POSITION: Community Engagement Assistant
REPORTS TO: Community Engagement Manager
LOCATION: Open, with preference for Mid-Atlantic Region (PA, NJ, MD, NY, Washington DC, DE, VA)*
TERM AND SALARY: Contractual, 10-20 hours per week, $20/hr.

Position Summary

River Network seeks a highly organized and results-driven professional to join our Community Engagement team and assist with the organization’s clean-up and other community engagement events. These events match corporate interests in clean water, healthy rivers, and other social responsibility goals with opportunities to support local communities and nonprofit organizations across our nationwide network. This position will provide support to River Network’s existing corporate relationships, and investments and engagement in local projects that restore water quality and quantity. Find out more about our current corporate engagement efforts here. This position will report directly to River Network’s Community Engagement Manager and work closely with program, marketing, and philanthropy colleagues to achieve their objectives in alignment with River Network’s current strategic plan. The Assistant will have strong experience in managing and delivering events, tracking and evaluating results, and working with and engaging diverse audiences.

About River Network

River Network envisions a future of clean and ample water for people and nature, where local caretakers are well-equipped, effective and courageous champions for our rivers. River Network’s mission is to empower and unite people and communities to protect and restore rivers and other waters that sustain all life. Visit www.rivernetwork.org to learn more about our current priorities. Our headquarters are in Boulder, Colorado and we have staff and contractors located in communities across the U.S. We are committed to embracing diversity, equity and inclusion in all areas to achieve our mission – explore our core values and commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion, our explanation for why equity, diversity an inclusion are the foundation of our mission, and our principles for equitable and inclusive work. Through our programs, we seek to connect with all communities and increase the impact of their efforts to secure clean and ample water. Through our internal practices and external leadership, we seek an inclusive workplace culture that attracts diverse staff, contractors, board, members, and supporters.

Essential Functions

  • Oversees data collection and management efforts associated with corporate deliverables, allowing River Network to track impact and results. This may include maintaining and updating internal systems for data collection and analysis such as apps, surveys and other technology, and
  • Analyzes and summarizes project data to an audience of River Network funders, partners and staff and board.
  • Maintains ongoing communications with participants of our community engagement efforts to ensure project deliverables are met, to track progress and to provide support on project management and implementation.
  • Organizes and maintains network of community organizations participating in our corporate engagement work, including facilitating virtual discussions, moderating online community space, and planning and facilitating peer network calls as needed.
  • Delivers communications and marketing goals of corporate partnerships under the guidance of River Network’s Community Engagement Manager and Marketing and Communications Manager.
  • Communicates persuasively with diverse audiences through phone conversations, personal visits, written proposals, appeal letters, and reports.
  • Contributes to organizational evolution and team discussions, fosters productive work relationships with others, and follows River Network practices, procedures, and policies.

Basic Qualifications

  • One to three years of professional experience planning and executing events and implementing data collection, analysis and evaluation activities.
  • Strong people skills and public speaking experience, with proven ability to engage diverse audiences – individually and in groups.
  • Strong research and writing skills, with proven experience developing compelling and clear prose for specific audiences.
  • Highly detail-oriented, with proven experience managing multiple projects simultaneously and delivering assignments within stringent deadlines. This position requires discretion and confidentiality.
  • Savvy with technology, with proficiency in project management approaches and technologies, MS Office programs (Word, Excel, PPT, Outlook, SharePoint), software related to data collection at and after events (e.g., gravity forms, Survey Monkey, etc.), and organizational record storage and improvement (Salesforce, etc.).
  • Alignment with River Network’s core values of respect, integrity, balance, growth, inclusion and strength.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Professional experience working with companies and/or community-based organizations.
  • Familiarity with current and evolving trends in corporate social and environmental responsibility.
  • Familiarity with river conservation, current issues within the water arena, and equity, inclusion and diversity.
    Experience engaging with a geographically dispersed team.

How To Apply

Please send cover letter and resume as one integrated PDF or Word document to Karla Noboa () with “Community Engagement Assistant” in the subject line of the email. References, work samples, simulations, and questions will be part of the selection process. Applicant review and interviews will be on a rolling basis, and all applications must be submitted prior to 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on Friday, April 16, 2021. No phone calls please. The successful applicant must also meet the requirements of River Network’s background screening process. Consistent with our values and our commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion as stated above, River Network is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees and contractors.