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  • 513869
  • MESA
  • Full-time


First Things First (Arizona Early Childhood Development and Health Board) is one of the critical state partners in creating a child and family‐centered, comprehensive, collaborative and high‐quality early childhood system that supports the development, health and early education of all Arizona’s children. Created by voter initiative in 2006, First Things First is governed by a state Board with 28 regional partnership councils. First Things First is a decentralized organization that engages diverse constituencies to accomplish its mission. Organizational values include a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion; a focus on accountability, transparency, coordination and collaboration; and an emphasis on improving outcomes that will ensure young children start kindergarten healthy and ready to succeed in school and in life.

The Community Engagement Coordinator may have the opportunity to work remotely with regular travel across the regional area including some in-office work at the Southeast Maricopa region office at 1839 S Alma School Rd Ste. 100, Mesa, AZ 85210.


Job Location:

Address: 1839 S Alma School Rd Ste. 100, Mesa, AZ 85210


Posting Details:

Salary: $55,000 - $60,000 

Grade: 21

Job Summary:

The Community Engagement Coordinator creates and inspires community support for the importance of early childhood and First Things First (FTF). This position will enthusiastically engage communities to influence and transform the way people think about, talk about and take action in support of early childhood. The ideal candidate will possess skills in active listening, facilitating conversation and building relationships with the general public. This position requires substantial effort to network with, build community relations with, and engage with diverse populations. The coordinator will act as a thought partner and lead community engagement efforts that advance systems change goals, both regionally and statewide. This position executes tailored and targeted awareness and engagement strategies, primarily in the Southeast Maricopa Region and some surrounding regional areas.

Job Duties:

● Engage the community through tailored public presentations, workshops and communication tactics that introduce FTF, broadly educate about needs of young children, and inspire action in support of early childhood and FTF.
● Create and cultivate relationships with individuals and groups that are trusted sources for families and/or are community influencers.
● Leverage networking at organizational meetings and special events, maintain regular follow up communications, distribute engagement materials, develop and promote earned media and success stories.
● Collaborate and coordinate with FTF teams and community partners to meet shared awareness goals, including identified community engagement related systems change efforts.
● Apply initiative, creativity, strategic thinking and systems process thinking.
● Develop engagement plans for strategy implementation and individual goals.
● Complete and present reports on progress and outcomes to the regional partnership council.
● Represent First Things First as a local spokesperson on the importance of early childhood and the mission and goals of the agency.
● Additional opportunities as they arise beyond typical duties.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

● Undergraduate degree or equivalent in communications, public relations, community engagement or related field preferred.
● Experience demonstrating interpersonal communication with both individuals and groups (i.e. active listening, engaging diverse audiences and building relationships).
● Experience in initiating connections and relationships, preferably within the Southeast Maricopa area and surrounding communities.
● Ability to showcase the skill of innovation, influence and motivating others toward action.
● Bilingual in Spanish or other languages preferred.
● This position requires day and evening travel with flexible hours with some evenings and weekends, within the Southeast Maricopa area and surrounding areas. May include some overnight travel to Phoenix.


For a complete list of benefits provided by The State of Arizona, please visit our benefits page



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All Arizona state employees operate within the Arizona Management System (AMS), an intentional, results-driven approach for doing the work of state government whereby every employee reflects on performance, reduces waste, and commits to continuous improvement with sustainable progress.  Through AMS, every state employee seeks to understand customer needs, identify problems, improve processes, and measure results.  
State employees are highly engaged, collaborative and embrace a culture of public service.

The State of Arizona is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.