Job Postings

The Colorado River Alliance is currently hiring for two positions:

  • Development and Events Manager
  • Program Coordinator: Redbud Education Programs

DEVELOPMENT AND EVENTS MANAGER

BACKGROUND

The Colorado River Alliance (the Alliance) is a not-for-profit organization that champions the long-term vitality of the Texas Colorado River through education and engagement. We are seeking a passionate, energetic professional to join our team as Development and Events Manager. With our 25th Anniversary celebration coming up in Spring 2019, we are seeking an experienced fundraiser with a proven record of event management to build on our long tradition of successful galas and set a new standard for generating sustainable support for critical programs.

The Development and Events Manager’s principal duties focus on (1) planning, fundraising for, and executing a successful annual gala; (2) building a community of sustainable support that extends beyond this once-a-year engagement; and (3) integrating event-based fundraising with our other development functions, including corporate and family memberships, grants, and program sponsorships.

Applications will only be accepted online via THIS LINK.

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Create and execute annual development-event plans to help meet the annual budget ($600k), including the identification, cultivation, direct solicitation, and stewardship of individuals, foundations, and corporations.
  • Oversee the organization, management, and evaluation of engaging, fun, unique, and meaningful special events, including the annual gala, membership events, and other fundraising and stakeholder-engagement activities.
  • Establish revenue targets, timelines and a proposed budget, and report regularly on progress toward goals.
  • Solicit vendor bids and conduct contract and vendor negotiations.
  • Supervise occasional fundraising contractors, up to 20 development and event volunteers, and interns.
  • Work with the Executive Director to coordinate and manage the work of the Gala Committee (which includes both Board and community members).
  • Design, coordinate, and execute event-sponsorship campaigns, which may include direct mail, e-solicitations, phone solicitations, special events, and other strategies.
  • Supervise the design, production, and distribution of all development-event materials, including brochures, letters, inserts, event- and program-sponsorship packages, social-media content, and invitations.
  • Maintain meticulous development records (using eTapestry) and effect acknowledgement of all gifts in a timely fashion, along with data entry and gift processing.
  • Work with the Executive Director to develop and maintain ongoing relationships with major donors, and ensure that the Alliance “closes the deal” on major gifts.

GENERAL ALLIANCE RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Support Alliance staff during events and programs, like the Colorado River VIP Tour, the Lake Travis Cleanup, the Barstow Speaker Series, and public-engagement efforts.
  • Represent the Alliance to the public and help spread the message and mission.
  • Provide support for the Executive Director and Board members as requested.
  • Co-manage social media and online communications with other team members.
  • Be a team player and help with tasks associated with the running of a small office such as answering the phone, making copies, stocking the office, filing, keeping the kitchen area clean, coordinating meeting logistics, etc.
  • Occasionally take on non-traditional tasks as needed, such as running errands for programs, assisting with creek clean-ups, participating in outdoor recreational programs, etc.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

  • Passion for our mission and a love of Texas natural resources and waterways
  • Minimum three years of experience in managing large-scale fundraising events, especially gala-style events, with demonstrable success in planning, implementing, and evaluating development functions, along with personally soliciting and securing major gifts
  • Unfailing ability to keep a positive donor experience at the forefront of all decision-making, especially during times of stress; must have excellent interpersonal skills, including patience, compassion, tact, flexibility, and professionalism
  • Demonstrated excellence in organizational skills, personal time management, and verbal and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to lead the implementation of complex, deadline-oriented projects
  • Experience with eTapestry or a similar donor database
  • Graphic-design, web-design, and communications experience a plus
  • Basic knowledge of environmental science or aquatic science a plus
  • Comfortable working closely and continuously with a variety of people on a day-to-day basis
  • Strong computer literacy (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, WordPress)
  • Favorable results of all necessary background checks
  • Position includes occasional lifting of objects up to 35 lbs. and occasional outdoor work

The Development and Events Manager reports to the Executive Director and works collaboratively with Alliance staff and volunteers. This staff person functions with a high degree of independence and must take daily initiative in structuring and implementing the assigned development functions.

Competitive salary with opportunities for performance bonuses. Expected Start Date: No later than August 31st, 2018. Excellent benefits include paid health, dental, and vision insurance; generous PTO program; retirement contributions; mileage reimbursements; a flexible work environment; and an office on Lady Bird Lake.

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

Applications, including a letter of interest, a resume, and three references, will be accepted online only, and only at THIS LINK. Letters of interest should include detailed descriptions of previous fundraising successes. Applications will be reviewed as they are received, and this position is open until filled. Incomplete applications and applications submitted through any other channel will not be considered.

A PDF of this job posting can be downloaded here:
JOB POSTING – Colorado River Alliance Development and Events Manager – June2018.


