Community Engagement Specialist

Job Type

Full Time




United States


The Community Police Commission (CPC) is seeking a collaborative and compassionate individual to serve as a Community Engagement Specialist. This individual will help supprt the success of CPC's charge to provide community-led systemic oversight of the police accountability system as outlined in the Settlement Agreement and City Ordinance.

The Community Engagement Specialist will support in development and implementation of a comprehensive community outreach with a particular focus on youth engagement and interdepartmental collaboration and coordination for both ongoing and discrete programmatic work.

History of the CPC:

The 2010 shooting death of First Nations woodcarver John T. Williams by a Seattle police officer, and a series of other serious incidents involving police and people of color, crystallized public concern about bias and the use of excessive force in the Seattle Police Department (SPD). In response to a community request, and after a federal investigation, the City of Seattle signed a settlement agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to reform SPD's practices. Initially established as a requirement of the Consent Decree, the City established the Community Police Commission (CPC) to make policy recommendations during reform and to serve as a conduit between SPD, the City, and the community.

In 2017 the City made the CPC permanent, increased the number of Commissioners, and broadened the CPC's scope and responsibilities. In 2018, the federal judge who oversees the Consent Decree found the City to be in full and effective compliance with court-ordered reforms, and the City began a two-year review period during which it must continue to demonstrate its compliance.

Per the police accountability legislation enacted in 2017, the CPC is charged with engaging the community to develop recommendations on the police accountability system and providing a community-based perspective on law-enforcement related policies, practices, and services affecting public trust.

Job Responsibilities:

Specific responsibilities of the Community Engagement Specialist include, but are not limited to, the following:

• Leading and developing youth engagement and programming for the CPC.

• Coordinating interdepartmental communication and projects between the CPC and City partners.

• Communicating to internal and external audiences as a representative of the CPC on issues related to public safety and policing.

• Building strong relationships with CPC Commissioners, Council members, SPD officers, local leaders, and community members.


At the center of their professional practice is a commitment to listening, creating spaces for diverse perspectives, and the pursuit of inclusive, just, and racially equitable outcomes. The successful candidate will demonstrate:

  • Knowledge of race equity principles and experience putting those principles into practice.
  • An ability to relate, communicate, and engage effectively with all who have a stake in policing, including, but not limited to, disenfranchised communities, SPD employees, neighborhood public safety groups, business leaders, CPC Commissioners, and relevant City officials.
  • Strong project management skills with a history of effectively managing project scope, schedule, and budget within a dynamic and evolving environment.
  •  An ability to effectively create and implement a community outreach and engagement plan with an emphasis on youth engagement.
  • An understanding of public policy development and an ability to translate highly complex issues into easy understandable, succinct messages.
  • An understanding of the City's ethnic and socio-economic diversity and proven experience working with and valuing the perspectives of diverse groups and individuals.
  • A commitment to the need for and responsibilities of law enforcement, community care-taking, and protecting the constitutional rights of all affected parties.
  • An ability to perform administrative tasks methodically and accurately.

Desired Characteristics:

  •  An ability to handle sometimes hostile, politically-sensitive situations and negotiate solutions despite varying opinions.
  • Excellent writing and oral communication skills, preferably in cross-cultural contexts.
  • Project management experience and strong organizational skills.
  • Experience using multiple engagement platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other social media channels.
  • Experience using software and/or databases to track metrics and organizational participation for use in reporting.
Additional Information:

Please submit your application, resume and cover letter at

In your cover letter, please clearly describe how your knowledge, skills, and abilities prepare you for the job responsibilities and qualifications outlined in this job announcement. Please specifically discuss:

1. Your experience in youth programming and/or youth outreach

Incomplete applications will not be considered.


Who May Apply:

This position is open to all candidates who meet the qualifications. The City of Seattle values diverse perspectives and life experiences. Applicants will be considered regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, sex, marital status, disability, religious or political affiliation, age, sexual orientation, or gender identity.


The City of Seattle offers a comprehensive benefits package including vacation, holiday and sick leave as well as medical, dental, vision, life and long-term disability insurance for employees and their dependents.

More information about employee benefits is available on the City's website at:

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

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