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.

County NeighborWoods Organizer

DATE: November 2018

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 NeighborWoods Organizer will work to leverage Sacramento Tree Foundation’s programs to empower and support communities’ desires 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 NeighborWoods Organizer will be to manage aspects of the day-to-day operations of our Unincorporated County NeighborWoods Initiative. The Tree Foundation has partnered with the County of Sacramento to focus on specific under-represented communities: Arden-Arcade, Foothill Farms, North Highlands, Rio Linda, Rosemont and South Sacramento. Working closely with partners and internal team members, the Organizer will develop and maintain relationships within the specified communities, learning community priorities surrounding urban greening with the goal of facilitating NeighborWoods projects at homes, schools, parks, faith-based institutions and other community spaces. 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-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 (75%)

  1. Impleme nt, assess, and adapt the NeighborWoods work plan
  2. Work with the Tree Foundation’s NeighborWoods team to enhance the organization’s knowledge about community organizing and neighborhood action
  3. Manage the day-to-day working relationships with initiative partners and internal team members
  4. Maintains relationships with collaborative partners and cultivates new ones
  5. Organize, attend, and present at business, community, and neighborhood group events in order to grow community knowledge about trees and urban greening, share NeighborWoods opportunities, and recruit NeighborWoods leaders
  6. Oversee public events, meetings, and tree planting events with a focus on the designated census tracts. Generate interest in public plantings, volunteer opportunities and Sacramento Shade
  7. Organize and guide community volunteers and homeowners in various community greening practices

Outreach & Events (10%)

  1. Attend community outreach events to educate communities about the initiative and other Tree Foundation programs


External Communications (10%)

  1. Work with other staff to develop marketing plans to recruit new constituents to support the organization’s objectives
  2. Assist, as needed, in creating web, enews, social and print media content to promote the initiative and other Tree Foundation programs


Administrative (5%)

  1. Attend meetings, trainings, workshops, presentations, etc.
  2. Pro vide 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. 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 knowledge of Microsoft suite (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint) and the internet. Class C driver’s license and a clean driving record. Bilingual (Spanish, Russian, Ukrainian, Romanian) 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:

Must be able to work nights and weekends. Able to lift 30 pounds. Both outdoor and in office work is required for this position, therefore, this 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