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Community Engagement Coordinator

Organization Background

Parks California is an ambitious and creative young organization working to ensure thriving parks across California. California has created the largest and most diverse park system in the world—from redwood groves and desert springs to lighthouses, urban parks, and sites of profound cultural history.  

Managing these assets for nearly 40 million residents and millions more annual visitors takes a collective effort. Park managers cannot do it alone. Parks California harnesses skills and resources—and California’s renowned ingenuity—to help parks thrive.  

Formed three years ago as California state parks’ official statutory partner after extensive consultation with hundreds of stakeholders, park executives, and philanthropic leaders, Parks California stimulates and supports innovative public-private partnerships. These partnerships raise the visibility of California state parks and their partners, inspire passionate support for public lands, and set trends for the future of parks. Parks California also attracts new public and private funding and provides expertise and entrepreneurial approaches to high-priority projects and programs. Parks California is committed to supporting and promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion. 

Position Overview

Parks California strives for all communities to feel a sense of connection to California’s natural and cultural spaces. When people develop a connection to parks, it evokes a relationship, enjoyment and lifelong stewardship. Through our commitment to equity and access, co-creating engagement and stewardship experiences with communities, Parks California will contribute to health and wellbeing of California’s communities and the long-term health of our park system – from visitor experience to natural resource protection. 

The Community Engagement Coordinator will be responsible for organizing and supporting a variety of community engagement activities to ensure meaningful and inclusive participation at California State Parks/Candlestick Point State Recreation Area. The ideal candidate is passionate about nurturing meaningful relationship with community members, developing partnerships, and brings community perspective to the conversations. If you enjoy being at the intersection of parks, history, culture and nature, this position might be just for you! 

Employment Terms

Part-time (average of 20 hours per week) 
Start Date: January 2022 

Key Duties & Responsibilities

Community Outreach and Engagement

  • Represent Parks California and California State Parks in community and stakeholder meetings.  
  • In partnership with California State Parks, facilitate the development of communication strategies. 
  • Organize and participate in outreach events. 
  • Support park staff in organizing, promoting and implementing special programs. 
  • Generate and maintain community contact list.  

Partner and Community Working Groups 

  • Help prepare for meeting presentations and speakers. 
  • Organize workshop logistics including identifying meeting locations, securing refreshments, and coordinating necessary meeting materials and supplies. 
  • Create and promote upcoming meetings or workshops (i.e. phone calls and email communications). 
  • Facilitate or present at community meetings or workshops. 
  • Record community feedback and notes from meetings. 
  • Engage communities remotely as well as in-person.  

Program Coordination 

  • Plan and coordinate project activities and project deliverables in partnership with California State Parks, other project partners and interns.  
  • Assist with research and development of: 
    • Interpretive programs that demonstrate the best practices of interpretation and community engagement. 
    • Culturally relevant programs that engage target audiences and the public.  
    • Sustainability park partnership models. 

This position requires working ‘off‐hours’ including some weekend and evening meetings and events as well. Though the position is based out of our San Francisco office, the Community Engagement Coordinator will engage in field work at Candlestick Point State Recreation Area.  

Administration 

  • Coordinate logistics and events like camp programs, listening sessions and partner meetings 
  • Gather, document, and organize information related to project to track project progress 
  • Maintain budget and project expenses and related paperwork and documentation; and perform related duties as required 

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: 

  • Public outreach and engagement: has experience and/or is comfortable meeting and interacting with new people and is interested in trying out new forms of outreach to achieve program goals 
  • Demonstrated ability to build trust, motivate and support community residents to actively engage in change-making activities in their community.  
  • Demonstrated cultural competency and understanding of environmental justice issues in underinvested, urban communities. 
  • Ability to work independently and carry out assignments with little supervision. 
  • Teamwork: is willing to pitch in and contribute to achieving group goals and supports everyone’s efforts to succeed 
  • Well‐organized and detail-oriented. 
  • Communication skills: 
  • Excellent oral and written skills. 
  • Considers and respond appropriately to the needs and capabilities of different people in different situations; is tactful and treats others with respect; relates effectively to others when encountering difficult situations 
  • Speaks clearly and effectively, is thoughtful, persuasive; writes clearly and informatively; varies writing style to meet needs 
  • Minimum two year of personal or work experience and knowledge of Bayview Hunters Point neighborhood. 
  • Fluency in Spanish or other languages besides English is a plus. 

Computer Skills

  • Competent in the use of Microsoft Office, especially including Word, Excel and PowerPoint 
  • Proficient in the use of SharePoint, Google Docs and/or the willingness and ability to learn 

Physical Requirements and Work Environments 

  • Work is performed in an office and outdoor setting 
  • Work involves standing or walking 
  • Work requires some squatting and kneeling 
  • May lift and carry objects weighing up to 50 pounds  

To Apply

Interested candidates should apply via email by sending a cover letter and resume to resume@parkscalifornia.org with the subject line “Parks California, Community Engagement Coordinator.”  

Additional Information

Parks California is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We believe that our overall effectiveness is enhanced when equity and inclusiveness are practiced and protected throughout our organizational governance, culture, and staffing. We are committed to leadership in and serving as a catalyst for promoting equity and inclusion in parks communities.