Director of Community & School Engagement for Pikesville

Baltimore, MD, USA Req #713
Thursday, September 14, 2023

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Looking for someone to grow established relationships in the Pikesville schools and community with a family-friendly neighborhood agency.  Apply today!

CHAI (Comprehensive Housing Assistance, Inc.) has an immediate opening for a Director of Community & School Engagement for Pikesville (DCSEP), who will build relationships with stakeholders throughout the Pikesville community. The DCSEP will be an integral part of CHAI’s Community Development team, reporting to the Senior Director of Community Engagement, and support the organization’s goal of strengthening the fabric of neighborhoods in northwest Baltimore. The ideal candidate will be skilled at engagement with teachers, school administrators, students, families, and community partners.  They will be comfortable scheduling and running meetings, developing new partnerships, and be familiar with Pikesville. 

As part of the CHAI Community Development Team you will

  • Work closely with the Community Development Team and engage with other departments within CHAI
  • Become familiar with resources in the community and connect constituents to needed information
  • Be a steward of the organization and develop strong relationships within the community
  • Help drive CHAI’s mission, fulfill our vision, and abide by our organization’s values


In this role, you will

Build school engagement by

  • Staffing the Pikesville Schools Coalition (PSC)
  • Connecting eight partner schools with programs, resources, and partners to meet needs identified by school principals
  • Identifying the community needs and issues and work toward building bridges between the school and the surrounding community in Pikesville and CHAI GSA (general service area)
  • Supporting parent and community engagement within schools, including assisting Parent Teacher Organizations (PTOs) with recruitment and leadership development

Build Community Engagement By

  • Convening community members around issues of shared interest and concern
  • Attending community meetings and conducting door knocking to build relationships with community members
  • Working with community members to facilitate communication and collaboration among the diverse residents of Pikesville
  • Developing strong relationships with community leaders, organizations, and other stakeholders in Pikesville
  • Working to align CHAI’s work with Pikesville community priorities
  • Staying up to date on community development issues in Pikesville as well as the status of neighborhood assets
  • Promoting CHAI’s services available to Pikesville residents
  • Attending community meetings, participating in community events, and representing CHAI on community-based workgroups and committees

Applicants will have

  • At least 3 years’ experience in community engagement, organizing and working in diverse communities
  • Bachelor’s degree in social work or related fields
  • Ability to work varying hours, including evenings and weekends
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications
  • Valid driver’s license and reliable transportation
  • Preferred but not required: knowledge of neighborhoods in northwest Baltimore and Pikesville

Additional Skills/Requirements

  • Be an independent thinker and self-starter; take initiative and use good judgment
  • Working knowledge and commitment to DEIJ principals
  • Demonstrates excellent interpersonal skills, both oral and written
  • Commitment to building trust
  • Receptive to guidance from others
  • Skilled at facilitating conversations among diverse groups
  • Ability to deal with difficult people and problems
  • Be a valuable team player and supportive colleague
  • Ability to anticipate opportunities and challenges before they come up
  • Solutions focused

This job ad is not intended to be all-inclusive, but to describe the general nature and level of the work to be performed.

Compensation and Benefits


Salary Range:  $63,000-$68,000 annually, salary commensurate with experience.

Hybrid schedule - in the office at least 3 days per week

Full Time Exempt position


We offer a comprehensive benefits package, including health insurance, 401(k) employer match, life insurance, Long Term Disability (LTD), Flexible Spending Plan, free parking, and a complimentary membership to the Jewish Community Center. We make work/life balance a priority offering generous vacation/sick time and paid parental leave.    


Application Process – Electronic submissions are preferred

CHAI: Comprehensive Housing Assistance, Inc. is a nonprofit housing and community development organization serving northwest Baltimore. For almost four decades of community service, CHAI has been forging deep connections and helping residents of all ages thrive, making our neighborhoods a stronger, better place in which to live, learn, and grow older.  Learn more at

CHAI: Comprehensive Housing Assistance, Inc is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. In keeping with our Jewish values, The Associated supports a thriving Baltimore that celebrates diversity and appreciates the unique combination of gender, race, age, religion and ethnicity, sexual orientation, intellectual and physical disabilities, and special qualities that each resident adds to the fabric of life in Baltimore. We welcome everyone interested in our mission to join us. If you require accommodations, please contact us, and we will make every effort to meet your needs.


CHAI: Comprehensive Housing Assistance, Inc. believes that Black lives matter. We are committed to fostering a safe, anti-racist environment. Together through open dialogue, we will continually learn and grow with a goal of achieving a culture that promotes justice and pushes for systemic change. We commit to ensuring that the voices influencing our actions are inclusive and representative. We stand firm in our belief that racial equity is essential to strong community.





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  • Job Family CHAI
  • Pay Type Salary
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  • Baltimore, MD, USA