Community Engagement Coordinator

Job description

--General Notes --


The SHIFT Program at the University of Texas at Austin is now hiring for the following position: Health Education Coordinator II: Community Engagement Coordinator.

SHIFT is a new and innovative program that aims to change the campus culture around substance use from one of misuse to one grounded in well-being. SHIFT is comprised of six pilot initiatives that integrate best practices in a public health approach, including environmental strategies, for which this position will help lead.

The Community Engagement and Environmental Strategies Coordinator reports to the Director of SHIFT and works as part of an interdisciplinary team.

The purpose of this position is to assist in developing a coalition-based, environmental approach to reducing high-risk substance use and related harms at the University of Texas at Austin and the surrounding Austin community.

This position will work closely with the Director to implement key initiatives aimed at engaging the community and environmental strategies as it relates to the core functions of SHIFT. This will include collaborating with campus partners throughout the university, as well as the adjacent neighborhood and local hospitality communities, all sharing the common goal of shifting the campus culture around substance use. Candidates should have a strong background in substance misuse prevention and the ability to cultivate strong relationships that will yield positive impact on the community.

The Community Engagement Coordinator is part of a collaborative team that continues to innovate and expand pilot initiatives. This position will be responsible for some administrative work, specifically related to assessment and data collection relating to SHIFT.

This position is full time, 40 hours a week; typical hours are Monday-Friday 8:00-5:00, however, there may be occasional night and weekend work. The position is non-permanent, with a three-year funding commitment established. The position has potential for yearly renewal thereafter.

The funding for this position is subject to end on August 31, 2023 and continuation beyond August 31, 2023 is contingent upon business need and funding.


Work collaboratively as part of a team to design and implement creative strategies that engage community partners in substance misuse prevention programming.

Drive projects forward that aim to positively enhance environmental strategies among community stakeholders, including working with the Austin hospitality community and alcohol retail establishments to implement preventative initiatives. Manage coordinated efforts between the university and community partners through regular meetings with campus and community policy makers, business owners, neighbors, and enforcement and accountability agencies.

Build and maintain strategic relationships and partnerships on campus and in the surrounding community. Establish and maintain open and clear communication and information sharing at all levels in order to facilitate the development and execution of initiatives.

Work with strategic partners to engage students in safer event prevention programming and other harm reduction strategies to help mitigate high-risk behaviors and events.

Effectively assess the impact of initiatives and ensure best practices, while continuously evaluating emerging needs.

Attend to various department needs, including: facilitating trainings and/or presentations as needed; collecting and reporting on departmental data; represent department in various meetings and/or committees; various administrative tasks.

Participates in other projects and activities as appropriate and assigned.

--Required Qualifications--

Master’s degree in public health, public administration, public affairs, public policy, the social sciences, higher education/student development, health education or a related field

Demonstrated competency around effective strategies for preventing substance use and impact the culture of drinking and drug use among in the higher education setting

Demonstrated experience establishing and building successful partnerships toward a common goal or coalition leadership

Knowledge of current/emerging college health issues, intervention methods, health behavior change theories, ecological framework, and evidence-based practice

Ability to work across multiple populations and disciplines, including but not limited to faculty, staff, students, senior administrators, trustees, parents, alum, city officials, local merchants, and community residents

Demonstrated ability in core areas of program planning

Demonstrated oral /written communication skills

Demonstrated ability to professionally navigate complex political and administrative environments; ability to be an advocate and collaborate with other leaders and organizations with common goals; experience working with community leadership

Excellent computer skills; MS Office Suite proficient; working knowledge of SPSS or other statistical analysis software

Cultural competency; demonstrated ability to successfully work with a diverse community and provide services from a non-judgmental perspective

Relevant education and experience may be substituted as appropriate.

--Preferred Qualifications--

Ability to take initiative, balance multiple projects, and work autonomously and as a member of a team.

Knowledge and experience with assessment methods and evaluative processes. Demonstrated experience using innovative technology and methods to enhance outreach efforts. Work experience within a higher education setting or with the college student population. Familiarity with research and best practices in college health promotion. Proven record of delivering quality results in a timely manner. Social media management in a professional capacity.

--Salary Range--

$50,000 per year + depending on qualifications

--Working Conditions--

May work around standard office conditions. Repetitive use of a keyboard at a workstation. Use of manual dexterity. Exposure to chemicals and commercial items typically found in offices, medical clinics, and building repairs/maintenance.

--Required Materials--

Only complete applications will be considered.

Resume/CV; 3 work references with their contact information - at least one reference should be from a supervisor; Letter of interest - highlight a collaborative effort that you have coordinated


--Important for applicants who are NOT current university employees or contingent workers--

You will be prompted to submit your resume in the first step of the online job application process. Then, any additional Required Materials will be uploaded in the My Experience section; you can multi-select the additional files or click the Upload button for each file. Before submitting your online job application, ensure that ALL Required Materials have been uploaded. Once your job application has been submitted, you cannot make changes.

--Important for Current university employees and contingent workers--

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Posted: 12/3/2020
Application Due: 2/1/2021
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