Community Coordinator via Idealist

The River Project

Los Angeles, CA, US

SUMMARY:

The River Project (TRP) team is looking for an engaging, proactive, and thoughtful Community Coordinator to support TRP’s mission and initiatives to realize a regenerative and climate-resilient Los Angeles.  The Community Coordinator will work closely with homeowners and NGO partners to facilitate program initiatives like the Water LA program, supporting staff in the dissemination of educational materials, on-site implementations, and building capacity for post-project stewardship.  The ideal candidate will speak Spanish, have knowledge of local norms/issues, and take leadership of TRP’s community engagement with broader Angelenos as a whole.  

ABOUT THE RIVER PROJECT: 

The River Project (TRP) is a small (<10 employees) nonprofit organization founded in 2001 and dedicated to natural resource protection, conservation, and enhancement. Our mission is to encourage responsible planning and management of our land and water resources, working toward local water and living rivers nourished by healthy watersheds for the social, economic, and environmental benefit of our communities. Through outreach, advocacy, scientific research, projects, and hands-on educational programs, we provide Angelenos with the tools to create climate-resilient communities.

ABOUT WATER LA: 

The Water LA program (WaterLA.org) is an initiative started by The River Project to empower Angelenos to capture, conserve, and reuse water. Through the program we respond to challenges related to climate change, drought, water and air quality, equity, flood risk, and habitat loss by supporting residents to implement nature-based solutions at their homes. We work both to advance and streamline best practices in land management while working together with local communities on hands-on installations and stewardship.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:

The essential functions or duties listed illustrate the various types of work to be performed. Responsibilities also include related tasks.

  • Run strategic outreach campaigns to enlist participants in the Water LA program, employing both social media and on-the-ground approaches (such as public speaking, tabling events, and kitchen-table conversations);
  • Engage regularly with community through meetings, workshops, and neighborhood councils;
  • Concurrently enlist advocates for the Water LA Program goals and TRP’s mission across Los Angeles;
  • Organize community events and  homeowner workshops;
  • Be the point person in supporting TRP staff with the successful implementation of Water LA strategies;
  • Work with staff to develop and disseminate educational materials;
  • Overseeing Water LA participants’ continued commitment and involvement through project implementations;
  • Be on-site as needed to meet and talk with Water LA candidates and participants;
  • Build and maintain productive relationships with NGO partners and local government staff;
  • Support the development of the Collaborative for Water LA through coordination, communications, and engagement;
  • Represent TRP and Water LA at related meetings and public forums;
  • Inform public about TRP initiatives and represent TRP and Water LA by sharing and updating on social media platforms, such as Facebook and Twitter;
  • Recruit and manage volunteers; and
  • Communicate in both English and Spanish

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • High level of integrity and accountability
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Comfort saying “I don’t know” and being able to follow up with accurate information
  • Proactive self-starter who is willing to take responsibility for their role
  • Comfort working with community groups and face-to-face outreach
  • Excellent verbal and written skills
  • Strong time management skills and high level of attention to detail
  • Ability to structure tasks, establish priorities, and set goals
  • Ability to perform basic manual tasks such as light lifting, bending to move materials, and to assist in workshops and events
  • Flexibility to manage changes in program schedules
  • Ability to attend meetings and work events on nights and weekends

THE IDEAL CANDIDATE WILL HAVE:

  • Curiosity about the natural world and a passion for learning and sharing this curiosity with people
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively as a team
  • Interest in working outside
  • Demonstrated ability to interact effectively and thoughtfully with people from diverse cultural, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds.
  • Skilled at managing and updating social media accounts
  • Proficiency with software applications, including Microsoft Office, G-Suite, and outreach platforms, such as Mail Chimp and Survey Monkey, etc.
  • Experience in related skill sets, which may include research skills, and/or proficiency with Adobe Suite, website management, etc.
  • Knowledge of environmental issues around Los Angeles
  • Experience working in fields aligned with our work
  • A mind-set to grow the position in alignment with the Mission in novel and unique ways

BENEFITS:

Benefits include health, dental and life insurance, PTO, matched retirement savings, and professional development opportunities.

LEVEL OF LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY:

Fluency in Spanish

PROFESSIONAL LEVEL:

None specified

MINIMUM EDUCATION REQUIRED:

No requirement


POSITION TYPE

ORGANIZATION TYPE

EXPERIENCE-LEVEL

LANGUAGE REQUIRED