The Trust for Public Land’s Northwest Parks for People Program works with communities, local agencies and non-profit partners to design and build parks and green schoolyards in disadvantaged neighborhoods in the Puget Sound region, with an emphasis on Tacoma and South King County. The Community Outreach Manager will engage local communities in all project phases, from initial community outreach to concept design through implementation and stewardship. The Community Outreach Manager will collaborate with other NW program staff on a variety of community engagement activities to ensure meaningful and inclusive participation in park creation.
Responsibilities & Tasks:
1. Community outreach and organizing
- Represent TPL in the project communities
- Work with TPL staff to develop outreach and communication strategies
- Identify and engage with community organizations and stakeholders
- Develop outreach and educational materials (fliers, newsletters)
- Organize and participate in outreach events (workshops, barbecues, art projects, tabling at events, etc)
- Generate and maintain community contact lists
2. Workshop and meeting preparations and facilitation
- Organize workshop logistics including identifying meeting locations, securing refreshments and preparing and bringing other necessary meeting materials and supplies
- Help prepare meeting presentations
- Conduct phone calls to alert community members to upcoming meetings
- Create and mail flyers for upcoming meetings or workshops
- Facilitate or present at community meetings or workshops
- Record community feedback during workshops or meetings
- Maintain organized workshop supply storage between engagement events
3. Community feedback documentation
- Work with project staff to compile and summarize community feedback
- Collaborate with project staff to document meetings and events
- Collaborate with project staff with any other documentation related to outreach activities
This position requires working ‘off-hours’ including some weekend and evening meetings and events as well. Though the position is based out of our Seattle office, the Community Outreach Manager will engage in field work at various project sites (Tacoma, South King County, Olympia, Wenatchee, South Snohomish County). Access to reliable transportation or car-sharing services is required.
Experience, Education, & Skills Required:
- 2-5 years of community engagement or related experience.
- Understanding of the design and building process for public spaces.
- Experience working with local, county, and/or state government agencies.
- Demonstrated ability to build trust, motivate, and support community residents to actively engage in change making activities in their community.
- Demonstrated cultural competency and understanding of environmental justice issues in low-income, urban communities
- Well-organized and detail-oriented.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills.
- Basic graphic design and word processing skills.
- Ability to work with limited level of supervision.
- Flexibility with periodic nighttime and weekend community meetings.
- Must be able to work independently out in the field as well as in a standard office environment.
- Must be able to engage with diverse community members, elected representatives, and non-profit partners in order to ensure successful park projects.
- Must be able to work as part of a team and support the framework of a national organization.
- Fluency in Spanish and/or other non-English languages is preferred