MacArthur Foundation Safety and Justice Challenge Community Engagement Grant Peer Navigator Training Program/Community Engagement Initiative

Job Description: Community Coordinator

We are excited to announce the hiring for a Community Coordinator to help launch a new initiative as part of the MacArthur Foundation Safety and Justice Challenge for the Spokane regional justice system.  The Safety & Justice Challenge is supporting Spokane area governments to safely reduce the jail population, increase community engagement, and reduce racial and ethnic disparities across the criminal justice system.  Spokane received a $200,000 grant award for which the Peer Navigator Training Program/Community Engagement Initiative was designed. The program is the creation of a community led initiative to center the voices of the most impacted, developed by formerly incarcerated individuals, community advocates and system professionals this program seeks to create a just and thriving community for all.   

The Community Coordinator will work with a Steering Committee made up of system professionals, community members and nonprofit representatives.  The Community Coordinator will be an independent contractor engaged by the fiscal sponsor of this program on behalf of the Steering Committee and the community.

If you are looking for meaningful work in a supportive environment, we encourage you to apply.

Summary/Project Overview

l. The Community Coordinator will promote community integration, resiliency and quality of life objectives with participants of the Peer Navigator Training Programs. The Community Coordinator, in collaboration with the Steering Committee, is primarily responsible to implement the monthly community engagement meetings and the Pilot Peer Navigator Training Program (PPNTP), utilizing a trauma informed approach.

They are also responsible for cultivating employment opportunities, internship opportunities and connecting the participants to job opportunities.  This will require networking and developing relationships with the broader community, including but not limited to professionals in the criminal justice system, businesses, individuals, and other relevant organizations.

ll. The Community Coordinator will facilitate and support the facilitation by participants, monthly community engagement meetings that will bring together justice system professionals and community members for “listen and learn sessions” designed to cultivate conversation, collaboration and restoration. 

The Community Coordinator will:

  • Plan community meetings bringing government, local community organizations and the community at large together for authentic communication, relationship building and an honest exchange of ideas with the goal of improving the criminal justice system. 
  • Implement curriculum in conjunction with partner organizations for PPNTP participants to train them as Community Health Workers/Peer Support Specialists thereby assisting them to help others currently incarcerated navigate the judicial system as well as achieve employability skills to enter the workforce.
  • Act as a liaison between partnering organizations and the project. 
  • Perform community outreach and education.
  • Advocate in the community and for PPNTP participants.
  • Conduct weekly “1 on 1’s” using personal experience and success to help participants identify their strengths, recognize successes, and develop goals to inspire hope.

Community Coordinator Reports to: PNTP/Community Engagement Initiative Steering Committee. 

Anticipated $25/hour, up to 30 hours a week.  Ten hours must follow a set schedule of classes (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, required Thursday meetings).

Compensation: $3000 monthly.

The position does not provide benefits.

Desired start date: March

Duration: 2 years


  • Participate as a member of a multi-disciplinary team (Steering Committee) providing outreach, engagement, information and support of on-going supportive services to participants.
  • Assist participants in identifying and linking with community resources and services; consult and collaborate with community providers to ensure continuity of care.
  • Plan and facilitate participant meetings for the purpose of eliciting participant input concerning progress and performance in services; difficulties or barriers accessing services; and identifying participant needs.
  • Assist participants in understanding and completing enrollment for services; Medicaid and housing applications; and accessing medical care.
  • Identify and recruit PPNTP participants through an outreach and screening process developed with the Steering Committee.
  • Participate in weekly meeting with the Steering Committee, training as deemed necessary to successfully engage in your role as Community Coordinator, and community events and programs.
  • Participate in the planning, organizing and co-facilitating of self-help, educational, and group services for participants.
  • Understand and comply with organizational policies and procedures; HIPAA requirements; Mandated Reporter responsibilities; enter and maintain required documentation in participant file.
  • Perform all other duties as necessary or assigned.
  • In conjunction with a program evaluator (who is engaged by the SRJLC), conduct ongoing evaluation of program effectiveness.


  • Must be able to work independently in coordination with a volunteer Steering Committee
  •  Demonstrated commitment to cultural humility and social justice work.
  •  Knowledge ofand/or experience with the nonprofit sector.
  •  Proven ability to build relationships and engage with a variety of constituencies.
  •  Proven understanding/competency in project management.
  • Strong communication, organizational and decision-making skills – both written and verbal for large and small groups as well as in person and via phone and email.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office, particularly Excel and PowerPoint as well as counterpart programs in the Google suite.
  • High school diploma or GED Some college or commensurate experience/ preferred.
  • Complete the state required HIV/AIDS training within 3 months of hire
  • Understand peer related services
  • Able to build relationships with peers and maintain boundaries
  • Community Health Worker Certification within 3 months of hire


● Knowledge of service-learning leadership training.

● Experience with program development and assessment.

● Conference and event management.

● Familiarity with social media tools (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, others).

TO APPLY:  Submit resume and cover letter to no later than February 14th, 2020

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