Director of Community Organizing and Engagement
TreePeople is an environmental nonprofit whose mission is to engage, inspire and support people to take personal responsibility for the urban environment, making it safe, healthy, fun and sustainable, and to share the process as a model for the world. TreePeople is among the largest independent environmental organizations in California. Sustained by a staff of educators, foresters and administrators as well as thousands of trained “Community Foresters”, TreePeople has played, and will continue to play, a leading role in mobilizing Angelenos, private businesses and government agencies to work together to create resilient urban communities capable of withstanding the mounting challenges of climate change.
- TreePeople’s passionate commitment to the environment and its unique implementation model, known as “Community Forestry”, engage, inspire and support Angelenos at both the grassroots and policy levels to take environmental action in their communities. Over the next ten years, TreePeople and its “Community Foresters” will spearhead the transformation of Los Angeles’ urban ecosystem by:
- Mobilizing Angelenos into a community committed to adapting the City’s resources and infrastructure in response to severe climate change;
- Expanding forestry and education programs that inspire thousands of volunteers to improve the health and safety of Angelenos by planting and maintaining trees in wilderness areas, neighborhoods and school campuses;
- Transforming Los Angeles’ urban landscape into a living watershed to capture, clean, store and conserve rain and storm water in response to droughts and diminishing resources;
- Fostering collaborative partnerships that bring private businesses, non-profit resources and government agencies together to research, develop and implement system-wide solutions to environmental problems.
In the coming years, TreePeople will inspire Angelenos to reimagine and reclaim Los Angeles’ future. TreePeople will empower Angelenos to come together to combat and adapt to climate change through individual action, technology, and collaborative partnerships in order to create a more holistic, integrated and sustainable Los Angeles.
For more information, please visit the TreePeople website at www.treepeople.org.
JOB SUMMARY: The Volunteer Coordinator is responsible for overseeing the Volunteer Program including but not limited to recruiting, orienting and placing volunteers to support TreePeople events, programs and departments. This position places emphasis on creating, supporting and retaining volunteer leaders. This role is central to the growth and success of TreePeople’s long range vision of inspiring a large number of Angelinos to take personal responsibility for the urban environment.
ESSENTIAL JOB RESPONSIBILITIES
- Serve as the first point of contact with all volunteers and potential volunteer leaders, matching them with the most appropriate TreePeople opportunities and leadership training programs.
- Maintain all volunteer/engagement program related aspects of the Salesforce database and TreePeople’s website.
- Coordinate group volunteering opportunities with corporate partners, school groups, and community organizations.
- Manage the organization’s internship program and recruit interns from universities and colleges to support all departments.
- Create and manage incentive programs for volunteers and organizers to become leaders and continue to engage with TreePeople.
- Recruit new volunteers from across Los Angeles County through various volunteer websites and organizations.
- Be the organization’s primary information contact for all volunteers.
- Develop recruitment campaigns to build a diverse, active, and engaged volunteer program.
- Track, analyze, follow-up, and report participation statistics and departmental performance measurements.
- Conduct research for future partnerships and develop relationships with individuals, businesses, corporations and organizations interested in supporting TreePeople events and activities.
- Network and cultivate relationships with current and new contacts.
- Work with Communications team on marketing, social media and outreach.
- Communicate with Director and other Department leads to assess volunteer needs throughout the organization; advertise these opportunities and schedule volunteers as needed.
SECONDARY JOB RESPONSIBILITES
- Support TreePeople’s Forestry team by participating at weekend volunteer events.
- Plan and execute volunteer appreciation events.
- Teach at TreePeople workshops and trainings, as needed.
- Represent TreePeople at public events when necessary.
- Participate in TreePeople staff activities.
- Performs other duties as required.
THE IDEAL CANDIDATE HAS THE FOLLOWING QUALIFICATIONS:
- Experience in managing volunteers and volunteer program preferred.
- Strong administrative skills: planning and organizing.
- Experience with Salesforce CRM or similar database systems.
- Must be detail-oriented.
- Excellent communication and people skills: listening, one-on-one conversation, public speaking, and writing.
- Spanish speaking a plus.
- Available to work Tuesday through Saturday schedule with occasional evenings and Sunday events as well.
- Independent and team driven.
- Comfortable with public speaking and working around large crowds
WAGES AND BENEFITS
This is a full time, non-exempt, hourly position, with benefits.