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Creighton University seeks a Community Engagement Specialist to serve Creighton’s Highlander Accelerator and Omaha’s broader communities. The Specialist will report to the Highlander Director, under the Institute for Population Health (IPH). In this role, the Specialist will be responsible for helping to plan and implement outreach strategies and activities with the community, managing the Highlander Accelerator space, and developing and sustaining positive relationships with community members and leaders, local groups, and community-based organizations. This role will support Creighton’s commitment to elevate and raise awareness of Creighton Highlander Accelerator’s activities, develop community partners to expand impact, and collaborate with the community to assess needs and inform future opportunities and strategy in community engagement, population health, and associated advocacy efforts.

  • At all times employees are expected to uphold Creighton’s core values and demonstrate commitment to valuing diversity and contributing to an inclusive working and learning environment, while adhering to all University Ethical Standards of Conduct, rules, regulations, and job requirements, including required educational trainings.
  • Cultivate and sustain relationships with community members, community partners and CBOs, and key stakeholders to develop and manage community engagement efforts.
    • Support the establishment and direction of a community advisory group to design and deliver innovative community outreach and engagement strategies that address social determinants of health and health outcomes.
    • Build and bridge relationships with community members to establish trust and better understand community needs and priorities in order to improve health equity in our communities.
    • Work with community members and partners to identify root causes of health inequities and identify potential solutions.
    • Provide Highlander project updates to various internal and external stakeholders, with an eye towards future opportunities.
    • Serve as a resource for Creighton faculty and staff interested in partnering with the community.
  • Coordinate and manage Highlander Accelerator space, including but not limited to:
    • Maintaining up-to-date calendar of Accelerator’s space to ensure appropriate access, bookings, and usage, including its available technology (computers, printers).
    • Develop and implement a process for internal and external groups to schedule and use the space to support community-based efforts and programming.
    • Provide onboarding and set the expectations for those using the space.
    • Document Highlander activities and programming to help inform strategy development and on-going goals for the Accelerator.
    • Support general space maintenance and coordination with Accelerator staff.
    • Attend and participate in Highlander Office Tenant monthly meetings and liaise with co-tenants to find areas of opportunity.
  • Develop and manage communications strategy for raising awareness internally and externally of Highlander activities.
    • Communicate with 75North staff on events for newsletters and website promotion.
    • Coordinate with Creighton students to maintain Creighton Highlander Social Media accounts.
    • Partner with Creighton University communications to update Creighton Highlander website, promote relevant events/activities, and share community spotlights.
    • Develop outreach and marketing materials as needed.
  • Assist in the organization and execution of special events (e.g., volunteer events, community outreach/appreciation events, fundraising intiatives, etc.).
    • Participate in planning and coordination of Master of Public Health Program National Public Health week activities
    • Participate in planning and coordination of Highlander Accelerator-wide events, such as Community Day, Halloween, and Winter Holiday events.
    • Organize and participate in community outreach activities, especially those related to health and well-being.
  • Participate in IPH-related team meetings and support IPH community-based priorities
    • Partner with the IPH team to identify areas of opportunity for collective action within advocacy and policy efforts.


  • Bachelor’s degree required, or equivalent combination of relevant education and experience may be substituted as appropriate.
  • Minimum of 3-5 years of experience in community organizing, community outreach, or similar experience. 
  • Experience or training in public or population health is preferred but not required.

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