The Community Outreach Coordinator is responsible for leading the regional implementation of the Community Outreach Strategy with the goal of increasing community awareness and support for the importance of early childhood and First Things First. As part of a statewide team, reporting to the Community Outreach Director and in collaboration with FTF leadership, staff and regional council members, the Community Outreach Coordinator is responsible for executing targeted public awareness and engagement strategies regarding First Things First in the Yuma Region. These strategies are targeted toward civic-minded individuals, local business, community leaders and others within specified audiences that build public awareness and contribute to making early childhood a priority across the geographic region and the state of Arizona.
Under the guidance of the Community Outreach Director:
● Increase public awareness of, and engagement in support of, the importance of early childhood and of FTF as a trusted resource.
● Work in coordination with Community Outreach leadership, the Yuma Region staff and FTF Yuma Regional Partnership Council to plan a tailored approach that best engages local audiences.
● Using communications and community engagement methods, facilitate awareness and education to diverse audiences through presentations, trainings, one-on-one meetings, networking, attending community events, media outreach and other engagement strategies.
● Write and implement a plan for engagement strategies in your region.
● Regularly completes and presents reports on progress and outcomes to the Yuma Regional Partnership Council.
● Assist in creating and managing community awareness budget.
● Act as an expert resource and spokesperson for First Things First.
● Provide regular follow-up with engaged audiences to ensure they are equipped and trained for engagement activities.
● Track and record engagement activities with database and other tracking tools.
● Collect and write success stories and engage in regional media outreach.
● Other duties as needed to complete FTF community engagement goals.
● Undergraduate degree or equivalent in communications, public relations, community engagement or related field a plus.
● Strong communication skills, including the ability to write and speak clearly, succinctly and in a manner that appeals to a wide audience.
● Experience in public presentations and training.
● Ability to build and maintain positive relationships.
● Existing connections and relationships within the Yuma Region is preferred.
● Ability to coordinate multiple projects and events simultaneously.
● Detail-oriented with the ability to meet competing deadlines.
● Creative and solution-driven.
● Strong interpersonal skills and cooperative in working relationships.
● Able to work independently and collaboratively in a team environment to meet goals.
● Comfortable working with minimal supervision and maintaining multiple responsibilities.
● Reliable, regular and punctual attendance at work during core business hours.
● Strong computer skills, including database and internet and intranet proficiency.
● Fluency in Spanish is preferred.
● Must be able to work flexible hours, including some evenings and weekends.
● This position requires day and evening travel within the Yuma Region and may include
some overnight travel to Phoenix. Must possess valid Arizona driver’s license and show evidence of valid automobile insurance coverage.
The ideal candidate will enthusiastically support the vision and mission of First Things First and possess the personal qualities of integrity and credibility. They will have the proven ability to work within teams to accomplish multiple tasks and keep multiple projects organized and progressing. The position requires substantial effort to connect with, build community relations with, network and engage with diverse populations.
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State employees are highly engaged, collaborative and embrace a culture of public service.
The State of Arizona is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.