Community Engagement Coordinator

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $40,000
Maximum: $40,000
Details: Exempt




9770 Patuxent Woods Drive
Suite 300
United States


HopeWorks’ Community Engagement staff are invested and engaged in altering the systems and imbalances of power that maintain the status quo and are root causes of sexual and intimate partner violence - including racism, poverty, and gendered violence. The Community Engagement Coordinator is a voice of the agency in the community when working toward the elimination of these forms of violence and assists community members in finding ways they can end sexual and intimate partner violence. Responsible for coordinating and implementing prevention programming in settings such as, but not limited to, community centers, businesses, faith communities, schools and other human service agencies. Will be tasked with the coordination of young adult programming, awareness events, and the collaboration with community partners for racial, economic, and gender justice. The review of applications will begin immediately and continue until position is filled.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Passion for HopeWorks’ mission
  • Experience and/or training in workshop facilitation preferred
  • Bachelor’s degree (B.A.) in liberal arts or social science field such as Psychology, Sociology, Women’s and/or Gender Studies, Ethnic Studies.
  • Excellent attention to detail and follow-through
  • Superior written and verbal skills along with computer proficiency
  • Sincere interest in mission driven work
  • Be a creative self-motivated, team player with a sense of humor
  • Proficiency in at least one language other than English (encouraged to apply but not required)

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Conduct educational workshops and outreach to organizations such as, but not limited to, colleges, community agencies, elementary, middle, and high schools, alternative school settings, faith communities, local businesses, and other human service agencies in Howard County.
  • Stay up-to-date on research based sexual and intimate partner violence prevention strategies and programs.
  • Assist with the coordinate of awareness event planning and logistics (event venue, catering, AV, etc.) including managing lists and vendor relationships, and ensuring all follow-up is completed after each event
  • Create and coordinate programming for young adults
  • Coordinate community-wide events with local organizations to build or strengthen community partnerships and engage local leaders and stakeholders.
  • Serve as a point of contact for requests for presenters/trainers and maintain an internal database to assist with specialized trainings, presentations, or events.
  • Distribute HopeWorks literature throughout the community and continuously seek new locations or methods for disseminating information.
  • Track, compile and report monthly statistics for grant purposes.
  • Attend training and professional development regarding prevention of intimate partner and sexual violence.
  • Identify service area needs regarding intimate partner and sexual violence prevention.
  • Engage in legislative and/or policy-based initiatives to end intimate partner and sexual violence.


To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies to perform the essential functions of this position.

Commitment to Social Change Willing and able to engage in community-based activities and efforts that focus on changing social norms, attitudes and behaviors.

Excellent Communication Skills Speak comfortably to a diverse array of individuals and groups. Read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or government regulations. Write reports, business correspondence and procedure manuals. Able to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.

Judgment Display willingness to make decisions; exhibit sound and accurate judgment; and make timely decisions.

Reasoning Ability Solve practical problems and deal with variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.

Planning and Organization Prioritize and plan work activities; use time efficiently; and develop realistic action plans.

Mathematical Skills Add, subtract, multiply and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. Compute rate, ratio, and percent and draw and interpret bar graphs.

Physical Demands The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand, sit, walk, communicate and hear. The employee is occasionally required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee may frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision and ability to adjust focus.


Preferred Skills

The following skills will assist in the success of the applicant in the position:

Conflict Resolution or Facilitation Skills Relative comfort and confidence in managing exchanges or dialogues where conflicting opinions or beliefs are involved. Able to highlight strengths and common goals of each perspective and find ways to collectively compromise for the larger goal.

Creativity When faced with a challenge or potential barrier, the applicant can brainstorm new way to address or circumvent obstacles. Additionally, applicant can think of innovative strategies to connect intimate partner and sexual violence prevention to everyday experiences


Note: This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee(s) incumbent in this position. Employees will be required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform any other job-related duties requested by any person authorized to give instructions or assignments. All duties and responsibilities are essential functions and requirements and are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities. 

To perform this job successfully, the incumbents will posses the skills aptitudes and abilities to perform each duty proficiently. Some requirements may exclude individuals who pose a direct threat or significant risk to the health or safety of themselves or others. The requirements listed in this document are the minimum levels of knowledge, skills or abilities. 

This document does not create an employment contract, implied or otherwise, other than an “at will” relationship.


Health and other benefits are available for full-time employees.

Level of Language Proficiency

Proficiency in at least one language other than English (encouraged to apply but not required)

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

TO APPLY: Applicants must submit a resume and letter of interest. Email your resume and letter to or send by mail to:

Vanita Leatherwood

Director of Community Engagement

HopeWorks of Howard County

9770 Patuxent Woods Drive, Suite 300

Columbia, MD 21046

NO phone calls.

Resumes submitted without a cover letter will not be reviewed. The review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Due to the high volume of applications we receive, we will only respond to applicants whose candidacy is being considered.

HopeWorks is an Equal Opportunity employer. Candidates are chosen on the basis of ability without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, gender identity, marital status or sexual orientation, in accordance with federal and state law.