Communications and Community Engagement Coordinator

Posted 2 months ago

Employee Name: Open
Reports to: Executive Director Employment Status: At Will Employee FLSA Status: Non-exempt
Pay Range: $52,000-$58,096 DOE
FTE: 1.0
Office Location: Corvallis, OR

General Position Summary (see Position Description online for details)

The Communications and Community Engagement Coordinator has responsibilities in three broad priority areas: 1) communications/social media and marketing; 2) conservation education and outreach; and 3) volunteer/internship program coordination. This team member raises awareness of the impacts of our community conservation programs across our service area of Benton County; helps us reach new audiences and deepens collaborative relationships with community partners with an eye towards equitable access to our programs and services; uses marketing tools to convey consistent messaging to our customers, stakeholders, and funders; develops conservation career pathways by recruiting and inspiring volunteers/interns to get involved with and become ambassadors of the District; and develops, implements, and evaluates strategies to engage community members in conservation projects that align with our Strategic Plan.

Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Justice (EDIJ)

Benton SWCD seeks to dismantle systemic barriers and operate based on the principles of EDIJ. To that end, this position requires:

  • Knowledge/interest in, and commitment to working in a diverse and inclusive environment that places a high value on equity.
  • Participation in creating and promoting a workplace culture of collaboration, awareness, innovation, accountability, compassion, and respect.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to establish effective working relationships in a multicultural, gender-diverse, and multiethnic environment.
  • Engagement in equity, diversity, inclusion, and justice training with workgroup participation as needed.

Essential Functions (% are estimates to demonstrate general distribution of work and may be adjusted during annual reviews)

  1. Communications, social media, and marketing (approx. 45%)
    1. Develop, implement, and evaluate a District-wide communications strategy to showcase the impact of our conservation programs, build relationships with stakeholders, and increase public participation in conservation practices throughout Benton County.
    2.  Facilitate community conversations that assess conservation interests and needs and identify and overcome barriers to accessing Benton SWCD programs.
  2. Conservation Education and Outreach: (approx. 30%)
    1. Identify needs and opportunities for education and outreach that align with our strategic goals, enhance staff efforts, and utilize key partnerships, volunteers, and interns.
    2. With key partners, design, plan, deliver, support, and evaluate conservation education and outreach events throughout Benton County (examples include Linn-Benton Salmon Watch and Bi-lingual STEAM Night at Lincoln School).
    3. Manage Community Conservation Grant Awards Program; develop criteria to evaluate submissions, solicit grant proposals, make awards, and review/distribute grantee reports.
    4. Provide E&O, communications, and logistical support for Benton SWCD’s Native Plant Sale (winter/spring) and Native Bulb and Seed Sale (fall).
  3. Volunteers/Internships (approx. 10%)
    1. Develop a Volunteer Handbook; recruit, train, and oversee volunteers; coordinate annual volunteer celebration.
    2. Develop communications materials for Benton SWCD Internship Program and assist with recruitment.
  4. Program Support (approx. 8%)
    1. Create and manage Contracts, Agreements, and MOUs.
    2. Develop and submit grant proposals to external funders. Manage grants; oversee and track timelines, deliverables, expenditures, and budgets; submit grant reports to funders.
    3. Procure and maintain tools, equipment, and supplies.
    4. Assist with communications, advertising, and other support tasks for Benton SWCD programs.
  5. Organizational Support & Representation (approx. 5%)
    1. Participate in weekly staff meetings, monthly board meetings, and other events as designated; provide monthly staff reports and submit monthly electronic time sheets.
    2. Participate in financial documentation process.
    3. Support organizational planning processes as needed, including Annual Budget, Annual Work Plan, Strategic and/or Long-Range Plans.
    4. Represent Benton SWCD at community events.
    5. Perform other duties as assigned.
  6. Professional Development (approx. 2%)
    1. Pursue professional development opportunities to stay current on innovative/effective communications and marketing strategies, natural resource issues, and maintain proficiency in EDIJ-informed community engagement techniques.

Work Relationships

  • Maintain collaborative work relationships with staff and Board.
  • Develop and maintain cooperative relationships with local, state, and federal agencies, Tribes, non-profits, volunteers, land managers, and community members.

Scope of Supervision
This position does not have supervisory responsibilities for full time staff.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

  • This position occasionally requires work out-of-doors. Must be able to move through fields, hills, wetlands, and creeks, carry equipment/supplies, and set up tables and displays at events.
  • Must be able to move items weighing up to 25 pounds.
  • Travel to conferences, workshops, day/evening/weekend meetings and events required.
  • Telework from a home office is possible for a portion of the work week with supervisor approval and compliance with the District’s Telework Policy.
  • Office work includes working at a desk, using a computer, or standing at a table. Dexterity and hand- eye coordination is required.

Essential Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills; uses diplomacy and tact to build rapport.
  • Exceptional organizational skills: ability to orchestrate activities to accomplish established goals.
  • Experience in collaborative educational program development and implementation.
  • Ability to administer internal small grant program; grant writing/grant management experience.
  • Excellent strategic ability to articulate a vision, foster creative ideas in others, and find solutions.
  • Excellent customer service skills.
  • Ability to coordinate large tours and events.
  • Experience with volunteer recruitment and management.
  • Excellent social skills including networking, teamwork, listening, and cultural awareness.
  • Ability to speak and understand English, make presentations, maintain professionalism during difficult exchanges, and negotiate and influence others.
  • Ability to understand/communicate in Spanish is highly desirable but not required.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Five or more years of combined education and experience in Communications or Marketing.
  • Two or more years of experience in education and outreach in an environmental science or natural resources field.
  • Any combination of education and experience that prepares the applicant to perform the duties and responsibilities of the position.
  • Computer proficiency in Microsoft Office, WordPress, Adobe Creative Suite, MailChimp, social media platforms, and online scheduling applications.
  • Must have a current Oregon Driver’s License, vehicle insurance, and access to a personal vehicle to use for work purposes.

Application Instructions

Submit the following materials in electronic OR hardcopy form:

  • Benton SWCD job application form – online or obtain a paper copy by contacting Linda Lovett, Operations Manager ( or 541-753-7208).
  • Cover letter describing your qualifications for and interest in the Communications and Community Engagement Coordinator position. Please explain how you personally connect with the BSWCD mission, and the skills you would use to be successful in this job.
  • Resume (include your email address and phone number in the header).
  • At least two writing samples that demonstrate your professional writing style relevant to the position.
  • Three professional references, at least one of which is a past supervisor.

Send electronic submissions to: with the subject heading CCEC Application. Attach all application materials as a single PDF. Please do not include attachments in the body of your email.

If sending hard copy, mail application materials to:
Attn: Linda Lovett, Operations Manager
Benton Soil and Water Conservation District
136 SW Washington Avenue; Suite 201
Corvallis, Oregon 97333

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