Why Join Team Lawrence in Lawrence, Kansas?
The dedicated members of Team Lawrence in Lawrence, Kansas work through our Strategic Plan framework to support an unmistakably vibrant community with innovative, equitable, transparent and responsible local government.
Our Mission: We create a community where all enjoy life and feel at home!
Team Lawrence embodies the values of Character, Competence, Courage, Collaboration and Commitment as we endeavor to achieve these important strategic outcomes for our community:
Our enthusiasm is carried through our Commitments to the way in which we accomplish our goals:
When you join Team Lawrence, you can rest assured that your individual and collaborative work makes an important impact in the community we serve. If you are an innovative collaborator who likes being part of an enthusiastic team that effects positive change, then Team Lawrence is right for you!
As part of the City’s Strategic Plan, we have made the commitment to, “Listen, share, and engage with our community to drive action and build trust in government. We invite and welcome all community members to collaborate and innovate with us. Through strong and equitable engagement with our community, we share and receive information about city services and community life.”
The Engagement Manager reports to the Communications & Creative Resources Director and is an instrumental part of the Communications & Creative Resources team. The Engagement Manager will serve a lead role in planning, developing, managing, and executing strategies and activities related to community engagement and public participation to achieve the Outcomes identified in the City’s Strategic Plan. Working as part of the Community Engagement Team and as a Team Lawrence collaborator, this individual will promote a positive image for City services and programs in accordance with the Strategic Plan and related department strategies and actions.
Starting Salary Range: $68,347 to $75,182 Annually, D.O.Q.; Application Review Begins 11/29/21, Open Until Filled
Ideal Candidate Profile
The ideal candidate will be an insightful and adaptable leader driven to meet the challenges of the position. Preferred candidates will possess a combination of practical experience, diplomacy, cultural astuteness, and decision-making abilities; all with a customer service orientation. This individual should thrive on collaboration and building strong relationships with a variety of internal and external stakeholders, including those in traditionally underserved populations, to help the community engage in an equitable way that will inform and influence community decisions. The candidate must exhibit passion and skills for excellent communications, active listening, strategic thinking, and engaging people to work together to objectively find the best solutions for the most people. This position will require someone with the ability to effectively educate city staff, decision-makers and the public about the value and strategic use of public participation, as well as train City staff regarding community engagement principles and techniques, facilitation, community problem-solving, and public engagement to enhance positive community relationships and build trust.
The Engagement Manager will need to work independently and function as part of a strong City team, adapt to a broad spectrum of topics and circumstances, and analyze information and use sound judgement to make decisions or recommendations. The candidate must be able to balance multiple demands and prioritize effectively.
Receives direction from the department director and assistant city managers.
Exercises no direct supervision over other staff. May exercise technical and functional lead over full-time, part-time and volunteer staff.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Important responsibilities and duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:
Non-Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Equivalent to a bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college or university or an equivalent combination of education and experience that provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities as outlined in this job description.
The ideal candidate will have at least three (3) years of direct experience managing and leading effective local government public outreach and engagement programs that reflect a thorough knowledge of the International Association of Public Participation (IAP2) Core Values and Code of Ethics, and the principles and practices of public engagement, planning, outreach, techniques, project management, and program evaluation.
Previous experience with a variety of communications platforms, social media, and marketing campaigns highly desired. The successful candidate must possess, or have the ability to obtain, an appropriate valid driver’s license and pass City background, physical, and drug screens.
Course work or certification in public participation from the International Association of Public Participation (IAP2) or other similar organization preferred.
The Engagement Manager will be required to. . .
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