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Outreach and Education Coordinator

The Department of RES Water Research Institute with West Virginia University Research Corporation is seeking applications for an Outreach and Education Coordinator. The incumbent will assist the Brownfields Director with Northern WV Brownfields Assistance Center and WV Water Research Institute (WVWRI) outreach activities. This includes conference organization and coordination, developing outreach materials, and coordinating tasks and activities associated with research projects. The incumbent provides program, as well as direct internal and external client support services, independently responds to inquiries, using organization policies and procedures resolves matters of low to moderate complexity. Responsibilities require some judgment, resourcefulness and originality, but diverse guides and precedents are usually available to apply or adapt to the circumstances. Work effort has considerable impact on client services, programs, and project image, with potential legal liabilities. 

In order to be successful in this position, the ideal candidate:

  • Assists with the organization and coordination of conferences; investigates and reserves venues, develops agenda, handles registration, and works with presenters, etc.
  • Develops outreach materials related to programs, projects, and other initiatives, including website content, brochures, flyers, announcements, fact sheets, newsletters, posters, etc.
  • Coordinates tasks and activities associated with Center initiatives, including; training, educational materials, meeting coordination, etc.
  • Coordinates logistics for advisory groups on key topics, including scheduling meetings, securing meeting spaces, taking meeting notes, and coordinating meeting follow-through.
  • Works with NBAC staff, conference planning committees, outside facilities, vendors, and others to coordinate in-person and virtual events, including two state brownfields conferences, a webinar series, and training workshops.
  • Researches facilities for appropriate event locations and accommodations (meeting rooms, lodging, meals, transportation, etc.).
  • Solicits and contacts keynote speakers, session speakers, moderators, panelists, sponsors, exhibitors, and other participants.
  • Recommends online platforms and rooms at facilities that best meet needs according to number of participants expected, type of format planned (auditorium for plenary sessions, meeting rooms for technical sessions, lounges for receptions, etc.).
  • Develops information dissemination strategy to reach target audiences such as list serves, newspapers, web sites, and others.
  • Prepares press releases and advertisements announcing events.
  • Manages online and on-site registration processes.
  • Collects registration fees and works with WVWRI program assistant to make deposits.
  • Selects materials and supplies for events and works with WVWRI program assistant to place orders.
  • Proposes menus for event lunches, dinners, receptions, refreshment breaks, etc. and format for serving based on need (range from box lunches at one-day workshops to sit down banquets for multi-day conferences).
  • Attends events serving as liaison with event facility personnel to ensure rooms have proper equipment (laptops, projectors, microphones, laser pointers, flip charts, etc.); that refreshments and meals are served as ordered; and that charges are correct for services rendered.
  • Follows up events with appropriate correspondence, event notification maintenance, additional required follow-up, etc.

Supervisory/Lead Role            
This position reports to the Brownfields Director. Normally receives minimal instructions on routine work, general instructions on new assignments. Supervision of others is not required, however general sharing of knowledge and team participation is expected in the role. Program, project, or activity lead and work coordination responsibilities may be assigned in this position. 

Qualifications 
  • Bachelor’s degree in Communications, Marketing, English, Journalism, or related field.
  • One (1) year of experience in outreach and educational event planning OR an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Preferred Qualifications & Credentials

  • Education and/or Experience:
    • Familiarity with issues related to brownfield redevelopment, downtown redevelopment, historic preservation, and/or abandoned and dilapidated buildings.
    • Community outreach experience interacting with a wide variety of individuals such as community stakeholders, nonprofit leaders, state and federal agency personnel, and others.
    • Familiarity and experience with Eventbrite or similar event management software.
    • Familiarity and experience with MailChimp email marketing service. 
    • Experience facilitating online events, such as webinar series and virtual conferences.
    • Experience coordinating and executing site tours to diverse audiences.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Maintains skills in, or knowledge of, professional principles, legal and/or reporting requirements affecting area of responsibility.  
  • Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and engage via written, oral, and visual media.
  • Excellent organizational skills for recordkeeping of project documents, files, and reporting deadlines.
  • Ability to communicate with people outside the organization, represent the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. 
  • Flexibility in working with diverse personalities.
  • Exceptional communication skills including a high proficiency in English grammar, composition, and verbal communication.
  • High proficiency with computer software including MS Office suite and online resources, including contact management and website design. 
  • Ability to organize and implement multiple, complex, projects and events. 
  • Ability to keep projects and events on schedule and within budget to meet deadlines.
  • Ability to plan work activities and independently maintain progress.
  • Ability to understand contracts and ascertain whether or not they meet project/event objectives.
  • Ability to negotiate best rates with facilities and vendors to achieve goals and objectives of promotional projects and events.
  • Ability to interface with University staff, advisory committee members, and outside vendors on project tasks, budgets, and schedules.
  • Proactive outreach skills for contacting potential speakers, trainers, and moderators for events.
  • Ability to work independently with minimal managerial oversight.
  • Ability to think independently, use good judgment to make good decisions, and find creative solutions to problems.
  • Ability to travel independently via car, air, or public transportation to scheduled events.

