Communications & Development Coordinator
Keep Omaha Beautiful (KOB) is an environmental nonprofit organization that was founded in 1959. Our mission is to foster environmental and community stewardship through education, service, and advocacy. Each year, we work with thousands of students, volunteers, and supporters throughout Omaha via environmental education programming and community-service projects ranging from neighborhood litter cleanups to large-scale tree plantings in area parks. We strive to engage all of Omaha in active community stewardship and grow a network of environment sustainability advocates.
We are seeking a full-time (40 hours/week) Communications & Development Coordinator – someone who is an effective communicator that can help tell our story and support KOB’s programs, fundraising efforts, and community events. The right candidate will work hard, be innovative, and contribute to a team that is committed to having a lasting and meaningful impact on our community and environment. Ideally, this person is creative, a talented storyteller, clear communicator, relationship builder, strategic thinker, and passionate about propelling our mission forward.
KOB values diversity of experience, approach, and perspective with our work and our team, and we are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We welcome all interested and qualified individuals to submit a resume and cover letter, and especially encourage Black/Brown, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) to apply, as well as candidates who are biliterate and bilingual in English and Spanish.
Essential Duties & Responsibilities
KOB is a relatively small nonprofit, which necessitates employees embracing an all-hands-on-deck approach. The ideal candidate will enjoy a diversity of responsibilities and embrace new duties as they emerge. The primary functions of the role consist of, but are not limited to, the following:
- Support the development and implementation of KOB’s communications and fundraising objectives/strategies
- Coordinate the creation of outreach, promotional, and fundraising materials; this can entail working with third-party consultants/contractors, including graphic designers, videographers, photographers, web developers, and translators to complete projects
- Integrate environmental education into digital and outreach campaigns
- Develop creative social media content and manage regular posts across platforms
- Maintain website, update content, and enhance search engine optimization
- Track, evaluate, and report analytics for all communication efforts/platforms
- Compose press releases and develop relationships with local media outlets to increase coverage of KOB’s activities
- Work with the Executive Director to identify and pursue new funding opportunities to support operations and programs
- Write content for grant applications and reports
- Develop/execute campaigns and events to cultivate relationships and solicit donations from existing and new donors
- Oversee KOB’s donor database, maintain updated records, and generate development reports
- Participate in community meetings and events to foster relationships with key stakeholders and partner organizations
- Provide general program support and help coordinate various KOB community events
Characteristics & Skills
We are looking for a hardworking professional who embodies the following characteristics and skills. If this describes you, we encourage you to apply!
- Extremely passionate about environmental stewardship & environmental justice, and helping Omaha become a more sustainable and equitable city
- Outstanding writing and editing skills (the candidate must love to write and is very skilled at it)
- Creative thinker with a knack for generating and implementing innovative ideas
- Excellent verbal communication and interpersonal skills with an ability to interact effectively with the public, donors, volunteers, and program partners
- Highly organized and strong attention to detail
- Dedicated to consistently producing professional, high-quality work
- Skilled in working cooperatively with others in a team-oriented environment
- Able to think critically and problem solve independently when issues arise
- Tech-savvy and willing to adopt and learn new software and digital-based processes
- Flexible and able to manage multiple duties and tasks simultaneously
We are a very active and mobile team that conducts work throughout the city. In order to provide programming for all of Omaha, we ask that candidates possess the following:
- Must have a valid driver’s license and access to a personal vehicle. KOB is supportive of active multi-modal transportation (walk, bike, bus, carpool) and even provides a public transportation commuting benefit, but given the nature of our work and this position, reliable access to a vehicle is necessary.
- Must be able to work in an office environment with potential for long hours in front of a computer and be able to stand and work at community events.
- Must be able to lift up to 30 pounds in order to assist with setting up and tearing down for community events.
Required Education & Experience
- A minimum of an associate’s degree in communications, marketing, sustainability, education, environmental science, environmental justice, nonprofit management, or another relevant field
- At least two years of professional experience involving writing, marketing, communications, social media & website management, fundraising, special event planning, community outreach, and/or nonprofit program management
Additional Preferences (not required, but a major plus)
- Biliterate and bilingual in English and Spanish
- Experience developing a communications strategy and materials for successful fundraising and/or outreach campaigns
- Experience writing successful grants and/or completing grant reports
- Proficient in Adobe Creative Suite
- Skilled in video production, photography, and/or website development
- Experience coordinating large-scale events
- Comfortable speaking in front of large groups
- Specialized training in specific sustainability-related topics and/or a bachelor’s degree+ in one of the aforementioned fields noted in the “Education & Experience” section
Schedule, Worksite, & Compensation
- Full-time (40 hours/week) with occasional evening or weekend work (community events), especially in the spring and fall
- Reports directly to the Executive Director and works at KOB’s office located in Suite 306 at 1819 Farnam Street; however, until COVID-19 levels are deemed safe, the candidate will work remotely
- Competitive compensation based on talents, skills, and experience (starting salary range: $43,000 to $45,000)
- Attractive benefits package that includes a potential end-of-year financial incentive for outstanding performance, flexible work schedule arrangements, a health benefit/wellness stipend, generous paid time off, an allotment for professional development, mobile phone benefit, public transportation benefit, life and long-term disability insurance, and a retirement savings benefit
KOB subscribes to a strengths-based approach. There is opportunity to grow in this position and to take on different responsibilities. We work to tailor the role to the strengths and interests of the selected candidate and modify the position as the individual develops professionally.
Ultimately, we are looking for someone with the right talents, potential, and commitment to our mission – an individual who believes in environmental stewardship and community engagement, and truly wants to make Omaha a more vibrant, sustainable, and equitable city.
On December 28th, we begin the selection/interview phase. Prior to this date, you are welcome to submit your tailored resume and tailored cover letter to KOB's Executive Director (Chris Stratman) at HelloKOB@cityofomaha.org. In the subject line of your email, please type KOB Communications & Development Coordinator - Your First & Last Name. In your cover letter, we also request that you clarify how you heard about the position. Thank you!