COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT SPECIALIST SUHI Bilingual Spanish Preferred
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Community Engagement Specialist -SUHI
The Sinai Urban Health Institute (SUHI) is a unique research center dedicated to improving the health of Chicago’s urban communities. Led by a team of committed and energetic social epidemiologists, the Institute provides evidence-based examination of community health status and health inequities, as well as the effectiveness of behavioral, social, and disease management interventions.
We are seeking a Community Engagement Specialist to assist with the management and coordination of project-specific community-engaged work. You will maintain relationships with diverse stakeholders and supports the oversight and administration of community engagement activities. This position also supports SUHI’s overall community engagement efforts, serving as a liaison for SUHI partners, and using best practices in community engagement
WHAT YOU WILL DO:
•Maintains key relationships with community residents, community organizations (community-based organizations, churches/faith-based organizations, schools, healthcare providers), community entities (government, hospitals, academic, coalitions), and other stakeholders, identifying their needs, working to increase awareness of SUHI activities, and engaging them in SUHI community-driven and community-led initiatives.
•Under guidance, supports SUHI’s community engagement activities (i.e. community advisory committees, town halls, and community meetings). This includes but is not limited to: planning and facilitating meetings (in collaboration with SUHI teams), onboarding/orientating team members, communicating with stakeholders, and processing stipend/incentive payments.
•Attend and/or participates in relevant meetings and events with community organizations and residents relevant to SUHI’s current portfolio of community-driven work.
•Follows SUHI’s processes to track and monitor individual and organizational representation across SUHI program community engagement activities (e.g., Community Advisory Boards, Community-Based Participatory Research, community engaged initiatives, etc.).
•Supports management of SUHI’s Community Engagement and Relationship database, which monitors current projects and serves as a directory for future projects.
•In collaboration with SUHI project teams, maintain project-specific, consistent, objective standards of accountability to communities, including guidelines for reporting out to community members, and monitors adherence to these standards by reviewing project plans and following-up with program leaders as appropriate.
•Under guidance, organizes and develops effective project-specific outreach materials to showcase SUHI’s community engagement work, such as articles, website blurbs, and other content, to support translation of data and information to the community and professional audiences.
•As needed for project-specific work, executes communication processes with community members and entities through email, management of membership directory, development of a newsletter, and other forms of communication.
•With guidance, uses community participatory approaches, ethical practice, and cultural humility to engage with community residents and stakeholders in such a manner that aligns with SUHI’s mission and values.
•Leverage current and new literature regarding community engagement, community-engaged research, and community-based participatory research to understand community engagement best practices and approaches that may apply to SUHI, SHS, and client initiatives.
•Summarize findings and community-driven best practices to support the process of ensuring that SUHI team members have the latest knowledge in community-driven work.
•Collaborate with other SUHI staff and internal committees to implement new and novel strategies to facilitate SUHI community and organizational relationships both internal and external to SHS.
•Support and participates in the analysis of community engagement outcomes, efforts and activities and prepares recommendations for improvements moving forward.
•Support the development of scopes of work as requested by senior staff.
•Provide input on community engagement plans for SUHI projects, providing feedback and ideas to improve the approach while considering available resources.
•Prepare written status and summary reports for leadership and other SUHI meetings/materials pertaining to the progress of community engagement on particular projects and across SUHI as requested.
•Model SUHI’s mission, vision, and values. Applies those philosophies to daily work.
WHAT YOU WILL NEED:
•High school diploma or equivalent; Bachelor’s degree preferred.
•At least 3 years of experience in community engagement, community engaged research experience, community relations, community organizing, public health, and/or a related field.
•Experience working with multiple stakeholders, including community and institutional partners, who may have conflicting priorities.
•Experience working with diverse teams and communities of color.
•A commitment to and passion for SUHI’s mission and vision.
•Working knowledge of community engagement best practices.
•Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
•Working knowledge of equity issues in health, healthcare, social services, and related areas.
•Creative, resourceful problem solver.
•Strong verbal and written communication skills across diverse audiences.
•Excellent project/program management skills with adherence to deadlines.
•Organizational skills with attention to detail and ability to prioritize competing tasks.
•Knowledge of Microsoft Office, Google Drive, and virtual platforms (e.g., Zoom, Webex, etc.).
•Not required, but preferred: Staff supervision experience.
•Be willing and able to travel to different communities in the city and to attend virtual and in-person meetings on evenings and weekends.
•Spanish speaker a plus
Sinai Chicago is a mandatory influenza and COVID-19 vaccination organization. It is a requirement for all caregivers to be vaccinated against both as a condition of employment and use of the facilities.
Additional Information**NOTE - Cover Letter is highly recommended