Behavioral Competencies

  • Technical skills – Strives to continuously build knowledge and skills; pursues training and development opportunities; assesses strengths and weaknesses; and shares expertise with others.
  • Problem solving – Gathers and analyzes information, identifies problems, develops alternatives, uses reason even when dealing with emotional topics and works well in groups and resolves matters timely.
  • Internal & External Customer Service – Manages difficult or emotional matters with objectivity and openness; responds promptly to needs and requests for service and assistance; meets commitments and dates, notifies others if change occurs; provides, solicits and applies feedback; and builds goodwill through balanced contributions, positive approach, respect and support of others.
  • Communications – Demonstrates group presentation skills, participates in meetings, listens and seeks clarification, is responsive and speaks clearly and persuasively in positive and negative situations.  Writes and edits clearly and informatively, varies style to meet needs, presents numerical data effectively, and able to read and interpret written information.
  • Organizational Support – Aligns work and develops strategies to meet organizational goals; seeks to improve and promote quality; demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness; and upholds organizational expectations and values.
  • Self Management – Responds to management direction; resourcefully adapts to changes in work environment and circumstances; responds well under pressure and manages competing demands; takes calculated risks, asks for and offers help when needed; exercise discretion and sound judgment; is tactful and responsible for own actions.
 Requirements 
  • Valid driver’s license.

Physical Demands 
Activities are predominantly non-manual though some responsibilities require the occasional lifting of 25lbs. The incumbent must be able to effectively hear and communicate with others. Close visual acuity, the ability to adjust focus, identify and distinguish colors, peripheral vision and depth perception are required in the job.

Work Environment         
Works in standard office with shared space and equipment. Travel is required and will result in exposure to various climates and environments. Responsible to know and comply with all safety procedures.

About Research Corporation 

West Virginia University Research Corporation is proud to be an Equal Opportunity employer. West Virginia University Research Corporation values diversity among its employees and invites applications from all qualified applicants regardless of race, ethnicity, color, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, nationality, genetics, disability, or Veteran status.

Posting Date: Jun 11, 2021 Posting Classification: Research Corporation Exemption Status: Non-Exempt Benefits Eligible: Yes Schedule: Full-time


Brownfields Redevelopment Specialist

The Department of RES Water Research Institute with West Virginia University Research Corporation is seeking applications for a Brownfields Redevelopment Specialist. The Brownfield Redevelopment Specialist is responsible for providing critical support in the development of projects associated with the Northern West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Center (NBAC).  This includes the timeliness and cost-effectiveness of all deliverables. The incumbent will assist with proposal development, site development support, assisting in the creation of project funding strategies, facilitating meetings with project stakeholders, day-to-day tasks of the NBAC, and will work with communities on Brownfield-related issues. Through support for the redevelopment of industrial legacy sites, this position will help communities establish sustainable economic development initiatives that will enhance the well-being and quality of life of the people of West Virginia, attract investment to communities, and maximize resources in the state. This position serves as a resource contact and independently uses professional concepts and techniques, as well as organizational policies to solve a wide range of moderate to complex problems in imaginative and practical ways. Specialized skills, knowledge, and interpretive abilities, as well as some creativity, are required to successfully perform duties. Work effort often addresses non-routine matters within established protocol, guidelines, and/or policies. Work effort has significant impact on client services and operations, producing moderate to major organizational, legal and financial results and/or liabilities. Position duties may require oversight of projects or programs, including coordination of work by others providing support of basic objectives. 

In order to be successful in this position, the ideal candidate:

  • Coordinates program development and implementation of technical assistance programs, including state and regional initiatives.
  • Manages projects associated with technical assistance programs, with specific focus on traditional industrial legacy sites.
  • Serves as the technical assistance liaison between communities, developers, service providers, and stakeholders.
  • Assists with the facilitation of redevelopment activities including creating and presenting materials in public meetings, and synthesizing stakeholder input on projects.
  • Assists with day to day tasks associated with the Northern WV Brownfields Assistance Center, a program of the WV Water Research Institute, a division of the WVU Energy Institute.
  • Provides research support in the identification and mapping of brownfield property/site characteristics including ownership, parcel/tax info, topography, and other landscape features. 
  • Assembles information on Brownfields sites for inclusion in the WV Brownfields Site Inventory and in project materials. 
  • Oversees assigned projects by ensuring partners conform to statements of work, and schedules. 
  • Assists in the development of proposal and grant applications for funding community Brownfields projects in response to solicited and unsolicited. Requests for Proposals (RFP’s) issued by federal, state, and private agencies. This will include integrating conceptual designs and master plans into requests for Brownfields funding and assistance. 
  • Collaborates with other state Brownfields assistance centers on project tasks. 
  • Travels within West Virginia and out-of-state as needed for single day or multi-day periods. Meets via face-to-face, video conference, technological connectivity (Zoom), and by telephone with representatives from various federal, state, community, and private organizations regarding progress of funded projects and for promoting the Center’s services. 
  • Promotes the projects and mission of the Center by preparing and delivering presentations utilizing PowerPoint and other multimedia tools consistent with guidance of the Center Director. 
  • Consistent with guidance of the Center Director, educates West Virginia communities about the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection’s (WVDEP’s) Brownfields program and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (USEPA’s) Brownfields program by performing research and developing appropriate information and giving presentations. 
  • Prepares project summaries and reports detailing project tasks, progress, and accomplishments to the NBAC Director and other WVWRI and WVU administrators as requested. 
  • Develops resources for distribution to communities and placement on the NBAC web pages.

