Program Officer, Community Partnerships – Healthy Communities Delaware

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Healthy Communities Delaware (HCD) is a collaboration among the University of Delaware Partnership for Healthy Communities, the Delaware Division of Public Health, and the Delaware Community Foundation (DCF). HCD works in partnership with community-based organizations and coalitions to create healthy, safe, and vibrant communities by addressing resident-driven priorities related to the social determinants of health/vital conditions (housing, environment, education, transportation, meaningful work & wealth, basic needs for health & safety, belonging and civic muscle).This position will be an employee of the DCF, focused on the HCD initiative. 

Each employee of the DCF is expected to embody and pursue the core values of the DCF including compassionate service, excellence, curiosity, integrity and honesty, passion for the work of the foundation, commitment to making a difference, and an appreciation for the joy of philanthropy.

HCD seeks an equity-focused, collaborative, independent, and flexible professional to join our team. Reporting to the Executive Director, the Program Officer, Community Partnerships will have several key goals: 

  1. Source, develop and manage partnerships with community-based organizations/coalitions working on place-based community development initiatives in underserved communities; 
  2. Provide community partners with support and technical assistance and/or connect with HCD technical assistance resources as appropriate; 
  3. Facilitate connections, explore and coordinate alignment and collaboration opportunities within and across communities, and between communities and funders 

Responsibilities

  • Create and implement a systematic, process-driven approach to partner outreach and relationship management
  • Research and develop relationships with key stakeholders in Kent and Sussex Counties who can help to advance HCD and community goals
  • Help community partners to identify needs and assets using data and lived experience of residents
  • Use data to identify key communities for potential partnership
  • Research, coordinate, collaborate and build upon existing efforts in communities and with other funders
  • Collaborate with colleagues to align our internal goals with new and existing partner relationships
  • Co-create community funding proposals in accordance with HCD grant guidelines and policies
  • Forecast, measure, and report the results of various projects with partners, including co-created and/or co-branded content 
  • Facilitate connections, explore and coordinate alignment and collaboration opportunities within and across communities, and between communities and funders 
  • Deliver a great experience to our partners when working with our organization – maintain and nurture collaborative, long-term relationships with community partners
  • Work closely with colleagues and community partners to coordinate the development and management of project plans, action plans, timelines, budgets, grants and contracts. 
  • Manage project-related documentation and monitor and maintain order on a shared drive and in a relationship management system.

Experience and skills of successful candidates

Required:

  • College degree along with 5-10 years of related professional experience in community planning, community development, or public health
  • Passion for equity, social justice, and/or social determinants of health
  • Resident of Kent or Sussex County
  • Experience working to improve one or more of the social determinants of health/vital conditions (housing, environment, education, transportation, meaningful work & wealth, basic needs for health & safety, belonging and civic muscle)
  • Strong knowledge of Delaware’s community development and non-profit sectors
  • Experience working with nonprofits, particularly community development-related organizations
  • Highly collaborative; comfortable working in partnership with communities rather than directing 
  • Ability to work on an evolving initiative in a learning organization; must be comfortable with complexity
  • Ability to assist community partners in exploring and selecting appropriate and evidence-based community improvement strategies
  • Strategic thinker
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Comfort with outreach, networking, relationship building 
  • Ability to develop rapport and build collaborative relationships with diverse, cross-sector partners.
  • Creative thinker who can also manage details

Preferred:

  • Experience with coalition-building and best practices for resident engagement
  • Experience with community needs assessments and community plans
  • Experience with proposal or prospectus writing and/or reviewing
  • Experience with project planning, implementation, and/or evaluation
  • Experience in partnering with local governments 
  • Familiarity with the comprehensive planning process in Delaware

Location and details

This is a full-time, salaried position with benefits. Its continuation is dependent upon annual funding for the Healthy Communities Delaware initiative. Annual salary range: $60,000 – 65,000

This position is eligible for a remote or hybrid work arrangement. Options for on-site work are the Healthy Communities Delaware office at the University of Delaware, The Tower at STAR, 100 Discovery Blvd., Newark, DE 19713, or at the Delaware Community Foundation Southern Delaware office at 36 The Circle, Georgetown, DE 19947. 

Apply for this position

To apply, please send cover letter, resume, work sample (see below) and compensation expectations to search@delcf.org. Applications that do not include a work sample will not be considered. For the full position description please visit www.delcf.org/career-opportunities. Deadline to apply: February 15, 2022. 

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The Delaware Community Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment based on race, religion, ethnicity, sex, maritalstatus, age, national origin, sexual orientation, veteran status, ordisability.

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