• Communications and Outreach Coordinator

About Patagonia Area Resource Alliance (PARA)
The Patagonia Area Resource Alliance was formed in 2011 in response to renewed mining interest in the Patagonia Mountains. We've made it our mission to educate and engage the community about the risks and realities of mining, to promote local sustainable economies, to better understand our precious and imperiled natural resources such as clean water and wildlife, and to actively advocate for the protection of those resources including Patagonia's distinct and serene rural way of life.

The Patagonia area has a rich cultural heritage that includes ranching, farming, and ecotourism. The town of Patagonia supports a diverse arts community as well. We support sustainable development that maintains or enhances economic opportunity and community well-being while protecting and restoring the natural environment and our biological wealth.

Working with community members and organizations, we aim to prevent further environmental degradation as well as promote restoration efforts to maintain and preserve our public lands, our drinking water, and our air for future generations. A thriving community depends upon generating and maintaining our economic and environmental health-for now and for the future.

Job Title: Communications and Outreach Coordinator
Status: Part-Time Contract Position
Salary: $2500 per month

PARA is seeking a well-organized, enthusiastic and experienced Communications and Outreach Coordinator to join our team in Patagonia, Arizona. The ideal candidate should have demonstrated expertise in events, media relations, social media engagement, volunteer outreach and coordination, and strategic communications. Duties and responsibilities will be divided between the following:

The Communications and Outreach Coordinator will work with PARA's board and advisors to develop and implement effective branding and messaging to support the organization's mission and goals aimed at protecting the health and well-being of the Patagonia Mountains and the watershed. Duties and responsibilities in this area include but are not limited to the following:
-Execute social media, outreach and public speaking engagements in concert with PARA's mission and priorities;
-Assist with the design and implementation of an annual communication plan and events calendar;
-Aid in the development, production and distribution of the PARA newsletter and other print and electronic materials, including working with lawyers and advocacy organizations to create and edit videos, blog posts, educational materials, fact sheets, and donor appeals;
-Regularly update PARA's website and social media account to increase engagement, provide information on environmental advocacy efforts, outreach, and calls to action;
-Work with staff to draft press releases and work with members of the media to secure positive coverage of PARA's environmental advocacy work;
-Coordinate media outreach, including advertisements and article placement;
-Respond to emails, phone calls and media requests on behalf of the organization;
-Provide support to PARA's board such as keeping minutes, fundraising appeals, agenda management, and tracking monthly progress on current strategies and tactics;
-Maintain the PARA "office" - order, maintain and distribute merchandise (t-shirts, signs, bumper stickers, etc.) and maintain the appearance of the office currently located at CSAG;
-Partner with others to expand library of videos and materials to incorporate into new content; and
-Work with collaborating agencies for work on associated communication and awareness-building campaigns.

Outreach and Engagement
The Communications and Outreach Coordinator will build awareness of PARA's environmental advocacy plans and activities, attract and expand PARA's rich and diverse community of supporters and volunteers and help to mobilize PARA's community of volunteers around key priorities, initiatives, events, and campaigns. Duties and responsibilities in this area include but are not limited to the following:
-Works with PARA board members to develop and coordinate PARA's environmental advocacy outreach program activities and efforts;
-Organizes and participates in special events including demonstrations, public meetings, workshops, etc.;
-Follows legislative bills such as Reform of 1872 Mining Law, Southern Arizona Public Lands Protection Act and Santa Cruz Valley Heritage Act;
-Supports outreach activities, including staffing public engagement events, drafting materials and distributing multimedia materials;
-Helps engage supporters, volunteers and groups to better represent PARA's interests within the community and throughout Arizona; and
-Other duties as assigned.

Education, Experience, and Skills
-3+ years of experience in public relations, communications, marketing, journalism, community organizing or related field.
-Minimum of 3 years of experience working with new and traditional media, social media, web content and design (WordPress), Google+ using Hootsuite platform, marketing and/or outreach campaigns.
-Proficiency in Microsoft Publisher or similar programs.
-Experience in the nonprofit sector and an understanding of advocacy are helpful.
-Professional experience in areas such as media relations, website content development and maintenance, community outreach and working with environmental issues.
-Ability to generate media exposure for issues, campaigns and organizations in a competitive news market.
Experienced (Non-Manager)
Part Time
Patagonia Area Resource Alliance (PARA)
Carolyn Shafer
PO Box 1044,Patagonia,Arizona,85624
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PostedJanuary 08, 2018

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