Start Date: 09/05/2018
End Date: 07/26/2019
POSITION DESCRIPTION CONFLUENCE AMERICORPS PROGRAM
The Confluence AmeriCorps program advances environmental equity through innovative partnerships with local organizations in the Portland metropolitan area. We offer life changing service opportunities that engage Members at the intersection of environmentalism and social justice while promoting individual leadership and development. This position is a dynamic combination of serving with a Project Partner on a dedicated project (80%) and engaging in professional and leadership development opportunities, alongside a 22 Member cohort (20%). DATES OF SERVICE September 5, 2018 – July 26, 2019 (11 months – 1700 hours)
The Nature Conservancy nature.org/Oregon
Community Engagement Coordinator
This position is a partnership between Confluence Environmental Center, AmeriCorps Program and The Nature Conservancy in Oregon. The Community Engagement Coordinator will advance The Nature Conservancy’s goals to engage and activate more Oregonians in conservation efforts. The Nature Conservancy’s Oregon volunteer program involves 1,000 community members in direct service each year, greatly expanding the capacity of our organization to conserve the land and waters on which all life depends. The Coordinator will build on the successes of previous AmeriCorps Members and join our volunteer programs team and help design, build and implement several urban engagement programs, including restoration work party and outreach programs targeted to an urban audience. The Coordinator will dedicate 40% of their time toward the strategic urban restoration work party program; 40% of their time toward the urban outreach and ambassador programs; and 20% of their time participating in Confluence led leadership development activities which include: Leadership Development Program, Change Agent Project, team meetings, National Service events and other self-directed development opportunities.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS (to include, but not limited to):
• Collaborate with staff and volunteer leaders to plan and implement urban restoration program. • Create stewardship activities that address needs and schedules of racially and economically diverse individuals and families. • Conduct outreach activities to engage diverse individuals and organizations in resource conservation activities. • Collaborate with staff to refine and expand volunteer ambassador program to engage more Oregonians in conservation. • Develop deeper community partnerships to support urban restoration and outreach programs. • Design and implement strategic volunteer recruitment plan for urban restoration and outreach programs. • Serve closely with staff to recognize volunteer participants in personal ways. • Track data and evaluate urban restoration and outreach programs. • Complete and submit all necessary paperwork and reports in a timely manner; abide by program policies; attend and complete all training and service requirements.
• Experience or interest in building relationships with diverse populations, including immigrant or refugee populations, seniors, people of color, people with disabilities, or those with limited economic resources. • Desire to promote environmental stewardship to underserved communities. • Demonstrates independence, motivation and resourcefulness. • Strong written and verbal communication skills. • Proven organizational skills, ability to meet deadlines and strong attention to detail. • Ability and willingness to obtain First Aid/CPR certification. • Ability to serve occasional weekends and evenings. • Must have valid driver’s license, safe driving record and be comfortable driving groups of people in both urban and rural settings. • Willingness/openness to learn about and discuss racial equity and social justice issues. • Ability to serve as part of a diverse team. • Regular and reliable attendance and dependability. • AmeriCorps Members must be: 18 years of age or older; U.S. citizen, national or lawful permanent resident; able to commit to the full term of service; able to successfully pass a fingerprint criminal history background check.
• Interest or experience in natural resources/conservation. • Experience managing projects for and supervising volunteers. • Background in cultural competency. • Ability to speak Spanish (or another language). • Familiarity with the region and green spaces is helpful, but not required. • Familiarity with low-income communities and/or communities of color. • Any combination of experience and education equivalent to 2 – 4 years.
MEMBER BENEFITS INCLUDE
• $13,732 living allowance paid over the 11-month term of service (approx. $1,245 monthly, before taxes). • $5,920 education award (qualified student loans and/or education expenses) • Loan Forbearance • Health Care Insurance • Child Care Reimbursement • $100 Training Fund • Professional Leadership Certificate, Trainings and Networking opportunities. • May be eligible for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
PROJECT LOCATION & TRANSPORTATION INFORMATION
• The Nature Conservancy in Oregon, 1634 SW Alder Street, Portland, OR 97205. • Organizational vehicle is available for service activities. Member will be covered by organization’s vehicle insurance policy. • Project site is accessible by public transportation. • Monthly transit passes may be available for service activities and be provided by The Nature Conservancy. • Bicycle parking available.
EQUITY & INCLUSION
Confluence does not discriminate against any person or group on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, pregnancy, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status or genetic information. We are committed to a diverse workplace, and to supporting our Members and staff with ongoing career development opportunities. Confluence is an AA/EEO employer. Confluence provides reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees. Applicants with disabilities may request a reasonable accommodation at any point in the employment process.
HOW TO APPLY STEP
1: Apply to Project Supervisor: (Conducts first round interviews and recommends top candidates to Confluence) Deadline to Apply is July 6, 2018. Email the following items to Molly Dougherty, email@example.com, (503) 802-8100: • Résumé • Cover letter (1 page) • Contact information for three references (name, title, relationship, email & phone) STEP 2: Apply to Confluence: • Complete AmeriCorps Application (Should be completed by July 15, 2018) • Confluence interviews and offers positions throughout August 2018.
QUESTIONS ABOUT AMERICORPS?
CONTACT: Sherrie Jackson Operations Coordinator | Confluence Environmental Center, AmeriCorps Program 5441 SE Belmont Street, Suite 25, Portland, OR 97215 503-719-6779 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Registration details: nature.org/oregon