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OrganizationDePaul Community Resources
TypeFull Time
Application DeadlineFebruary 12, 2024
College Degree Required?Yes
Salary Range$84,000 - $94,000


POSITION: Chief Engagement Officer
PROGRAM: Administrative
STATUS: Full-time, Exempt

Interested applicants must submit a cover letter and resume and complete the online application.

The Chief Engagement Officer is a member of the Executive Leadership team and leads the agency in marketing, internal and external communications, public relations, organizational culture, strategic projects, community events, and legislative advocacy and grows the organization’s capacity through development strategies and home finding efforts. The Chief Engagement Officer leads, guides, and directs all major internal and external engagement areas as assigned by the CEO/President. This person is able to represent the organization well in the community and work collaboratively in all settings.

The Chief Engagement Officer supervises the Director of Development, the Director of Marketing, and the Administrative Assistant of Engagement. The Chief Engagement Officer reports directly to the Chief Executive Officer.

Job Duties


This list is not an exhaustive & all-inclusive list of job responsibilities. The distribution of time allotted for any function or duty is subject to change with or without notice. Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign other responsibilities to this job or reassign them elsewhere at any time.


Lead, guide, delegate, and direct all major areas of marketing: public and media relations, communication, branding, community events, legistative advocacy, and recruitment of foster care and sponsored residential homes

Lead, guide, and direct internal engagement projects to advance the agency’s values, facilitate effective communication, and promote a healthy culture

Lead, guide, and direct all major areas of development: research and prospect identification, cultivation, and communication strategies, solicitation strategies, donor stewardship, database management, communications and outreach activities, and development-related volunteer relations

Ensure the organization is represented well internally and externally, as well as establish and maintain good relationships with our media and communication partners

Work with division and organization leadership teams to identify specific areas of advocacy, marketing, internal engagement, and development needs

Provide leadership, supervision, and oversight for marketing and development staff and work collaboratively with all departments on organizational projects

Develop and adhere to an annual engagement budget to ensure proper use of the organization’s funds in a cost-effective, sustainable manner

Serve as an exemplary advocate for DePaul in the community with local leaders, religious organizations, business and corporate partnerships, and other leaders, and build relationships that closely link the community to the organization

Ensure open communication to create a community, inform and reinforce values and connections, and promote a greater understanding of DePaul’s services, standing in the community, and fiscal sustainability

Ensure effective methods of communication with stakeholders, designing regular, meaningful interactions both in and outside the organization

Facilitate engagement initiatives with internal and external stakeholders, coordinate projects, scheduling, and prioritization that support the mission, build efficiencies, and are fiscally reasonable as assigned


Hire, supervise, and ensure professional development (including any discipline or performance improvement plans) for all marketing and development staff and develop a strong sense of team within the marketing and development departments

Promote a culture of high performance and continuous improvements that values learning and a commitment to quality


Ensure alignment of strategic and tactical operations within the department and serve as an active and contributing member of the Executive Leadership team

Ensure accountability to results through regular monitoring and reporting of department data

Achieve financial objectives by preparing the annual budget, scheduling expenditures, analyzing variances, and estimating ROI

Coordinate media and legislative interests in the organization and ensure regular contact with target audiences

Skills Required


A Bachelor’s Degree with five years of demonstrated excellence in supervising and managing teams and success in marketing, public and media relations, communications, organizational development, and/or fundraising is required.

Additional Info


Knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics or KSAOs are attributes needed to perform a job that are demonstrated through qualifying training, education, and experience. This list is not an exhaustive & all-inclusive list of all KSAOs for this job.

Knowledge of:

Office and records administration techniques and procedures

The structure and content of the English language, including the
meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar

Microsoft Office Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, SharePoint, Teams, and virtual meeting applications such as Zoom, WebEx, Google Meet, and Adobe Creative Suite, as needed, and willing to learn and use the organization’s software databases

DePaul’s policies, procedures, and standard practices and the rules and guidelines established by regulatory and governing agencies

Relevant policies, procedures, and strategies to promote the safety and protection of people, data, and property

Marketing, communication, public relations, event planning, and fundraising

Human services and the populations and constituents we serve

Methodologies and resources used to assess the needs of the listener or audience to share information or engage in ongoing

Applicable safety requirements

Program planning and implementation, qualitative and quantitative performance analysis, and return on investment measurement
Managerial and leadership principles and practices for continuous improvement and change within an organization

Business and management principles pertaining to strategic planning, market analysis, resource allocation, human resources and fiscal modeling, leadership technique, production

