Community Empowerment and Engagement Manager

Harris County

Houston, TX, USA

Full time

Jan 4

Under the Direction of the Director of Community Health and Violence Prevention (CHVP), the Community Empowerment and Engagement Manager will oversee the planning and implementation of community engagement strategies. The Community Empowerment and Engagement Manager is primarily responsible for connecting people in the broader community and cultivating relationships with faith-based institutions, businesses, individuals, and other relevant organizations. This position represents the CHVP division in the community and facilitates harmonious working relationships with diverse partners.

Job Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Plans and implements responses to violence with community residents and other local partners.
  • Identifies and administers solutions and strategies to strengthen community resilience, mobilization, and advocacy to prevent violence within communities.
  • Manages staff to implement strategies for engagement of people and community.
  • Leads with cultural awareness and humility and knowledge of trauma-informed practices for engaging individuals and communities. 
  • Publicize Violence Prevention educational messages throughout the year and ensure materials are widely displayed throughout the target community.
  • Plans and hosts monthly events to spread the Violence Prevention message.
  • Plans events geared towards the target population.
  • Develops relationships with local providers to ensure links to resources for participants. This includes but is not limited to:
  • Employment Opportunities
  • Educational Opportunities
  • Substance Abuse Treatment
  • Housing Opportunities
  • Mental Health Services
  • Social Services
  • Participates in regular meetings with Harris County Public Health staff to: 
  • Review and assess program progress.
  • Assess relevance and adequacy of the plan as it is developed. 
  • Refocus the plan as needed based on these meetings. 
  • Determine other priority needs and goals.
  • Oversees the collection of performance data and utilizes data to lead and manage continuous quality improvement in community engagement activities.
  • Attends 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.
  • Convenes 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.
  • Facilitates implementation of the strategies identified in the plan with an emphasis on maximum engagement of community residents and existing community services.
  • Meets with outreach staff/supervisor on a weekly, or as needed, basis to identify participant needs and gaps in services.
  • Conducts a community assessment to identify resources and community organizations/groups that can assist in furthering the mission of the Division of Community Health and Violence Prevention.
  • Completes and submits mandatory reports and documentation in a timely manner.
  • Represents Harris County Office of Violence Prevention at local events, community gatherings, workshops, trainings and to community leaders, local politicians, and community-based organizations.
  • Performs other duties as assigned, including special tasks involved in responding to an emergency event.

Harris County is an Equal Opportunity Employer

If you need special services or accommodations, please call (713) 274-5445 or email.


  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university with a major in Public Relations, Social Work, or other related degrees.
  • Experience working with diverse communities.
  • One (1) year of proven public engagement activities within Harris County.
  • Valid Driver’s License (Texas upon hire) along with a good driving record required for regular travel between clinics when needed.

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 and have lead community task force and/or initiatives.
  • Ability to collaborate effectively with community groups, residents, county/city staff and professionals from the fields of probation, workforce development, transportation, planning, and public health.
  • Facilitating and participating in collaborative and coalitions.
  • Ability to formulate policies and procedures.
  • Ability to develop innovative approaches to maximize program and staff proficiency.
  • Ability to use Microsoft Office Suite programs.

Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to frequently lift, carry, push, and pull objects weighing up to 10 lbs.
  • 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.  


  • Master’s Degree from an accredited college or university with a major in Public Relations, Social Work, or other related degrees.
  • Bilingual (English/Spanish)
  • Two (2) years of management experience.

General Information

Core Competencies:


Leading Change

  • Creates strategic change within and outside the organization to meet organizational goals.
  • Develops new insights into situations, encourages new ideas and innovations.
  • Takes a long-term view and builds a shared vision with others, acts as a catalyst for organizational change.
  • Deals effectively with pressure; remains optimistic and persistent even under adversity. Recovers quickly from setbacks

Leading People

  • Fosters an inclusive workplace where equity, diversity, and individual differences are valued and leveraged to achieve the vision and mission.
  • Develops the ability of others to perform and contribute to the organization by providing ongoing feedback and providing opportunities to learn through formal and informal methods.
  • Fosters and inspires team commitment, spirit, pride, and trust. Facilitates cooperation and motivates team members to accomplish group goals.
  • Holds self and others accountable for measurable high-quality, timely, and cost-effective results.
  • Anticipates and meets the needs of internal and external customers.
  • Makes well-informed, effective, and timely decisions.

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.


  • 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.


  • Houston, TX


  • Commensurate with experience. 
  • Based on 26 pay periods. 

Due to a high volume of applications positions may close prior to the advertised closing date.

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