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Community Engagement Specialist

Chicago, IL, USA

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ALMA Chicago has proudly served as Illinois’s leading Latinx LGBTQ+ organization for nearly three and a half decades. With core activities focused around advocacy, leadership and pride, ALMA has played an integral role in advancing equity, visibility, and opportunity for the Latinx LGBTQ+ community. ALMA is seeking an experienced Community Engagement Specialist who can assist in the development and implementation of strategies to ensure ALMA programming and initiatives are community informed and engage at all levels. The Community Engagement Specialist will collaborate with the Executive Director, Programs Coordinator, and Communications Specialist to effectively execute their scope of work. This is a “Contract for Service” opportunity.

Primary Duties & Responsibilities
(Deberes y responsabilidades principales)

The Community Engagement Specialist will conduct the following duties (this is not an exhaustive list):

  • Develop and implement outreach and engagement strategies to solicit and strengthen community and partner organization engagement;

  • Work closely and collaboratively with leadership to identify opportunities that are responsive to and reflective of the needs and interests of the communities served;

  • Liaise closely with ALMA staff and consultants to design communications tools, including messaging and outreach efforts to promote programming to the community;

  • Assist in the development, implementation, and evaluation of assessment tools used by partnering organizations to identify community needs.

Essential Qualifications:

  • A Bachelor’s degree or commensurate experience is required;

  • Must be comfortable working with diverse members of the LGBTQ+ community;

  • At least 2 years of community engagement experience;

  • Demonstrated experience developing and implementing an outreach and engagement strategy;

  • Bilingual (English and Spanish).

About the Organization
(Sobre la Organización)

ALMA’s mission is to fight for the rights of the Latinx Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning and Gender-expansive community by advocating for fairness and equality, and affirming Latinx LGBTQ+ culture.

Our history: The Association of Latino Men for Action (ALMA) was founded in Chicago in 1989 (during the AIDS epidemic) to meet the needs of and provide a culturally competent environment for gay, bisexual, queer, and questioning Latino men. ALMA focused on building community strength and capacity through engagement and policy change, and by leading initiatives around health, immigration, family acceptance, visibility, and pride. In 2012, ALMA formally changed its name to the Association of Latinos/as/xs Motivating Action and revised its mission to promote inclusivity and serve the broader lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, transgender, and gender nonconforming Latinx community. ALMA has been widely lauded for playing an imperative role in the passage of marriage equality in Illinois, leading the effort to secure key support among Latinx legislators. ALMA is an inductee of the Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Hall of Fame and is recognized as one of the longest-serving Latinx LGBTQ organizations in the U.S.

Our Pillars (Guiding Principles): ALMA's core activities are focused around three pillars: Advocacy, Leadership and Pride. Our advocacy efforts are centered around equality and fairness for the Latinx LGBTQ community, inclusive of immigrants and undocumented individuals. Our leadership efforts are centered around providing opportunities, mentorship, and visibility to members of the Latinx LGBTQ community, including youth and young adults. And our pride efforts are centered around creating spaces to celebrate and affirm Latinx LGBTQ+ cultures and histories.

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