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Job Description: Community Engagement Coordinator, Center for Family Voice

Position: Community Engagement Coordinator, Center for Family Voice

Reports to: Director, Center for Family Voice Classification: Full-time/Exempt Location: Columbus, Ohio


Groundwork Ohio is the leading early childhood policy, research, and advocacy organization in the state of Ohio. Our mission is to champion early learning and healthy development strategies from the prenatal period to age five, that lay a strong foundation for Ohio kids, families, and communities.

The Center for Family Voice (hereinafter “the Center”) is one of three “Centers of Excellence” at Groundwork Ohio. The Center is dedicated to authentically engaging Ohio parents and families with young children in the policies and practices that impact the healthy development of their children. The Center was created as an innovative response to the lack of authentic family voices in the development of policy and practices that deeply impact Ohio pregnant women, young children, and their families. The Center will drive programmatic, policy, and practice changes at local, regional, and state levels by integrating family voice into the decision-making process of Ohio’s family-serving systems

Position Overview:

The Community Engagement Coordinator for the Center for Family Voice will provide critical assistance to the Center Director and support implementation and execution of Center activities and the Center’s work to elevate the voices of families with young children in early childhood policy and advocacy to achieve programmatic, policy, and practice changes at local, regional, and state levels.

This position description details the roles, responsibilities, and qualifications for the Community Engagement Coordinator.

Leadership support

In collaboration with the Center Director:

  • Report on and assist in monitoring the Center’s activities to ensure alignment with and progress towards achieving the Center’s vision and set objectives.

  • Support the creation, build out, and engagement of a high functioning and effective Family Action Network and Family Leadership Fellowship.

  • Support the development of effective partnerships and relationships between Groundwork Ohio and families, community organizations, and local stakeholders across the state to support shared early childhood policy and advocacy goals.

  • Collaborate with the Center for Maternal and Young Child Health and the Center for Early Learning teams and other Groundwork staff to further Groundwork Ohio’s mission and the Center’s vision.

Program development and execution

  • Assist the Director to develop Center workplans, setup project tasks, and track progress on the implementation of Center work and activities.

  • Execute on Center activities and tasks, including implementation of project workplans.

  • Assist in stakeholder outreach, engagement, and communication, including maintaining stakeholder contact information and lists, assisting with email correspondence, coordinating, and participating in meetings, developing meeting agendas, and tracking meeting notes.

  • Support the development and implementation of programming, trainings, and other activities that build and enhance the capacity, skills and knowledge of families, community organizations, and other local stakeholders working with families to engage in policy advocacy.

  • Support the development and implementation of outreach activities, campaigns, and strategies to cultivate family relationships, community awareness, and increased engagement with the Family Action Network and other relevant coalitions.

  • Assist the Center Director in embedding family engagement and outreach, coalition-building, and other relevant best practices across Center activities.

  • Participate in ongoing partner learning opportunities including conferences, webinars, trainings, and other relevant events and activities.

Research, writing, and analysis

  • Assist in primary and secondary data collection and analysis, such as interviews, polling, document review, focus groups, and online surveys, including planning, question development, facilitation, data compilation and entry, coding, and analysis.

  • Support development of a database of family engagement, community outreach, coalition-building, and other relevant best practices to implement in the Center’s work.

  • Assist in developing written outlines for products that are logical in structure and have a clear purpose and well-defined objectives.

  • Contribute to high quality products, including reports, briefs, abstracts, fact sheets, webinars, testimony, blog posts, social media content, resource pages, tools, and other products that communicate out and support Center activities.

  • Support development of presentations, graphics, and other visual tools that communicate out and support Center activities.

  • Review and provide feedback on Groundwork Ohio products to ensure they are high quality, adhere with organizational branding, the “Center vision,” and clearly communicate to targeted audience(s).

General Qualifications:

  • A minimum of three years of experience specializing in community outreach, engagement, and advocacy including program development and implementation.

  • Bachelor’s degree in a related area of study or equivalent experience.

General skills and attributes

This position requires:

  • Passion for the vision and mission of Groundwork Ohio and the ability to communicate this passion to others.

  • Expertise in and demonstrated commitment to operationalizing diversity, equity, and inclusion and cultural and linguistic competency principles and practices.

  • Demonstrated ability to research, write, and compile data for planning, evaluation, and reporting purposes.

  • Excellent communication and presentation skills, both written and oral.

  • Strong relationship-building and facilitation skills.

  • Strong multi-tasking ability and work ethic.

  • Proficiency in office software, including but not limited to, MS office, Outlook, Survey Monkey, and virtual meeting and shared drive platforms.

  • Ability to successfully navigate in a fast-paced, outcome-driven, and entrepreneurial environment.

Other requirements

  • Must have the ability to work both in a traditional office environment and/or from home.

  • May occasionally require the need to travel to facilitate and build relationships with families and key stakeholders (up to 30%).

  • Requires routine use of standard office equipment such as computers, monitors, phones, printers, and copiers.

  • Requires the ability to be stationary and sedentary for extended periods of time.

  • May occasionally require standing, bending, and light lifting (less than 15 pounds).

Competitive Benefits:

  • Collaborate with a team of dedicated, passionate professionals who genuinely care about the organization’s mission, vision, and values.

  • Competitive salary with professional development opportunities.

  • Medical, dental, vision insurance to eligible individuals.

  • Retirement Plan and 401k for eligible employees.

  • Generous vacation and sick leave policies.

  • Salary is commensurate with experience; range is $40,000 - $75,000.

Groundwork Ohio is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Prospective applicants ready to collaborate with an awesome and highly effective team of professionals are encouraged to send a resume with cover letter to Reem Aly at with subject line: Center Coordinator by Wednesday, February 16, 2022.


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