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Project Engagement Manager

Job Description
The mission of the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) is to protect, preserve, and promote the health and well-being of all Boston residents, particularly the most vulnerable. The BPHC envisions a thriving Boston where all residents live healthy, fulfilling lives free of racism, poverty, violence, and other systems of oppression. The BPHC sets an expectation that all staff and leadership commit, individually and as part of the BPHC team, to hold ourselves accountable to establishing a culture of antiracism and advance racial equity and justice through each of our bureaus, programs, and offices.
The Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC), was recently awarded a grant through the HHS Office of Minority Health (OMH) to address the impact of structural racism on homeless individuals in Boston affected by substance use disorder (SUD). The grant award period funding this position runs from September 2022 until September 2025. Working in tandem with City of Boston departments, community stakeholders, and community members, BPHC aims to provide antiracist and sustainable solutions to address the disparities identified through this grant project. The Project Engagement Manager position will expand on BPHC's existing community engagement, outreach, and policy development work. The Project Engagement Manager will serve as the primary liaison around grant activities, and will work closely with community groups, Boston city departments, neighborhood associations, foundations, faith leaders, and provider organizations to gather feedback and input on policies impacting housing access for unsheltered individuals with SUD; decrease stigma; ensure appropriate education and resources; and propose changes to policies based on community input. Additionally, the Project Engagement Manager along with the Office of Recovery Services will lead a multisector working group to evaluate and adjust policies and practices related to low-threshold housing for unsheltered individuals with substance use disorder. The Project Engagement Manager will also assist the Project Director on initiatives and projects related to the general mission of the Office,
Working to help BPHC become an antiracist organization by meeting or exceeding the standards set by the BPHC Anti-Racism Policy. In coordination with the OMH Grant project team:
  • Develop and oversee Community Engagement strategy and written plans at start and throughout the duration of the grant.
  • Represent the Boston Public Health Commission at community and neighborhood association meetings, including nights and weekends.
  • Support planning for and attend project Stakeholder Working Group sessions. Summarize take-aways from meetings, including recommendations for policy changes. Follow-up on action steps from meetings as determined.
  • Provide written summaries of community engagement meetings and analyses of findings from community engagement processes, including recommendations for policy changes.
  • Facilitate internal and external meetings with project staff, community members, and/or partner organizations.
  • Collaborate with project evaluator as needed regarding qualitative data collection and review of evaluation findings.
  • Work with community-based organizations and resident associations to increase their engagement with efforts in Boston to reduce stigma around homelessness and substance use.
  • Review local policies and practices to evaluate equitable provision of services.
  • Provide timely and high-quality completion of all assigned tasks.
  • Update project staff on new issues, trends, news etc. related to community issues.
  • Activities will include community organizing, report writing, meeting coordination and facilitation, training, legislative review, technical assistance to community partners, and community outreach.
  • Develop, implement and manage projects related to Community Engagement. These projects should ensure effective operations and compliance with established standards, contracted goals, and objectives.
  • Meet at least weekly with Project Director and BPHC OMH Grant Team to discuss status of project deliverables, project strategy, and future plans.
  • Meet at least monthly with OMH Project Officer and other grantees to share project updates. Develop PowerPoint presentations with project updates for internal team presentation and for OMH project updates.
  • Working to help BPHC advance as an antiracist organization by meeting or exceeding the standards set by the BPHC Anti-Racism Policy. Prepare quarterly progress reports documenting status updates of project deliverables.
  • Perform other duties as required.

  • Passionate commitment to health equity and racial/social justice issues.
  • Knowledge of or willingness to learn about the role of public health in addressing racism, the social determinants of health, and inequities in health outcomes as well as strategies to advance racial justice and health equity.
  • MPH/MS in Public Health, Public Policy, or another related field required and 3-5 years of work experience in public health program coordination, management and/or community organizing. Significant work experience may be substituted for masters degree.
  • Program evaluation experience preferred.
  • Experience in housing, substance use, community health planning, community organizing and providing technical assistance is essential.
  • Project management experience preferred. Strong group facilitation skills required. Strong written and verbal communication skills required. Leadership capability and demonstrated successful experience working with diverse populations is required. Experience conducting community outreach, community organizing, or working with community residents is preferred. Bilingual language capability preferred. Must be able to operate independently and under tight deadlines. Must be detail-oriented with excellent time management skills.
  • Promote health equity, inclusion, and diversity within the BPHC, department and community.
  • Boston residency required. 
  • Community organizing or mobilizing experience is valued.

Additional Information
City of Boston Residency Required. A Criminal Offenders Records Information request must be completed for this position. However, a record is not an automatic bar to employment but is reviewed in relation to the job applied for., Any position that requires an advanced degree will be subject to education verification, This is a grant funded position, The Boston Public Health Commission is an EEO Employer and all applicants meeting the minimum requirements are eligible to apply.

Union Status
Job Grade
Pay Range
$65,000 to $75,000 annually
Standard Hours
35 hours; Monday to Friday (Hybrid)