The Outreach, Education and Community Engagement Coordinator (Coordinator) participates in a yearlong term of AmeriCorps service (1,700 hours) supporting Harpeth Conservancy (HC), a science-based conservation organization whose mission is to restore and protect clean water and healthy ecosystems for rivers in Tennessee, championed by the people who live here. The State Scenic Harpeth River is among the unique river systems of the Southeast, which contain some of the greatest varieties of aquatic life in the world. The communities along the Harpeth River and around Middle Tennessee are among the fastest growing in the nation, and the Harpeth is a popular recreation destination.
HC seeks an enthusiastic team member who enjoys meeting people and helping creative communication efforts take off. The Coordinator increases community involvement and public awareness through education-oriented events, designs creative marketing and social media campaigns with businesses and other partners, and expands outreach opportunities with established popular festivals/events. The member also supports HC’s annual Nashville’s Wild and Scenic Film Festival, which inspires people to reduce their environmental footprint, protect wildlife, and restore streams.
This position will help HC reach rapidly growing numbers of tourists and residents, encouraging them to realize how incredibly unique the natural world is in this area and what simple actions they can take to make a difference.
Duties and Responsibilities
• Organizes two Wild and Scenic Film Festivals and expands program reach.
• Sets up three Lessons on the Harpeth community education events.
• Runs river education days for underserved youth at a summer camp.
• Coordinates electronic communication calendar to promote HC programs.
• Designs content for “What’s in your River, What’s in your Water, & What You Can Do” outreach.
• Creates content for outreach materials, social media, and digital mailings; expands platform reach.
• Facilitates skilled volunteer committee of marketing and communication professionals.
• Represents HC at community events; recruits and trains event volunteers.
• Builds followers on social media and implements technology tools for improved list building.
• Coordinates with external events to increase HC’s reach, especially among young adults.
• Promotes "Rivers and Clean Water" license plate statewide.
• Develops grant and sponsorship proposals to support outreach and education efforts (up to 10% of service hours).
Preferred Knowledge and Skills
• Community Organizing
• Nonprofit Management
• Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite and/or Google-based office apps
• Attention to detail
• Strong organizational skills
• Ability to operate independently and within a team environment
• Commitment to fulfill a one-year term of service (August 2019 – August 2020)
• Bachelor’s Degree
• U.S. Citizenship
• Valid driver’s license and reliable access to transportation
(Members will be reimbursed for service-related mileage.)
• National Service Criminal History Check clearance
• Living allowance of $17,000, paid bi-weekly throughout the term of service
• Education award of $6,095, applicable to student loans and/or future education expenses at accredited institution, upon fulfillment of service obligations
• Healthcare coverage, if elected
• Child care benefits, if eligible
• Professional development training
• Members serve an average of 35-40 hours per week
• Service activities will take place indoors and outdoors
• Members may be required to sit or stand for long periods of time
• The essential functions of this position require the member to lift up to 15 pounds
About the Hands On Nashville AmeriCorps Program
Hands On Nashville's AmeriCorps Program engages civic-minded individuals in yearlong terms of public service. HON AmeriCorps members are part of a 17-person cohort that receives skills training, professional development, and networking opportunities through a partnership between HON and participating AmeriCorps Program agencies.
The HON AmeriCorps Program is made possible through generous support from Volunteer Tennessee and the Dan and Margaret Maddox Charitable Fund.
Hands On Nashville does not discriminate based on age, skin color, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, disability, or other factors which deny the essential humanity of all people.