Wetlands Watch Outreach Manager

Opportunity Type: Job

Organization: Wetlands Watch

Position: Outreach Manager

Type: Full-time

Deadline: May 15, 2022

Location: Norfolk, VA

About: Wetlands Watch is a statewide environmental non-profit in its 21st year of working on the conservation and protection of Virginia’s wetlands. We have six staff and an office in Norfolk, VA. We are one of the only conservation groups in the country working at the local government/grassroots level to implement climate change adaptation measures on a community scale.

We are a boundary organization that brings academic strategies, scientific findings, and government policies for addressing the impacts of climate change to the decision makers at the front lines of the impacts - local government staff and community members. We also inform those upper level academic and government activities with the needs of front line decision makers. We operate in networks and develop partnerships to advance our goals and maintain a very collaborative approach to problem solving.

Description: Wetlands Watch is seeking a full-time Outreach Manager to help extend our nature-driven climate adaptation programs statewide. We seek a creative and self-motivated individual to work on a range of issues associated with developing Virginia’s response to the impacts of climate change, specifically sea level rise, recurrent flooding, and increased rainfall intensity. Wetlands Watch’s outreach work is central to our success. This position’s initial focus will be to support Wetlands Watch’s citizen science phone app and conduct outreach to Virginia’s non-coastal communities regarding funding opportunities available for flood risk planning, capacity building, and project implementation. Part of this outreach includes contributing content for use on social media and our website. We have a wide portfolio of partnership-driven programs and need help amplifying our message to multiple stakeholder groups.

Responsibilities: The Outreach Manager will work under the supervision of the Executive Director in partnership with staff working on existing outreach and policy initiatives. With experience, the position will evolve into an independent staff position with the potential to develop separate program areas. The hire will work in our Norfolk office and/or remotely on a flexible basis, with the expectation of significant travel across the state of Virginia. As part of our organization, you will:

Manage the use of the “Sea Level Rise” smartphone app we developed to crowdsource flooding information:

● Manage 700+ volunteer mappers, running app training events across Virginia
● Recruit new users and “customers” for the app, especially in rural areas
● Coordinate the annual citizen science mapping event, “Catch the King Tide,” which put us in the Guinness record book
● Maintain relationships with existing partners including WHRO and the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS)
● Conduct outreach to various stakeholders, including regional school systems (in coordination with WHRO) and local governments
● Create and execute outreach plan to new user: Colonial Coast Chapter of the Girl Scouts of America
● Interface with app developer on software updates and technical issues

Conduct outreach on Virginia’s Community Flood Preparedness Fund:

● Coordinate outreach and education to local and regional governments on the Community Flood Preparedness Fund (CFPF) across Virginia, with focus on rural communities west of I-95
● Create and present in-person and virtual presentations on the CFPF to local and regional government stakeholders
● Provide technical assistance to CFPF applicants on resilience plan development and capacity building, study, and project grant applications
● Provide feedback on needed modifications to the CFPF program

Qualifications:

Applicants must have, at minimum, 2 years of practical experience in community outreach and stakeholder engagement. Applicants should have a college degree in a field related to adaptation (environmental disciplines, policy, planning, engineering, landscape architecture, etc.) and/or communications. Additional areas of experience that will elevate an applicant include experience with Virginia environmental policy, coalition building, the National Flood Insurance Program, shoreline management, green infrastructure, and local government planning and zoning. Proficiency with basic technology is expected. Additionally, we value experience in graphic design, data visualization, and website development and familiarity with G-Suite, Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe Creative Cloud, and ArcGIS.

The job requires the ability to operate independently in a collegial atmosphere that encourages creativity. Position requires the ability to plan, organize, and conduct outreach activities, speak in public, and represent the organization within our community of practice. The Outreach Manager will be required to travel for multiple days at a time, operating independently out of home or our Norfolk office, and have access to reliable transportation.

Our ideal candidate is:

● Enthusiastic, outgoing, self-motivated, and able to work independently, as well as possess the ability to collaborate and interact with people of diverse backgrounds including staff, Board members, stakeholders, community members, and donors
● Proficient in translating complicated, technical information to the general public
● Experienced in designing and implementing outreach campaigns at the community level
● Attentive to detail, has good time management skills, and the ability to manage multiple projects, meet deadlines, and organize various events with short- and long-lead schedules
● Experienced with social media and committed to spreading Wetlands Watch’s mission with stakeholders, potential donors, and the general public
● Has excellent writing skills, including copy-editing, and oral and written communication skills
● Willing to work occasional nights and weekends and travel to meetings and events as needed

This is a rare opportunity to develop expertise in the emerging field of climate change adaptation, with freedom to innovate and excel in a supportive, collaborative organization.

Compensation

● Position has compensation in the range of $45,000/year, expenses reimbursed, with health insurance support, and paid federal holidays
● Two-weeks paid vacation
● Mileage, travel, supplies, and normal office expenses in performance with job responsibilities will be reimbursed by Wetlands Watch with appropriate documentation. Mileage reimbursement will be at current GSA rates. Cell phone costs will be partially compensated
● Computer and IT needs (software, etc.) will be provided as needed and justified

How to Apply: Questions and applications should be directed to: Skip Stiles, Executive Director, skip.stiles@wetlandswatch.org. Applications must be submitted by May 15, 2022 and include a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and three references.