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 VELA is hiring a Community Engagement Specialist

VELA empowers families of children with special needs, starting with the parent first. We support families by providing interactive courses, support groups, case management and family fun days. Through our program, parents learn how to support their child's medical and special education needs, connect to community resources and become their child’s greatest advocate. VELA is a culturally responsive, person-centered and ABILITY-focused organization. We love what we do and have been doing it since 2010!

Position: Community Engagement Specialist, Part-Time Employee

Position Summary: We seek an energetic team player to join VELA as our Community Engagement Specialist. You will provide administrative, communication, event, and program support. You will work as a key member of a small team and support the executive director in our fast-growing organization that is transforming the lives of hundreds of families of children with special needs.

Primary Responsibilities:
• Assist with the communications plan and fundraising campaigns
• Generate original content for email newsletters, website updates and social media postings
• Present slideshows, videos, fundraising materials to professional audiences and families
• Manage ongoing communication, including regular postings on our social media accounts
• Collaborate with leadership team in donor acquisition and management
• Maintain our donor database
• Process donations, prepare acknowledgement letters and engage in donor appreciation
• Participate in planning and production of annual fundraising even as a key member of the event team
• Support administration and event planning needs
• Manage key volunteers at family fun days, open houses and other events and activities
• Build and deepen relationships with program partners, funders and volunteers
• Support program outreach and recruitment efforts
• Perform other duties as assigned

Desired Skills
• Vitality: loves meeting new people, deepening relationships and connecting them to mission
• Sense of Purpose: natural problem solving skills, strong attention to detail, ability to meet deadlines and complete work with minimal supervision
• Hustle: ability to manage, delegate and complete multiple ongoing projects
• Effective communicator: listen and respond effectively with internal team members, client families, partners and community
• Digital Prowess: can work with confidence to create communications materials and work within a donor database, fast learner
• Positivity: Flexible, creative, and a good sense of humor.
• Diversity-oriented: Bilingual Spanish English preferred, but not required; ability to work with diverse groups, including the disability community.

• Four-year degree in a related field or associate degree with relevant work experience
• A minimum of two years’ work experience preferably in fundraising, communications and/or event planning

Hours and Compensation Part-time, 20 hours per week with the possibility of additional hours Work hours are semi-flexible; the majority of the work is to be completed during normal business hours (office in East Austin) with some nights and weekends included for special events. Pay: $20/hour

To apply: Please submit resume, one-page writing sample or a cover letter, and 3 professional references to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the subject line: Community Engagement Specialist. No phone calls please.