We are looking for an energetic, self-motivated professional with a focus on social and environmental impact as Community Engagement Manager in the Charlotte metro area. This suits someone who understands the huge impact of trees in our community and is enthusiastic about helping under-invested communities as well as all communities in Charlotte discover, plant and manage trees. The ideal candidate will have a passion for mission-driven work, engaging collaborative skills, and a knack for delivering results. This person will report directly to and work with the General Manager.
TreesCharlotte is a non-profit public/private collaboration to develop, diversify and manage the city’s iconic urban forest. Trained volunteers and science programs teach residents the value of trees and how to plant and care for them.
Known as “the city of trees”, Charlotte has an excellent foundation for achieving manageable canopy goals. However, detailed analysis shows that we need to take a more aggressive approach to ensure the continued health and well-being of our forest canopy, and we need to actively plant thousands of trees to account for growth and development in our city and in the region.
- Lead engagement efforts in Charlotte’s Corridors of Opportunity
- Direct and targeted community engagement through:
- Creating activities to help the organization better understand how residents think about and relate to their local trees.
- The development and implementation of programs and partnerships with community organizations and residents to extend the work of the organization at the local level. These can include community tree plantings and adoptions, outreach activities in schools, and a removal and replacement program.
- Use tree cover data to determine which communities need trees.
- Build relationships with neighborhood leaders, government officials, and other representatives of these communities to understand the most effective ways to partner.
- Determine the best metrics to measure the success of community engagement and provide progress reports to guide future work.
- Lead various outreach events.
- Participate in public speaking and community engagement opportunities.
- Promote educational programs that provide residents with opportunities to celebrate, plant and care for trees.
- Oversee all NeighborWoods pre-planning, which includes:
- Promote NeighborWoods to promising neighborhood/community groups
- Review tree/housing data to ensure we are reaching neighborhoods most in need of trees (underserved and/or undertreed)
- Verify neighborhood candidates through phone conversations and site visits
- Help neighborhood leaders promote the event for maximum success
- Partner in the development of the Canopy Care Program.
- Contribute to organizational storytelling, curating connections with regional media and influencers.
- Contribute to a positive organizational culture through intentional and identifiable actions.
- Work effectively within budget and help manage resources and expenses within the department.
- Support programs and staff as needed.
- Attend Saturday events and other plantings.
- Relationship building: Able to establish and cultivate strong relationships with peers, at different levels of the organization and externally
- Collaboration: Effective at working with others to achieve common goals and objectives
- Project management: Experience in planning, leading and managing projects, including coordinating with peers to achieve desired results, and monitoring and reporting progress to senior management/board of directors
- Influence : Lead others to accept ideas using compelling arguments, create a win-win situation and respond appropriately to key stakeholders
- Entrepreneurship: Takes initiative and actively seeks to deepen current relationships with donors and forge new ones
- Communications: Ability to create powerful and persuasive written and oral communications for fundraising. Ability to convey complex ideas using short, simple documents. Experience and credibility when presenting documents to external audiences
- Work experience of five years or more
- Bilingual, Spanish/English, is desired
- Bachelor’s degree preferred but not required, in a field related to public relations; Business; events; or non-profit management
- Graphic design skills an asset
- Salary commensurate with experience and the Charlotte market
- Full-time position, including Saturdays during planting season (October to March)
- 50% medical insurance, 100% vision and dental
- 2% Simple Company IRA Contribution
- Competitive PTO schedule with days allocated, not accrued
- 12 additional paid holidays
- Respect for work-life balance, including consideration of flexible hours
- Opportunity to create a legacy by reinforcing Charlotte’s iconic urban forest
Interested candidates should send an email and resume to Jane Myers, Executive Director, [email protected]. Please include your last name and “TreesCharlotte Community Engagement” in the subject.
TreesCharlotte does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices, or in terms of employment, on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, disability, marital status, age, gender or sexual orientation.
We also recognize that there is no “perfect candidate” and that suitability and potential may outweigh experience or skills, so we encourage those interested to apply, even if they possess only some of the required skills, knowledge and experience. .