The Regional Engagement Coordinator works to cultivate relationships across diverse groups including volunteers, supporters, and communities to advance TU’s strategic objectives in the CT and NY. Trout Unlimited is developing a set of priority waters where we will focus our habitat work, and we are pursuing policy improvements that advance our mission.
The TU Engagement Coordinator will work with TU staff, chapters, councils, and local communities to create opportunities for volunteers to participate in the conservation of priority waters and the advancement of TU’s policy objectives. This position has responsibility for outreach and communication functions including volunteer engagement, community partnerships, and community mobilization that lead to stronger awareness and engagement in priority waters. The work of the Regional Engagement Coordinator will result in meaningful opportunities for volunteers to participate in the care and recovery of priority waters, broaden and diversify the base of support for cold water conservation, and ensure that policymakers hear from cold water fisheries advocates when decisions are being made that impact TU’s mission. The Regional Engagement Coordinator will build and foster person-to-person and people-to-place relationships by mobilizing volunteers to participate in field restoration projects in New York and Connecticut, organizing community outreach in priority areas, rallying anglers throughout the region to influence policy, and implementing TU’s equity practice throughout our work.
The Regional Engagement Coordinator will report to the Restoration Manager for CT and NY and will work directly with field staff to elevate on-the-ground activities. The Regional Engagement Coordinator will be part of a team of people with similar engagement roles, convened under the leadership of the Director of Volunteer Engagement, to facilitate transfer of information and best practices across regions and promote consistency throughout TU.
This is a remote field position, but the candidate is expected to live within the region of eastern NY and western CT occasional weekend work and travel to project locations will be required.
Duties and Responsibilities
- Work with New York and Connecticut staff and Volunteer Operations to develop an overall plan for community outreach and communication, including the development of engagement and partnership pathways for individuals and organizations that align with our mission and vision.
- Work with New York and Connecticut staff to build strong, equitable conservation partnerships and engagement opportunities through reflection and community engagement.
- Work with conservation staff, local chapters and state councils to create opportunities for supporters to engage in coldwater conservation in priority waters through tree planting, community science, and other activities; includes planning and execution of events in support of priority waters.
- Educate, organize, and mobilize grassroots advocates for coldwater fisheries policy priorities in New York and Connecticut.
Coordinate with Development Team on fundraising activities around priority waters. Includes helping Development identify prospects and assisting in shaping and facilitating fundraising pitches.
- In coordination with and in line with TU National Marketing and Communications group, develop inclusive communications and marketing materials for TU’s regional work to publicize engagement opportunities.
- Use digital tools to promote engagement.
- Foster positive and collaborative relationships with grassroots, volunteers, supporters, and communities and national operations.
- Represent TU in community initiatives and at events that support our mission and vision.
- Work with Volunteer Operations to design and implement evaluation tools to gauge and ensure impact.
- Non-supervisory position.
- Bachelor’s degree or commensurate experience.
- Strong organizational skills, accuracy, and attention to detail.
- Outstanding oral and written communication skills.
- Demonstrated team building skills; strong team ethic.
- Passion for organizing and motivating people.
- Experience and demonstrated success in working with diverse groups including volunteers, supporters, and communities and coordinating across functions within an organization.
- Ability and desire to work respectfully with diverse interests and communities.
- Ability to work independently.
- Ability to operate effectively in ambiguous situations and effectively problem solve.
- Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously.
- Expertise in planning, organizing and executing volunteer engagement events.
- Expertise and extensive experience using a wide variety of social media platforms and digital tools to engage audiences, including bulk email systems, take action web and texting-platforms, Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.
- Ability to travel throughout the region.
- Valid driver’s license and a personal automobile.
- Fundraising experience a plus.
- Passion for river and salmon/trout conservation
How to Apply