Community Engagement Specialist

Organizational Overview:

The mission of Health Equity Solutions (HES) is to promote policies, programs, and practices that result in equitable access to health care, increased quality in the delivery of health care, and improved health outcomes for Connecticut residents. Our mission is motivated by the vision that every Connecticut resident will obtain optimal health regardless of race, ethnicity, or socio-economic status. Our work is fueled by the belief that increasing health equity requires leadership, advocacy, and collaboration to advance systems level policy change to transform the lives of those most affected by health disparities in Connecticut. This translates to work focused on policy change driven by the needs of the uninsured, persons of color, and economically disadvantaged individuals in the state. HES does its work with a three-pronged focus to educate, agitate, and advocate. HES is currently seeking a full-time, grant supported Community Engagement Specialist. The position is funded through December 31, 2020.

Job Summary:

The Community Engagement Specialist will support community engagement work for two projects: Protect Our Care Connecticut coalition and the State Innovation: Expanding and Improving Coverage project.

  • Protect Our Care Connecticut: Protect Our Care CT is a coalition of organizations committed to defending and advancing comprehensive, affordable, accessible health care for all CT residents.
  • State Innovation: Expanding & Improving Coverage Project: This is a grant funded project designed to elevate and include the voices of people of color in the Connecticut’s discussions and decision-making related to health care access and affordability.

The Community Engagement Specialist will be responsible for building relationships with residents and community and neighborhood organizations throughout the state in an effort to support the work motivated by these projects. The person in this position will be responsible for assisting in the execution and coordination of organizing people and projects focused on systems level interventions.

Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Organize and mobilize community partner organizations and residents in state legislative advocacy, federal health care activities and non-partisan electoral activities by POCCT; for HES this work will center on health care affordability and Medicaid
  • Organize meetings including regular meetings for organizations and/or community residents (both projects)
  • Plan and implement educational activities as appropriate (both projects)
  • Manage content on websites related to project; post content to social media platforms, including content development where needed; manage ad purchases for social media (both projects)
  • Coordinate activities of the POCCT Steering Committee
  • Coordinate health care affordability activities for HES, including work related to Medicaid and improving health care affordability overall
  • Assist in fundraising, including membership recruitment (POCCT only), soliciting individual donations and grant writing (both projects)

Job Specifications:

Education:                  High school diploma or GED equivalent required

Experience:                3-5 years experience in grassroots organizing, community organizing, grassroots advocacy, or community development. Experience with diverse populations is required.

Skills:                        Strong community organizing and power building skills; really talented at building strong non-transactional relationships; excellent verbal and written communication skills; well organized. Knowledge of health equity, health care, health care affordability and Medicaid required.

Other:                          Must be proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint; Internet Applications; Social Media platforms.

Characteristics:         Strategic, self-aware, and authentic leader. Individual self-starter; work well as part of a team and in a fast paced environment; able to organize and manage multiple activities at one time, detail oriented, and able to communicate professionally. Good attitude and must enjoy thoughtful conversations about policy, advocacy, and health equity.  Must enjoy coordination and engaging people.  

Supervisor:                Executive Director

How to Apply:           Forward your cover letter and resume to jobs@hesct.org with the following subject line: Materials for HES Community Engagement Specialist.