Inclusive Engagement Specialist, Healthy Families and Communities

The Collaborative for Educational Services (CES) is seeking an Inclusive Engagement Specialist  to work collaboratively with the Department of Healthy Families and Communities staff and community partners to co-design, implement and evaluate a program to increase representation, inclusivity and power at the level of governance amongst youth and adults most negatively impacted by systems of oppression. 

Who We Are:  The Department of Healthy Families and Communities (HFC) carries out community health activities that underpin and support strong educational and health outcomes for all members of the community. HFC houses a number of public health coalitions and programs, including the SPIFFY Coalition, Healthy Hampshire, Youth Mental Health First Aid, and the Hampshire-Franklin Tobacco-Free Community Partnership. HFC also provides consultation on a range of public health initiatives in the region, including the Western Mass Hospital Association’s Community Health Needs Assessment and technical assistance for Drug-Free Communities grantees.

We value: Relationship building, undoing systems of white dominance, accessibility, authenticity, supporting others to realize their agency to create change, and long-term, collaborative, multi-sectoral change processes that are rooted in community.  Social Justice and Equity work is central to our mission, especially in these times. We understand that all forms of oppression are damaging. We engage in this work pro-actively and purposefully, with the intent of positive outcomes, and because we need to. 

This is you:
  • You are ready to work independently and as part of a coordinated team.
  • You are able to manage multiple projects, paying attention to both process and outcomes.
  • You are a skilled facilitator, adept at relationship building and process design. 
  • You have a passion for working with agencies, municipalities, youth and community residents to increase representation, inclusion and power for people most impacted by health inequities. 
  • You are enthusiastic about working with people from a wide range of backgrounds, sectors, and identities  
  • You enjoy reaching out to new people and organizations and establishing effective working relationships
  • You are committed to social and racial justice and equity 
  • When engaging with others, you listen deeply and respond respectfully; considering differences in power, privilege, culture and language
Highlights of what you will do:
  • Conduct an assessment of models and practices focused on shared power, governance, inclusion, conflict transformation, policies, systems and environmental changes that address structural racism, promote equitable and inclusive civic engagement and shift power within municipal and nonprofit settings.
  • Design and facilitate a multi-sectoral, multi-stakeholder collaboration of municipal/agency representatives, grassroots community group representatives, youth and community residents to create a strategic plan that will guide the implementation of the program. 
  • Develop and implement a training program/curriculum for youth and adults that will support partners of all sectors, identities and backgrounds to develop the understanding, skills and practice to design and implement governance structures that embrace shared power models. 
  We hope you'll consider joining the Healthy Families and Communities Team!  Review of resumes will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.