Job Title: Communications Coordinator
Reports To: Development Director
Category: Regular Part Time
FLSA Status: Nonexempt
Hourly 24-30 Hours Starts at $18.00 to $23.00 DOE
Application Deadline: 8/31/17

ORGANIZATION SUMMARY
Wallowa Resources (WR) is a community-based 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation, established in 1996 with leadership from Wallowa County Commissioners. Since then, WR has worked to bring people together to empower rural communities to create strong economies and healthy landscapes through land stewardship, education, and job creation. We strive to balance rural economic well-being with the stewardship and conservation of its resources, preserving each rural area's heritage of making a living from the land.  Wallowa Resources is nationally recognized for its leadership and on-the-ground results in land stewardship, watershed restoration and education.

JOB SUMMARY
The Communications Coordinator is responsible for developing a strong brand identify and strategy, and using this brand in all of our messaging to boost awareness and understanding of WR's mission, programs, projects, and partnerships. The position works in cooperation with WR's programs and partners to ensure that communications and content coming from WR are clear, straightforward, timely, and consistent in messaging and quality. The Communications Coordinator advises WR staff and community partners on effective communications, and ensures created content and design reflect WR's approved brand parameters and style guidelines.

 

ESSENTIAL JOB DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Develops articles, postcards, ads, posters, and other content for local newspapers, website, social media, and media outlets in cooperation with WR programs and partners that reflect WR's approved brand identify, strategy, parameters and style guidelines. Measure the effectiveness of our communication efforts across all media.
  • Assists in creation of publications geared toward both staff and community, such as two-pagers, timelines, mission statements, and tri-folds.
  • Edits content for team members, including program brochures, grant applications, and event agendas.
  • Helps develop communication plans, documents, and articles with partners.
  • Compiles annual report information and creates a version for use as a newsletter and handout.
  • Provides communication support to the Barn Dance, Watershed Festival, symposiums, and other special events and assists in event planning and preparation including the creation ads and posters, food and facility coordination, and helping with other event logistics.
  • Participates in Development Committee meetings, helps refine mailing lists and identify best tools and channels for communications with donors, and creates spring and fall donor ask letters.
  • Attends board meetings, prepares board packets, and records and disseminates meeting minutes.
  • Attend community/regional meetings and workshops as needed to stay abreast of current issues, build/preserve relationships, record notes, and share information with others.
  • Helps maintain WR's website and builds skills in order to better manager internet content, including electronic newsletters and emails.
  • Obtains and organizes photos of programs and events as needed, coordinates and trains other staff members to take photos, and tracks and maintain photos on shared server.
  • Helps train staff on how to develop business related messages to use on social media.

EXPERIENCE, KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES
The following are desired to successfully perform the Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities.

  • Bachelor's Degree in Business, Communications, Public Relations, English, or related field or equivalent relevant experience, preferred.
  • Three years of experience in communications and strategy development work within philanthropic and/or nonprofit organizations including developing marketing materials, writing and editing for business publications and newsletters, and building strong professional networks, required.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of maintaining and updates business websites and social media accounts/feeds with timely, relevant information and news. 
  • A valid Oregon Driver's License and an acceptable driving record according to WR's auto liability policy requirements.
  • Must consistently demonstrate teamwork and positive day-to-day work relationships and interactions with staff, board members, members of the public, and community stakeholders.

WORKING CONDITIONS
Environment and Physical Requirements: The Communications Coordinator works primarily in an office environment; however, the position may occasionally visit field locations including parks, forests, farms, ranches and other outdoor locations. Those outdoor locations are subject to a variety of extreme weather conditions including heat, rain, snow, wind, and dust. The position travels occasionally by car and may occasionally have overnight travel. The Communications Coordinator interacts constantly with staff, visitors, vendors, government agencies, and others. The position sits, stands, walks, bends, lifts, stoops, and moves intermittently during working hours. The incumbent must be able to lift, push, pull and move files and other equipment in excess of 15 pounds.

Hours: The Communications Coordinator works part time between the typical office hours of 8:00a.m. to 5:00p.m., Monday through Friday.

Other Duties and Responsibilities: This job description is a summary of the essential duties and responsibilities for this job, and it does not necessarily represent an all-inclusive list of duties, responsibilities, tasks or procedures. Employees are required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform any other job-related duties requested by any person authorized to give instruction or assignments. Nothing in this description restricts WR's right to assign or reassign duties at any time.

Accommodation Statement: Essential job duties and responsibilities are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities. To perform the job successfully, an incumbent or applicant must possess the experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform each essential duty and responsibility proficiently. If you require an accommodation in order to perform the essential duties and responsibilities of this job, please contact the WR Executive Director.

Wallowa Resources is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Applications

If you are interested in any of these positions please send a cover letter, resume and three professional references. Applications can be emailed to Joni Maasdam, Finance Administrator at joni@wallowaresources.org or mailed to Wallowa Resources Inc. C/O Joni Maasdam 401 NE 1st Street, Suite A, Enterprise, OR 97828.