Community Engagement Coordinator, SAFEty
at Heartland Alliance

Date Posted: 1/13/2020

Job Description

Summary:  The Community Engagement Coordinator, reports to the Director of Clinical Services in collaborative supervision with the Heartland Alliance Volunteer Manager. In partnership with program leadership and the external relations team, the Community Engagement Coordinator supports the development and retention of relationships with individuals, volunteers, interns, and community partners to advance the mission of the Heartland Human Care Services (HHCS) SAFEty Initiative. This position serves the SAFEty Initiative of Heartland Human Care Services (HHCS), which focuses on the residential care and support of children ages 0 – 17 and their families. Through a variety of engagement activities, the Community Engagement Coordinator for SAFEty provides pathways for individuals and groups to meaningfully learn about, support, and connect to our work while ensuring the safety, security, and wellbeing of program participants in our care.  The position is responsible for managing relationships, projects, and processes in a complex and highly matrixed environment. The position requires travel between program sites and around the Metro Chicago area as well as intermittent weekend and evening hours for events and on-call needs.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:


  • Attends supervision, team, and organizational meetings, as appropriate
  • Develops and maintains a working knowledge of best practices and policy and program issues related to unaccompanied youth, trauma informed care, and the core principles outlined in the Heartland Alliance Philosophy of Care
  • Adheres to confidentiality, safety, and security guidelines and models appropriate behavior
  • Participates in other duties as assigned to maintain the safety, security, and integrity of program operations and records management

Community Engagement

  • Establishes relationships with individuals, civic and corporate partners, and public and private institutions who want to engage with and/or support youth programming within the SAFEty division
  • Maintains contact with and plans appropriate activities for engagement with these groups within established parameters
  • Coordinates with HHCS leadership and the Heartland Alliance communications and marketing team to reach out to and respond to inquiries from the general public, media, and other external groups
  • Plans and manages logistics for engagement activities, including but not limited to speaking engagements, site visits, and special events 
  • Participates in enterprise-wide engagement activities that increase awareness about our work, mission, and impact

Volunteer/Intern Management and Coordination

  • Makes recommendations regarding policies, procedures, and processes that support volunteer/intern engagement within the SAFEty programs

  • Collaborates with SAFEty leadership, program management, and the clinical team to develop appropriate opportunities for and outline the scope of volunteer/intern engagement activities

  • Coordinates with the DECM Volunteer Program Manager to communicate with, screen, and place potential volunteers, including but not limited to interviewing, overseeing pre-placement screening (e.g., reference and background checks, etc.), troubleshooting issues, and providing on-going support

  • Coordinates the orientation, on-going training, and on-site supervision of volunteers and interns

  • Attends Volunteer Coordinators Quarterly Meeting in order to share best practices, lessons learned and community support

  • Develops volunteer skills, supports efforts and recognizes challenges faced by volunteers in order to enhance the experience for volunteers and participants.Provides routine communication and coordinates social/appreciation gatherings to enhance the volunteer experience and build long-term capacity

  • Creates and manages a volunteer/intern record system that includes background checks and fingerprinting, incident reporting, assignments, and hours in accord with established guidelines and reporting requirements

  • Develops outcomes measures to evaluate the effectiveness of the volunteer assignments, including but not limited to quality of enrichment activities, volunteer experience/satisfaction, engagement and retention, appropriateness of placements, etc.

  • Maintains regular communication with community partners, HA Volunteer Manager and DECM Team

  • Cultivate mission driven success stories for internal and external publication the ensuring that content is up to date and accurate. 


  • Relationship Management – Communicates and listens effectively; Establishes action plans for constituent interactions; manages multiple stakeholders with varying agendas with respect and a high degree of relational competency.

  • Volunteer Management – Ability to achieve goals while providing a volunteer centered approach. Recruits, trains, manages, engages, and retains volunteers to help provide meaningful engagement and enhance quality of life for participants while working to achieve the goals associated with the position; Create systems of accountability among volunteers to the organization and to the staff team

  • Creative Problem Solver/Critical Thinker– Able to develop innovative ways to engage volunteers while meeting the needs of participants. Understands the importance of and means to develop relationships with community partners long-term

  • Project Management - Develops project plans and realistic action plans; Creates project budgets; Communicates changes and progress to stakeholders; Completes projects on time and budget; Manages project team activities

Qualifications:  To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Education and/or Experience: Bachelor’s degree and at least three years’ experience, or at least six years’ experience, with volunteer management/supervision, building volunteer outreach efforts, or similar community engagement experience. At least three years of experience working with children in residential care, or a similar population in a residential setting, is strongly preferred.

  • Other skills and Experience:  Multilingual preferred. Excellent interpersonal skills, effective writing skills, and demonstrated ability to effectively communicate to individuals and groups, including but not limited to public speaking and presentation skills. Ability to multi-task and maintain organization. Excellent attention to detail. Demonstrated experience interacting with diverse individuals and communities.

  • Computer and Technologic Skills:  Proficient in MS Office Suite, social media and internet applications. Experience with Raiser’s Edge and Volgistics preferred. Valid driver’s license and access to a reliable transportation required.

Physical Demands: 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

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand, walk, sit, reach with hands and talk and hear.

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to use hands, key, handle or feel, stoop, kneel, and crouch.

  • The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.

Work Environment:  The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • The noise in the work environment is moderate.

  • Requires flexibility and ability to travel to local venues.

  • The employee is occasionally exposed to outside weather conditions.

Heartland Alliance makes all hiring and employment decisions, and operates all programs, services, and functions without regard to race, receipt of an order of protection, creed, color, age, gender, gender identity, marital or parental status, religion, ancestry, national origin, amnesty, physical or mental disability, protected veterans status, genetic information, sexual orientation, immigrant status, political affiliation or belief, use of FMLA, VESSA, military, and family military rights, ex-offender status (depending on the offense and position to be filled), unfavorable military discharge, membership in an organization whose primary purpose is the protection of civil rights or improvement of living conditions and human relations, height, weight, or HIV infection, in accord with the organization's AIDS Policy Statement of September 1987.

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