Community Engagement Specialist

Milwaukee Recreation Department

Milwaukee Recreation (a department of Milwaukee Public Schools) serves to strengthen and extend the bond between public education and the community. Founded in 1911 by legislation that was reportedly the first of its kind to assign a local public school system the responsibility for conducting recreation programs, Milwaukee Recreation has maintained a leadership position throughout its history. Multiple use of public school facilities for community services, especially in the evenings, has earned Milwaukee Recreation the distinction of being recognized nationally as the "City of the Lighted Schoolhouse." Milwaukee Recreation enriches the lives of Milwaukee's youth, adults, and families through many innovative programs. These programs are designed to improve the academic achievement of all students during non-school hours, strengthen families, reduce crime in the neighborhoods, and enhance the well-being of all residents. Milwaukee Recreation's mission is to enrich and strengthen the community by promoting healthy lifestyles, personal development, and fun through memorable recreational and educational experiences for people of all ages and abilities.

Position Details

Community Engagement Specialist
Southeast Wisconsin
Milwaukee, WI

The Marketing Resource - Community Engagement Specialist will increase brand recognition through community outreach and networking, and the utilization of various other marketing mediums.


  • Develop and execute strategies for increasing Milwaukee Recreation relevance to the community in our areas of expertise. 
  • Cultivates relationships with community stakeholders by participating in and assisting with community events on behalf of Milwaukee Recreation. 
  • Develop and manage marketing and sales initiatives and messages that will help drive audience and revenue. 
  • Identify business opportunities, new partnerships and manage existing partnerships. 
  • Create and coordinate advertising, circulation, and content creative campaigns. 
  • Develop relationships, campaigns and events to increase brand awareness and community engagement. 
  • Manage and track key program metrics, preparing scheduled and ad hoc reports as directed. 
  • Create, develop, and publish flyers, newsletters, and other promotional communications. 
  • English required; fluency in Spanish is desirable. 
  • Some travel required.


  • 21 years of age or older. 
  • Able to meet the scheduling needs required for this position. 
  • Access to reliable transportation. 
  • Must possess a valid driver's license, good driving record and the MPS required level of personal auto liability insurance. 


  • Bachelor’s degree in Marketing, Communications, Journalism, English or a related field. 
  • Solid understanding of marketing and branding. 
  • Experience in networking and community outreach including the use of social media methods and tools with a variety of racially and ethnically diverse communities. 
  • Proven ability to increase customer engagement and drive revenue through marketing efforts. 
  • Must have exceptional organizational skills and project management skills. 
  • Must have exceptional communication, public speaking, and presentation skills. 


  • Strong writing and editing ability, along with the good judgment to represent a trusted nonprofit brand directly to the public. 
  • Understanding and knowledge of social media trends and best practices, and willingness to share that knowledge with others in the organization. 
  • Ability to foster positive working relationships. 
  • Excellent decision making skills and ability to carry out verbal and written instructions.
  • Part-time
  • 30 hours per week
  • Starting pay: $17 per hour

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