Bayou Preservation Association seeks Community Engagement Coordinator

The Bayou Preservation Association is seeking a Community Engagement Coordinator. This position will serve a critical role in supporting the administration and volunteer and community engagement aspects of the BPA’s programs moving into the second 50 years of the organization’s mission to celebrate, protect and restore the natural richness of our region’s bayous for generations to come.

The community engagement coordinator is dynamic, hands-on position responsible for supporting all aspects of Bayou Preservation Association programs and mission as they connect to board members, volunteers, stakeholders and members. Essential job functions include development and maintenance of volunteer education, engagement and tracking system and administrative work supporting all aspects of fundraising, development, board and volunteer recruitment, engagement, and rewards, and membership services and tracking. The position is approximately fifty percent administrative, fifty percent community engagement.

RESPONSIBILITIES

Administrative:
• Provide logistics and support for all Board of Directors meetings and relevant committees.
• Donor and volunteer acknowledgement.
• Maintain volunteer, donor, and membership databases using both online and desktop database software.
• Record, track, and complete deposits of all donations, grants, sponsorships, in-kind services and memberships.
• Provide administrative support to the President & CEO.
• Support Bayou Preservation Association Development/Fundraising functions as requested, including working with contractors and committees.
• All other duties as assigned.
Community Engagement:
• Develop, lead, and support programs for volunteers and members, including but not limited to paddling and hiking tours, trash clean ups, or exhibiting at community events and meetings.
• Identify and coordinate program volunteer activities.
• Lead volunteer/stakeholder/membership education training programs.
• Coordinate with partner organizations on our ongoing volunteer initiatives, including Trash Bash and Texas Stream Team.
• Support annual events (eg. Symposium, gala, luncheon, outreach events) by recruiting, scheduling and thanking volunteers, in coordination with board members, committee members, and other staff and contractors.
• Write monthly newsletter article(s) highlighting volunteer and outreach activities.
• Write and post website and social media content.
• Establish a program to increase membership and representation of the region’s demographics.
• Identify opportunities for grant funding for program activities, and support Bayou Preservation Association Development/Fundraising functions as requested.
• Track community engagement budget; support annual development of budget.
• Flexibility to work evening, weekends and holidays as requested. Work week may vary depending on community and volunteer events.
• All other duties as assigned.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

• Bachelor’s degree required; graduate degree preferred. Environmental or biological sciences background a plus.
• Excellent written and oral communication skills, including the ability to research and compose professional documents, develop lay-person and media-appropriate content, and to speak in public; Spanish language skills a plus.
• Proficiency in Microsoft Office software including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook; demonstration of ability to use mail merge, create labels.
• Experience in volunteer recruitment and engagement operations preferred.
• Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to develop and manage productive relationships with partners, decision-makers, stakeholder groups, consultants, and staff.
• Demonstrated success in working in a team-oriented environment as well as ability to work independently, once trained.
• Ability to travel to meetings, presentations, and event locations (locally and regionally) in personal vehicle (mileage reimbursable).
• Ability to obtain and maintain Texas Driver’s license, American Canoe Association paddling licensing, First Aid and CPR certifications as required.
• Passion for waterways and love of nature.
• Experience with environmental education, outreach a plus.
• Detail oriented individual must be able to manage multiple concurrent projects and keep accurate records.
• Positive attitude and fosters congenial work relationships.
• Willingness to work on weekends, evenings or outdoors for events, workshops, trainings, exhibits, and meetings.
• Ability to lift 30 – 40 pounds.

Benefits: Health insurance stipend and retirement savings match available.

Classification: Full time, exempt.

Application Procedure: Interested candidates should send a resume and cover letter to [email protected] by June 15, 2019. Please reference position title in subject line of email. We will contact those candidates who most closely match our requirements.