Supervisory/Lead Role            
Reports to the Director of the Northern WV Brownfields Assistance Center. Normally receives minimal instructions on routine work, and general instructions on new assignments. Supervision of students may be required; sharing of knowledge with others and team participation is expected in the role. Program, project or activity lead responsibilities will occur or be assigned in this position.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies, Planning, Landscape Design, Geography, Public Administration, or related disciplines.
  • Five (5) years project experience, brownfield redevelopment, and/or environmental work OR an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Preferred Qualifications & Credentials

  • Education and/or Experience
    • Master’s degree in Environmental Studies, Planning, Landscape Design, Geography, Public Administration, or related disciplines.
    • Experience writing and/or implementing US EPA Brownfields grants.
    • Design experience creating conceptual master plans using input from diverse stakeholders, including development professionals, community members, and environmental experts.
    • Community outreach experience interacting with a wide variety of individuals such as the public, researchers, business personnel, state and federal agency personnel, and others.
    • Familiarity with property searches, plats, and Arcview.
    • Familiarity with Adobe Creative Suite.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Knowledge of brownfields funding sources, technical resources, environmental impacts, and federal and state regulations.
  • Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources. 
  • Project management skills including the ability to keep multiple projects on schedule
  • Organizational skills with a demonstrated ability to plan work activities and independently maintain progress for maintaining schedules, recordkeeping of project documents and files, and reporting deadlines. 
  • Skilled at timeline development. 
  • Proactive outreach skills for contacting communities and resource organizations. 
  • Excellent communication skills including a high proficiency in English grammar, composition, and verbal communication. 
  • Proficiency with computer software including: MS Office suite, GIS.
  • Ability to be flexible in working with diverse personalities. 
  • Ability to write progress/final reports, case histories, newsletters, and information briefs. 
  • Ability to interface with state, federal, university, and community representatives on project tasks, budgets, and schedules. 
  • Ability to lead meetings, give presentations to sponsoring agencies, local government meetings, workshops, and conferences. 
  • Ability to travel independently via car, air, or public transportation to communities and project sites. 
  • Ability to work independently with minimal managerial oversight. 
  • Ability to critique project deliverables and ascertain whether or not they meet work plan objectives. 
  • Ability to read, analyze and interpret maps, environmental reports, design documents, technical procedure documents, and governmental regulations. 
  • Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios and proportions to practical solutions. 
  • Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. 
  • Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram or schedule form. 

Behavioral Competencies

  • Technical skills – Strives to continuously build knowledge and skills; pursues training and development opportunities; assesses strengths, weaknesses, and shares expertise with others.
  • Problem solving – Gathers and analyzes information, identifies problems, develops alternatives, uses reason even when dealing with emotional topics and works well in groups and resolves matters timely.
  • Internal & External Customer Service – Manages difficult or emotional matters with objectivity and openness; responds promptly to needs and requests for service and assistance; meets commitments and dates, notifies others if change occurs; provides, solicits, and applies feedback; and builds goodwill through balanced contributions, positive approach, respect, and support of others.
  • Communications – Demonstrates group presentation skills, participates in meetings, listens, solicits clarification, is responsive, speaks clearly and persuasively in positive and negative situations. Writes and edits clearly and informatively, varies style to meet needs, presents numerical data effectively, and able to read and interpret written information.
  • Organizational Support – Aligns work and develops strategies to meet organizational goals; seeks to improve and promote quality; demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness; upholds organizational expectations and values.
  • Self-Management – Responds to management direction; resourcefully adapts to changes in work environment and circumstances; responds well under pressure and manages competing demands; takes calculated risks, asks for and offers help when needed; is tactful and responsible for own actions. Adheres to work schedule and complies with leave management responsibilities.
 Requirements 
  • Valid driver’s license.

Physical Demands 
To successfully accomplish the position responsibilities, the ability to talk and hear, as well as strong visual acuity, including the ability to distinguish color are required. The incumbent must be able to sit for prolonged periods of time, operate office equipment effectively, and frequently stand and walk. Activities are predominantly non-manual though some manual work not directly involved with altering or transporting of products may be included.  

Work Environment           
This position works in a normal office environment with shared space and equipment with moderate noise levels. Local and statewide travel to various locations for meetings and to accomplish position objectives required. Incumbent is responsible to know and comply with all safety procedures.

 About Research Corporation 

West Virginia University Research Corporation is proud to be an Equal Opportunity employer. West Virginia University Research Corporation values diversity among its employees and invites applications from all qualified applicants regardless of race, ethnicity, color, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, nationality, genetics, disability, or Veteran status.

Posting Date: Jun 11, 2021 Posting Classification: Research Corporation Exemption Status: Exempt Benefits Eligible: Yes Schedule: Full-time