Position: Outreach and Communications Coordinator
About the Susitna River Coalition
The Susitna River Coalition is based in Talkeetna, Alaska and has a broad membership of over 23,000 individuals, groups, and businesses. SRC works within our community and with our volunteers to protect the sustainable natural resources of the Susitna River Watershed and advocates for the protection and integrity of the healthy communities it sustains.
The Susitna River Coalition seeks an energetic, reliable self-starter with strong outreach and communications skills to build a broad community of Alaskans to speak up for the Susitna River Watershed. The ideal candidate will have a background in public outreach and grassroots organizing, demonstrated skills in using communication tools, and a love for and knowledge of the Matanuska-Susitna Borough.
This position works at the community level to implement educational and grassroots advocacy strategies to protect the Susitna Watershed. The right person will work well both independently and as part of a team, including staff, volunteers and partner organizations across the state. We are looking for someone who is innovative, creative, and passionate about a free-flowing Susitna River and the fish, wildlife, and people that live and play in the Susitna Watershed. This person will work closely with the Executive Director and in close coordination with other organizations sharing our vision. The position is based remotely with preference given to candidates living or working in the Mat-Su.
Duties and Responsibilities
This is not an all-inclusive list of duties and responsibilities.
- Engage current SRC members in the region and build support to engage on watershed issues;
- Build a large network of volunteers and community leaders to engage residents in the Mat-Su on fish and wildlife conservation campaigns;
- Understand and be well versed in SRC’s major activities and priorities and be able to creatively and effectively work with staff to tell our story to broad audiences in person and through written formats;
- Lead the implementation of grassroots organizing and outreach plans and collaborate frequently with SRC staff and partners as necessary. This includes but is not limited to event planning, recruiting spokespeople and volunteers, managing action opportunities, assisting with earned and social media tasks, running booths at events, generating website content;
- Assist with drafting outreach materials, securing earned media, and collaborating on other communications pieces while helping to monitor and adjust tactics to accomplish campaign goals;
- Demonstrated initiative and ability to work well independently;
(The successful candidate will possess many of the following skills and/or the willingness to acquire them):
- At least 1-3 years of experience, Bachelor’s degree, or advanced degree, preferably in the fields of grassroots organizing, public relations or traditional/digital media and communications, volunteer coordination, campaign advocacy or natural resource management;
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to reach audiences through a conversational and engaging style, and the ability to translate complex policy and science issues into messages that resonate with supporters, the public, and the media;
- Experience working with and motivating other people, including volunteers. And an understanding of emerging communications and organizing skills including data-driven organizing;
- A basic understanding of water, salmon conservation, sport, subsistence and commercial fishing, land use, and conservation issues;
- A willingness to travel throughout the Mat-Su and to work weekend and evening hours when necessary;
- Online engagement skills, including an understanding of social media outreach and basic website updating;
- Photography and video skills, ability to edit photos and videos for use in social media, brochures, and websites is highly desired. Basic graphic design skills are a plus;
- Experience working with rural communities;
- Highly organized with the ability to balance competing deadlines and priorities, as well as working with a wide range of partners. A spirit of collaboration, a sense of humor, and a passion for conserving rivers for future generations are musts.
Please send a letter of interest, resume, one writing sample, and three professional references to Melissa Heuer at [email protected] and include “Outreach Position” in the subject line. The position is open until filled, interested persons are encouraged to submit requested application materials as soon as possible. No phone calls, please.
This is not an all-inclusive list of duties and responsibilities. This is a part-time position (between 5-15 hours a week) and can be flexible to meet the needs of the ideal candidate. The hourly range for this position is $18-$24/hr depending on experience. The Conservation Coordinator will work on a part-time hourly basis, providing his/her own workspace, computer and internet access. Preference will be given to candidates living or working in the Mat-Su.
SRC is an Equal Employment Opportunity & Affirmative Action Employer pursuant to Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act & Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Assistant Act. SRC hires staff without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status or disability.
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