Community Engagement Director

Seattle, WA  |   Contract Full-Time  |   Hybrid

About the Job

PBP has been awarded a contract to work with the City of Seattle’s Office for Civil Rights to design and execute a Participatory Budgeting (PB) process with fidelity to the spirit and vision set forth in the Black Brilliance Research Project Report’s (BBRP) Participatory Budgeting Roadmap.

The PB process was created with an emphasis on repairing harms from systemic lack of investment in the City’s historically underserved Black community and has two main goals: 1) To directly invest in Black, Indigenous, and People of Color communities (BIPOC) consistent with applicable law, and 2) To increase the ownership and participation of city residents in solutions to the City’s pressing needs.

As community engagement is an essential piece of a PB process, we are looking to build a team of Seattle based folks to directly engage Seattle residents and communities throughout this process! Community change happens on the ground and so we’re looking for local leaders with a strong understanding of and commitment to Seattle neighborhoods and community spaces.

The Seattle Community Engagement Director is responsible for the strategic development and management of community engagement for the 2022-2023 Seattle PB process. This role works closely with communications & marketing team/support to implement marketing campaigns to provide consistent and timely messaging and updates to the community. Work is carried out independently and in collaboration with the Seattle team and the full PBP staff under supervision of PBP Co-Executive Director, Kristania De Leon.

If you are deeply invested in community led decision making, centering historically marginalized voices and experiences, and bringing together diverse groups of people to create social change, we want to work with you and encourage you to apply!

This is a full time contract funded role with a tentative timeline through the end of June 2023. Candidates must be based in Seattle, WA.

Key Responsibilities

The following are the key responsibilities and areas of focus for this role. This is not an exhaustive list of responsibilities.

Program Management & Tracking

  • Develop the strategies for community engagement in the PB process and in support of expanding the existing PB process for future cycles (including expanding PB to new kinds of budgets and new areas).
  • Lead the planning and shaping of effective relationship building and outreach to community organizations and stakeholders.
  • Collaborate with the Steering Committee and work group committees to set goals and metrics for community engagement and ensure targets are met, including tracking data.
  • Ensure that the outreach and engagement activities and work on the ground aligns with the goals, values, and intentions of the Seattle PB Process.
  • Provide updates to PBP staff and City of Seattle staff on program development and progress.

Community Engagement & Communication

  • Cultivate, manage, and coordinate strategic partnerships with key local organizations and institutions, including government agencies and associations, youth organizations, schools, and policy and planning organizations.
  • Build and coordinate partnerships with key Seattle community organizations and partners including government agencies and associations, research institutions, organizing alliances, and policy and planning organizations.
  • Provide updates to the press and community. Engage with community members and elected officials, and high stakes stakeholders.

Contract/Program Administration

  • Supervise and support Seattle staff and manage hiring of new program staff (if applicable)
  • Manages overall budget to ensure on track, identifying and approving expenses and costs. Oversee program finances, contracts, budgets, and administration.
  • Lead Seattle team calls/meetings, contribute to meeting agenda planning
  • Complete time and expense tracking and reporting.

Skills, Knowledge, and Expertise

Must Haves

  • Familiarity with Seattle’s communities and neighborhoods, particularly those most impacted by systemic inequities in the region.
  • Passion for participatory democracy, community empowerment, civic engagement, and social justice.
  • At least five (5) years of comparable work experience, including experience managing a team of staff, coordinating program finances and administration, and building relationships with diverse partners.
  • Experience with and knowledge of participatory budgeting, and with related fields such as public engagement, public budgeting, and local government.
  • Excellent public engagement skills, including the ability to coordinate and facilitate highly engaging public events and meetings that engage diverse communities.
  • Excellent public speaking and writing skills, including the ability to communicate complex information in clear and accessible ways to elected officials, city staff, community organizations, and the media.
  • Excellent project management skills, including the ability to organize, prioritize, and effectively delegate large volumes of work, in collaboration with diverse partners,
  • Excellent communication and teamwork skills, including the ability to effectively contribute to and help lead a highly collaborative and democratic organization.
  • Strong computer skills, including demonstrated proficiency with Google apps and Microsoft Office.
  • Experience working with local governments and community organizations.
  • Facilitation skills: ability to facilitate dynamic learning experiences, and manage group processes towards cohort-building, especially with young people of color
  • Commitment to social justice & racial equity: recognizes role of race, gender, and other identities in shaping disparities and is driven to improve conditions, and proactively learn more about race, equity, and identity for the betterment of our collective work
  • Strong emotional intelligence: demonstrated ability to give and receive feedback, actively listen, consider multiple perspectives, and adapt when necessary
  • Willing to work within a sociocratic framework that balances autonomy and shared decision-making
  • Proficiency in English and an additional language desired.
  • *Educational requirements: None. Per organizational pay scale policy, employees without a bachelor’s degree or equivalent in any field should demonstrate, in addition to stated work experience requirements:
    • at least 2 additional years of relevant work experience,
    • or a combination of postsecondary education and work experience (e.g., associate’s degree and 1 year relevant work experience; education and work experience may be sequential or concurrent)
  • Currently authorized to work in the U.S.; PBP is not able to sponsor visas or work authorizations

Nice to Haves

  • Experience managing project budgets

Other Requirements

  • This position is based in Seattle, WA and only open to Seattle residents.
  • This position requires some travel to local attend meetings and events within reason given COVID. Up to 50% of time may be spent traveling in Seattle, WA when safe to do so.


About the Company

Participatory Budgeting Project


For 10 years, the Participatory Budgeting Project (PBP) has empowered people to participate in democracy through revolutionary civics in action. Participatory budgeting (PB) is a democratic process in which community members directly decide how to spend part of a public budget. It gives people real power over the money that affects their lives. We create and support PB processes in cities, schools, and public agencies across the United States and Canada to address deep community needs, develop new community leaders, and make public budgets more equitable and effective. Through our work with partners in over 30 cities, we have engaged over 534,000 people in deciding how to spend $337 million.

PBP is at an exciting moment of transition, growth, and change. We are growing our staff capacity to create an organizational culture that celebrates accomplishments and cultivates a caring and supportive environment. We are transitioning to a Co-Leadership model to share and develop leadership across all areas to build a leaderful organization. And we are implementing a new organizational and decision-making structure based on sociocracy that builds on creative thinking and trust in oneself and others within a collaborative and distributed leadership structure. In this new phase of PBP, we will build on past successes to create a new strategic vision and an organization that prioritizes our team and community alongside participatory democracy.


$65,000 – $81,000 / year

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