Program Manager, Barton Community Partnerships -Barton Institut

Job description

The Barton Institute for Philanthropy and Social Enterprise develops and enhances projects that improve life for people in Colorado facing difficult challenges. Barton is an interdisciplinary institute that connects the resources of the University of Denver with the community. The Institute's philosophy is that the best way to address complex issues like homelessness or education is to bring together and capitalize on the resources of all sectors-public, private, social, and academic. The Institute believes it is critically important to work alongside the people who live with these challenges and are striving for solutions

Position Summary

Participate in a multi-disciplinary team serving diverse populations in ways that enhance the health and well-being of residents in culturally diverse Denver neighborhoods. Build and strengthen partnerships with community residents, service providers, nonprofits, universities, corporations and others to develop and implement effective, comprehensive solutions to major social challenges. Develop innovative points of entry into dialogue with Barton Institute and coordinate meetings, informal get-togethers, presentations, events and specialized programming throughout the Denver area to develop network partners and expand Barton's capacity for listening and learning about the strengths and challenges present in Denver's richly diverse communities.

Essential Functions

  • Support and coordinate community-building efforts for the Director of Community Partnerships.
  • Develop relationships with community-based organizations that result in meaningful partnerships with the Barton Institute for Philanthropy and Social Enterprise.
  • Conduct research on best-practices that inform the Director's current topic areas of concern/interest. Write research briefs that summarize current efforts and findings.
  • Gather local data, both quantitative and qualitative, that reflect the neighborhoods/geographies of interest to Barton Institute.
  • Coordinate community networks including those involved with projects underway, partnerships that have been established through prior work and new partners to invite to the table.
  • Data tracking: Track federal, state, county, neighborhood and other data relevant to current initiatives.
  • Invite and coordinate University of Denver's participation in Barton's community-building work.
  • Seek, review and support funding opportunities.
  • Assist the Director in budget development, monitoring and reporting.
  • Promote the Barton Institute throughout the University and the community at-large.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Exceptional interpersonal, communication and outreach skills with the capacity to respond quickly and effectively to community partners for collaboration and shared activities.
  • The ability to make plans and follow through, organize tasks and meet deadlines.
  • Creative thinking and problem-solving skills as well as the ability to implement action plans.
  • Ability to communicate with people from all walks of life. Strengths-based orientation (focusing on what people can do) toward people and communities.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in Psychology, Social Work or other human services degree.
  • 2-5 years of experience working within a community-serving system including outreach, engagement and/or nonprofit public relations activities.
  • Public Relations, Public Health or Communications/Journalism along with community engagement experience.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bilingual (English/Spanish is preferred).

Work Schedule

Monday to Friday, 8:00am-4:00pm. May vary, some evening and weekend hours required.

Application Deadline

For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00pm (MST), April 4, 2018. Applications may be reviewed until position filled.

Special Instructions

Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted. Once within the job description online, please scroll to the bottom of the page to apply. If you have questions regarding the application process, please contact

Please include the following documents with your application:

  1. Resume
  2. A Cover Letter is required to be fully considered for this role. In your letter, please address what you find compelling about cross-sector community work and the role of Barton in this area.

The University of Denver is committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and staff and encourages applications from women, minorities, members of the LGBTQ community, people with disabilities and veterans. The University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

All offers of employment are based upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.




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Job No: 005932
Posted: 3/21/2018
Application Due: 5/20/2018
Work Type:
Salary: Negotiable