Community Engagement Specialist, Henry, Wayne & Fayette Counties - Girl Coalition of Indiana
Henry, Wayne, and Fayette Counties, Indiana
Description

Who We Are


The Girl Coalition of Indiana (IGC) is an unprecedented collaboration between six existing Girl Scout councils serving girls in the state of Indiana focused on building new and creative initiatives to expand Girl Scouting. Led by an Executive Director and a team of full-time, girl-focused staff across the state, the IGC will partner deeply with each Girl Scout council as well as youth-serving organizations and other partners to reach girls who need Girl Scouting most. 


The vision of the IGC is that every girl in Indiana lives her best life physically, academically, emotionally, and socially. To work towards this vision, we have identified three bodies of work that the IGC will focus on: Understand the unique needs of girls in low-income communities, remove barriers that prevent girls in low-income households from benefiting from Girl Scouts, and become an integral part of the overall support system for girls within communities. 


What You'll Do


The Community Engagement Specialist develops relationships in regional communities to identify and co-create solutions which allow Hoosier girls to live their best lives physically, academically, emotionally, and socially. This position creates a network of inputs to inform solutions from girls, their families, and community organizations and also delivers solutions in order to maximize opportunities for girls. 


The Community Engagement Specialist is part of a team of advocates across the State of Indiana working to increase impact of the Girl Coalition of Indiana, including extending the annual State of the Hoosier Girl report to local communities, testing and then scaling pilot initiatives, developing learnings and best practices for community engagement, and advocating for the needs of all girls with local decision makers. This role functions as a partner with the local Girl Scout council to expand access to Girl Scouting to girls from low-income or similarly underserved communities.


How You’ll Succeed


With a focus on sustainable community building and program implementation in partnership with the local council and other organizations, this role will:

  • Represent the IGC and the Girl Scout brand in building relationships with local community partners, youth-serving organizations, and other community-based entities;
  • Lead community listening sessions regularly in partnership with researchers and other members of the IGC, developing a deep understanding of community needs and recommended solutions;
  • Test, iterate, and scale potential opportunities for girls in partnership with Girl Scout staff. This could include initiatives such as Cause Camps, micro-grants for community leaders, early childhood development engagement, and more. 
  • Recruit and serve new girls from assigned community in partnership with local Girl Scout council staff, achieving annual goals;
  • Distribute and engage in discussions with local community members and partners about the annual State of the Hoosier Girl report, identifying opportunities to improve circumstances for girls. 
  • Support the Executive Director in regional strategy implementation;
  • Lead and participate in regular professional development opportunities including training in topics such as DEI, mental wellness, and girl development;
  • Manage assigned financial resources necessary to accomplish assigned objectives;
  • Create and maintain all necessary program, outcomes, and financial reporting, communicating and providing regularly to IGC team to include Executive Director and Grant Manager;
  • Model behavior consistent with the mission and purpose of Girl Scouting;
  • Attend statewide conferences, trainings, or programs as necessary;
  • Perform other duties as required or assigned. 
Requirements

What We’re Looking For

  • Demonstrated success in applying positive youth development, trauma-informed care, and a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion to youth programs or community building initiatives;
  • 2+ years in youth development field;
  • 2+ years in relationship-building experience with a variety of stakeholders;
  • 1+ years professional experience in grassroots community building;
  • Expertise in community issues, community research, and facilitating community conversations;
  • Ability to develop strategies that are informed by data to achieve goals in support of local and statewide strategies;
  • Must hold membership in the Girl Scout organization and subscribe to the tenants of the Girl Scout Promise and Law;
  • Must complete and pass a criminal background check.

Bonus Points

  • Preferred Bachelor’s Degree in social work, psychology, nonprofit management or other youth development related field; equivalent work experience considered;
  • Preferred understanding of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience;
  • Preferred understanding of community-based organizing and coalition-building;

Where You’ll Be


This position functions in a hybrid model, with the majority of your time spent out in the community you are serving. Physical demands include standing, walking, and/or sitting for extended periods of time, moving around within an office environment to access equipment and conduct meetings, frequent communication with others, and the ability to move supplies or equipment up to 20 pounds occasionally.

 

Where You’ll Go


Approximately 40-60% of your time will be spent in the community/county you are serving, connecting with girls and families, youth development professionals, educators, community members, and other key stakeholders. 


About 20-30% of your time will be spent at the regional council office. There will also be some occasional travel to Indianapolis (5-10%) for training and statewide meetings.


What We Offer

  • Competitive salary
  • Paid vacation days, starting at three weeks per year
  • Paid sick days, accruing at one day per month
  • Paid holidays, including Juneteenth, the full week of Thanksgiving and the full week of Christmas through New Year’s
  • Medical, dental and vision benefit plans
  • Life, and long-term disability insurance provided by company
  • 403(b) retirement program, including optional Roth retirement savings

Girl Scouts of Central Indiana is an equal opportunity employer. We will recruit, hire, train, and promote persons in all job titles without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

Salary Description
starting at $50,000