Public Information Representative II (Creek Stewardship Program Coordinator)

Public Information Representative II (Creek Stewardship Program Coordinator)

San Jose, CA

Posted: 10.26.2021

Job title: Public Information Representative II (Creek Stewardship Program Coordinator)
Company Name: Valley Water
Location: San Jose, CA
Type of Job: Regular Position
  
Salary: $9,023.73 – $11,549.20 Monthly
 
Job Type: Full-Time
 
Job Number: 01370-E
 
Location: San Jose, CA
 
Department: Office of External Affairs
 
Closing: 11/8/2021 11:59 PM Pacific
 
Description
 
Office of Civic Engagement Unit (Position Code 0065) COVID-19 vaccination requirement:*To protect our most valuable assets, our employees, as well as the communities we serve, Valley Water requires all new hired Valley Water personnel to be fully vaccinated (for COVID -19) or to be formally excused from the requirement through the **reasonable accommodation process (for details, see bottom of job posting)
 
Overview:
This Public Information Representative II position will oversee the Creek Stewardship Program in the Office of Civic Engagement. They will be responsible for managing the Adopt-A-Creek program, including recruiting and retaining an active portfolio of volunteers, outreach, promotion of the program, and reporting out data to various stakeholders. Additionally, they will be responsible for the management of two major cleanup events: National River Cleanup Day and Coastal Cleanup Day. The major cleanup events are a countywide effort, with this position serving as the lead for Santa Clara County.
 
The position will support the day-to-day activities of creek stewardship, develop and maintain strong partnerships with local agencies and community organizations, as well as recruit and retain an active portfolio of cleanup volunteers. Candidate must have a strong background in communications, outreach, project management, large-scale event coordination, and/or volunteer management. Experience working with diverse communities is ideal.
 
The position will also be responsible participating in collaborative efforts with external stakeholders.
 
This position requires occasional offsite event work at night and on the weekends.
 
Key Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
 
• Oversight and management of Adopt-A-Creek program.
• Oversight and management of National River Cleanup Day & Coastal Cleanup Day.
• Oversight and management of other special clean-up events as necessary.
• Ongoing volunteer management activities, responding to public inquiries regarding creek activities.
• Coordinate the annual Volunteer Recognition Event and support other similar volunteer events as necessary.
• Participate and represent Valley Water in various external collaboratives.
• Oversee the day-to-day activities of temporary staff.
• Oversee the Creek Stewardship subcommittee for Valley Water’s Board Advisory Youth Commission.
• Chair the Creek Connections Action Group (CCAG), a consortium of nonprofit and public agencies that work toward pollution mitigation.
 
Ideal Candidate’s Background Includes:
Applicants whose experience and background best match the ideal experience, knowledge, skills, abilities, and education are considered ideal candidates for the position. To determine the top candidates, each applicant will be assessed based on the ideal candidate criteria as listed below.
 
Ideal Experience:
 
• A minimum of three to five years of experience (more preferred) implementing public/community outreach, PR, advertising, social media/ marketing, and communications initiatives.
• Project management and special events management/coordination experience.
• Volunteer management experience, including recruitment and retention.
• Experience developing and implementing public information and education campaigns, with public engagement/ community outreach, policy, journalism, and/or social marketing campaigns.
• Experience developing and leading outreach presentations, both internally and externally (educational presentations to community groups, youth, and presentations to committees and management teams).
• Experience building relationships with other agencies, organizations, and the community.
• Experience working with the public/ community, volunteers, youth, and developing and implementing programming.
• