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VOCEL hiring Community Engagement Manager

Interested in becoming VOCEL's first Community Engagement Manager? Join a growing team, bringing innovative parent-child programming to communities across Chicago. To learn more and apply, visit

Community Engagement Manager 

Founded in 2013, VOCEL is a non-profit organization that equips young children with the early foundation they need to be successful in school and thrive in life. Having established and tested an innovative parent-child early learning program that supports parents as children’s first and best teachers, VOCEL is poised to accelerate the Child Parent Academy’s growth and expand programming across Chicago. To support these efforts, VOCEL is seeking a dynamic, entrepreneurial, and team-oriented Community Engagement Manager (CEM), reporting to the Director of Programs, to envision, lead and manage community engagement, partnership and recruitment efforts.

Minimum role requirements:

  • 2-4+ years of experience working in community engagement, grassroots community organizing, program development or related field
  • Bilingual communication abilities preferred (English/Spanish)
  • Undergraduate degree required
  • Ability to travel locally to meetings, community events, etc.; personal vehicle & clean driving record required
  • Ability to maintain a flexible work schedule including evenings and weekends as needed
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (i.e. Outlook, Word, Excel, and Power Point), online research and social media

The ideal candidate has:

  • Knowledge of communities where VOCEL operates and is connected to those communities
  • Experience in early childhood education, parent/family support, education (PreK-12), or non-profit work
  • Eagerness to help foster an inclusive environment at VOCEL; knowledge of and comfort discussing issues of race, gender and access equity
  • Kindness, humility and eagerness to learn from others; non-judgmental and strengths-based perspective, especially when working across lines of difference
  • Ability to build authentic and deep relationships
  • “Can do” attitude with creativity and tenacity to overcome bumps in the road
  • Strong interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills; comfort with conversations and verbal presentations with small and large groups of people
  • Orientation towards teamwork, willing and eager to pitch in to support all administrative, operational and educational activities as necessary; as an early-stage organization, we all wear many hats!
  • Exceptional organization skills and high level of efficiency to manage multi-faceted projects, prioritize among competing responsibilities, meet deadlines and follow through on commitments

Keywords: Community Development, community engagement, community outreach, early childhood education, Jobs, non-profit

Posted in Education Initiatives, Workforce and Career Development