We're Hiring a Community Outreach Coordinator


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 The Middle Colorado Watershed Council’s mission is to evaluate, protect and enhance the health of the middle Colorado River watershed through the cooperative effort of watershed stakeholders. The Council consists of a broad partnership of interested individuals and entities living and working in the watershed that provide leadership in watershed planning, management, and stewardship.

The Community Outreach and Education Coordinator position is an exciting opportunity for a motivated individual to help implement elements of the 2016 Watershed Plan.

 Position Description

The Community Outreach Coordinator serves in a contract position that reports to the Middle Colorado Watershed Council (Council) Board of Directors.  This position is principally responsible for developing and implementing an annual Outreach Plan.  The objective of the Outreach Plan is to identify processes, programs, and activities that the Council will undertake over the course of the year to inform and engage stakeholders for the purposes of:  1) expanding, broadening and invigorating participation in Council programs and activities, 2) promoting stewardship of the watershed through community education and engagement, 3) promoting collaboration and successful project implementation among community partners, and 4) cultivating community and individual donors.  The contractor will manage the Outreach and Education (O&E) Committee, as appointed by the Board of Directors, to solicit feedback on and assistance with Plan development and implementation. 

The contractor is expected to coordinate with the Executive Director (ED), who is responsible for carrying out the Council’s strategic plan, and Watershed Specialist, who undertakes technical project work.

 Services to Be Provided

Program Implementation (estimated at 70% of total time commitment):

  •  Create the 2018 outreach plan and calendar. 
  • Organize and facilitate the Council’s O&E Committee.
  • Implement the Council’s outreach and development-related events including annual river cleanup, film festival and other stakeholder events.  Generally, one event per month.
  • Generate and manage internal and external outreach materials, as follows: 
    • Monthly op-ed piece in Post Independent;
    • Bi-monthly e-newsletter, more as needed for event invites;
    • Website updates to highlight new initiatives, projects, and related information;
    • Social media updates as needed, generally a weekly post on each platform; and
    • Press releases generated as needed for events, project announcements, and organizational announcements.
  • Develop outreach-related deliverables associated with specific grants.  Potential grants for 2018 include programming of a modest Colorado River Interpretive Center at the Rifle office and community-wide source water education.
  • Maintain and regularly update the organization’s stakeholder list.
  • Seek out and foster opportunities for coordinating and collaborating with other organizations to advance O&E activities.
  • Solicit for and manage volunteers working on events.

Development/Grant Writing (estimated at 15% of total time commitment):

  • Organize and implement a Colorado Gives Day campaign.
  • Assist the Board in managing donor outreach and communications.
  • Organize opportunities for donor engagement.
  • Assist ED in maintaining relationships with current and potential funders, both public and private entities.
  • Assist ED in complete paperwork associated with grant proposals, funding requests, and awarded grants.
  • Assist ED in development of the Annual Report.

Management/Administration (estimated at 15% of total time commitment):             

  • Attend board and other committee meetings as needed.
  • Provide support to Board, Committees and ED, as requested, through research, reporting, and document preparation.
  • Maintain records related to investments in O&E activities.
  • Create monthly reports to track progress towards deliverables.
  • Assist ED in maintaining Council documents in an organized and secure fashion.

Minimum Qualification Requirements:

  • Education and experience in the field of communications, marketing, or natural sciences;
  • Excellent communication, networking, and people skills;
  • Experience planning and leading events and projects;
  • Strong writing skills;
  • Ability to work in and around a variety of media including print, electronic, and social;
  • Ability to work independently, resourcefully and with enthusiasm;
  • Detail-oriented and organized;
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, Publisher (or similar); and
  • Valid driver’s license and reliable transportation.

Desired Skills and or Knowledge:

  • Working knowledge of water issues;
  • Designing and facilitating public involvement efforts;
  • Coordinating volunteers and committees;
  • Experience with securing and managing grant funds; and
  • Familiarity with the natural resources of the region.


The qualified individual will be expected to base out of the Council’s office in Rifle, Colorado. 

Term and Compensation:

This is a one-year, part-time (1,000 hours), contract position with an opportunity for renewal in subsequent years based on performance and availability of funding.  Contractor is responsible for its own insurance and benefits. 

Deadline for Application:

December 20, 2017, or until the position is filled.

 Application Instructions:

To apply, please e-mail a resume, contact information for three references, a one-page cover letter highlighting the education and experience you will bring to the position, and a statement of compensation requirements to Laurie Rink, MCWC Executive Director at midcoriver@gmail.com, Website: www.midcowatershed.org.  E-mail inquiries are welcome.