Washington State: Sustainable Connections seeks Program Assistant

1 Apr

Location: Bellingham, Washington

Deadline: April 9, 2010

Sustainable Connections (SC) seeks part-time Program Assistant and Public Relations Coordinator to implement a range of public events, outreach, marketing and PR projects related to building relationships with and for food producers and buyers within the Food & Farming Program (20 hours), and to assist with general SC press releases and events calendaring (8 hours). The Program Assistant / PR Coordinator will report to the Food & Farming Program Manager.

The Food & Farming Program informs, empowers & provides resources to producers & buyers; makes connections between farmers, institutions, retailers & restaurants; and raises awareness and support of local farms. We are seeking a personable outreach and PR professional that is passionate about serving the interests of our vibrant local business members, and about increasing the capacity of the local food system. The successful candidate will have professional experience and/or training in PR or Communications, managing recruitment and messaging campaigns, engaging Whatcom County small businesses in events or initiatives, and demonstrated strong writing and interpersonal communication skills.

RESPONSIBILITIES
o Regular email, phone outreach and in person recruiting of program participants and existing members.
o Coordinate and implement evolving outreach campaigns, and manage related events tasks.
o Prepare, write and distribute e-newsletter, press releases, events listings, reports and outreach materials.
o Develop and maintain good working relationships with members of the press and our members.
o Represent organization’s mission, program goals to our members and partners on the radio and in print media.
o Assist with tracking and program evaluation.
o Build community and member relations via one-on-one communication and group presentations.
o Coordinate with program partners and community stakeholders to design and implement projects and events.
o Update database, website and other tracking systems regularly.
o Manage volunteers, participate in general SC staff and member events.

QUALIFICATIONS
Required experience and skills:
o A minimum of two years experience writing articles, newsletters, updating websites, designing and implementing outreach and/or PR campaigns.
o Excellent interpersonal and professional communication and writing skills.
o Demonstrated ability to learn new skills and issues, work independently on detail-oriented tasks, take initiative, work with a diversity of people, and meet deadlines.
o Ability to work as part of a team. Good sense of humor a must.
o Microsoft Office suite fluency.
Preferred experience and skills:
o Work experience related to food-based business, community outreach, member recruitment and sustainable food systems.
o Degree in marketing, journalism, or communications.
o Familiarity with cloud computing and applications such as In Design, Salesforce and Constant Contact.

COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS: $13.00 per hour, 28 hrs/week, plus 70% FTE monthly health benefits stipend and paid vacation days, and a flexible, collegial work environment. SC is a great place to work! Opportunities for the position to expand to full time are possible within the year.

APPLICATION
Send résumé, one page cover letter, three references and two short writing samples to Laura Leigh Ridenour via lridenour@sconnect.org, or to 1701 Ellis Street, Suite 221, Bellingham, WA 98225. Applications accepted until position is filled, but we expect to close the application process by April 9. Please no phone calls.

SC is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). Qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, or veteran status.

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