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Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Rice Creek Watershed District - Education, Outreach and Communication Coordinator

Blaine, MN 

Department: Reports to RCWD Administrator
Compensation: $42,400 - $63,600 annually, depending on qualifications and experience
Hours: Full time, 40 hours per week

Complete job description at:

Open until filled

Position Objectives

Develop, coordinate and implement the RCWD's Education, Outreach and Communication Programs. Implements education, outreach and communication activities as required in the District's Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) requirements, and as necessary to achieve the education and communication goals /actions as defined in the District's approved Watershed Management Plan. Completes education and outreach activities as identified in approved TMDL studies and implementation plans. Works with landowners, county /city staff, media and other stakeholder groups to make the public aware of RCWD's requirements, projects and to focus on those groups that can play a role in successful project implementation.

Duties and Responsibilities
1. Responsible for implementation of the Education, and Information goals and polices as defined in the approved RCWD Watershed Management Plan (WMP) and as is required pursuant to MS 103B. As is identified in the WMP, this includes using education and outreach tools as an integral element within the many aspects of the operation of the District to credibly convey data and information, thereby increasing knowledge, awareness and the capacity for decision-making among the constituents of the District (60 percent of time). This will include but is not limited to: 
·  Develops and implements education programs, including public involvement for the District, focusing on program implementation, sustainability and evaluation.
·  Develops and implements strategic communication programs to promote the mission and activities of the District, engage watershed residents, and build strong community relations and a positive public image of the District.
·  Organize and lead in coordination with other District staff the education, outreach and communication components of the District's Cost Share programs and related watershed projects;
·  Coordinates and attends Advisory Committee Meetings and related advisory Committee activities /events.
·  Prepares and manages the Education, Outreach and Communication budget to ensure that District goals and priorities are met.

2. Responsible for assisting other program staff and with the preparation and submittal of external grant proposals including but not limited to BWSR - Clean Water Grants, Clean Water Partnership Grants, MPCA Section 319 grants, LCCMR grants and other relevant watershed management grant programs. (10- 15 percent of time).

3. Responsible for coordination, implementation and providing assistance as needed to staff related to the public education, outreach and public participation / involvement Minimum Control Measures (MCMs) as is required in the District's MS4 Permit. Collaborate with local governments in achieving a consistent and streamlined municipal education program to meet MS4 requirements. (10 - 15 percent of time).

4. Responsible for initiating and implementing an effective education, outreach and marketing campaigns to enhance and promote effective implementation of the RCWD's TMDL studies/implementation plans and related projects as identified in the District approved Watershed Management Plan. This activity includes (but is not limited to) working with landowners, county /city staff, media and other stakeholder groups to make the public aware of TMDL-related projects and programs and to focus on those groups that can play a role in successful project implementation. ( 10- 15 percent of time).

5. Other duties (5 -10 percent of time) - including but not limited to:
·  Responsible for the design and coordination of the RCWD Annual Report;
·  Coordinate, develop and maintain District website;
·  Effectively represents water and watershed issues at meetings, conferences, before the media, and to other local units of government, City Departments, the Board of Managers, partner organizations and the public;
·  Prepares reports for District Administrator as required/requested;
·  Provides work direction and mentoring to interns or other staff as appropriate;
·  Presents multimedia and water resource related materials and presentations;
·  Represents the District on special committees;
·  Performs miscellaneous office duties such as answering telephones, office support, etc.;
·  Performs various responsibilities and special projects as requested by the District Administrator.

Minimum Requirements
This position requires a BA/BS degree in marketing, communications, public relations or education and a minimum of three (3) years professional experience in environmental education, outreach coordination, marketing or communications. Successful applicants must have experience working with diverse internal and external stakeholders at various levels and in managing and working with outside vendors and consultants. Specific skills are required in oral and written communications, including editing, layout, interviewing, public speaking and writing press releases and news stories. The position requires a good listener, ability to keep an open mind and respect the opinion of others.

Desirable Training and Experience
·  Proficiency with a personal computer and Microsoft software packages for word processing, spreadsheet, presentations, database management and computer generated graphics. Ability to effectively use email and Internet applications and other common software applications. Proficiency with desktop publishing software, website editing software and social networking software is preferred.
·  Ability to take direction, work independently with a minimum of supervision, use good time management practices, possess the ability to set priorities and balance large volumes of diverse work.
·  Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with, the District Administrator, RCWD Board of Managers, Citizens Advisory Committee, Conservation Districts staff, County staff, City and agency staff, members of the public, and other interested parties.
·  Ability and skill with analysis, planning, and implementation of administrative programs and solutions.
·  Ability to research and prepare detailed reports and analyses.
·  Participates in educational opportunities to stay abreast of changing laws and technology related to the program area
·  Maintains a flexible attitude toward job responsibilities, timelines, and procedural changes.
·  Ability to provide superior customer service and interaction in a friendly, professional manner.
·  This position requires a valid driver's license and the ability to lift 50 pounds. This position also requires working some weekends and evenings. Must possess personal auto for use on official business with mileage reimbursement, and auto insurance.

Generous medical and retirement benefits are included.

Please send resume by mail or email to: 
Theresa Stasica
Rice Creek Watershed District
4325 Pheasant Ridge Drive NE #611
Blaine, MN 55449
(763) 398-3070