JOB TITLE: COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT COORDINATOR
A Bachelors degree is not required. A blend of education and experience will be taken into consideration for the position.
At least 1 year of experience in nonprofit or other community based work.
Experience in forestry, agriculture, or environmental education is preferred.
Excellent internal and external communication skills, both in oral and written format including public speaking.
Personal skills and characteristics: diplomacy, adaptability, resourcefulness, strong analysis and decision making, exceptional planning and organizational skills.
Compensation and Benefits
Louisville Grows offers a competitive compensation package that will reflect the candidate’s experience and qualifications for the position.
Louisville Grows is a community based nonprofit whose mission is to grow a just and sustainable community in Louisville, Kentucky, through urban agriculture, urban forestry, and environmental education. Founded in 2009, Louisville Grows develops partnerships with local communities through programs like The People’s Garden, Love Louisville Trees, Seeds and Starts, Produce Park, and the Hope Community Farm to build green spaces in urban areas, rebuild our city’s tree canopy, educate and help the community to grow healthy, fresh food and take the lead on environmental issues throughout Louisville.
Louisville Grows is seeking a passionate, dynamic, and committed Community Engagement Coordinator that is dedicated to community improvement through urban agriculture, urban forestry, and environmental education.
The ideal candidate will be an experienced, strategically focused, and community-minded leader with a strong background in nonprofit management. The candidate will have well-developed communications skills to strengthen and grow community partnerships and have the ability to create and maintain a healthy work environment for staff, interns, and community volunteers. All of these attributes will help the new Program Manager work collaboratively with the Executive Director to guide Louisville Grows to further advance its mission and become the lead environmental organization making a significant difference in Metro Louisville.
At the direction of the Executive Director and the Program Manager, the Community Engagement Coordinator will work with the community to assess the community’s needs for Louisville Grows programs and work to meet those needs.
-Attend various community meetings and neighborhood events to table and network with community members to gain buy-in on —Louisville Grows Programs.
-Increase Louisville Grows visibility and influence with stakeholders and community members in the neighborhoods where —–Louisville Grows works and work with the general public to increase volunteers and memberships.
-Provide an enthusiastic and strategic approach to working with volunteers and have a commitment to cultivating volunteers into community leaders that support the mission of Louisville Grows.
-Actively engage and energize staff, volunteers, Board members, partnering organizations, funders, and community members to attend events and educational classes.
-Implement effective systems to track progress and metrics used to measure program successes that can be effectively communicated to funders and foundations.
-Oversight of subordinate staff including VISTA interns and volunteers.
-Develop and implement volunteer training for specific programs to create Volunteer Leaders.
-Responsible for managing a volunteer recruiting program in collaboration with staff.
-Active participation and leadership in community meetings, task forces and staff meetings.
Louisville Grows offers three distinct areas of programming through Urban Agriculture, Urban Forestry, and educational programming through Healthy House. The Community Engagement Coordinator will work to ensure volunteer and community participation and engagement for scheduled events, educational programming, and work days to support program needs throughout the seasons. An ideal candidate will:
-Demonstrate a passion for the mission of Louisville Grows and the needs of the populations served.
-Show an affinity for working with a culturally diverse community, being equally comfortable with farmers, academics, community residents, financial donors, government officials, and community members from varied socioeconomic backgrounds.
-Build collaborative partnerships with a diverse group of community partners, constituents and other nonprofits.
-Show that life’s journey is about continual education—seeking educational opportunities for both personal and professional growth.
-Be committed to environmental, racial, and social justice through community engagement.
Love Louisville Trees, Urban Orchards, and Carbon Bank:
-Assist Executive Director and Program Manager in tree planting events that coincide with the organization’s ability to:
-Collaborate with community partners,
-Maximize volunteer involvement,
-Listen to neighborhood residents and honor their requests, and
-Meet the needs of strengthening Louisville’s tree canopy.
-Lead groups of Volunteers on canvassing events and track “treecipients” and then communicate responses to neighborhood “treecipients” of their questions and needs regarding their tree adoption(s).
-Coordinate the recruitment, training, selection, allocation, retention, and on-going support and utilization of Citizen —Foresters that will match the growing capacity of the LLT Program.
-Take intentional actions to deepen the impact of the program to attain stronger community involvement; more frequent and meaningful volunteer engagement.
-Develop and foster neighborhood ownership of each of the five properties with fruit trees: SMG, PG, PP, CFF and POP
-Coordinate a calendar of volunteer events needed to support the success of the urban orchards as it relates to tree pruning, disease and damage prevention, fruit production and harvesting, and property maintenance
-Work with volunteers to perform yearly tree inspections through Urban Offsets to receive carbon offset funding and perform yearly tree inspections per the maintenance plan for MSD.
-Assist in administration of the Community Garden Grant Program by reaching out to applicants, tracking requests, and purchasing or receiving donations to meet requests.
-Work with community gardeners within the Community Ownership Model of community gardens.
-Coordinate Volunteer groups to meet needs at gardens.
-Coordinate volunteer groups at Seeds and Starts greenhouse growing operation.
-Work with Gate of Hope on Refugee CSA to meet needs and ensure program success.
-Healthy House and Educational Classes
-Coordinate with community partners to provide environmental, sustainability, and health education classes at HH and work within the space use policy.
-Market and publicize events to get community members to attend.
-Ensure adequate volunteer staffing at events.
-Ensure correct set-up of HH to accommodate guest’s needs.
Communications & Marketing
-Will work to raise the visibility of the organization through the implementation of a sustainable marketing campaign geared to its various constituents.
-Will engage the community through tabling and outreach.
-Will implement creative strategies to increase membership and expand public awareness of Louisville Grows work and value.
-Will openly communicate and provide the Executive Director with timely and sufficient information that will allow them to effectively fulfill their fiduciary and governance role for Louisville Grows.
Equal Employment Opportunity
Louisville Grows provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws. Louisville Grows complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.