Job Opening: ​​​Community Engagement Manager – Indianapolis

The Community Engagement Manager will focus on building community relationships and impacting the local education environment in one or more of our target advocacy cities.

Job Title: ​​Community Engagement Manager
Location: Indianapolis, IN

Job Description

The Community Engagement Manager will focus on building community relationships and impacting the local education environment in one or more of our target advocacy cities. The position will help UNCF ensure that, through its advocacy efforts, more African American students will be college-ready and better prepared to enroll in and complete college. The Community Engagement Manager will report to the Vice President, Advocacy, K-12 Initiatives and work closely with the National Director, K-12 Initiatives to implement UNCF’s advocacy platform.

The position will provide an entrepreneurial experience in establishing a “start-up” department tasked with implementing a newly developed strategy. The Community Engagement Manager will be based in one of our target advocacy cities (e.g. Indianapolis, New Orleans, Atlanta, Memphis and Washington, D.C.).

Responsibilities and Duties

  • Messaging and Research: Leveraging broad-based media platforms and publishing research to highlight the current state of education, motivate African Americans to strive for college degree attainment and position UNCF as a partner in this journey
  • Grasstops Partnerships: Partnering with member institutions, prominent organizations and leaders in the African American community and activate them to engage in the education reform landscape and support them as they engage their communities
  • Grassroots Engagement: Supporting on-the-ground grassroots organizations as they engage African American parents and communities locally

UNCF’s K-12 Advocacy platform will be implemented at the national and local level. The Community Engagement Manager will be accountable for implementing the strategy at the local level in one or more of UNCF’s target cities. Responsibilities include:

  • Creating and implementing an outreach strategy to inform, educate and activate “grasstops” community leaders (i.e., business leaders, elected officials, faith leaders, etc.) about education reform
  • Managing strategic partnerships with grasstop leaders, non-profit organizations, civil rights organizations and donors at the local level
  • Organizing and coordinating the execution of meetings, workshops, and convenings, including setting up databases and processes to implement this work
  • Collaborating with local UNCF development staff to ensure that events and communications align with the advocacy strategy
  • Monitoring changes in the local P-16 landscape and understanding implications for UNCF’s advocacy strategy and target city involvement
  • Participating in local education events as well as recommending opportunities for UNCF to demonstrate leadership on African American P-16 educational issues
  • Working effectively within the prescribed local budget and managing expenditures
  • Documenting and reporting program results in order to evaluate the impact of the advocacy strategy on the local community
  • Providing regular updates to the Vice President of K-12 Initiatives relative to the status of engagement activities and coordinating day-to-day efforts with the Director of K-12 Initiatives
  • Will periodically supervise interns

Requirements and Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree is required. An advanced degree such as an MBA or MPA is preferred
  • At least three years of related experience required

Other Skills

Entrepreneurial leadership skills:

  • Direct project management and community organizing experience as well as a proven track record of driving programmatic performance
  • Demonstrated ability to work a wide range of constituencies, non-profit and community leaders, faith leaders, government officials, corporate leaders, parents and students
  • Ability to deal with ambiguity associated with strategic implementation and coalition building
  • Working knowledge of P-16 educational landscape at the local level is preferred
  • Strong organizational skills and a proven track record of managing executing multiple projects simultaneously
  • Well-honed strategic thinking skills with the ability to be flexible and adaptable
  • Superior communication skills, with the ability to proactively lead conversations and manage next steps
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Project
  • Strong social media skills

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