Lead Associate, Community Engagement (P2) — SC

23 Apr, 2022


Lead Associate, Community Engagement (P2) — SC

Save the Children
Orangeburg, SC

Job Details


Staff whose work requires or potentially could require any in-person interaction with Save the Children colleagues, partners, or beneficiaries must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 unless otherwise required by law. Save the Children complies with federal, state, and local laws with regard to accommodations related to this policy.


Save the Children’s U.S. Programs (USP) division is committed to ensuring that all children in rural America have a healthy, strong foundation to thrive as learners and in life. Our contribution to a full cradle-to-career continuum is focused on the early years, birth through elementary school; and our goals are to increase kindergarten readiness and grade-level literacy and math proficiency for children in under-resourced rural communities. Save the Children does whatever it takes to be there for children in. Always at the ready, we are among the first to respond and the last to leave, staying as long as it takes to help children and families recover from their losses, restore their lives and build resilience for years to come.

Save the Children is seeking a Lead Associate, Community Engagement. In this role, you will be responsible for coordinating and facilitating the community engagement process in target communities across the state. Working closely with state and national program design, implementation and collective impact teams, you will be responsible for establishing and maintaining community partnerships, convening local working groups, conducting comprehensive community assessments, developing results-oriented programmatic blueprints, and building community capacity through advocacy, targeted outreach, training and technical assistance. You will report directly to the State Director and will work collaboratively with state and national colleagues to continuously improve our programmatic work across the state.

This position will be on-site in Orangeburg, SC.

What You’ll Be Doing (Essential Duties)

Community Engagement (50%):

  • Mobilizes, educates, and motivates members of a community to analyze and address social and systemic barriers to children’s education, health and wellbeing.
  • Establishes and expands local and state-wide networks, convening a wide variety of stakeholders and building awareness and support of Save the Children’s programs and initiatives across the state.
  • Identifies partners to contribute programs and services, aligns contributions, and coordinates community-wide events, activities and distributions.
  • Facilitates community meetings and leads members through the development and execution of action plans with shared goals and metrics that drive population-level results.
  • Plans, monitors and manages community projects from initiation through completion.

Training and Technical Assistance (30%):

  • Strengthen community capacity to influence issues concerning children, empowering community members to hold government, schools, businesses and private organizations accountable for policies and programs that directly impact the community.
  • Coordinate with internal teams to deliver training opportunities to partners across the state in the areas of child development, early literacy and math, Kindergarten readiness, child protection and advocacy.
  • Provide administrative and logistical support for onsite and remote training and networking events.

Data Collection and Reporting (20%):

  • Maintain applicable programmatic and community engagement databases to facilitate and lead efficient and effective contact and relationship management.
  • Conduct comprehensive community needs assessments, capturing baselines to measure improvements, identify gaps, and address trends over time.
  • Assist in developing, disseminating, and collecting community, partner and beneficiary surveys
  • Provide information on targets and performance to goals for proposals and reports.
  • Collect storytelling assets, such as photos, videos, and testimonies to share with partners, donors, and other key stakeholders

Required Qualifications

  • Minimum of a High School Diploma or equivalent, plus at least 3 years of relevant experience
  • Professional proficiency in MS Office suite
  • Professional proficiency in spoken and written English
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate and collaborate effectively with individuals and teams at all levels, both internally and externally
  • Demonstrated commitment to fostering and maintaining and environment of diversity, inclusion, and belonging.
  • Experience working in culturally and demographically diverse communities with limited resources.
  • Excellent interpersonal communication and public speaking skills, demonstrated ability to convey clear understanding of issues related to poverty in rural communities.
  • Willingness and ability to travel at least 50% to assigned sites throughout the state in personal and state assigned vehicles.

This position may require the incumbent to operate a motor vehicle to fulfill certain essential functions of the job.  The incumbent should maintain a valid driver’s license and remain in compliance with any Save the Children policies pertaining to the safe operation of motor vehicles.

Why you should join the Save the Children Team…

Save the Children US offers outstanding benefits that include health, dental, vision and life insurances, pet insurance, short-term and long-term disability coverage, an Employee Assistance Program, 403(b), generous vacation, personal sick leave, family leave, parental/adoption leave, commuter benefits, dress for your day, and much more. 

Click here to learn more about how Save the Children US will invest in YOU!

About Save the Children

Save the Children believes every child deserves a future. In the United States and around the world, we give children a healthy start in life, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. We do whatever it takes for children – every day and in times of crisis – transforming their lives and the future we share.

Our work for children and their families requires that we commit—at every opportunity—to work together to identify and dismantle persistent systemic and structural racism, inequality, and any other forms of discrimination in this country and beyond.  As an anti-racist organization, Save the Children will not tolerate discrimination in any form—in our employment practices, amongst our staff, in our leadership or toward the people we serve. We stand in solidarity with all people to fight for equal rights, justice, inclusion, and belonging.

We provide equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, ancestry, sexual orientation, national origin, age, handicap, disability, marital status, or status as a veteran. Save the Children complies with all applicable laws.

Save the Children is committed to conducting its programs and operations in a manner that is safe for the children it serves and helping protect the children with whom we are in contact. All Save the Children representatives are explicitly prohibited from engaging in any activity that may result in any kind of child abuse. In addition, it is Save the Children’s policy to create and proactively maintain an environment that aims to prevent and deter any actions and omissions, whether deliberate or inadvertent, that place children at the risk of any kind of child abuse. All our representatives are expected to conduct themselves in a manner consistent with this commitment and obligation.

Save the Children is committed to minimizing safety and security risks for our valued employees, ensuring all are given training, support and information to reduce their risk exposure while maximizing the impact of our programs for children and families. Our shared duty, both agency and individual, is to seek and maintain safe working conditions for all.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)

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Job posted: 2022-04-23