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Northwest Community Outreach Manager

Tacoma, WA
Position Summary

The Trust for Public Land is seeking a leader with demonstrated excellence in community engagement, partnership development, and project management skills. This position will report to the Northwest Parks for People Program Director.

The Trust for Public Land is a national organization committed to working in and with communities on parks and schoolyard projects to provide health, equity, and climate benefits, and improved access to nature and park spaces. The Northwest Parks for People Program is primarily focused on our Green Schoolyards Program in communities within Tacoma, Washington.

The Community Outreach Manager will play a leading role in engaging students, communities, local agencies, and non-profit partners in all project phases, from concept design through implementation and stewardship.

The Community Outreach Manager will facilitate and support a variety of community engagement events and activities to ensure meaningful and inclusive participation in either the creation or renovation of parks and green schoolyards to increase general access.
 
This position requires working ‘off-hours’ which include attendance at some weekend and evening meetings and events. Though the position is based primarily in Tacoma, Washington the Community Outreach Manager will engage in field work at various project sites and schools and access to reliable transportation is required.

There is a strong preference for a candidate that lives in the Tacoma/Pierce County area.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

Schoolyards and Parks Project Management:
  • Develop and strengthen relationships with school districts, local representatives and leaders, government agencies, and non-profit partners in and throughout the Tacoma area
  • Facilitate community and student outreach and involvement around participatory schoolyard and park design in collaboration with school administrators, educators, and external partners
  • Develop outreach and educational materials in collaboration with partners and The Trust for Public Land’s Marketing team

Community Engagement and Partnership Development:
  • Organize and facilitate community engagement and outreach events in partnership with community members and local non-profits
  • Coordinate with partners and community organizers around outreach, meetings and events to strengthen diversity and inclusive representation in the park spaces
  • Provide regular updates and clear communication to partners, internal staff, and funders about various aspects of schoolyard or other community projects
  • Lead grant proposal development – preparing and organizing materials for proposals internally and or in collaboration with external partner organizations

Support the Northwest Parks for People Program Director and Project Managers to:
  • Develop and implement partnerships, community engagement, and communication strategies to increase public awareness around projects
  • Maintain and build relationships with funders and other strategic partners on a local, state, and national level
  • Ensure projects meet community partner goals and support direct community needs
  • Manage schedules, budgets, and contracts with community partners and consultants to carry out the development of schoolyards, parks, and or other community-based projects

Additional Functions:
  • Build public awareness and understanding of The Trust for Public Land within the Tacoma area
  • Completes an assortment of administrative tasks required for a high functioning programs and projects
  • Work closely with The Trust for Public Land’s Philanthropy, Marketing, and Finance staff as needed on all projects

EXPERIENCE, EDUCATION, AND SKILLS
  • Bachelor's degree or 2 years of demonstrated community engagement experience is required
  • Demonstrated ability to build trust and support community residents to actively engage in change making activities in their community
  • Demonstrated cultural competency and understanding of environmental justice and social issues in under resourced, urban communities
  • Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills; demonstrates sensitivity and tact in interpersonal relationships
  • Well-organized and detail-oriented
  • Excellent time management and project management skills 
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Must be able to work independently out in the field as well as in a standard office environment as well as work as part of a team and support the framework of a national organization
  • Must be able to engage with diverse community members, elected representatives, and non-profit partners in order to ensure successful park and green schoolyard projects
  • Must be able to work as part of a team and support the framework of a national organization
DESIRED KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS
  • A basic understanding of design and construction process for public spaces is desirable
  • Experience working with K-12 students in a school setting is a plus
  • Fluency in other languages spoken throughout the Puget Sound Regions besides English is ideal
COMPENSATION

As a full-time non-exempt employee, you will be eligible for The Trust for Public Land’s comprehensive benefits program which includes medical, dental, and vision insurance, three weeks of vacation annually plus ten holidays, and a 403(b) retirement plan, currently with an up to 5.5% company match. We offer competitive salaries commensurate with experience; the range for this position is $60,000-70,000 annually.

The Trust for Public Land’s active goal is to be an inclusive and equitable place to work and build community. As the organization actively works to eliminate racial and other disparities it welcomes candidates with diverse backgrounds and/or multicultural skillsets and experiences therefore Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, immigrants, veterans, people with disabilities, and LGBTQIA candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. We are open to the possibility that a great candidate for this job may not precisely meet all of the above criteria; if you believe you are the right person for this job and can persuasively make that case, we encourage you to apply.
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