Job Opening: Program Coordinator

Colorado River Alliance (CRA) is an Austin-based nonprofit organization that champions the long-term vitality of the Texas Colorado River through education and engagement. We are seeking a Program Coordinator to coordinate logistics and relationships for two of CRA’s signature education initiatives: the Mobile River Program and the Lake Travis Community-wide Clean-up. A love of the Colorado River, learning, and engaging volunteers of all ages is important for this role.

This full-time position offers an excellent benefits packaging including: paid health, dental, and vision insurance; very generous PTO program; retirement contributions; mileage reimbursements; a flexible work environment; and an office on Lady Bird Lake.

Salary: $45,000-$48,000 depending upon qualifications. 

Expected Start Date: As soon as possible.

The Program Coordinator’s principal duties focus on (1) managing a robust school and community event program; (2) coordinating the logistics of an annual county-wide clean-up; (3) managing the operating systems of a mobile science center, including technology-based exhibit functions and trailer set-up and close-down; (4) coordinating meetings and timely follow-up with Travis County personnel, Austin Independent School District personnel, community event managers, and other program partners.

Job Responsibilities

  • Manage day-to-day operations of CRA’s Mobile River Exhibit and program including ongoing maintenance, coordination of exhibit transport, planning of school-campus visits during the school year, and deployment to public events.
    • Provide on-site support to Mobile River school-campus and event visits including exhibit deployment; teacher training and orientation; exhibit supervision and curatorship; data collection; and assistance in teaching classroom curriculum.
  • Maintain professional and consistent correspondence as primary point of contact for the annual County-Wide Clean-up, scheduled for Sunday, April 24, 2022, such as: create and distribute meeting agendas; capture and distribute meeting notes and follow-up items; work closely with communications staff to ensure timely digital communications and website updates; work closely with County staff to define volunteer needs; communicate with volunteers leading up to and after event.
    • Provide on-site support during the County-Wide Clean-up, including volunteer leader training, supplies distribution, and volunteer appreciation.
  • Co-coordinate and implement volunteer and intern recruitment, training, and management with the Program Director, including seasonal Volunteer Open Houses and volunteer-appreciation events.
  • Conduct program evaluations, collect educator feedback and student test data, and communicate results and recommendations to managers, program partners, and other stakeholders.
  • Maintain all program files, databases, and teaching materials. Conduct inventory, maintain supply levels, and restock as necessary.
  • Work with CRA staff on major events and projects as needed, such as Alliance fundraising events.
  • Represent CRA to the public and help spread its message and mission.
  • Take on non-traditional office tasks as needed, such as running errands for events and participating in outdoor recreational programs, etc.
  • Maintain a basic familiarity with current water issues and trends affecting the Texas Colorado River.

Minimum Requirements

  • Must be highly motivated, professional, deadline-oriented, and able to handle multiple priorities daily.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills as well as verbal and written communication skills.
  • Comfortable working closely and continuously with a variety of people on a day-to-day basis.
  • Strong computer literacy (Word, Excel, basic website content administration such as WordPress).
  • Enjoy making public presentations and discussing water science and issues with a wide diversity of people.
  • Bachelor’s degree, plus a minimum of two years’ professional experience coordinating logistic and details for multiple programs simultaneously.
  • Enjoy working with children and community members. 
  • Background in environmental science, aquatic science, or a relevant STEM discipline a plus!
  • Fully bilingual in Spanish and English a plus!
  • Favorable results of all necessary background checks.
  • Position includes regular lifting of objects up to 40 lbs. and daily outdoor work.

Colorado River Alliance is committed to providing a non-discriminatory employment environment for its employees. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we do not discriminate based on age, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, ethnicity or national origin, socioeconomic class, or physical impairments.

Applications, including a letter of interest, a resume, and three references, will be accepted online only. Please apply via our website. Applications will be reviewed as they are received, and this position is open until filled.