Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky seeks Community Engagement Coordinator

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The Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization funded by an endowment whose mission is to address the unmet health needs of Kentuckians. Since it opened its doors in 2001, the Foundation has invested over $29 million in health policy advocacy, research, and demonstration projects across the Commonwealth. The Foundation is committed to ensuring that its work, and the volunteers and staff who support that work,reflect the ever-changing needs and population of our state. We recognize that the Commonwealth comprises thousands of communities, each unique in its culture, social norms,social capital, opportunities and challenges. And we are intentional in our efforts to continually expand the inclusiveness and diversity of our workplace as we engage these communities in our work.

The position of Community Engagement Coordinator (CEC) is a new, exempt position, under thesupervision of the Vice President for Policy, responsible for developing and facilitating relationships between the Foundation and community stakeholders and coordinating activitiesand events to engage communities throughout the state in furtherance of the Foundation’s mission, policy and advocacy agenda and strategic plan objectives. Requires travel throughout the Commonwealth of Kentucky.


• Create an outreach plan and engage in cross-organization efforts to connect community engagement efforts to broader Foundation objectives.

• Planning and support for regional community health forums – work with leadership to establish objectives, identify and connect with local partners, program development,marketing and outreach.

• Serve as the lead staff person to the Foundation’s Community Advisory Council (currently 50 members) which includes:

o Develop a rapport and maintain regular communication with members of the Council.

o Engage Council Members in the policy and advocacy work of the Foundation by educating members on the Foundation’s policy positions and develop calls toadvocacy action.

o Facilitate regular meetings with the Council’s 7-member Leadership Committee.

o Develop an annual plan of Council priorities and facilitate Council member engagement in these priorities and other work of the Foundation.

o All aspects of planning and facilitating the Council’s Annual Meeting held in conjunction with the Foundation’s annual health policy forum in September.

o Recruitment, onboarding and orientation for new Council members.

o Oversight of the Council database and governance processes.

• Oversight and administration of the Health Policy Champion Award nomination and selection process.

• Provide support for the Foundation’s signature community capacity building activity –Health for a Change – duties include assisting in program planning and development, venue identification, onsite logistics, setting up webinars and registration.

• Provide support for the development of the Kentucky Health Coalition Directory.

• Document all community engagement efforts and activities for purposes of evaluation and record keeping.

• Collaborate and consult with Foundation staff on other activities carried out withcoalitions and communities in the Commonwealth.

• Special projects and other duties as may be assigned.


• Preparing draft plans and budgets for engagement activities.

• Participation and presentations to the Board and Board Committees.

• Participation in regular staff meetings.

• Contributing content for the Foundation’s e-communications.

• Participating in strategic planning activities as required.

• Maintaining files and records associated with the responsibilities of the position.


• Bachelor’s degree minimum.

• Work experience in the areas of public health policy, advocacy, communications and community outreach.

• Knowledge of Kentucky communities and experience working throughout Kentucky.

• A solid understanding of, or direct experience working collaboratively with individualsfrom all sectors of the community and a commitment to diversity and inclusion.

• Understanding and appreciation for the Foundation’s mission.

• Ability to create and sustain positive working relationships with Council members.

• Successful track record in problem-solving, multi-tasking and working independently.

• Knowledge of health issues in underserved and rural communities

• Fastidious attention to detail.

• Superior event planning skills.

• Excellent writing, communication, analytic and organizational skills.

• An understanding of non-profit budgets and legal issues related to 501(c)3 organizations highly desired.

• Program evaluation experience is highly desired.

• Proven computer skills and software proficiency including – Microsoft Word, Excel, andPower Point

• Reliable transportation for statewide travel, a valid Kentucky driver’s license and fully insured to operate a vehicle. Mileage reimbursed.


The Foundation offices are in Louisville. Preferred location for position is in Louisville or within Kentucky. Travel to the Louisville office is required for key meetings and events.


Company sponsored benefits include a 401k plan, cell-phone stipend, health, dental and vision insurance, short-term/long-term disability, life insurance and paid vacation, sick and holiday leave.


• Must be able to drive for short and long distances within Kentucky. Estimated travel isa quarter to half time.

• Must be able to occasionally lift to 25 pounds.


The Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky provides equal employment opportunities to allemployees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

HOW TO APPLY:Interested and qualified candidates should email cover letter (including salary requirementsand resume to Mary Jo Shircliffe, Vice President, Operations and Administration – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

No phone calls please.DEADLINE:Position posted January 28, 2020. Position open until filled.

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Northern Kentucky Area Development District

22 Spiral Drive
Florence, KY 41042
P: 859.283.1885
F: 859.283.8178
TDD: 711
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