Offering rewarding employment in a nonprofit setting for individuals that are community minded and dedicated to the vision of creating the best urban forest for the Sacramento region.

South Sacramento NeighborWoods Organizer

JOB TITLE: South Sacramento NeighborWoods Organizer

DEPARTMENT: Education Department

REPORTS TO: Director of Education and Engagement

Trees in our cities are integral to our health and our quality of life. Not only do urban trees cool our neighborhoods and help to filter out air pollution, people who live in neighborhoods with more trees are benefitted in many ways: they spend more time with their neighbors, have lower rates of obesity, are more active, show lower levels of depression, and live longer lives. Unfortunately, the Sacramento region suffers from an inequity of tree cover of between neighborhoods, meaning that people that live in neighborhoods with less trees are not receiving the same support as those that live in neighborhoods with more trees. Sacramento Tree Foundation’s “NeighborWoods” program seeks to bring the benefits of trees to every community in Sacramento.

The South Sacramento NeighborWoods Organizer will work as a community organizer to empower and support a neighborhood’s desire to improve their streets, schools and homes through community-based tree planting and care, specifically focusing on stakeholder engagement, environmental literacy and strategies to increase tree canopy in under-resourced neighborhoods.

The primary responsibility of the South Sacramento NeighborWoods Organizer will be to manage the day-to-day operations of our grant funded South Sacramento NeighborWoods Initiative. Working closely with partners and internal team members, the Coordinator will develop and maintain relationships within specified census tracts, learning community priorities surrounding urban greening with the goal of facilitating NeighborWoods projects at schools, parks, faith-based institutions and homes. Additionally, this position supports the organization by assisting with outreach and communication activities that are designed to reach all ages and interest levels; by educating neighborhoods on the value of the urban forest; and by establishing and maintaining partnerships with community development and work based organizations.

This is a core position in relation to the Tree Foundation’s mission in terms of the importance and value we place on community outreach, neighborhood activation, and civic engagement to transform our region’s urban forest to the best in the nation.

PRINCIPLE DUTIES:

NeighborWoods Program Management (65%)

1. Implements, assesses, and adapts the NeighborWoods work plan to best fit the South Sacramento community

2. Manages day-to-day working relationships with grant partners and internal team members

3. Maintains relationships with current partners and cultivates new ones

4. Organizes, attends, and presents at neighborhood events to grow community knowledge about trees and community greening, share NeighborWoods opportunities, and recruit NeighborWoods leaders

5. Oversees and implements public events, meetings, and tree planting events with a focus on the grant funded census tracts. Generates interest in Tree Foundation programs that are applicable to the community.

6. Organizes, leads, and guides community volunteers and homeowners in various community greening practices

7. Assists with the business plan, budget and grant reporting related to our NeighborWoods Initiative

Outreach & Events (20%)

1. Attends community outreach events to educate the broader community about the Sacramento Tree Foundation, our activities and projects

External Communications (10%)

1. Works with other staff to develop marketing plans to embrace more community members into the initiative.

2. Assists as needed in writing, producing, and circulating E-newsletters and blasts, newsletter articles, event flyers, action alerts, and social media posts (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) with regards to NeighborWoods.

Administrative (5%)

1. Attends meetings, trainings, workshops, presentations, etc.

2. Provides timely and courteous communication to customers, partners, and other community members via phone, e-mail, and in person.

JOB REQUIREMENTS:

EDUCATION: Bachelor’s degree in related field is preferred but not required

EXPERIENCE: Experience in one or more of the following: program management, community organizing, and/or public outreach in disadvantaged communities. Experience with partnership development and urban greening desired.

SKILLS: Open-minded. Must be willing to meet the community on their terms. Cultural competency and an approach that is appreciative, affirming, and inclusive of all cultural backgrounds. Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Superior ability to multi-task and meet deadlines. Attention to detail, creativity, and willingness to try new things is a must.

TECHNICAL SKILLS: Working kn owledge of Microsoft suite (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint) and the internet. Class C driver’s license and a clean driving record. Bilingual (Spanish, Hmong, Tagalog, Vietnamese, Cantonese) abilities highly preferred. Comfort with constituent management systems such as Salesforce a plus.

TEMPERAMENT/SOFT SKILLS: We are looking for a candidate that believes change is possible and is passionate about making that change. Must be comfortable working in a mission-based, non-profit environment. The ideal candidate for the position will have a passion for our mission, a desire to share it with others, and a commitment to excellent customer service.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES:

Supervise interns and volunteers for various projects and programs

WORKING CONDITIONS:

This role will be required to work nights and weekends. Both outdoor and in office work is required for this position. Ability to lift 30 pounds. Therefore, employee may be exposed to extremes in weather including heat, rain, and freezing temperatures as well as extended periods of sitting and standing. Will spend a great deal of time traveling throughout Sacramento County.

COMPENSATION:

This is an at-will, non-exempt position. Excellent benefits including health care, dental and vision care coverage, paid holidays, vacation and sick leave.

APPLICATION PROCESS:

Send résumé and cover letter via email to hr@sactree.com

Mission Statement: The Sacramento Tree Foundation is building healthy, livable communities in the Sacramento region by growing the best urban forest in the nation.

THIS JOB DESCRIPTION DOES NOT CONSTITUTE AN OFFER OF EMPLOYMENT