Outreach and Events Director
Columbia Slough Watershed Council - Portland, OR
$33,000 - $38,000 a year
Compensation: $33,000-$38,000 (DOE) – 12 days PTO (starting), 10 holidays, major medical, prescription, dental and vision plan, life insurance, SIMPLE IRA retirement plan (3% employer match)
Hours: 40 hours per week minimum (flexible work schedule) includes regular evenings and weekends
Reports to: Executive Director
About the Council and Position Description:
The Columbia Slough Watershed Council is a diverse group of neighbors, property owners, businesses, environmental groups, recreation advocates, and government agencies who work to restore and enhance the 60 miles of waterways, wetlands, and slow moving channels known as the Columbia Slough. Through stewardship, education, recreation activities and active problem solving the Council is committed to action to preserve, protect and enhance the watershed. The Columbia Slough Watershed Council recognizes that human and ecological diversity is a fundamental strength of our community. We are committed to engaging participants, volunteers, staff, partners, and council members who live, work, and play in the watershed.
The Council is also focused on the development of a comprehensive plan to improve racial equity in our programs and governance. We are assessing and critiquing our programs under the guidance of the Intertwine Alliance’s Racial Equity Cohort using an assessment plan provided by the Coalition for Communities of Color. At the Columbia Slough Watershed Council, we value and support diversity.
The Outreach Director’s primary duties are to manage outreach, communications, and events coordination for the Council and its programs. The Council holds a variety of public events throughout the year, including festivals, large and small paddling events, walking and bicycling tours, family outdoor activities, award dinner and fundraiser, and restoration activities. Outreach staff participate in events and activities put on by partners and other community organizations and play an active role in the development and implementation of the Council’s racial equity plan.
Duties and Responsibilities
Schedule, coordinate, and implement at least 20 events a year
Act as the Council’s liaison to contracted IT support services
Maintain website, server, and office computers
Manage Council’s outreach and communications.
Produce press releases, invitations, newsletters, flyers, news articles, posters, postcards, annual report, email, and electronic announcements
Recruit, train, and supervise interns for Council events, including community members to support and assist with event planning
Support the Council Volunteer Coordinator in outreach and event volunteer management
Conduct outreach to neighborhoods and other community groups
Maintain and update documentation of events and contacts including coordination of the photo library
Manage website and social media content and administration
Compile evaluations and complete the analysis for Council events
Assist the Executive Director in fundraising
Manage the outreach program budget
Develop and maintain contacts, e-mail lists and mailing lists
Maintain yearly events calendar
Other duties as assigned by the Executive Director
Qualifications and Skills:
Able to work well with people of diverse ages, races and backgrounds
Working knowledge of an email marketing management platform (Vertical Response, Constant Contact etc.)
Demonstrated commitment to, training in and experience with racial equity, diversity and inclusion work
2-5 years of experience in planning events and projects
Excellent communication skills to include writing, speaking, and networking
Experience designing and facilitating public involvement efforts
Experience coordinating interns, volunteers and committees
Available in the evenings, weekdays, and/or weekends
Proficient in Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite, Little Green Light and CMS website design
Ability to lift a minimum of 30 pounds over head
Experience coordinating large festival events
Knowledge of nonprofit fundraising
Other Desirable Qualities
Experience creating meaningful connections and contacts within communities of color
Working knowledge of website management platforms as well as phone, server and email management
Knowledge of N, NE Portland, Fairview and Gresham
Experience leading canoe, kayak, and bike trips
Ability to speak and write in Spanish, Russian, Vietnamese, or other languages spoken in the watershed
Knowledge of urban natural resources
Grant writing experience
Creative and resourceful
Bachelor’s degree in natural resource sciences, business, or communications preferred or a minimum of three years of experience in public relations, communications, or events planning may be substituted.
85% office, 15% outside office
Travel and Safety Requirements:
Travel by car, valid driver’s license and reliable transportation, the ability to be insured for vehicle usages, willingness and ability to use personal transportation related to work (mileage reimbursed) is required. Appropriate field and safety attire required as event dictates.
The Council is an equal opportunity employer.
To Apply Please Include: Cover letter, resume, a writing sample and three references (minimum two professional references)
In your cover letter, please indicate salary history and requirements, as well as your experience and commitment to racial equity and inclusion work.
Applications are due by Monday, September 14th at 4:00 PM.
Outreach and Events: 2 years