Title: Community Outreach Coordinator
Supervisor: Albemarle Field Representative
Location: Charlottesville, VA.
Job Classification: Temporary non-exempt – hourly
The Piedmont Environmental Council (PEC) is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization that has proudly promoted and protected the natural resources, rural economy, history and beauty of the Virginia Piedmont since 1972. PEC and the Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission (TJPDC), a regional government that encourages regional cooperation and coordination with the goals of improved services to citizens and increased cost-effectiveness of governmental activities, are jointly leading a 2-year campaign to generate active community support and drive implementation of a regional bike and pedestrian transportation network in the Charlottesville-Albemarle urban growth area, with a focus on off-street greenway corridors.
PEC is seeking a Community Outreach Coordinator, whose focus will be to build relationships, consensus and active support and advocacy among community leaders and citizens around a unified regional trail network vision. This position is time-limited (Summer/Fall 2017 – Summer 2019), focused on building community support for trails through an intensive civic engagement campaign. The Coordinator will liaise with TJPDC in all efforts to fulfill the requirements of the campaign.
Description of Position
This community-based campaign is focused on building and channeling public support and energies toward implementation of an interconnected urban regional greenway network. Various planning documents already provide most of what is needed to make an interconnected off-street and on-street system work. The campaign aims to generate the level of ownership, investment and community support needed to move them from a plan on the shelf to implementation.
The Community Outreach Coordinator will be the fulcrum of this community-based effort. Through organizing community meetings, engaging one-on-one with stakeholders from various community interests, coordinating a stakeholder advisory committee, and other key activities, the Community Outreach Coordinator will be the catalyst for the campaign, organizing community energies strategically to build the level of public and leadership support needed to advance a regional greenway network.
- Organize public engagement activities: Plan and work with community leaders to organize community design workshops and open house events where diverse groups of citizens will share their vision and concerns for a greenway. Events will be developed in partnership with local leaders and will be designed to be fun and interactive to engage a wide range of residents.
- Engage and mobilize leaders: Identify community, nonprofit, and public sector decision makers and influencers and set up one-on-one meetings. Identify leaders’ interests and concerns in relation to a regional greenway network and incorporate these perspectives into outreach and planning.
- Cultivate and support community advocates: Through public outreach activities, the Coordinator will follow up with residents and neighborhood leaders to build their comfort level with becoming trail advocates in their communities. This follow-up may include small-group trainings and other activities to build community capacity.
- Support the members of a community stakeholder group that will help identify opportunities for public engagement during the campaign
- Coordinate stakeholder advisory group: Staff a stakeholder advisory group including public, private and nonprofit sector representatives charged with overseeing the regional greenway network vision and supporting outreach activities.
- Communicate with TJPDC staff to understand, stay current, and assist with communications of the ongoing regional bike and pedestrian plan update.
- Coordinate with PEC and TJPDC staff to, conduct outreach to local media sources and maintain a presence on social media to promote bicycle and pedestrian connectivity in the region.
- Provide periodic written status reports and/or other materials necessary to gauge progress and successful completion of tasks associated with this two-year project.
The Community Outreach Coordinator reports to PEC’s Field Representative for Albemarle and Greene Counties, but will also work closely with other field representatives, departments within PEC, and representatives from Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission.
This position will be based at PEC’s office in Charlottesville, VA.
Duration of position
The time period for this position will be Summer/Fall 2017 – Summer 2019. Most activities of the Coordinator will be concentrated during Year 1 of the campaign (Summer 2017 – September 2018). The position will be an estimated 20 hrs./week in Year 1, and intermittent work throughout Year 2. If additional funding becomes available or is identified, the Year 2 responsibilities could be expanded.
- Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills.
- Familiarity with the social, business and political contours of the Charlottesville-Albemarle community.
- Knowledge of the principles and practices of urban and regional planning, environmental planning, landscape architecture, and/or geography.
- Strong social media communication skills.
- Ability to express ideas and present technical information clearly and concisely, graphically, orally, and in writing in both public and private settings and to professional and nonprofessional groups.
- Ability to work well with a diverse constituency including elected officials, non-profit representatives, neighborhood associations, and individual citizens with a wide range of backgrounds and perspectives.
- Ability to demonstrate passion and enthusiasm for bicycle and pedestrian connectivity and to elicit excitement in others.
- Working knowledge of transportation and land use planning processes in Virginia.
- Knowledge and experience with Google Suite and Microsoft Office productivity software.
- Requires minimal supervision. Willing to work weekends and evenings as needed.
- Valid driver’s and reliable transportation required.
- Ability to lift up to 40 pounds.
Compensation will commensurate with experience.
Interested applicants should email a cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Piedmont Environmental Council is an equal opportunity employer.