Community Engagement Advocate

Atlanta BeltLine, Inc.
Atlanta, GA

Description of Job / Position
The Atlanta BeltLine is the largest revitalization effort in the history of Atlanta, encompassing almost 20 percent of the city. It features 22 miles of light-rail streetcar transit, several crosstown streetcar transit line extensions to serve the city’s inner core, 33 miles of paved urban trails, over 1,300 acres of new parkland, 46 miles of streetscapes and intersection improvements, one of the South’s largest installations of public art, brownfield reclamation, and the creation of 5,600 affordable housing units and 30,000 jobs in the neighborhoods surrounding the underutilized and abandoned railroad corridor.

Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. (ABI) is seeking a Community Engagement Advocate. The Community Engagement Advocate will be responsible for building relationships and partnerships with residents and community institutions, communicating with the community about current Atlanta BeltLine issues; ensuring the active and meaningful participation of the community on matters related to the Atlanta BeltLine, and providing substantive information and responses to community concerns, issues, and inquiries to Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. and related partners and organizations.

The Community Engagement Advocate will play a critical role in community related activities, including the implementation of the Community Engagement Framework for the Atlanta BeltLine. The Community Engagement Advocate will become a part of the Planning and Community Engagement team that has the responsibility of guaranteeing robust community engagement in the implementation of the Atlanta BeltLine.

Position Responsibilities
The position reports directly to the Director of Planning and Community Engagement. Successful candidates will demonstrate well-honed, experience and instincts and a track record in effective community building; experience with neighborhood-based and advocacy groups; and strong negotiation and verbal and written communication skills. In addition, successful candidates will demonstrate leadership skills, a capacity for consensus-building, and a familiarity with the goals of the BeltLine project, Atlanta neighborhoods, and City of Atlanta Planning processes. The Community Engagement Advocate will also play an important role in ensuring that community participation opportunities are well-publicized and well-attended by the community. It will be a primary function of this position to schedule and execute all logistics related to holding public meetings including but not limited to reserving meeting space and leading outreach efforts for public meetings. Ideally, the candidate will be able to plan and facilitate community engagement programming. This position will include non-traditional work hours including some night meetings and occasional weekend responsibilities.

Job Requirements
Position Requirements: 
Master’s Degree in City or Regional Planning, Public Administration or related field preferred; One to three years of increasingly responsible experience in the fields of planning, community engagement or community development; a valid Georgia driver’s license.

Selection Criteria:
The ideal candidate will possess a skillset in the following areas:

  1. Knowledge of the principles, practices and trends in community development and community organizing and outreach;
  2. Knowledge of the City of Atlanta’s neighborhood planning processes and other community organizations; 
  3. Event and meeting planning experience;
  4. Knowledge and understanding of the principles of equity and inclusion and the integration of those principles into an organization’s framework;
  5. Skills in the use of the latest relevant software platforms and technology; 
  6. Proficient with spreadsheets and databases; 
  7. Skills in preparing and ability to deliver public presentations as well as written communications; 
  8. Ability to independently manage multiple projects;
  9. Excellent written communication and customer service skills.

How to Apply
Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to