Community Outreach Coordinator

Posted Date: June 4, 2020
Location: Denver, Colorado
This is a temporary, part time position. 

Position Summary
:
The Trust for Public Land’s Colorado Parks for People Program works with communities, local agencies and non-profit partners to design and build parks, trails, and green schoolyards in disadvantaged neighborhoods in Colorado. The Colorado Community Outreach Coordinator will engage with neighborhoods across Colorado in all project phases, from initial community outreach to concept design through implementation and stewardship. The Colorado Community Outreach Coordinator will collaborate with other Colorado program staff on a variety of community engagement activities related to our work. Communities where we are currently working include Westwood, Montbello, North Park Hill, Colorado Springs, and Alamosa.
 
This position will be a part time, temporary position for 6-months focused primarily in the Westwood neighborhood (Denver, Colorado) to assist with ongoing projects including the design of a new pocket park, creative placemaking projects, Westwood Via Verde implementation, and the Tennessee Greenway to ensure meaningful and inclusive participation in all of our projects. A special focus of this position during this time will be the COVID-19 pandemic and ensuring that the community is not only connected to our projects at this challenging time but that we are aware of and are sensitive to the particular challenges facing the community, ensuring that our projects continue to support community voice and are responsive to the needs of the community.
 
Responsibilities & TASKS:
 
1. Community outreach and organizing
  • Represent TPL in the community
  • Work with TPL staff to develop outreach and communication strategies
  • Identify and engage with community organizations and stakeholders
  • Develop outreach and educational materials (fliers, newsletters)
  • Organize and participate in outreach events (workshops, barbecues, art projects, tabling at events, etc)
  • Generate and maintain community contact lists
  • Work with TPL staff to respond and adapt our outreach and project requirements to the needs of the community during the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
2. Workshop and meeting preparations and facilitation
  • Organize workshop logistics including identifying new strategies for engagement during COVID-19 pandemic that ensure safety of community.
  • Once restrictions are lifted, assist with meeting logistics such as meeting locations, securing refreshments and preparing and bringing other necessary meeting materials and supplies
  • Help prepare meeting presentations
  • Conduct phone calls to alert community members to upcoming meetings
  • Create and mail flyers for upcoming meetings or workshops
  • Work with project staff to facilitate or present at community meetings or workshops
  • Record community feedback during workshops or meetings
  • Maintain organized workshop supply storage between engagement events
 
3. Community feedback documentation
  • Work with project staff to compile and summarize community feedback
  • Collaborate with project staff to document meetings and events
  • Collaborate with project staff with any other documentation related to outreach activities
 
This position requires working ‘off-hours’ including some weekend and evening meetings and events as well. Independent travel is required.
 
 
Experience, Education, & Skills Required:
 
  • 2-5 years of community engagement or related experience.
  • Understanding of the design and building process for public spaces.
  • Experience working with local, county, and/or state government agencies.
  • Demonstrated ability to build trust, motivate, and support community residents to actively engage in change making activities in their community.
  • Demonstrated cultural competency and understanding of environmental justice issues in low-income, urban communities
  • Well-organized and detail-oriented.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Basic graphic design and word processing skills.
  • Ability to work with limited level of supervision.
  • Flexibility with periodic nighttime and weekend community meetings.
  • Must be able to work independently out in the field as well as in a standard office environment.
  • Must be able to engage with diverse community members, elected representatives, and non-profit partners in order to ensure successful park projects.
  • Must be able to work as part of a team and support the framework of a national organization.
  • Fluency in Spanish and/or other non-English languages is a plus
  • Current Westwood resident or person demonstrated experience working in and connections to this neighborhood is preferred.
The Trust for Public Land actively works to eliminate racial and other disparities and welcomes candidates with diverse backgrounds and/or multicultural skillsets and experiences. Our goal is for the organization to be an inclusive and equitable place to work and build community.