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Hiring Community and Civic Engagement Coordinator

Job Title: Community and Civic Engagement Coordinator

Job Summary

The Community and Civic Engagement Coordinator will work in partnership with the Executive Administrator and Library Foundation staff to prepare, plan, and implement a comprehensive and innovative community outreach strategy that will significantly expand awareness of and philanthropic support for the Louisville Free Public Library (LFPL) and the Library Foundation through the development and cultivation of relationships with local and state elected officials, community leaders, influencers, corporations, and foundations.

Duties / Responsibilities

  • Develops and cultivates new stakeholder relationships for the library Foundation while maintaining existing partnerships by working collaboratively with Library Foundation donors and volunteers, Friends of the Library, Library Advisory Commission, LFPL staff and patrons, and local and state elected officials.
  • Plans and coordinates Café LOUIE events. Café LOUIE is an informal gathering hosted at each branch location during legislative session, where community members meet with elected officials to discuss local issues, civic education, and engagement.
  • Creates and coordinates events that cultivate diversity of thought and promotes civic engagement.
  • Build community alliances and collaborative partnerships with elected officials, community leaders, businesses, and non-profit organizations.
  • Acts as an ambassador for the Foundation by actively engaging in community activities, including attending events and joining civic/community organizations on behalf of the Library Foundation.
  • Maintains outreach calendar to ensure the Foundation is represented at activities including community and LFPL events.
  • Proactively develops and manages relationships between city and state staff and departments, neighborhood groups, major employers, schools, public interest groups, and vendors to improve communication, build support and advocacy related to community engagement and civic participation.
  • Responsible for creating and continuously growing volunteer pipelines to include recruitment, training and sound leadership for events and programs.
  • Responds to calls, emails, and other requests within a 24-hour timeframe.
  • Presents to groups at community and LFPL or Foundation events.
  • Collaborates closely with the Director of Communications to create materials for presentations, trainings, and events.


  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent experience in a related field / elevated level of responsibility
  • Strong people skills with the ability to interact effectively with a wide variety of people within the organization and the community across all organizational levels.
  • Able to use diplomacy in sensitive situations.
  • Excellent oral and written communication and listening skills.
  • Ability to work independently and prioritize projects to meet deadlines.
  • Experience with Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook) and database applications
  • Ability to manage multiple projects.
  • Outstanding organizational skills.
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license and have reliable transportation to attend meetings and events.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience working with state and local leaders.
  • Prior experience as an event coordinator is a plus, however not required.
  • Three years of non-profit community engagement experience is a plus.
  • Understanding of nonprofit practices and culture.
  • Fluent in Spanish is preferred.

Salary and Benefits

Salary: $45,000 to $50,000, commensurate with experience.

Generous benefits package including health insurance and a SEP IRA retirement account with 100% immediate vesting.

Note:  This position description reflects management’s assignment of essential functions. It does not prescribe or restrict the tasks that may be assigned. Interested parties are asked to submit a cover letter and resume by November 22, 2023 to Gerri Jackson:

The Louisville Free Public Library Foundation, a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization, was founded for the purpose of benefiting, promoting, supporting, and enhancing the programs and services of the Louisville Free Public Library. The position described above is not a Louisville Metro Government position.

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