DJDS | Community Engagement Manager
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Community Engagement Manager




DJDS is a non profit architecture and real estate development firm that innovates in and around the built environment to address the root causes of mass incarceration with a focus on restorative justice and restorative economics. To achieve this mission the team is comprised of architects, designers, real estate developers, operations/events production  and community organizers within which the production designs and administrative lead is an integrated part of a multidisciplinary team.  This unique position manages the project onboarding and implementation of Community Engagement strategies.


RESPONSIBILITIES (Manager level, 5-7 years experience)


  • Collaborate with the Director of Community Engagement to develop a voice, tone and outward energy with local communities. This includes, but is not limited to drafting copy for written communications and communication style guide for specific communities.
  • Collaborate with the Director for Community Engagement to develop consistent Community Engagement processes, and apply experience in community engagement to advise on and develop strategies for DJDS.
  • In partnership with the Director for Community Engagement, craft and maintain public announcements regarding upcoming events, and strategize social media posts around community engagement. 
  • Maintain an information gathering, drafting, editing an event calendar for community engagement.
  • Use unique skill set, background, and talents to optimize solutions for assigned projects.
  • Advise on community engagement aspect of email marketing campaigns. 
  • Become familiar with local government officials, policies, laws, and local drivers for community engagement projects, where necessary.
  • Attend project onboarding meetings to take notes and synthesize for the Community Engagement Director
  • Articulate goals, uncertainties, and opportunities to internal and external stakeholders in easily understood formats.
  • Support on special community engagement projects as they arise. 



(Expected duties of a Manager level position)

  • Manage progress and budget of assigned projects.
  • Communicate necessary deadlines to stakeholders including outlines of solutions for delayed or missed deadlines.
  • Lead project meetings and discussions
  • Act as key decision maker for progress of assigned projects
  • Review and approve expenses for assigned projects.
  • Monitor compliance of each project’s contractual obligations.
  • Initiate, build and manage relationships with project partners and community stakeholders. 
  • Report regular updates to DJDS Leadership team.
  • Mentor and guide other members of the team.
  • Facilitate and participate in knowledge sharing workshops/presentations to elevate the organizational skills 
  • Participate in speaking engagements and press related interviews on behalf of DJDS
  • Integrate efforts and schedules with all departments of the organization: design, real estate, advocacy, and community engagement for each project.
  • Attend and participate in thought leadership of DJDS prototypes and typologies through Hive Mind sessions.



  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and a high level of discretion.
  • Exceptional skills in cross-disciplinary collaborative team work
  • Facilitation skills and conflict management
  • Commitment to DJDS’ mission and goals
  • Attend and participate in thought leadership of DJDS’s organizational model and financial opportunities to include attending and speaking at relevant conferences and convenings
  • Cultural competency for a diverse range of cultures, communities, and lived experiences
  • High level of emotional intelligence and ability to apply it
  • Commitment to learning and understanding robust community-led processes and practices
  • Adaptability to emergent project processes and problem-solving
  • Acute understanding of systemic racism and social inequities and its impacts on a range of individuals from systems impacted individuals and their communities of care to elected officials.
  • Thoughtful, empathetic negotiation skills 
  • The ability to balance the mindset to abundance with the realities of a business needs and flows. 
  • Appreciation for aesthetic design




  • Healthcare benefits with options for medical insurance under the company group plan. Employer contributes 100% of employee healthcare offered under the group healthcare offerings.
  • Compensation for this role will not exceed $80,000




Please send a resume and cover letter using the instructions listed below.



Subject Line: Community Engagement Manager

Attachment: One multipage PDF not to exceed 3MB


The PDF should include:


  • Cover letter (in your cover letter please include (please limit to 400 words max):
    • Your definition of Restorative Justice 
    • Your definition of Trauma-Informed Practice
    • An example where you have observed or participated in Non Violent Communication
    • Your understanding of Emotional Intelligence and it’s relation to personal accountability
  • Resume


Please, no phone calls or recruiters. All applicants must be eligible to work in the U.S.