CEER seeks Community Engagement Coordinator


The Coalition for Environment, Equity, and Resilience (CEER) is hiring its first Community Engagement Coordinator to cover the Upper Texas Gulf Coast and Texas’s 2019 legislative session.  CEER brings together advocacy, social justice and education groups from three main constituencies: environmental justice, affordable housing, and conservation.  To ensure a more equitable and resilient future for our region, these main constituencies developed an 8-point plan to guide recovery efforts and infrastructure spending after Hurricane Harvey.


The position is funded for one year at this time and primary duties span community organizing and communications to ensure that CEER’s advocacy campaigns are effectively implemented and policy priorities are articulated to the general public, elected officials, as well as various non-profit partners. The Community Engagement Coordinator will be an employee of the Gulf Restoration Network, the fiscal program sponsor for CEER, and report to the Coalition Director in developing and furthering the policy and community organizing principles of the coalition.   

The new Community Engagement Coordinator should be:
 passionate about ensuring a healthy environment for all, including both the natural and built worlds within the urban and suburban context;  
 a strategic thinker who can assist with the development and implementation of policy
campaigns to advance CEER’s 8-point plan;
 a leader that understands the importance of community involvement in campaigns;
 a great communicator who can build relationships with both grassroots and grasstop
representatives;   
 a leader who is driven by equity and social justice;
 able to manage projects with multiple deadlines and work both independently and as a part of team that includes CEER staff and Steering Committee, consultants, member
organizations and other community partners;
 someone with a great sense of humor.

Key Duties:
The Community Engagement Coordinator will be responsible for overseeing community building efforts and field organizing related to CEER’s programmatic initiatives. The Community Engagement Coordinator will craft and implement a community engagement plan to advance CEER’s advocacy campaigns. In addition, the Community Engagement Coordinator is charged with coordinating and promoting 4-6 townhalls that aim to advance CEER’s policy objectives.   

The Community Engagement Coordinator will also perform some communications duties. This includes serving as the primary liaison with communications consultants, maintaining our social media presence, as well as promoting various events and publications throughout the year.Working with the Coalition Director and the Steering Committee of CEER, our new Community Engagement Coordinator will work in partnership with outside communications consultants to develop lasting narratives around the 8-point plan.

Professional Qualifications:
 The applicant should have 2-3 years of community organizing or community
engagement experience with a strong record of integrating meaningful community
engagement in campaigns for social change or other community engagement efforts
(preferably in Texas)
 Strong public speaking skills and ability to build meaningful relationships with a diverse set of stakeholders
 Strong organizational abilities and experience managing campaigns, projects or
initiatives with multiple deadlines
 Government affairs or advocacy skills to engage with elected official and agency staff
members; a willingness to work with governmental entities as well as advocate for
changes in policy
 Demonstrated understanding of communications frameworks for multi-month or multi- year campaigns
 Ability to help craft clear messages that explain local, state or federal decision points to a diverse set of stakeholders including elected officials, the media and the public
 Experience managing volunteers and consultants preferred, including crafting a scope of work and managing performance-based contracts
 Skills to leverage media relationships to advance campaigns
 A strong understanding of the environmental and/or civil rights movements is preferred but not required
 Fluency in Spanish is preferred but not required
 High school diploma required, bachelor’s degree or higher preferred

Main Job Responsibilities:  
 Create and manage the implementation of a community engagement plan for CEER in partnership with outside communications consultants
 Plan, coordinate, and conduct at least 4-6 town hall events in 2019
 Establish and maintain relationships with various organizations and decision-makers
throughout various levels of government and in multiple coastal counties; utilize those
relationships to advance identified policy initiatives or goals
 Manage external facing communications platforms such as social media, newsletters
and other publications
 Coordinate opportunities for Coalition Director to speak to the media and the public
 Report to the Coalition Director and work closely with her and the Steering Committee to seek their involvement in framing narratives, and publishing written materials
 Collaborate with volunteers, governmental entities, and a broad array of peer non-
profits and coalitions to advance CEER’s advocacy campaigns

Salary and Benefits:
The salary range is approximately $45,000-$55,000 depending on experience.  This position is grant funded and dependent upon future fundraising after one year.

To apply, please email a resume and cover letter to [email protected]