Community Engagement Specialist

Job Locations US-IL-Chicago
Posted Date 3 weeks ago(11/10/2020 8:01 PM)
Requisition ID
Position Type
Regular Full-Time


The Community Engagement Specialist will serve as a critical point of connection between the Patrick M. Magoon Institute for Healthy Communities, the Austin community area and other Chicago neighborhoods. These neighborhoods are selected based on child health data and Lurie Children’s potential ability to address the public health needs identified by those living there. The Community Outreach Specialist will ensure that our key neighborhood-level partnerships are as effective and impactful as possible. This position will lead neighborhood-level initiatives, represent Lurie Children’s in various external meetings and coalitions in selected neighborhoods and help integrate Lurie Children’s experts and employee/physician volunteers to strengthen partnerships and improve child and adolescent health.


Department Description: The Patrick M. Magoon Institute for Healthy Communities serves as the hub for all community-focused initiatives at Lurie Children’s. The Magoon Institute is responsible for aligning the Medical Center’s clinical, research, education and advocacy expertise with community engagement, supporting people, programs and partnerships that advance community health. This team provides engagement opportunities for employees, physicians and trainees and leads the development and execution of Lurie Children’s Community Health Needs Assessment and Implementation Strategy. The Magoon Institute partners with clinical, public health and community outreach leaders and experts across the Medical Center to work towards the goal of advancing health equity and racial justice, and improving health and wellness for children, adolescents and their families across Chicago.


We are committed to promoting diversity, inclusion and multiculturalism. Our mission to advance health equity starts with our commitment to build a diverse team representative of the communities we serve. We recruit, employ, train, compensate and promote regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, national origin, disability status, age, socioeconomic status and all the other facets of our humanity.


  1. Serves as day-to-day liaison for Lurie Children’s with community leaders and constituents in the Austin community area and other Chicago neighborhood(s).
  2. Establishes and maintains strong relationships in priority neighborhood(s) with community leaders, government leaders, neighborhood organizations, schools, libraries, parks, businesses, social services agencies, faith leaders, residents, and other stakeholders. Represents Lurie Children’s in meetings and at community events, including evenings and weekends, with these individuals and organizations.
  3. Leads collaboration efforts to develop, implement, and monitor new and current neighborhood-based initiatives.
  4. Provides project management assistance and relevant support to ensure new and current initiatives’ success at the neighborhood-level, including evaluation and assessment. Examples of current initiatives include the Mobile Health Program, the Neighborhood-based Initiative, the Community Volunteer Corp and the All Hands Health Network.
  5. Initiates, tracks and reports on Lurie Children’s leaders, clinical staff, medical residents, educators and employees’ engagement in neighborhood(s) activities.
  6. Prepares written status and summary reports on a regular basis pertaining to the progress, outcomes, and impact of neighborhood-based activities, partnerships, and meetings.
  7. Assists with implementation and evaluation of the Magoon Institute strategic plan, ensuring alignment with the Community Health Needs Assessment and Implementation Strategy and organizational goals and mission.
  8. Assists with oversight, including interviewing, onboarding and supervision, of undergraduate, graduate, and medical students through college and university partnerships to develop sustainable neighborhood-based projects that align with the Magoon Institute’s strategic plan and the CHNA.
  9. Other job functions as assigned.


  1. Bachelor's degree required. An equivalent combination of education and/or experience may be considered in lieu of the degree when the experience has been directly related to the duties of the job.
  2. Community knowledge and established partnerships within Austin and surrounding areas highly preferred.
  3. Minimum five years of experience in government, community relations, community organizing, public health, or related field required; experience with project planning and community programming preferred.
  4. Strong project management experience and organizational skills required.
  5. Experience independently planning and managing projects with ability to establish priorities and react promptly to a large variety of requests and needs on short notice.
  6. Flexibility to work on evenings and weekends; travel throughout Chicago required with potential for county-wide travel.
  7. Excellent interpersonal and oral/written communication skills and demonstrated ability to collaborate with individuals from different backgrounds and disciplines.
  8. Ability to take initiative and work independently.
  9. Commitment to health equity, diversity, inclusion, racial justice, evidence-informed policy, data-driven advocacy and community-driven processes.


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