The Community Outreach Coordinator will take a leadership role in the planning and implementation of organizational community engagement strategies and the fulfillment of programming goals and outcomes. As part of the program team, the Coordinator will serve a primary role in extending existing relationships and developing new partnerships and opportunities for a diverse group of neighborhood, city-wide and regional partners including, but not limited to individuals, agencies, organizations and schools.
The Coordinator will represent POBS as a key member of the Discovery Center Community Engagement Committee, collaborating with Committee partners to promote community access and engagement with emphasis placed on local, neighborhood partners and fostering physical activity, watershed education and appreciation for the environment at large. The Coordinator will have responsibility for developing and implementing monthly programming opportunities for Strawberry Mansion community groups, including expedition model programs, and will co-coordinate, plan, and implement monthly Discovery Days with the POBS Faculty Instructor for Center-Based Programs, Audubon staff, and POBS APDs for Center-Based Programming and Education and Outreach.
The Coordinator will be responsible for staffing and facilitating information and program tables at local and city-wide events, promoting POBS-specific and the broader programming at the Discovery Center. Organization, instruction and facilitation of activities and high quality engagement is required.
Understanding of and commitment to the Outward Bound philosophy and curriculum, knowledge and experience in community engagement strategies and ability to actively engage with neighbors and community partners are keys to success for this position.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Model a strong and positive leadership role in support of the highest level of program quality for POBS.
- Actively participate in community-based meetings and outreach events (e.g. East Fairmount Park Coalition (EFPC), Strawberry Mansion Community Development Corporation (SMCDC), Strawberry Mansion Neighborhood Access Center (SMNAC), Brewerytown CDC, churches and recreation centers)
- Serve as a POBS representative of the Discovery Center Community Engagement Committee and serve as a point person for neighborhood groups on program days.
- Create and implement an outreach strategy in coordination with POBS APDs, Community Engagement Committee and Audubon staff.
- Develop and implement high quality, high impact monthly engagement programs and/or events for community partners; create connection to and involvement in POBS and Discovery Center programming, including support of expedition model.
- Organize and support delivery of high quality, informational activities during monthly Discovery Days, including program facilitation, watershed education sessions, tabling, and program documentation.
- Participate in all feedback and planning meetings to ensure programs are appropriate and both forward thinking and responsive to partner needs.
- Provide follow-up with community partners to ensure feedback and future planning.
- Work closely with senior program staff in all phases of staff and course evaluation, feedback, and development plans.
- Assist in coordinating service projects, including initiating, building and maintaining relationships with partner organizations.
- Able to work evenings and weekends.
SECONDARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Participate in program evaluation and creation of community reflection and feedback opportunities.
- Plan and instruct staff training sessions as needed (i.e. LNT development, watershed education).
- Support engagement of Educator Advisory Committee.
- Perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned.
KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS
- Ability to work in team environment and support POBS philosophy and mission with integrity and compassion.
- Possess strong interpersonal skills; ability to interact with and engage diverse levels of staff, partners and public.
- Possess strong and effective organizational skills with attention to detail.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills.
- Knowledge of community engagement strategies and willingness to actively learn about current and changing organizational and partner needs.
- Possess strong initiative and ability to accomplish projects independently or work with minimal supervision.
- Ability to effectively manage multiple programs and projects and competing priorities; excel under pressure.
- Ability and willingness to make recommendations to advance programming and event impacts.
- Proficiency using Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and the Google Suite.
- Experience using Salesforce Database preferred but not required
EDUCATION AND WORK EXPERIENCE
- Bachelor’s Degree and/or 2-3 years of demonstrated community and education outreach and planning and direct service; marketing a plus.
- 2-3 years of field experience in the outdoor education/experiential learning field.
- Comfort working and traveling in Philadelphia community and regional area.
COMPENSATION & BENEFITS
- 12 month commitment, Maximum 30 hours/week or 60 hours per pay period
- Salary commensurate with experience (Avg. $12-$15/hr.)
- 10 paid staff development and training days
- NOLS Leave No Trace © Master Educator Course
- POBS staff training
- Participation in nationwide, discounted Outward Bound staff expeditions