PROGRAM COORDINATOR: REDBUD EDUCATION PROGRAMS

BACKGROUND

The Colorado River Alliance (the Alliance) is a not-for-profit organization that champions the long-term vitality of the Texas Colorado River through education and engagement. We are seeking a thoughtful, energetic professional to join our team as Coordinator of Redbud Education Programs. The Alliance utilizes the Wilkerson Center for Colorado River Education, an outdoor learning center at LCRA’s Redbud Center, to operate programs for young people that build awareness about water resources and the Colorado River. The Program Coordinator’s primary duties focus on (1) managing a robust field-trip program for thousands of elementary-school students annually, along with tours for community groups, Spanish speakers, and adult audiences, and (2) supervising the dozens of volunteer docents and interns each year who assist in teaching this program’s STEM-focused content and activities. In addition, this Program Coordinator collaborates with diverse partners on other programs, such as creek-restoration projects and the Groundwater to the Gulf Summer Teacher Institute.  

Applications will only be accepted online via THIS LINK.

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Manage operations and serve as a key teacher of all Redbud Center programs, including field trips for elementary-school children, occasional afterschool and summer programming, and public tours.
  • Communicate daily with clients, volunteers, interns, and education-campus employees to coordinate field-trip scheduling, program planning, teaching, data management, and program evaluation.
  • On a periodic basis, perform data analyses, program evaluation, report writing, and strategic planning.
  • Maintain and develop strategic relationships with community organizations and school districts to market Redbud Center programs and expand the reach of the Wilkerson Center.
  • Drive the strategic growth of bilingual programming and curricula to support Spanish-speaking visitors.
  • Maintain and develop communications with educators including program marketing, curriculum development, and field-trip reservations using the Alliance’s website, online systems, e-newsletters, and social media.
  • Maintain and improve all program files and teaching materials including teaching curriculum, data collection, supplies and inventory, budgets, and volunteer training materials.
  • Maintain and develop collaborative, community-building relationships with Alliance employees and volunteers and with on-site LCRA staff.
  • Manage occasional creek-restoration events, as part of the Alliance’s Environmental Action volunteer opportunities.
  • Participate in managing the Groundwater to the Gulf Summer Teacher Institute, including attending monthly meetings, coordinating participant registration, managing the budget, assisting in the promoting, organizing, and teaching of the Institute, and working cohesively with a team of community partners.
  • Make occasional presentations to community groups, such as attendees at education conferences.
  • Manage dozens of volunteers and interns annually, including training, professional and educational development, and active daily coaching.
  • Co-coordinate and implement volunteer and intern recruitment, training, and management with the Alliance’s Program Director, including seasonal Volunteer Open Houses and volunteer-appreciation events.

GENERAL ALLIANCE RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Function with a high degree of independence and take initiative in structuring and implementing the Redbud Program’s education and volunteer programming.
  • Work with Alliance staff on major events and projects as needed, including the Alliance’s annual fundraising gala, Barstow Speaker Series luncheons, and the annual Lake Travis Cleanup.
  • Represent the Alliance to the public and help spread its message and mission.
  • Maintain a basic familiarity with current water issues and trends affecting the Texas Colorado River.
  • Be a team player and help with tasks associated with the running of a small office such as answering the phone, making copies, stocking the office, filing, keeping the kitchen area clean, coordinating meeting logistics, etc.
  • Occasionally take on non-traditional tasks as needed, such as running errands for other programs and events, assisting with creek clean-ups, participating in other education programs, etc.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

  • Fully bilingual in Spanish and English
  • Bachelor’s degree plus a minimum of two years’ experience of professional volunteer management and coordinating education programming for large groups of students
  • Highly motivated, energetic, deadline-oriented, and able to handle multiple priorities daily
  • Must enjoy working with children and community members
  • Must have a basic background in environmental science, aquatic science, or a relevant STEM discipline
  • 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, Outlook, WordPress, or equivalents)
  • Availability to work occasional evenings and weekends
  • Favorable results of all necessary background checks
  • Position includes regular lifting of objects up to 40 lbs. and daily outdoor work.

The Program Coordinator reports to the Program Director and works collaboratively with Alliance staff and volunteers.

Salary $41,200. Expected Start Date: August 15, 2018. Excellent benefits include paid health, dental, and vision insurance; generous PTO program; retirement contributions; mileage reimbursements; a flexible work environment; and an office on Lady Bird Lake.

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

Applications, including a letter of interest, a resume, and three references, will be accepted online only, and only at THIS LINK. Letters of interest should include detailed descriptions of previous experience with managing education programs. Applications will be reviewed as they are received, and this position is open until filled. Incomplete applications and applications submitted through any other channel will not be considered.

A PDF of this job posting can be downloaded here:
JOB POSTING – Colorado River Alliance Redbud Program Coordinator – June2018