Public Lands Community Partnerships and Engagement Coordinator

Public Lands Community Partnerships and Engagement Coordinator
Organization Salt Lake City Corporation
Location Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
Job Type Full Time
Application Deadline Sep 30, 2021

This position is open until filled and may be closed anytime without notice.  Position to begin in September 2021.

Under the supervision of the Community Outreach, Events, and Marketing Manager, builds networks and develops relationships to foster strong ties with neighborhood groups and communities to grow their engagement in the Public Lands Department’s programs and initiatives. Acts as liaison between the Public Lands Department and other residents and stakeholders throughout the city. Facilitates community relationships by organizing events and solving problems related to Public Lands in Salt Lake City. Facilitates volunteer efforts performed by variety of public, private, and nonprofit partners as well as city residents. Identifies and follows trends in the community to inform and advise Public Lands Administration on emerging trends and issues. Supports project-specific community engagement campaigns through the creation and sharing of written or visual materials. May facilitate internal and/or external meetings. Performs complex analytical duties that include gathering data, conducting surveys and analytical studies, and developing comprehensive information packages for Public Lands Administration. This is a professional position in a fast-paced work environment requiring excellent written and verbal communication skills, the exercise of independent judgment, and discretion in handling confidential information.

Responsibilities:

  • Builds networks and develops relationships to foster strong ties with neighborhood groups and communities to grow engagement in the Public Lands Department’s programs and initiatives. Expected to maintain a presence in the local community, attending neighborhood events, presenting at community council meetings and educational workshops, and being available as a resource.
  • As assigned, develops and maintains project updates, educational and interpretive materials, activity and event notices, program information and publicity on the City’s web page and social media, mailers, tabling sessions, and community events. Plans and executes publicity initiatives and other events.
  • In collaboration with other Public Lands Department staff, coordinates a system-wide volunteer program working with park ambassadors, park “Friends of Groups,” corporate volunteers, local nonprofits, and other organizations. The Community Partnership Coordinator will support accessibility and equity efforts, visitor experience, and volunteers and boards.
  • Performs highly responsible constituent and public relations services for the Public Lands Department. Examines issues that are identified through interaction with the community, on-site where necessary. Research problems or issues, interacts with appropriate city departments, analyzes data collected, presents it to Public Lands Administration and responds accordingly. As required, responds rapidly to emerging high profile and sensitive community issues. Monitors these developments closely, informs Public Lands Administration of issues and developments, and responds accordingly to the community, affected entity, or press (upon direction from the Community Outreach, Events, and Marketing Manager).
  • Acts as primary point of contact for organizations or individuals who express interest in making donations to Public Lands Department. This includes providing information about the City’s donation process as well as facilitating the creation of relevant donation agreements and other documentation.
  • Identifies and follows trends to advise Public Lands Administration on emerging issues. Attends meetings with agencies, businesses, the City Council, city departments, community councils, Parks Natural Lands, Urban Forestry and Trails Advisory Board and other groups to acquire information on issues raised by constituents regarding city services. Facilitates community meetings to resolve disputes or mitigate grievances between citizens and city government. When problems are identified in the neighborhoods, assists by investigating what the City can do, along with the residents, to discover solutions and resolve the problems.
  • Develops community relations and citizen participation in city government. Assists community leaders to effectively participate in government and make government accessible to all citizens. Assists in organizing neighborhood activities that promote a sense of community, ownership, and leadership among residents.
  • Serves as the Public Lands Department liaison on certain boards, committees, task forces or commissions. Participates in or coordinates special projects.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s degree in a related field, plus three to five years related work experience. Related education and experience may be substituted one for the related other on a year-for-year basis.
  • Extensive knowledge of state and local government processes, including an understanding of internal procedures and organizational structures, and community organizing/planning.
  • Ability to maintain an effective working relationship with individuals of diverse backgrounds, including public officials, community leaders, employees, the media, other governmental agencies and the general public.
  • Strong knowledge of modern office administration, business English, grammar, correspondence formats and composition.
  • Ability to operate a personal computer, including standard office software (e.g. Microsoft Word, Excel, etc.), and office equipment. Demonstrated ability to utilize various computer software programs for word processing, data processing, presentation, statistical analysis, HTML, web applications and desktop publishing work.
  • Knowledge of current principles and practices of community-based social marketing, as well as knowledge of the use of social media to reach target audiences.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Possession of a Utah driver’s license or driving privilege card.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Prior work experience in a municipality, state or other governmental entity.
  • Ability to communicate in Spanish.

BENEFITS

  • Health benefits including medical, dental, vision, life insurance and an HSA/FLEX account
  • Paid time off including vacation days, personal days and 12 paid holidays
  • The City contributes 10% of your annual salary to your choice of retirement programs
  • Tuition Reimbursement

NOTE: Interested candidates must complete and submit a Salt Lake City application and current resume to Human Resources through the website at https://www.slc.gov/hr/home/job-center.

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