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Community Engagement Coordinator

Continental Divide Trail Coalition

Flexible/Remote in NM, CO, WY, ID, or MT, Colorado

Job Type Permanent
Salary Details $49,000.00
Deadline Jun 30, 2024
Required Experience 0 - 1 years

Status: Full Time, Salary, Non-exempt                                           

Supervisor: Community and Outreach Program Manager

Office Location: Remote (in NM, CO, WY, ID, MT)                       

Desired Start Date:  August 1, 2024

The mission of the Continental Divide Trail Coalition is to complete, promote, and protect the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail. The CDTC will do this by building a strong and diverse trail community, providing up-to-date information to the public, and encouraging conservation and stewardship of the trail, its corridor, and surrounding landscapes. 

Summary of Position:

The CDT Gateway Community program serves to connect trailside communities with the Continental Divide Trail Coalition. CDTC partners with Gateway Communities to raise their profiles as welcoming destinations for people wishing to experience the CDT, while also raising awareness locally about the trail’s benefits as a recreational resource and economic driver. In the longer term, the CDT Gateway Community program aims to create advocates and stewards of the Continental Divide Trail in communities along its length by providing learning and development opportunities for local leaders to be the voice of the trail.

The Community Engagement Coordinator will work to support various initiatives across all programming areas of the CDT Coalition including the Gateway Community Program, Community Ambassador program, and advocacy efforts. This position will help to elevate, grow, and strengthen the network of CDT Gateway Communities, build grassroots support for the CDT throughout the Rocky Mountain region, and strengthen partnerships with communities, organizations, and advocates along the trail’s length. The Community Engagement Coordinator will work with the Community and Outreach Program Manager to build relationships with volunteers, chambers of commerce, tourism boards, conservation and advocacy organizations, and other stakeholders in order to build support for the CDT. This position requires a passion for building relationships, fostering community connections, and advocating for the preservation of public lands.

Much of this work will be community-driven, and the ability to work as a collaborative partner and adapt to each community’s unique needs and opportunities is vital. Due to the nature of the CDT, almost all of the communication with Gateway Community volunteers will be via email and phone, requiring excellent written communication skills, a high level of responsiveness and internal motivation, and an ability to form connections despite distance.

Program Support

Gateway Community Program

  • In cooperation with Regional Support, support 21 existing Gateway Communities, maintaining consistent, regularly scheduled check-ins and communication with existing partners.
  • Help maintain the network and communications of Gateway Community volunteers through the updating of contact lists, etc.
  • Along with the Community and Outreach Program Manager, coordinate the annual Gateway Community Summit.
  • Support designation of new communities with Community and Outreach Program Manager to review designation applications and order supplies and resource materials.
  • Support relationships with community members in order to elevate grassroots community organizing efforts and provide advocacy opportunities for residents of Gateway Communities.

Outreach Initiatives and Engagement Events

  • Support annual Trail Days event in tandem with Community and Outreach Program Manager. Duties include vendor outreach and coordination; permit acquisition; booking staff travel arrangements; and volunteer management.
  • Coordinate annual Pride on the Divide initiative and develop resources, promotional materials, and managing Pride on the Divide events and activities on CDTC website.
  • Assist in the development with educational materials to engage students, families, and individuals with the CDT and establish relationships with educational and community-serving organizations along the trail to assist partners with educational program implementation.
  • In cooperation with the Communications Manager, contribute to the development and execution of outreach campaigns, including the Gateway Community newsletter, community webpages, social media, and digital and print resources about accessing the CDT in Gateway Communities.
  • Plan, coordinate, and promote community events, community stewardship projects and represent CDTC at public events, conferences, or meetings to promote our mission and initiatives.
  • Support the coordination for the annual Town Hall event for community partners and stakeholders.

Volunteer and Community Ambassador Management

  • Oversee the Gateway Community Ambassador program to ensure Gateway Community residents have access to welcoming, safe, and inclusive group experiences on the CDT. Update Ambassador guide as needed.
  • Recruit and onboard prospective Gateway Community volunteers to serve as Gateway Volunteer Committee members or Gateway Community Ambassadors.
  • Encourage volunteer engagement through regular virtual and in-person training, meet-up opportunities, and check-ins.
  • Maintain records of volunteer hours served and reporting hours through the appropriate channels.

General Information and Advocacy Support

  • Engage with stakeholders, and participate in advocacy efforts at a local, state, and federal level.
  • Identify opportunities to recruit and mobilize CDT advocates, partners, and community members to communicate effectively with leaders and decision makers on CDT priorities.
  • Collaborate with Trail Policy Specialist to contribute up-to-date information on community engagement initiatives for CDTC’s annual Congressional Report.
  • Support trail policy with written newsletter and press articles, opinion pieces, e-communications, and website content related to elevate the CDT and CDTC trail protection efforts to the public, the media, and decision makers.

