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Job: Green Pathways Communities of Color Capacity Building Grant Program Coordinator, at King Conservation District

FTE Status: 1.0 FTE
Hours: 8am – 5pm, Monday through Friday, flexibility for evening and weekend work required
Location: 800 SW 39t h, suite 150, Renton, WA 98057
Reports To: Director of Engagement
Salary Range: $42,000


King Conservation District is a Green Pathways Partner. Green Pathways is a program that creates a pathway to the green sector for low-income young adults in living wage entry-level positions in the environmental justice movement.

Mission, Vision and Values

At King Conservation District, we’re all about better ground. Better ground means taking important stewardship actions at home and in our communities to create healthy soil and water, to provide healthy food, and to conserve land, water, forests, wildlife and related natural resources.

We are a special purpose district whose mission is to work closely with individuals and partner organizations to protect and expand the natural resources in our community, including those on private lands. As one of 44 conservation districts in Washington state, we also forward state-wide priorities around working and natural lands.

Job Summary and Core Responsibilities

King Conservation District is advancing a portfolio of programs that engage public, private, and non­ profit actors to actively improve the natural landscape and green the built environment. Incorporating equity and authentic community engagement within our endeavors is central to this work. King Conservation District views equity and authentic community engagement as a lens that shapes the way that we do business.

The Communities of Color Capacity Building Grant Program Manager will report directly to the Director of Engagement and is responsible for building and deploying this new grant program in response to community needs. This will include, but not be limited to, ensuring strong connectivity and communication with community-based organizations (CBOs), coalitions, and stakeholder agencies, with a strong emphasis on south King County.

The Coordinator must be committed to: (1) embedding authentic community engagement within the program work; (2) utilizing an equity framework as a way of doing business; and (3) serving as an internal ambassador to assist organizational staff in developing complementary frameworks for other programs.

Major duties include:

  • Convene, support, and co-facilitate stakeholder groups and provide necessary staffing support to identify community-based organizations’ capacity needs – 50%
    • Identify effective methods, processes and key partners to engage for optimal collaboration related to Regional Food programs, being sensitive to the different approaches needed for engagement depending on the community- 15%
    • Facilitate and support the work of Community Based partners, providing materials and resources necessary to communicate with them and solicit feedback – 10%
    • Conduct outreach to gather and understand community needs, priorities, and barriers to improved natural resource conditions, local food production, and expanded urban tree canopy – 25%
  • Identify ways in which KCD can use an equity lens throughout its work to best understand community perspectives – 25%
  • Monitor engagement results and ensure accountability and transparency with communities and consumers about KCD’s work- 15%
  • Perform other duties as assigned – 10%

Required Qualifications

  • Combination of life experience and/or education demonstrating at least three (3) years of experience reaching out to and incorporating the unique perspectives of communities of color
  • Commitment to and experience integrating the social determinants of health, addressing economic and environmental disparities, and working with marginalized and underrepresented communities
  • Connection with and demonstrated ability to respect, understand and authentically engage with community members with diverse and unique backgrounds who are currently experiencing economic and environmental disparities in King County
  • Excellent communication and community relations skills including, but not limited to, facilitative skills, ability to collaborate across community partners, and ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing, including using social media for community organizing purposes
  • Demonstrated ability to build, and maintain, trusted relationships
  • Strong organizational, interpersonal, time management and problem-solving skills

Strongly desired:

Bilingual in Spanish, Chinese, or Vietnamese

Background Check

A criminal background will not automatically eliminate you from consideration. However, because this position involves access to confidential/sensitive information and physical assets, KCD will not hire into this position anyone who has been convicted of a criminal offense related to theft or fraud. A criminal history background check will be conducted on the final candidate prior to beginning employment.

Equal Opportunity Employer

KCD believes that historic and current methods of real estate acquisition and development disproportionately affect the most marginalized people in society – including people of color, low-income people, women, and LGBTQ people. We believe that these communities must be centered in the work we do. Therefore, we strongly encourage applications from people with these identities or who are members or other marginalized communities.

KCD is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). Qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, veteran status, or any other class protected by law. Assistance and/or reasonable accommodations during the application process are available to individuals upon request. To request assistance or accommodation, please contact Florence Sum at [email protected].

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