The Community Engagement Associate is responsible for identifying and cultivating relationships with community organizations, patients, and nephrology/transplant professionals for the purposes of partnership in community health education initiatives. Because kidney disease disproportionately affects Latinos, this position requires a person who is bilingual in English and Spanish.
Under the supervision of and with assistance from the Director of Programs, the Community Engagement Associate will spend two to three days per week in the field, talking with patients and professionals about upcoming programs and events. The person in this position also will fully manage the existing Living with Kidney Disease and Transplantation program in Champaign, including venue, menu, speaker confirmations, outreach to professionals and outreach to potential participants. The Community Engagement Associate also will assist with other community events, health fairs, health initiatives and programs.
The Community Engagement Associate must be available for programs and events outside of typical office hours, which may include some evenings and Saturdays. In addition, the Community Engagement Associate will assist the rest of the programs department with programs and tasks as needed.
The Community Engagement Associate reports to the Director of Programs.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Performing outreach and maintaining relationships with professionals in nephrology and transplant, key marketing and patient education professionals in each Chicago-area hospital system and dialysis center, and patients in need of NKFI services.
Maintaining a comprehensive contacts spreadsheet for professionals, to be used in conjunction with outreach for professional and patient programs
Increasing attendance at all NKFI programs through a comprehensive outreach strategy.
Successfully executing assigned patient programs, including but not limited to community outreach, venue selection, speaker confirmations, and participant attendance. Programs under direct management include:
Living with Kidney Disease and Transplantation – Champaign
Assisting the Director of Programs with day-to-day tasks and small projects related to other programs and foundation objectives
Other duties as assigned
NKFI provides equal opportunities to all qualified applicants and staff members in every phase of employment without discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, marital or parental status, age, national origin, ancestry, disability (except where the individual cannot perform the essential job functions despite reasonable accommodation), sexual preference, military discharge, source of income, or housing status.
Proficiency in the entire Microsoft Suite (Outlook, Excel, Word and PowerPoint)
Strong attention to detail
Ability to take initiative
Possess excellent written and oral communication skills in both English and Spanish
Feel comfortable presenting to a group and speaking with individuals
Ability to work well independently or as a part of a team
Must have a valid driver’s license and be willing to travel, sometimes for several days in a row
Must be able to lift 35 lbs
Additional Salary Information: Salary commensurate with experience.