Outreach and Events Director (Columbia Slough Water Shed Council) Closes 9/14/2015

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

Education :
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.
Work Environment: 
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.

Required experience:

  • Outreach and Events: 2 years

Required education:

  • Bachelor's