Skill/Ability to:

Give full attention to what other people are saying, take time to understand the points being made, ask questions as appropriate, and not interrupt at inappropriate times

Demonstrate verbal and written communication and body language that conveys information, ideas, or inquiries effectively and concisely that purveys professional composure, emotional intelligence, thoughtfulness, patience, and respect amidst change, ambiguity, and within the daily trajectories of work

Demonstrate the use of logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems

Demonstrate interpersonal and verbal skills to defuse emotional situations, calm upset individuals, allay fears, and lessen confusion

Demonstrate ability to negotiate, mediate, resolve conflict, facilitate, mentor, and coach

Demonstrate ability to train and instruct others

Monitor/assess the performance of staff and develop them based on individual conduct, skills, abilities, interests, and service needs

Manage the distribution of work, priorities, and projects for the division while simultaneously maintaining high-quality work product

Core strategic planning work—assessment, identifying results, setting up supporting strategies and measures, and ensuring accountability

Operate a computer and proficient using virtual meeting software, internet, department or program-specific software, and MS Office Suite applications, particularly Word, Outlook, and Excel

Collect and analyze data

Manage the division’s budget and determine how finances will be spent and resources allocated and account for these expenditures

Public speaking and delivering presentations to individuals and groups

Manage multiple projects and priorities and complete assignments on time, accurately, and with attention to detail while maintaining a high-quality work product

Develop and maintain professional working relationships and appropriate boundaries with coworkers, management, community partners, and business associates, and work collaboratively within a team environment and build strategic relationships

Motivate, develop, and lead people as they work, identifying the best people and necessary skills for the job

Communicate effectively in both oral and written form

Make arithmetical computations and tabulations

Recognize, analyze, and problem-solve ambiguous or difficult situations and questions using critical thinking

Analyze and prepare concise and accurate documents, reports, and correspondence

Effectively market the programs and services of the division and DePaul

Work by objectives and outcomes

Work in a goal-oriented environment

Communicate and interact effectively with members of the public

Read and understand information and ideas presented in writing

Analyze complex data and develop plans to address identified issues

Manage a budget and work within the constraints of that budget

Establish program goals and objectives that support the strategic plan

Plan, assign, train, and/or supervise the work of others

Effectively represent the organization to internal and external stakeholders and market the programs and services available

Exercise sound judgment and critical thinking in decision-making and solving various work-related situations

Learn policies, procedures, and guidelines established by DePaul, professional organizations, governing agencies, and local laws, statutes, regulations, codes, and standards related to the area of responsibility

Assist with the general upkeep and cleaning of office areas and agency vehicles

Other Characteristics:

Demonstrate self-awareness, ongoing self-evaluation, and a commitment to being part of a diverse, equitable, respectful, and inclusive workplace where all people are valued

Demonstrate professional composure in difficult and stressful situations

Demonstrate the FIRST (fairness, integrity, respect, safety, trust) values in the daily trajectories of work

High level of comfort working with the public, the media, and legislators

Highly motivated and disciplined to accomplish performance goals

Demonstrate high levels of self-awareness and desire for lifelong learning as well as high EQ

Demonstrate professionalism regarding access to sensitive and confidential information related to employees, clients, and business records with no disclosure to others without needing to know


The physical demands described herein are representative of those that an employee in this position must meet, with or without reasonable accommodations, to perform the essential functions successfully. Physical activities required are finger dexterity necessary to operate equipment used in the position, effective communication and seeing or hearing verbal cues. Walking from one-third to two-thirds of the time, sitting two-thirds or more of the time, standing from one-third to two-thirds of the time, bending from one-third to two-thirds of the time, stooping rarely, lifting/pushing/pulling no more than ten pounds are required. When accessing various locations, the incumbent must climb stairs and ramps. This position requires driving to various locations approximately five percent of the employee’s working time. Public transportation may not be available. Individuals needing reasonable accommodations should speak with their immediate supervisor/hiring manager.


After a conditional job offer, the following may be required: current DMV driving record with results that comply with insurer guidelines; drug and alcohol screening with satisfactory results stipulated by applicable governing, funding, or regulatory agencies; criminal and child protective services background report. The applicant shall not have been convicted of any barrier crime(s) on the criminal background report. The applicant will have no founded disposition of child abuse or neglect as documented by the Child Protective Services background report.


This description provides information regarding the essential functions of the designated job and the general nature and level of work associated with the job. It should not be interpreted to describe all the duties whose performance may be required of such employees or be used to limit the nature and extent of assignments such an individual may be given.

DePaul is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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