Community Coordinator, Delaware Watershed, Sierra Club Outdoors

  • Sierra Club
  • Philadelphia, PA, United States
  • Nov 22, 2016
Full time Advocacy Environmental Education/Interpretation Cultural Resources Natural Resources

Job Description

Context: This position plans, supports and coordinates outdoor activities for Sierra Club Outdoor programs and city wide outdoor programs to dramatically expand the number of Philadelphians and Pennsylvanians connected to the Delaware Watershed. The community coordinator will have an emphasis on youth (Inspiring Connections Outdoors) and the military and veteran community (Military Outdoors) in Philadelphia and the five county region that makes up South Eastern Pennsylvania. Carries out the strategies for campaigns and activities focused on marginalized communities for Sierra Club Outdoors.

Scope:  The Delaware Watershed Community Coordinator works with staff and volunteers to design and implement local strategies and programs to effectively reach, engage, and inspire marginalized communities and/or those with limited access or opportunity to get outdoors - especially youth and veterans-- to become the next generation of outdoor environmental leaders in Philadelphia and South East Pennsylvania specifically connected to the Delaware Watershed. The Coordinator identifies and implements processes and procedures to advance program and Sierra Club goals, build program capacity, and improve program administration and business processes. Relays policies and risk management information to leaders. Responsible for assisting volunteers develop quality outings programs.  Counsels and guides volunteer leaders in problem-solving, conflict resolution, working relationships and leadership skills. Collaborates with staff and volunteers to design and deliver Sierra Club training, advocacy and outdoor opportunities to the Inspiring Connections Outdoors community.  Supports fundraising efforts for the program; serves as primary point of contact for Sierra Club campaigns and programs interested in outreach to the Inspiring Connections Outdoors, Military Outdoors communities and others in the Delaware Watershed.
Represents the Sierra Club to partner organizations, the media, and other organizations. Travels occasionally as needed.

Job Activities:
Coordinates the Philadelphia and South Eastern Pennsylvania volunteer programs; works with leaders to set program goals and priorities. Identifies and implements changes in the recruitment and stewardship of volunteers, partners and participants to effectively train the next generation of outdoor environmental leaders.
Works with volunteers and staff to develop and organize teams interested in supporting Inspiring Connections Outdoors, Military Outdoors, and other community groups. This includes taking them through all the aspects of managing a program, setting new groups up in SC systems, helping them set up trainings, teaching them the procedures to stay in compliance and general nurturing.
Relays policies, insurance, and risk management information to leaders. Provides guidance to volunteers to help them successfully manage their groups and develop their leadership capabilities. Conduct needs assessments reviews and surveys to evaluate and identify needs, trainings and resources.
Identifies, develops and implements best-practice protocols for coordination and meet respective needs between Inspiring Connections Outdoors volunteers, Military Outdoor Volunteers, local groups and community stakeholders, Sierra Club chapter, national campaign, program and department staff and volunteers. Develops and maintains strong relationships with local groups and community stakeholders.
Accountable for developing toolkits, advocacy and education materials, resources, conducting training, and modeling successful programming for the public, Local Outings and Military Outdoors groups interested in reaching out to marginalized communities to increase participation and leadership opportunities in the outdoors.
Ensures the Sierra Club is regarded as a regional and national leader in outdoor engagement by the media, with donors and by key decision makers for marginalized communities in the outdoors issues and is a best in class program for supporting improved resiliency, improved mental, spiritual, physical, and community health, and stewardship through outdoor recreation.
Support the development and advancement of Sierra Club strategic positions at state and federal levels related to marginalized communities in outdoor recreation and stewardship work.
Determines and implements special projects, research, events, outings, internal collaborations and opportunities for volunteers, participants, and community groups to support direct engagement with the Delaware River Watershed through hiking, boating, and other appropriate outings and movement building exercises to move groups to the watershed. Coordinate between various partners, volunteers, and organization assets to successfully execute outreach programs.
Supports regional and state level fundraising efforts.  This includes donor and funder cultivation, proposal writing, and providing progress reports to the Sierra Club Foundation and external donors/funders. Serves as the primary liaison with volunteers and Sierra Club’s Grants Team for local group proposal creation and reporting.
Works with volunteer leaders and committee(s) to set team direction and define the projects and tasks necessary to achieve strategic objectives and organize regional and national level outings, trainings and events. Participate in volunteer meetings, workshops and trainings as appropriate.
Represents the Sierra Club to partner organizations, government officials, other environmental groups, news media, and the public by participating in meetings, public speaking, and establishing and maintaining contacts.
Seeks outs and develops contacts in agencies, organizations and legislative bodies to further Sierra Club objectives.
Performs miscellaneous duties as directed.
Standard Overtime: This position requires overtime to meet project deadlines and/or special events and may include travel and attendance at weekend and evening meetings.  Overtime related to known deadlines or events can be planned in advance and will usually not exceed 10 hours a week.  

Knowledge & Skills:

2-3 years’ of experience working in volunteer management, outdoor recreation programming and program development or program management with marginalized populations.
2-3 years’ experience working in broad coalition-building, forging new alliances, and/or community building
Ability to work independently and work positively in teams.
Demonstrates high functioning leadership and ability to work in a fast-paced, changing environment.
Background in working with diverse populations, including at risk youth and adults, particularly in high stress and trauma populations.
Ability to interact effectively with diverse groups of people including volunteers, donors, the public, and staff.
Strong written and verbal communication skills,  including proofreading and editing ability
Proficient in issuing and presenting monthly and weekly progress reports.
Demonstrated ability to build rapport quickly. Customer oriented attitude towards work with ability to interact effectively with others.
Willingness to travel.

Curriculum development.
Project management.
Prior training and experience in conflict resolution.
Environmental and experiential education and facilitation.
Experience engaging and educating people in environmental justice through outdoor recreational opportunities.
Experience teaching leadership and/or diversity or anti-oppression.
Proficient in a second language.
Understanding and/or experience working with populations to include adaptive participation, traditionally under-represented in mainstream outdoors and environmental organizations.
Fundraising and grant writing.
We are willing to train the ideal candidate on the following:
Google suite, Microsoft suite, database management
Grassroots Organizing
Outdoor skills and leadership
Outdoor program risk management
Fundraising and grant writing
This position is represented by a collective bargaining unit and is subject to the terms and conditions of the contract between Sierra Club and John Muir Local.

The Sierra Club offers competitive salary package commensurate with skills and experience plus excellent benefits that include medical, dental, and vision coverage, and a retirement savings 401(k) plan. This is a category 5 exempt position.

The Sierra Club is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse workforce.

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