Manager of Community Engagement

Organizational Description: 

Our vision is that every young person has the opportunity to be involved in an empowering youth-adult relationship to create more vibrant and resilient communities. MMP is working with established mentoring programs, youth serving organizations, faith-based organizations, and academic institutions to strengthen the program and organizational practices that contribute to the resiliency of youth, families and communities. We currently work with over 250 programs supporting over 33,000 youth in sustained, consistent and supported relationships by assessing programmatic needs and organizational capacity and providing customized strategies that create stronger and more effective programs and youth-adult interactions. MMP is a small staff working in a high leverage environment. Our environment is fast-paced, responsive to innovation, committed to organizational learning and promotes staff development. MMP is committed to working in a manner that celebrates and honors diversity. MMP offer competitive salaries and excellent benefits within the non-profit sector.

Position Summary: 

MMP is seeking a talented and dynamic professional to join our team as a Manager of Community Engagement to develop direct relationships and sustained partnerships with key community stakeholders and carry out MMP’s mission- specifically in our focus areas in Eastern Massachusetts, with a primary focus on Boston as well as Lawrence. This position is a key contributor to our work with the Obama Foundation and works closely with the City of Boston My Brother’s Keeper Initiative in the City of Boston.

As MMP’s regional presence and primary spokesperson in these communities, the Manager of Community Engagement will be a locally-based knowledgeable voice for the field of youth development and mentoring, mobilizing internal and external resources to meet the needs of youth serving -programs and grow the field. The Manager of Community Engagement should come with strong knowledge of the community. The Manager of Community Engagement will be the resource broker and conduit between these regions and MMP’s full suite of services to mentoring and youth serving programs, and they will build key strategic relationships within the region’s youth development field including youth mentoring programs, community and business leadership, and local government. In Boston specifically, the Manager of Community Engagement will serve as lead project manager for MMP’s role in the My Brother’s Keeper Initiative focusing on improving key outcomes for black and brown boys and promoting relationships for all young people in the city.

The Manager of Community Engagement represents and promotes the work of all the departments of MMP. This position will spend the time to assess community and program strengths and needs, creating collaborations and linking communities to all teams and work at MMP including the Program Services team for training and technical assistance and the External Affairs team to develop and implement public awareness and marketing strategies; to local and state political leaders to develop and implement advocacy strategies; and community engagement and local funding avenues. The ultimate task of this role is to make the statewide mission of MMP concrete and local in the targeted areas. The Manager of Community Engagement works within the “big picture” framework of MMP and has access to MMP teams of experts to carry out fully planned projects collectively. The primary focus is to build relationships and leverage resources to increase the quality and quantity of empowering youth-adult relationships in the abovementioned targeted communities. This position is based in MMP’s Boston office with travel and direct face to face time in above mentioned communities for 70% of their work week.

Reporting to MMP’s Chief Program Officer, the Manager of Community Engagement will work with the full support of MMP staff, assuring that initiatives in these focused areas are fully integrated into the organization’s strategic goals and annual operating plan.

Position Requirements: 

▪ BS or BA and at least 3-5 years relevant experience required
▪ Preference to candidate from or with strong connections in one of the following regions: Dorchester, Mattapan, and Roxbury
▪ Solid background / experience in community organizing and relationship building
▪ Background in youth development, mentoring, public health, or related field
▪ Some experience providing training, public awareness opportunities and technical assistance with adult learners
▪ Proven ability to manage projects, partnerships, and professional relationships
▪ Ability to plan, organize and think strategically
▪ Excellent communications skills
▪ Ability to work and connect with diverse communities, people and partners, and a commitment to promoting inclusion in all practices and efforts
▪ Capacity to learn quickly and multi task effectively
▪ Self directed and entrepreneurial with ability to work independently
▪ Strong written and verbal communication and public presentation skills
▪ Ability to work and communicate effectively in a team environment with colleagues, program providers, community stakeholders, and volunteers
▪ Understanding the process to develop and respond to funding opportunities
▪ Valid driver’s license and ability to travel to programs across the state of Massachusetts
▪ Some night and occasional weekends work
▪ Bilingual/bicultural candidates encouraged to apply

Responsibilities: 

Partnership Development and Public Awareness:
▪ Serve as project manager and lead partnership development to meet organizational goals of the Obama Foundation Community Challenge Grant
▪ Identify new and support on-going strategic partnerships with various stakeholders including community and business leaders, higher education institutions, and affinity groups to broker access and opportunities for mentoring programs to recruit volunteer mentors
▪ Plan and implement regional events that raise the profile of mentoring and empowering youth adult relationships in the regions
▪ Develop new and innovative strategies to raise awareness about mentoring and empowering youth adult relationships and the need for more support and resources for the movement
▪ Identify new and support on-going strategic partnerships with media, community and business leaders to position mentoring as a preventative strategy central to youth violence prevention, educational achievement, and workforce development

Program Capacity-building
▪ Specifically identify needs of programs serving boys of color and/or develop opportunities to strengthen services and meet the goals of My Brother’s Keeper Initiative
▪ Develop strong relationships with mentoring programs and youth serving agencies in focus areas
▪ Serve as an initial resource and as a resource broker to MMP colleagues to meet the training, consultation and capacity building needs of targeted communities
▪ Identify training needs and deliver / conduct /or facilitate trainings and technical assistance on programmatic and organizational development topics with colleagues on the Program Services Team
▪ Create and facilitate opportunities for youth serving programs to network

Field Resources and Development
▪ Help identify groups to participate in fundraising activities
▪ Working in collaboration with the Manager of Government Relations, support relationships with key policy makers in the region and work with mentoring programs to maximize their advocacy efforts
▪ Working in collaboration with the Director of Development, develop relationships with and cultivate prospective donors and funders in targeted communities that yield field resources and funding opportunities for MMP
▪ Steward current institutional funders and donors for MMP and the mentoring field
▪ Identify partners and resources to access complimentary admissions, tickets, and activity passes for distribution to mentoring programs

Other Responsibilities:
▪ Promote the mission and goals of MMP and fully participate in setting and achieving the annual operating plan to achieve the goals
▪ Provide leadership to / manage MMP’s internal regional communities teams
▪ Participate in meetings, organizational functions, and community events necessary to perform job responsibilities and/or to represent MMP
▪ Identify and participate in appropriate community meetings, task forces, and coalitions to improve youth services, in addition to finding opportunities to educate these groups
▪ Participate in professional development opportunities to enhance relevant knowledge and skill sets
▪ Meet all requirements to utilize the MMP customer relationship database and other MMP reporting systems to track pertinent data
▪ Participate in creating a more culturally responsive environment at MMP

How to Apply: 

Next Steps:

Please email a resume and cover letter outlining how your skills and experience meet the qualifications of the position, stating how you heard about this opportunity, and your salary requirements (in Word format) to Beth Fraster at humanresources@massmentors.org, subject line “Manager of Community Engagement.” Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Mass Mentoring Partnership provides equal employment opportunities for all applicants and employees.

Posted Date: 
Wednesday, August 14, 2019