, county/city staff and professionals from the fields of transportation, planning, engineering, and public health
  • Facilitating and participating in collaborative and coalitions
  • Ability to develop innovative approaches to maximize program proficiency Computer Proficiency
  • Ability to use Microsoft Office Suite programs 

Physical Requirements: 

  • Persons in these positions frequently lift, carry, push, and pull objects weighing up to 10 lbs. They also occasionally move objects weighing up to 20 lbs., and sometimes, but rarely, up to 50 lbs
  • Ability to work flexible hours including weekends 

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

Education Preferred: 

  • Master’s Degree from an accredited college or university with a major in Public Health, Public Relations, Social Work, or related field

Experience Preferred: 

  • Bilingual (English/Spanish) 

General Information

Core Competencies: 

  • Building Coalitions
  • Develops networks and builds alliances, collaborates across boundaries to build strategic relationships
  • Identifies external and internal politics that impact the work of the organization. Interpersonal Abilities/Personal Characteristics
  • Treats others with courtesy, sensitivity, and respect
  • Behaves in an honest, fair, and ethical manner. Models’ high standards
  • Assesses and recognizes own strengths and weaknesses Communication
  • Communicates clearly, effectively, and persuasively both orally and in writing
  • Writes in a clear, concise, organized, and convincing manner for the intended audience Diversity, Equity, Inclusion
  • Encourage a respectful and collaborative work environment that recognizes and celebrates diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Identify inequitable practices and policies and assist in implementing strategies to ensure equitable outcomes
  • Demonstrate awareness and respect of cross-cultural differences and create inclusive programmatic solutions
  • Practice cultural humility to build honest relationships with co-workers and the community that will ultimately enhance workplace culture and deliver better community health programs

LOCATION:

  • Houston, TX

SALARY:

  • Depends on Qualifications.
  • Based on 26-Pay Periods

Employment is contingent upon passing a background check and drug screen.

 

Due to a high volume of applications positions may close prior to the advertised closing date or at the discretion of the Hiring Department.


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