Position: Community Engagement Coordinator
Status: Permanent, exempt, 1.0
FTE Hours: Primarily weekdays, some evenings and weekends required
Compensation: Salary Range: $40,000 - $45,000 DOE. Medical plan. Dental plan. Vision plan. Retirement plan. Paid holidays. Responsible to: Metro for Everyone Program Manager
Location: Portland, Oregon
1000 Friends of Oregon helps create a state where you and your family can live in a walkable city or town with housing options, enjoy local food from local farms, and benefit from all of Oregon’s landscapes – those working, healthy, and wild. We work with Oregonians around the state to advocate for their land use priorities, educate people about Oregon’s statewide planning program, and publish research on the use of Oregon’s land. We are a team of professionals who believe that Oregon is an intentional place – a place where people have chosen to try and ensure a sustainable future. Specifically, we believe in protecting farm and forest lands from being subdivided and developed, we believe that not every trip from point A to point B should require a car, and we believe that all Oregon towns and cities should provide enough housing options that Oregonians can afford. Our work, implementing and strengthening Oregon’s Land Use Planning System, operates at statewide, regional, and local levels as appropriate.
The Community Engagement Coordinator works at the intersection of community priorities and 1000 Friend’s program goals. The Engagement Coordinator will work primarily in the Portland Metro area, within our Metro for Everyone program. The Engagement Coordinator will also support the organization’s engagement efforts statewide. 1000 Friends’ Metro for Everyone program brings together shared voices advocating for regional policies and investments that connect housing, transportation choices, and greenspaces in every neighborhood in the Portland metropolitan area. Working with the Metro for Everyone Program Manager, the Engagement Coordinator will help plan and execute activities to connect people and organizations to regional planning policies, programs, and advocacy efforts where issues of housing, transportation, and greenspaces come together. The Coordinator will help ensure that Metro and local government decision-making are responsive to community objectives. A smaller part of the position will be to provide support for programrelated engagement efforts in other parts of the state. This position reports to the Metro for Everyone Program Manager and will be responsible for the following activities: Land Use Leadership Initiative • Coordinate the Portland Metro area Land Use Leadership Initiative (LULI), 1000 Friends’ cohort-based, core leadership development program. Activities include: o Develop program summary, application, and selection criteria. Distribute informational materials to partner and community organizations. Review applicants and select fellows. o Host ten training sessions, including an overview of Oregon’s Land Use Planning Program and Statewide Goals. Content could include tours, speakers, and engaging with stakeholders and community-based organizations. o Facilitate production of LULI cohort final products. Conduct program evaluations from fellows, speakers, trainers, and any other participants. o Establish LULI alumni network. • Coordinate program materials with Southern Oregon LULI program (which has a separate coordinator). • Potentially help to establish an additional LULI program in another geographic location. Metro Community Engagement: • With the Metro for Everyone Program Manager and the Deputy Director, identify key collaborations and opportunities to bring together shared voices advocating for regional policies and investments that connect housing, transportation choices, and greenspaces in every neighborhood. • Work with communities within the Metro region to define and elevate their priorities for housing, transportation, and greenspaces. • Help design and execute activities – such as community events, surveys, walking tours, social media, and other outreach activities – that inform and engage new partners so they can share their community priorities with civic leaders related to housing, transportation, and greenspaces. • Work with Metro to help facilitate communication and engagement with constituents, particularly those historically under-served and/or under-engaged in Metro processes. • Provide support to the 1000 Friends’ Portland for Everyone program during the final phase of two Portland City Council housing zoning projects - the Residential Infill and Better Housing by Design projects. Activities will include: o Helping to schedule speakers and prepare materials for community and neighborhood presentations. o Assisting in activities to prepare partner organizations for final city council hearings, including testimony recruitment and training. o Posting news, policy, and other content regularly on Portland for Everyone’s social media channels. • Provide support for 1000 Friends program-related engagement activities in other parts of the state; which will occur on an occasional basis. As in almost any non-profit, everyone on the 1000 Friends team fills many roles. The Coordinator will also help with other organizational priorities as needed. These include: • Develop mutually beneficial relationships with coalition leaders, volunteers, and members. • Identify, recruit, and train volunteers to take action on 1000 Friends’ priority campaigns. • Maintain consistent records of relationships in 1000 Friends’ database. • Identify opportunities for 1000 Friends to strengthen our organization and increase public support for our mission.
• Commitment to the goals and vision of 1000 Friends of Oregon, interest in urban housing, greenspaces, and transportation issues • A proven track record of community engagement • Experience working in groups or with coalitions • Comfort working with a wide variety of people and settings • Strong oral and written communication skills • Ability to prioritize, plan ahead, and organize time under changing circumstances Beneficial Experience and Knowledge • Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural experience is appreciated • Experience using the Adobe Suite (InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop) is beneficial
Salary and Benefits
The salary range is $40,000 - $45,000 dependent on qualifications. Medical and dental benefits, vacation and sick leave, and 403(b) retirement plan (including two percent employer contribution beginning in third calendar year of employment); deferred compensation and cafeteria plans are available for all staff. In addition to accrued vacation, employees are off with pay during the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day when the office is closed. Employees are entitled to paid sabbatical leave every five years. Nondiscrimination Policy 1000
Friends of Oregon is an equal opportunity employer committed to strengthening our workplace through diversity. We do not discriminate based on gender, race, ethnicity, religion, marital status, source of income, or sexual preference.
How to Apply
To apply submit a resume, three references, and a cover letter describing why you are the ideal candidate for the position (two page max). Provide these materials as a single PDF document and email them to firstname.lastname@example.org with Community Engagement Coordinator in the subject. Position open until filled. The successful applicant must meet the requirements of 1000 Friends of Oregon’s background screening process. 1000 Friends of Oregon is an Equal Opportunity Employer.