community engagement specialist resume example with 18+ years of experience

(555) 432-1000,
Montgomery Street, San Francisco, CA 94105

Versatile child and youth advocate professional with over 15 years experience working in a person-centered environment helping disadvantaged young people and their families improve their opportunities.

Core Qualifications
  • Able to work independently and as a member of a team
  • Excellent relationship building skills
  • Exceptional communication and critical thinking skills
  • Experience with at-risk youth
  • Motivational leadership
  • Innovative problem solving
  • Effective listening
  • Clear public speaking skills
  • Compassionate and active listener
  • Comfortable with diverse populations
Education and Training
Wake Forest University Winston-Salem, NC Expected in 1988 Bachelor of Arts : Psychology - GPA : Psychology
University of Louisville Louisville, KY Expected in 1992 Master of Public Administration : - GPA :

Georgia Department of Education, Teaching Certification, Inter-related Special Education


Successfully mobilized advocates, families and professionals for regional forum to review and update funding requirements and agenda.

Increased participant enrollment waiver funded services by 12% through aggressive referral and intake services plan.

Regularly met with students to inquire about interests, update transition planning, assess progress.

Implemented remedial writing instruction that resulted in 100% pass

rate in 2011.

Professional Experience
Caregiver Homes - Community Engagement Specialist
Indianapolis, IN, 09/2014 - 2015
  • Planned, coordinated and attended series of forums, workshops and other programs in Community Engagement, Advocacy and Public Policy, Family Support Center or other assigned programs; Made logistical arrangements for presenters, speakers, and other services for Conversations That Matter® advocacy events; Coordinated distribution of announcement and applications to interested individuals and organizations throughout the state to meet targeted attendance goals; Coordinated recruitment of participants for the programs as needed Conducted and managed other advocacy and educational seminars and workshops; Coordinated Kitchen Table Conversations with legislative counsel and advocates/partners; Assisted Executive Director in writing grants to support programs.
Department Of Health And Human Services - Grant-writer and Consultant
Portland, OR, 2013 - Current
  • Wrote and submitted grant proposals for non-profit agencies; Successfully leveraged grant funds for Floyd County Navigator Team, Rome-Floyd Parks and Recreation Special Populations services, Hot Shots Cheer team; assisted with Mindful Intentions Yoga and Bodywork and Disaster Logistics Relief.
Massachusetts General Hospital - Program Manager
Salem, MA, 09/2013 - 06/2014
  • Initiated partnership between service provider and Vocational Rehabilitation for assessment and job placement services for supported employment; Instituted collaboration with GACHI, VR, GSD, local provider, PLA around Deaf/HH services; Recognized for innovation with ASL education program implementation; Increased case load 28%; Developed procedure to enhance community integration strategy, leading to average increase of 200% integrative experiences; Advocated for health services for adults with no health insurance and no family involvement to assist Identified areas for improvement regarding transportation (resulted in $600 per month increase in receivables); service delivery and notation (delayed notation and missed notation resulted in estimated 6-figure loss annually); and scheduling (disjointed scheduling system caused staff unnecessary loss of productivity); Supervised staff of 16; and 40+ adult participants with Community Access, Pre-vocational, and Supported Employment services, and fleet of 12 state vehicles.
Marquette University - Interrelated Special Education Teacher
Milwaukee, WI, 06/2006 - 04/2012

•Served as Academic Advisor to SED students with caseload of 12-16 students; Provided individual, small group, and large group remediation in writing which saw 100% pass rate on state writing assessment, 2011; Identified gaps in learning; delivered specialized instruction based on research data to bring learning in line with curriculum expectation, receiving favorable responses from both co-teachers and students resulting in SWD pass rate on high stakes testing equivalent to non-SWDs; Developed alternate delivery of instruction and assessment methods for students with various disabilities that was highly praised by co-teachers and based on best practices; Curriculum development and coordinated lesson planning with General Education teacher; Provided implementation of accommodations and modifications per IEP for instruction, assessment; Maintained on-going parent communication and conferences; Initiated student interest inventory for transition planning; Referral to outside agency where applicable (i.e., Vocational Rehabilitation); Pre-and post-testing using group standardized tests; Conduct the annual review of IEP and three-year Evaluation including any progress monitoring, change in performance, supports needed, transition planning; Monitor and assist in implementing the IEP, modifications and accommodations; Maintain current assessment, evaluation, grade book, other required reporting

Affinis Hospice - Executive Director
Watkinsville, GA, 07/2004 - 06/2005
  • Managed Communities in Schools Grant and Family Connections Grant; Initiated partnership with local literacy agency to provide monthly free books for all county preschoolers who enrolled; Partnered with local medical, clerical, and volunteer individuals to begin planning for free medical clinic which still operates to this day; Participated in week-long leadership development camp with at-risk youth at Emory University; Advised local volunteers regarding development of free health clinic.

Massachusetts General Hospital - Adjunct Professor
Stoneham, MA, 1994 - 11/1996
  • Developed engaging curriculum for undergraduate students of Public Administration class and State and Local Government class; Initiated challenging student project that required observation and journal reporting of various government meetings - local, state, private boards; provided consultation regarding graduate school and career options in the field to interested students.

United Way - Volunteer Coordinator
City, STATE, 1994 - 11/1996
  • Expanded organization's volunteer membership; Generated Point of contact for community project and repair needs; Recruited and trained volunteers; Established database to match volunteer abilities with project requirements; Initiated county-wide Annual Volunteer Day serving ten sites in one day with 100+ total volunteers who remained active throughout the year following the one-day emphasis.

Clinton Uptown Development Association - Executive Director
City, STATE, 07/1993 - 1995
  • Implemented 4-part Economic Development program based on Main Street USA model; Successful grant writing for redevelopment of historic downtown area; Organized, carried out city-wide festival with musicians, food vendors, carnival rides, and more which was attended by approximately 500 residents and guests.
Community Involvement

Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities Advisory Panel, 2014 - present

GA State Department of Education Advisory Panel for Special Education, 2013- present (Sub-committees on Dispute Resolutions and Family Engagement)

Partners in Policymaking Class of 2014

National Down Syndrome Society Ambassador

Volunteer with NAMI, local William S. Davies Homeless Shelter, Relay for Life, Community Kitchen, Action Ministries, and Suicide Prevention Coalition.


Yoga, water aerobics, reading, baking, learning to knit and watercolor


enthusiastic leadership skills

advanced problem-solving

great organizational skills

superb communication

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School Attended

  • Wake Forest University
  • University of Louisville

Job Titles Held:

  • Community Engagement Specialist
  • Grant-writer and Consultant
  • Program Manager
  • Interrelated Special Education Teacher
  • Executive Director
  • Adjunct Professor
  • Volunteer Coordinator
  • Executive Director


  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Master of Public Administration

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