Parks and Nature Community Engagement Specialist

Are you an innovative community engagement professional who loves the outdoors and knows how to connect with diverse communities? Then you might be a great candidate as Metro's next Parks and Nature Community Engagement Specialist.

You should have experience involving a broad spectrum of people and organizations and reflecting their voices as an organization advances its mission. In our case, that means protecting clean water, preserving healthy fish and wildlife habitat, and connecting people with nature close to home. Metro manages 17,000 acres of parks, trails, natural areas and historic cemeteries across the greater Portland area, from the Chehalem Mountains on the west to the Sandy River Gorge on the east.

As the Parks and Nature Community Engagement Specialist, you would lead efforts to build community connections, ownership and stewardship at newly opening Metro parks, helping fulfill our commitment to operate safe, welcoming places. You would also design opportunities for people to give input – and make sure they are heard – when we plan and design future destinations. As our lead engagement specialist, you would serve as the facilitator for a new Parks and Nature Equity Advisory Committee. We're also looking for a trusted advisor to provide strategic guidance on key partnerships, neighborhood relationships and coalition-building activities, and help shape Metro-wide community engagement practices and initiatives.

The ideal candidate will bring fresh ideas – and a track record of activating and energizing communities. We're looking for somebody who has both big-picture vision and the ability to coordinate project teams, track budgets and execute details. You should be prepared to develop and manage partnerships with community organizations and facilitate committees and workshops. Experience tailoring engagement to communities of color and other underserved groups is required. An understanding of communications is also important, so you can identify opportunities to advance community engagement through web content, social media, advertising, media outreach and other channels.

As the Parks and Nature Community Engagement Specialist, you would collaborate with talented staff across Metro's Parks and Nature Department -- from parks and trail planners to scientists, volunteer coordinators to nature educators. Your home base will be with the Parks and Nature Communications Team, a diverse group that gets a lot done, learns from one another, has fun and loves making a difference. Our team works together to build awareness and trust in Metro's parks and nature system, and give the community a voice in its future.

Application Requirements

1) Electronic application, 2) answers to supplemental questions, 3) resume and 4) cover letter describing your qualifications as they relate to the duties of this position.

Metro hires a workforce representative of the communities we serve, understanding that a diverse workforce strengthens our organization. We value diversity and support a positive and welcoming environment where all of our employees can thrive.

Appointments are typically made at or near the beginning of the salary range.

Essential Job Duties:An employee in this position must be able to perform all of the essential job duties listed below with or without reasonable accommodation; however, this list is not intended to include all of the specific tasks which an employee in this position may be expected to perform.

* Develops community engagement strategies to activate new Metro parks, pulling together events, programming, partnerships, marketing and storytelling

* Develops and leads public engagement strategies to generate community and partner input when Metro plans parks and trails

* Ensures that all engagement plans address the needs of culturally specific communities and other underserved audiences

* Leads staff teams to shape and deliver on engagement strategies, including meeting facilitation and project updates

* Develops and coordinates community partnerships that help deliver on engagement strategies

* Manages contracts with public engagement firms to fill gaps in Metro staff capacity

* Identifies opportunities to advance engagement plans through storytelling, media and marketing

* Writes basic website or outreach content about public engagement efforts, with minimal editing needed

* Plans and facilitates community events to support engagement, sometimes working in coordination with our event planner

* Advises on the formation of project advisory committees and facilitates committee meetings

* Develops and analyzes public opinion research to support engagement efforts

* Serves as facilitator for Metro's new Parks and Nature Equity Advisory Committee: helping shape agendas, facilitating meetings, and acting as a liaison to committee members

* Advises on neighborhood relations, key partnerships and coalition-building activities

* Participates in Metro-wide community engagement activities, helping shape practices and initiatives

This position is represented by AFSCME 3580 and is classified as a Senior Public Affairs Specialist. Classification descriptions are typically written broadly and do not include the specific duties and responsibilities of the positions.

Minimum Requirements:At least five years of professional experience doing community engagement; and a Bachelor's degree in communications, public affairs, community development or related field; or any combination of education and experience that provides the knowledge, skills and abilities required to perform the job.

* Experience tailoring community engagement strategies to large public groups including diverse, culturally specific or underserved communities is required.

* Valid driver's license and good driving record, with ability to load and drive Metro vehicle to meetings and events is required.

* Demonstrated interest and/or experience with parks and natural areas is preferred.

Knowledge, skills and abilities

* Experience developing and executing engagement strategies that involve a variety of people and partners, including culturally specific communities and other underserved groups

* Experience developing and managing partnerships with community organizations

* Experience representing an organization at community meetings and events

* Experience leading project teams, including facilitating meetings and keeping team members informed

* Experience facilitating meetings, workshops or community events

* Skill in verbal communication, including public speaking

* Skill in writing, editing and messaging

* Skill in time management, organization and problem-solving

* Skill in developing media, marketing and storytelling ideas to advance community engagement

* Ability to guide the day-to-day work of interns, seasonal staff or volunteers

* Ability to manage contracts with public engagement firms or vendors

* Ability to work occasional evenings, weekend or holiday shifts

* Ability to lift up to 30 pounds and set up and break down tables, tents, banners and other event equipment

* Ability to use Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel proficiently

* Ability to speak Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese or Russian is a plus

* Interest in parks, nature and community-building

Additional Information:Online applications: Metro now accepts job applications online. If you need assistance or accommodation with your application, or access to a computer, call 503-797-1570.

Accommodation: Reasonable accommodation is available to anyone whose specific disability prevents them from completing this application or participating in this process. To obtain confidential assistance please contact Human Resources (503) 797-1570.

Public Employees Retirement System (PERS): New employees will pay the employee portion of the PERS contribution.

Veterans' Preference: Under Oregon Law, qualified veterans may be eligible for veterans' preference when applying for Metro positions. If you are a veteran and would like to be considered for a veterans' preference for this job, please provide qualifying documents as instructed during the application process.

Criminal background check: In order to protect the wellbeing of its employees, the public and agency assets, Metro may conduct criminal background checks on candidates selected for Metro positions. Criminal convictions do not necessarily preclude employment and will be considered on a case by case basis. A background check will only be conducted if you are selected as a finalist for a position. If selected as a finalist, you will be contacted by Human Resources prior to the initiation of a background check.

Equal employment opportunity: All qualified persons will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, familial status, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability for which a reasonable accommodation can be made or any other status protected by law. Assistance will be gladly provided upon request for any applicant with sensory or non-sensory disabilities.

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