Outreach and Events Director

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Deadline to Apply:

Sunday, July 23, 2017, 11:00pm


Portland, OR
United States

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Job Description:

The Outreach Director’s primary duties are to manage outreach, communications, and events coordination for the Council and its programs. The Council holds a variety of public events throughout the year, including festivals, large and small paddling events, walking and bicycling tours, family outdoor activities, award dinner and fundraiser, and restoration activities.  Outreach staff participate in events and activities put on by partners and other community organizations and play an active role in the development and implementation of the Council’s racial equity plan.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Schedule, coordinate, budget, and implement at least 20 events a year
  • Conduct outreach to and build strong relationships with neighborhoods and other community groups (including tabling, meetings,  and formal presentations)
  • Manage and maintain website on ExpressionEngine
  • Manage Council’s outreach and communications including bi-monthly newsletters through Mailchimp and all social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc…)
  • Produce press releases, invitations, newsletters, flyers, news articles, posters, postcards, annual report,  email, and electronic announcements
  • Recruit, train, and supervise staff and volunteers for Council events to support and assist with event planning and implementation
  • Recruit and coordinate over four event planning committees annually with community members, partners, and/or sponsors
  • Support the Council Volunteer Coordinator in outreach and event volunteer management; including an active paddle team of approximately 30 community members
  • Maintain and update documentation of events and contacts including coordination of the photo library and demographics
  • Compile evaluations and complete the analysis for Council events
  • Assist the Executive Director in fundraising
  • Develop and maintain contacts, e-mail lists and mailing lists
  • Maintain yearly events and community outreach calendars


Other Responsibilities

  • Assist with actualization of council’s Equity Action Plan and diversity goals
  • Track spending and manage outreach and events budgets with assistance of Executive Director
  • Other duties as assigned by Executive Director


Qualifications and Skills:

  • Demonstrated ability to work well with people of diverse backgrounds, ages and cultures
  • Dedication and/or lived experience working  in inclusive, anti-oppressive community engagement and program design, particularly in communities of color
  • Experience successfully leading coordination of large events such as festivals or conferences
  • Excellent leadership skills, friendly demeanor
  • Comfort with public speaking and professional communication skills, preferably in Spanish as well as English
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite, Little Green Light and CMS website design, Microsoft Excel or other spreadsheet programs
  • 2-5 years of experience in planning events and projects
  • Working knowledge of an email marketing management platform and social media (mailchimp, facebook, twitter, etc.)
  • Excellent communication skills to include writing, speaking, and networking
  • Experience coordinating interns, volunteers and committees,
  • Experience working in a small team environment
  • Available in the evenings, weekdays, and/or weekends
  • Ability to work on uneven terrain, lift 30-50 lbs regularly.*
  • Comfort with water, paddling a canoe or kayak
  • Driver’s license and reliable transportation
  • Extremely well organized and able to multitask across a variety of programs areas with an attention detail; Ability to meet and adapt to shifting deadlines, manage multiple priorities, and work independently


Other Desirable Qualities

  • Ability to speak and write in Spanish, Russian, Vietnamese, or other languages spoken in the watershed. Spanish is especially desired
  • Experience leading canoe, kayak, and bike trips
  • Experience creating meaningful connections and contacts within communities of color
  • Knowledge and connection to Portland, Gresham and Fairview neighborhoods, schools, natural areas, and non-profit organizations in our watershed
  • Familiarity with our partners, such as Portland Parks and Recreation, Verde,  Bureau of Environmental Services, East Multnomah SWCD, Port of Portland, etc.
  • Ability to drive manual transmission and back up a trailer
  • Small non-profit work experience
  • Supervisory experience



Bachelor’s degree in natural resource sciences, business, or communications preferred or a minimum of three years of experience in public relations, communications, or events planning may be substituted.


*Work Environment

This position includes moving on uneven terrain, often during inclement weather. The Outreach Director is often responsible for a portion of event setup which includes lifting 30-50lbs, setting up tents, table and chairs. The person in this position often paddles in canoes or kayaks to access sites or give tours. Around 30-40% of this job requires mobility in non-ADA accessible spaces and moving heavy objects. Please contact the Council with specific questions about accessibility and special accommodation.


Travel and Safety Requirements:

Travel by car, valid driver’s license and reliable transportation, the ability to be insured for vehicle usages, willingness and ability to use personal transportation related to work (mileage reimbursed) is required. CSWC’s vehicle is manual transmission and ability to drive manual transmission and back up a trailer are desired. Appropriate field and safety attire required as event dictates.


How to Apply:

Send a resume, cover letter and three references via email or mail to:

Corrina Chase, Executive Director


7040 NE 47th Ave.

Portland, OR 97218


Cover letter and resume should each not exceed one page, front and back, single spaced, 12-pt font. Emails please include “Outreach and Events Director” in the subject line.


Closing Date: 11 PM July 23rd


The Columbia Slough Watershed Council is an equal opportunity employer.

We will not discriminate and will take measures to prevent discrimination against any employee or job applicant on the bases of race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, veteran's status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.