General Administration

  • Support the grant writing process for funding requests for Gateway Community and outreach programs, tracking, and responsibility for grant deliverables. This will include narrative and data coordination.
  • Coordination of programs and development of strategic priorities with other program managers, directors, and regional representatives.
  • With Program Manager, support reporting of program accomplishments and achievements, challenges and opportunities.

QUALIFICATIONS & PREFERRED SKILLS

EDUCATION

The Community Engagement Coordinator position requires a set of core competencies to perform the role outlined above including but not limited to: Community Engagement, Communication & Campaign Planning, Volunteer Management, and Partnership Collaboration. Minimum of two (2) years of relevant professional experience or of comparable experience and/or education in natural resource or environmental management, outdoor recreation management, planning, grassroots/community organizing, public administration, environmental studies, landscape architecture, environmental education or related fields will be viewed positively.

CDTC recognizes that college and continuing education, professional work experience, volunteer participation and a diversity of other backgrounds can demonstrate proficiency in these core competencies. All individuals who feel they have experience that demonstrates expertise and/or familiarity with the core competencies are encouraged to apply.

REQUIRED SKILLS

  • Passion for outdoor recreation, conservation, and public lands advocacy
  • Expertise in communication, both written and verbal, and the ability proactively initiative communication in virtual and in-person settings, including meeting facilitation
  • Ability to work independently without close supervision, as well as collaboratively with CDTC staff, Board of Directors, partners, and other stakeholders
  • Excellent organizational skills, including project management and experience managing staff, contractors, and partners in collaborative efforts
  • Ability to adapt to a variety of work settings including in a traditional office, on the trail, in communities, and other settings outside of an office
  • Ability to develop positive relationships and be responsive to the needs of local government, community organizations and members, partners, recreationists, youth, and other CDT stakeholders
  • Experience with short- and long-term campaign planning, including experience using various communications platforms, event planning and execution, development of social media assets, etc.
  • Computer proficiency, with proficiency in Microsoft Office/Google Suite
  • Proficiency in Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop and Wordpress, with understanding of design and layout principles for print and web products
  • Willingness to support and strengthen expertise in Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (JEDI) efforts at CDTC
  • Ability and willingness to travel in the Rocky Mountain West occasionally and work flexible hours, with occasional evenings and weekends, and attendance at priority events including:
    • CDT Trail Days in SIlver City, NM: April 14-21, 2025
  • Must have a valid driver license

PREFERRED SKILLS

  • Experience working with diverse communities including Indigenous, Black, Hispanic, Asian, and LGBQTIA+ communities in rural and urban settings, and with a broad range of stakeholders of all backgrounds and experiences.
  • Familiarity with CRM systems.
  • Spanish fluency.
  • Familiarity with the culture of the Rocky Mountain West, particularly the challenges facing its rural communities.
  • Conflict Resolution skills and experience.
  • Event planning and marketing experience.
  • Event photography/photography experience.
  • Digital design experience.

SUPERVISION AND WORK ENVIRONMENT

The Community Engagement Coordinator works under the direct supervision of the Community and Outreach Program Manager. They will be expected to prioritize their work in order to effectively meet day-to-day demands and ongoing assignments. Additionally, they will work with other CDTC staff members to achieve successful programs in their work.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to lift and carry promotional materials, brochures, banners, and other event-related items; experience periods of standing and walking during community events; and physical set-up and breakdown of event spaces. Work will include travel in personal vehicles (travel reimbursement included), so individuals must have a valid driver’s license and operative vehicle. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. CDTC is an equal opportunity employer. All individuals are encouraged to apply.

SALARY AND BENEFITS

Annual Salary will be $49,000. CDTC also provides benefits including company sponsored health insurance, cell phone reimbursement, 403(b) retirement plan contributions, and a generous time off policy.

EOE Statement:

CDTC provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, genetics, or other protected status. For information about CDTC, please visit our website at Who We Are | Continental Divide Trail Coalition

HOW TO APPLY

TO APPLY

Interested individuals should send a cover letter, resume, and three references to sshattuck@continentaldividetrail.org with the subject line “Community Engagement Coordinator Application”. The application deadline is Sunday June 30, 2024.

TO LEARN MORE

For those interested in learning more about the Community Engagement Coordinator position, CDTC’s Community and Outreach Program Manager will host an Information Session on Wednesday, June 26, 2024 from 5:30-6:00 PM MST. To attend, please register through our hiring page here, and you will be sent a follow-up email with the Zoom link and further instructions. If you are not able to attend the session, a recording will be posted on the CDTC website, and you can still submit questions through the registration link above.

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Category Admin & Leadership, Outdoor Recreation
Tags Trail Maintenance, Outreach