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Founded in 2020, Canopy Atlanta is a community journalism nonprofit working in the five-county Atlanta metro region. We choose, report, and share stories with Atlantans, redefining who journalism is by and for. 


We work with communities to learn reporting skills and create local journalism through a variety of programs and events. Our Community Issues partner with residents in a specific neighborhood to tell their stories through community listening, a fellowship program, and other avenues. Atlanta Documenters pays and trains residents to take notes at undercovered public meetings.

Canopy Atlanta is Hiring a Community Engagement Coordinator



Job Description

Canopy Atlanta is looking for a part-time Community Engagement Coordinator. 


The best candidate for this position will have a deep awareness of various communities in the Atlanta metro area, and will prioritize working with and learning from residents. Prior community engagement work is not required, but candidates should have outstanding people skills and an ability to connect with a wide range of people and personalities through conversations. They will be skilled at creating relationships and partnerships within individual communities and across metro Atlanta communities. 


This person will work closely with other member(s) of the community engagement team on a daily basis to strategize, organize, and complete tasks. Some tasks may be shared responsibilities and other tasks will be assigned to individuals on the team after discussion and mutual agreement between team members. 


Candidates will bring an understanding of the importance of journalism, but will be flexible and capable of building a better way of doing journalism. Most importantly, we are not looking for a specific set of skills or prior experience, but for someone who believes in our mission and is passionate and committed to working with communities and prioritizing community voices. 



Job Duties

  • Outline community engagement plans to include project listening strategies, tactics, and stakeholders
  • Implement community engagement/listening activities
  • Track project metrics for activities and events
  • Identify community partners and create partnership opportunities
  • Build audiences in communities (working closely with social media and newsletter)
  • Share work back in communities (working closely with community relations to plan logistics)
  • Build capacity to do special projects and/or community listening outside of community issues
  • Complete reports after a community issue publishes 


Community Engagement Strategy: Work with other Canopy Atlanta staff to create a community engagement strategy for each community we work in. Research each community and create a profile, including applicable data for each community. 

Community Information Systems: Research and assess community information systems and how to best utilize those systems. Work with community members to use and even potentially build upon and improve information systems. 

Community Listening: Work within individual communities to engage the residents. Work with Canopy Atlanta staff to talk to residents and complete listening forms.

Community Editorial Board: Convene and facilitate the Community Editorial Board for each community, fostering conversations and working with the CEB and managing editor to create story memos. 

Partnerships: Create connections and build audiences in communities, working closely with staff doing social media and newsletter updates. Find existing organizations within communities to build partnerships that will further Canopy Atlanta’s mission.

Community Sharing: Work with other staff and community members to find ways to share stories back into the communities, through conversations, panels, events, print materials and more. 

Other duties: Complete additional projects and envisioning of additional community engagement work as Canopy Atlanta’s community engagement process grows and evolves. 



This position is 20 hours a week, with a starting pay of $24 an hour.  



Application Process

To apply, please answer the questions in this form and attach your resume. 

The deadline for applications is Sunday, March 19, 2023. 


Canopy Atlanta will review applications and inform all applicants of next steps. 

After an initial screening, select candidates will be invited to participate in a round of interviews with staff and community members. 


Please email hello@canopyatlanta.org with questions.