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Community Engagement Coordinator

The University of Southern Mississippi is currently accepting applications for the position of Community Engagement Coordinator.

Position Details
Location Hattiesburg

118 College Drive
Hattiesburg, Mississippi, 39406-0001
United States
Division Dean's Office - Nursing
Position Type Staff
Employment Status Full Time
Grant Funded Yes
Salary Range 35,568.00 - 44,520.00
Pay Grade


Posting Close Date Open Until Filled

Job Summary 
The Community Engagement Coordinator’s will work closely with the USM Center for American Indian Research and Studies to manage administrative duties related to community engagement, including but not limited to, community connections with the Deep South Native Americans in the southeastern region of the US, and various governing bodies and stakeholders, including a steering committee, task force, council, and educators. The Coordinator will work with these groups to facilitate event and meeting logistics, site recruitment, documentation for contract and professional services and participant recruitment. The Community Engagement Coordinator directs all out-facing efforts and processes, manages project social media, communication and outreach, and coordinates those activities with project partners and stakeholders. The Coordinator plans and coordinates events, outreach, and activities in service of the project’s goals and activities.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities  

  1. Coordinates recruitment, outreach and intervention activities in community-based settings.
  2. Leads all communications initiatives related to recruitment and promotion of the Okla Achukma project (promotional materials, website content, outreach to target populations, social media posts, etc).
  3. Manages and facilitates program meetings and materials, including steering committee, task force and council membership, meetings, and minutes.
  4. Maintains contractual and professional services documentation for task force, council, and educator teams, and community-based space rental to ensure timely payment for consultation, services and use of space.
  5. Plans dissemination events to include event logistics and stakeholder engagement. 
  6. Coordinates educator, staff and student teams for recruitment, outreach, and education events and activities.
  7. Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications 
Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in health, or humanities-related fields. and 1 year of related experience in project coordination, health promotion and/or community outreach.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Must have reliable transportation and is able to work evenings and weekends, as needed.
  • Interest in health and well-being of diverse populations.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills; ability to speak effectively and professionally to a variety of audiences and to present/explain information clearly
  • Ability to work independently, demonstrating strong organizational skills, attention to detail, time management.
  • Ability to maintain cooperative relationships with colleagues.
  • Ability to analyze and solve problems.
  • Ability to work effectively as a team member, flexibility in problem-solving. 
  • Skill in working with diverse populations to foster an inclusive community that recognizes the value of all people, regardless of ethnicity, race, gender, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, ability, or socioeconomic status.
  • Strong aptitude with Microsoft Office Suite (Excel, Word, Powerpoint, etc.) and willingness to gain proficiency in institutional software platforms.

Preferred Qualifications  

At least two-year related experience coordinating community-based projects and cultural knowledge and understanding of Southeastern tribal nations desirable. 


Supervisory Responsibilities
Health Educators (9)

About The University of Southern Mississippi
The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) is a comprehensive public research institution delivering transformative programs on campuses in Hattiesburg and Long Beach, at teaching and research sites across the Mississippi Gulf Coast, as well as online. Founded in 1910, USM is one of only 131 universities in the nation to earn the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education's "R1: Doctoral Universities - Very high research activity" designation, and its robust research enterprise includes experts in ocean science and engineering, polymer science and engineering, and large event venue safety and security, among others.  USM is also one of only 37 institutions in the nation accredited in theatre, art and design, dance and music. As an economic driver, USM generates an annual economic impact of more than $600 million across the state. USM welcomes a diverse student body of more than 14,000, representing 71 countries, all 50 states, and every county in Mississippi. USM students have collected four Truman Scholarships and 37 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships, while also leading Mississippi with 27 Goldwater Scholarships, an honor that recognizes the next generation of great research scientists. Home to the Golden Eagles, USM competes in 17 Division I sports sponsored by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). For more information, visit

As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer/Americans with Disabilities Act institution, The University of Southern Mississippi encourages minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities to apply.


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