Community Outreach Specialist I

Posting Number: #1731

Position Title: Community Outreach Specialist I

Closing Date: Until Filled

Location: Portland, OR (Hybrid)

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The Oregon Public Health Institute (OPHI) is seeking a health equity program coordinator for its Right From the Start (RFTS) program. Since 2014, RFTS has promoted health equity for African/African American/Black children in the Portland metro area by supporting Black childcare providers, traditional health workers, and early life professionals in creating holistically healthy learning environments for Black children ages 0-6. Through RFTS, OPHI provides culturally-specific training, technical assistance, and access to resources focused on five “roots”: nutrition and physical activity, lactation support, oral health, social- emotional/mental health, and economic development. The program is guided by the Right From the Start Coalition, a group of partners in childcare, public health, research, government, healthcare, nonprofit and advocacy. For more information on Right From the Start, visit


Position Summary

The program coordinator will work collaboratively with the OPHI RFTS team. This position supports program administrative functions, participant engagement and training, and data collection and reporting. The health equity program coordinator works closely with the RFTS program manager to ensure program goals are achieved.

This is a regular full-time hybrid position based in Portland, Oregon and is supervised by the Right From the Start Program Director. This position requires frequent in person meetings and childcare site visits. The person hired for this job must be able to travel within Multnomah, Clackamas, and Washington counties on a regular basis.

The typical hiring range for this position is from $55,901 to $67,793 per year, based on 100% FTE. Full salary range for this position: $55,901 to $79,685 per year. The starting salary is determined based on the candidate’s knowledge, skills, experience, as well as budget availability

Employment Type: Full Time


Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Assist in development of health equity-focused, culturally-specific or -responsive trainings and technical assistance for childcare providers, traditional health workers, early life professionals, and other audiences and seek continuing education unit (CEU) accreditation of these trainings through the relevant agencies. Facilitate trainings and meetings of internal and external partners.
  • Assist in program data collection, research, analysis, and reporting, including conducting landscape scans and interviews, focus groups, surveys, etc. with program participants.
  • Track and monitor training participation of childcare providers and other program participants and provide support to participants to ensure their success.
  • Collaborate with the OPHI team to develop and implement program strategies, activities, and data collection.
  • Provide logistical support to OPHI and RFTS, including administrative support for internal and external meetings (scheduling, preparation, materials, agendas, participant support, and logistics such as location, food/catering, etc).
  • Coordinate and respond to internal and external requests for information; represent OPHI and RFTS in various contexts.
  • With support from supervisor and OPHI leadership, assist in ensuring program sustainability by researching and applying for additional funding opportunities.
  • Prepare program communications and updates for distribution to various audiences, including regular grant reports, newsletters, social media, and other communications.
  • Work closely with OPHI administrative and finance team to track program expenditures and prepare paperwork for payments, reimbursement, subcontracts., and other internal administrative processes.
  • Work both remotely (at home) and in-person in the Portland metro area.
  • Travel within Multnomah, Clackamas, and Washington counties on a regular basis.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications

  • 2 years of relevant experience.
  • Bachelor’s degree is required, or substitute with four additional years of related experience (6 years of related experience required if no Bachelor’s degree).

Other Qualifications

  • Experience with and understanding of the culture, traditions, attitudes, beliefs, and history of communities of the African diaspora (African American, African immigrant & refugee, and other African diaspora communities) living in the Portland, Oregon metro area.
  • Experience facilitating meetings and delivering trainings and/or public health education.
  • Experience working in childcare settings or early childhood education.
  • Understanding of social determinants of health and health equity and familiarity with the connection between early childhood and health.
  • Success, experience, and comfort collaborating and communicating cross-culturally.
  • Strong administrative skills, including meeting agenda preparation, meeting notes/minutes, and calendaring, managing emails and meeting requests.
  • Detail oriented and highly organized.
  • Strong oral and written communication, including ability to clearly communicate ideas in writing.
  • Intermediate to advanced proficiency in Microsoft Office, Google Suite, and virtual meeting platforms (e.g. Zoom).
  • Experience with project management software or ability to learn.
  • Ability to work independently and in a small team.
  • Ability to exercise initiative and make independent decisions following the standard policies and procedures of the organization.
  • Fluency in Tigrinya, Amharic or Swahili preferred but not required.
  • Experience in mental health, behavioral health, and/or early childhood fields preferred.
  • Experience with popular education methodologies and/or adult education preferred.
  • Community Health Worker certified in Oregon preferred but not required. Must be willing to become a Community Health Worker.
  • Must be able to work early mornings, occasional evenings, and weekend hours as required.
  • Must have access to reliable transportation and ability to commute to various locations around the Portland metro area.
  • Must be able to pass background checks required for this job.



This is a hybrid position that will be required to work both remotely (at home) and in-person in the Portland metro area. Percentage of remote vs. in-person work will vary by assignment and may shift over the course of employment.

Typical hours for this position are Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5:00pm. This position may be required to work early mornings, occasional evenings, and weekend hours in order to staff events or programs scheduled around availability of community members.



This position is classified as exempt based on the job duties. However, based on the FTE, salary level of the employee, or federal/state/local laws, the employee may be classified as nonexempt.



Per the PHI Workforce Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination Policy, it is a condition of employment for all domestic based employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19, unless they are granted a reasonable accommodation under applicable law.

New hires need to provide proof of full vaccination prior to their start date or apply for an exemption/accommodation within three business days after their start date. Depending on the circumstances, new hires who do not comply with this Policy, or who cannot be reasonably accommodated, will either have their employment suspended or terminated. Candidates who are non-compliant will have their offers rescinded.


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