The Community Outreach Coordinator will work with the Director of Public Affairs to assist OFIC and its member companies create and execute a multi-year community/grassroots engagement strategy. This person will play an integral role supporting and coordinating a diverse portfolio of member efforts to engage within their respective local communities.

The successful candidate will be an effective communicator, self-motivated, outgoing, comfortable in diverse social settings, and a good team player able to take input from association members, other staff members, and affiliated interests to identify and implement successful grassroots strategies.
Applicants should have a combination of education and work experience in natural resource, communications and policy that demonstrates the experience and skills to perform the duties of this position.
This position is based out of Salem, Oregon.

Anticipated start date: February 2018

Specific Responsibilities
• Identification, development and implementation of strategies to expand the timber industry’s community presence where OFIC members operate or own forestland in Oregon.
• Regular meetings with OFIC members and stakeholders to identify community needs and engagement opportunities.
• Content creation for members to present in public forums, including presentations, hand-outs, and digital media.
• Regular representation of OFIC members at community events and local government meetings, including taking public positions that actively advocate for the industry.
• Assist OFIC members to identify, prioritize and cultivate lasting relationships with community members.
• Identify and create opportunities and advocacy events for grassroots partnerships/relationships that raise awareness of the timber industry’s presence, shared community values, environmental contributions, and sustainable forest practices.
• Work with the Director of Public Affairs to align community relations activities and strategies with OFIC’s larger public affairs and digital grassroots advocacy.
• Willingness to engage in frequent, independent travel throughout Oregon and often attend meetings held during the evening.

Skills and Experience
• Outgoing, self-motivated and willing to engage with all audiences.
• Ability to effectively network, build, and sustain quality relationships with local partners.
• Openness to listening, learning and interacting with people with different interests and attitudes in a positive and constructive manner.
• Ability to communicate complex issues and information in a manner that is readily understood.
• Ability to work and communicate effectively in diverse environments, including public settings that may involve conflict on emotional issues.
• Creative thinking and intuitive processing capability.
• Ability to assemble and work with teams and coalitions.
• Excellent communication and writing skills.
• Excellent organizational skills including meeting planning and follow-through on commitments.
• Proficient on social media platforms and digital communication tools.
• Must work well within a small, high-performing team environment.
• A genuine appreciation and affinity for advocating for sustainable forest practices.
Preferred Qualifications
Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience in communications, political science, forestry, natural resource management, environmental science/education or related field.
Experience with communications/public speaking desirable.

Compensation & Benefits
• The starting salary will be industry-competitive, and commensurate with education and experience.
• Flexible work schedule.
• Employer-sponsored medical and dental benefits.
• Employer-sponsored 401(k) plan with up to a 10% employer contribution.
• Employer-sponsored professional development, networking and industry events.
• 10 days of paid time off for holidays, in addition to paid vacation.

Qualified candidates are encouraged to submit a cover letter, resume and references to kristina@ofic.com.