Terracorp-Americorp – Community Engagement Coordinator – MA

Sudbury Valley Trustees
Sudbury, MA
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
$18,500 plus $6,495 education award at term and eligible for forbearance of Federal Student Loans
Start Date
Last Date to Apply
Sudbury Valley Trustees will host a Community Education Coordinator for the 2022-23 service year. Information about all TerraCorps positions is available at https://terracorps.org/. Sudbury Valley Trustees (SVT) is a regional land trust that works to protect natural areas, wildlife habitat, and farmland in the 36 communities that surround the Sudbury, Assabet, and Concord (SuAsCo) Rivers—an area situated between Boston and Worcester, Massachusetts, that is home to more than 740,000 people. SVT is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that is supported by 2,900 member households and 200 volunteers. We accomplish our work through an all-volunteer Board of Directors, and 13 staff Members (full and part time). SVT is accredited by the national Land Trust Accreditation Commission. SVT cares for over 5,300 acres the region’s most important forests, wetlands, and grasslands—natural areas that support wildlife habitat, and working farms. We maintain more than 65 miles of recreational trails that are open free of charge to the public. Our headquarters are located in an old farmhouse on a lovely 53-acre property with views of field and forests. Our service area transitions from the more urban/suburban Metropolitan Boston fringes to the more rural/suburban central Massachusetts area. Despite being located near a major metropolitan center, we have an incredible abundance of open space and conservation lands, including two national wildlife refuges and a Wild & Scenic River corridor. Community Engagement Coordinators (CEC) build the long-term capacity of their Service Sites by developing and leading culturally inclusive programming, events, and volunteer opportunities that provide broad social and environmental benefits to underrepresented beneficiaries. Member projects address inequities in public health, economic opportunity, education, land accessibility, and environmental sustainability. Through engaging diverse peoples and collaborating with community partners, CECs build bridges that reinforce the connection between land and a sustainable social, economic, and environmental future for all people. TerraCorps Members engage with their supervisors to develop and carry out three or more capacity building projects over the course of the service year. Some of these projects will involve recruiting, training, and/or managing community volunteers. Sudbury Valley Trustees has proposed the following potential project(s) for their Community Engagement Coordinator: 1. Play a vital supporting role in the work of SVT’s newly formed Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee. This includes conducting research on topics such as demographic and emerging best practices; helping to administer committee meetings; and exploring how best to engage the diverse population within SVT’s footprint. To further these efforts, the CEC may explore collaboration with representatives of environmentally-focused groups to raise awareness of the importance and benefits of preserving healthy land and engaging with nature. 2. In a strategic effort to increase youth engagement in the service area, the CEC will partner with organizations including local high schools, student environmental clubs, and scout groups to design and deliver a series of youth programs. The CEC will also create and implement a social media program designed for the youth audience. 3. Research, develop, and implement tools to deepen relationships with current SVT members, as well as establish and pilot best practices for how to reach and engage new audiences. Assist with and build upon current outreach emails, newsletters, and social media posts to increase the relevance and value of these communication channels’ content to SVT’s audience. Development of these and other projects will occur during the first two months of service and consider the Member’s interests and skills.
Required AmeriCorps Qualifications • A US citizen, US national, or Lawful Permanent Resident Alien of the U.S. • At least 18 years old • A minimum of a high school diploma or GED • No more than three previous terms as an AmeriCorps Member • Pass a criminal history background check, including an FBI check Desired Qualifications • Strong writing and verbal communication skills • Ability to serve both independently and as a member of a team • Strong organizational skills, and ability to manage projects simultaneously • Comfort navigating computer software programs (Microsoft Office, Google Docs), and social media platforms (Instagram and Facebook) • Experience with, or desire to learn, software programs such as Constant Contact, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Bridge. • Training and experience pertinent to the Community Engagement Coordinator position and projects outlined above • Experience training and/or educating community members and volunteers • Experience working with youth is preferred How to Apply: To apply for this position and to learn more about other TerraCorps service Member opportunities, please visit the following page on the TerraCorps website at https://terracorps.org/member-positionlisting/. Note: A complete Member application includes a resume and two professional or academic references that you will upload as part of your application.
Contact Person
For questions about the Community Engagement Coordinator service position at Sudbury Valley Trustees, contact Grace Fauver, Director of Development and Community Engagement at gfauver@svtweb.org.
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