About the Puyallup Watershed Initiative
The Puyallup Watershed Initiative (PWI) launched in 2012 as a new model for community-centered change and aims to improve social and environmental conditions throughout the watershed that comprises more than 1,000 square miles from Mt. Rainier to Commencement Bay. The PWI values transparency, accountability, inclusivity, collaboration, and learning. We seek to demonstrate these values in all our activities and our workplace.
As an organization committed to collaboration and learning, we apply what we learn from our actions, the work of our Communities of Interest, and our community partners to improve upon the past. By sharing what we learn and collaborating with community partners, we hope to help others do the same.
The PWI is committed to all people's right to a healthy environment and to participate in the decisions that most affect their lives. The Initiative is engaged in building a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace that honors lived experience and community connections. The PWI strives to create a supportive work environment and regularly reviews internal policies to improve our efforts.
About the Agriculture Community of Interest
The Agriculture Community of Interest (Ag COI) exists to bring diverse voices together to identify needs, coordinate efforts, and channel resources to produce a connected community that fosters viable agriculture in the Puyallup Watershed and greater Pierce County. The Ag COI has four strategies: 1) Build community and local leadership support for farmland preservation and consumption of local agricultural products; 2) Improve and build local leadership support for agriculture infrastructure, regulations, and incentives; 3) Foster new farmers and support existing farmers and farm workers; and 4) Build capacity of the Ag COI, including communication, collaboration, equity, and connection. It is expected that the candidate for Manager will commit to the vision and goals of the PWI and Ag COI.
The Ag COI Manager is a member of the PWI Team that focuses on direct management and support of the Agriculture Community of Interest. The Manager will tend to the Ag COI vision and goals, while tracking and advising numerous concurrent projects. The ideal candidate will have strong community engagement, coalition-building, facilitation, communication, and storytelling skills. Additionally, the ideal candidate is a systems thinker, adaptable and comfortable working with shifting priorities, and a strong bridge builder, bringing together diverse people and ideas. Open-minded and empathetic, the candidate will have expertise around long-term planning and project management, and the candidate will have experience holding people accountable to shared goals and deliverable commitments. Experience with multicultural communities and social equity issues required. Local knowledge of agriculture issues and key stakeholders desired; technical agricultural knowledge is an advantage. This is a full-time, 40-hour per week position.
Duties and Responsibilities
The Ag COI Manager will use strategic community building and organizing techniques to engage rural and urban residents, farm owners and farm workers, agriculture related businesses, municipal and government staff, elected officials, local Tribes, and aligned nonprofits to advance the Ag COI efforts. Responsibilities of the position include:
Equipment and Materials
Computer with a Windows-based environment and Office 365
This position has no direct reports. The Ag COI Manager reports to the PWI Community Relations Manager in consultation with Ag COI members.
Physical and Mental Requirements
Requires frequent sitting, standing, and occasional walking. The employee is occasionally required to lift objects weighing up to 10 pounds and must infrequently lift more than 20 pounds or carry objects with both hands and arms. This position frequently requires continuous hand and finger movement. This position frequently requires visual acuity at 20 inches or less, and frequent hearing acuity for speech discrimination. The employee must be able to understand written and oral communication as well as give written and oral instruction. The position requires the ability to calculate mathematic problems. Minimal travel required for professional development, organization related conferences, and community relations.
Compensation and Benefits
The PWI offers a competitive compensation and benefit package to employees including medical, vision, and dental insurance, life insurance, generous paid time off, and a 401k retirement savings plan. We support workforce diversity and are an Equal Opportunity Employer. The salary range for the Ag COI Manager is $50,500 to $55,350 depending on experience.
Please submit a cover letter, resume, and succinct answers to the following supplemental prompts to firstname.lastname@example.org. Candidate review will begin Tuesday, June 12, 2018. The position is open until filled.