Project & Volunteer Coordinator Position February, 2019
Small, scrappy, irreverent, and focused: Depave is a unique nonprofit organization based in Portland, Oregon, that promotes the transformation of over-paved places. We engage communities to reconnect urban spaces to nature through pragmatic and innovative landscape intervention. We work with public and private schools, communities of faith, and community-centered organizations to remove asphalt and replace it with greenspaces: food gardens, raingardens, playgrounds, playfields, trees, native landscaping and more. When these spaces are transformed,they reduce stormwater pollution and the urban heat island effect, and support environmental education, community engagement, nature-play, and urban agriculture.
The Project & Volunteer Coordinator is a full-time position that will report to a highly engaged Board of Directors.
The two major priorities for this position will be:
- Coordinating and managing community depaving projects from start to finish and beyond
- Working with board, volunteers, and partner organizations to find and fund future project sites
- Working with landowners, community partners, and volunteers to develop projects and site plans
- Securing permits
- Sourcing project implementation materials and overseeing volunteer and contractor work
- Coordinating all aspects of project events — including cutting asphalt, depaving, planting, and “Green Thumbs” maintenance work days
- Tracking project invoices and outcomes, and assisting with grant reporting
- Representing Depave at meetings with potential project partners
- Engaging volunteers at multiple levels
- Day-of, event-only volunteers
- Community and business volunteer groups
- Core Depave volunteers, such as event crew leaders
Depending on the strengths and interests of the candidate, additional duties may include:
- Communications, such as social media management and website updates
- Assist with fundraising, such as grant writing, events, and sponsorships
- Demonstrated ability to coordinate multifaceted projects and collaborate with partners
- Demonstrated experience leading others, recruiting volunteers, and working in a team environment
- Strong drive, initiative and commitment
- Extremely reliable, trustworthy, and responsive
- An outgoing, enthusiastic, people-oriented personality, with the ability to work independently
- Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills
- Highly organized and able to juggle multiple tasks and solve problems
- Ability to use Microsoft Office and Google docs, and to learn other computer skills as needed
- Ability to lift at least 50 pounds and perform manual labor, including frequent moving of tools and equipment and operation of power tools (concrete saw: Depave will provide instruction.)
- The ability to think visually, and to read, understand, and draft project designs and site plans
- Ability to understand and manage project budgets with multiple funding sources
- A valid driver’s license, a clean driving record, and a reliable motor vehicle
Highly Desired Additional Knowledge, Skills, or Experience
- Strong experience in landscaping or construction
- Thorough knowledge of pacific northwest plants, ecology, and watershed health
- Experience with any types of fundraising (grants, events, corporate, individual)
- Competency in a language other than English relevant to the Portland Metro area
- Experience with Environmental Justice work, and/or connections to the Portland communities or community organizations in areas that have the least greenspace
- Demonstrated social media prowess
- Prior work in the nonprofit sector
Compensation & Details
The salary range is $40,000 – $55,000 annually, depending on qualifications and experience. In addition, Depave provides employees with a contribution toward health insurance or other health expenses and a monthly personal technology reimbursement for use of your own phone and internet.
Depave does not have a full-time office; this position works from home, with opportunity for occasional use of an office space for meetings. A small pickup truck is available for Depave-related use.
The position requires frequent weekend work (mostly during the summer and fall seasons) and some evening work (for board and committee meetings). Otherwise, the schedule is very flexible provided you are able to effectively communicate with partners and colleagues who work during normal business hours.
How to Apply
Position open until filled; review will begin March 15, 2019. Expected start date approximately May 1, 2019.
Please send one single pdf document that includes resume and cover letter to: email@example.com with the subject: PVC Application – “Your Last Name”. Applications submitted in a format other than pdf will not be considered.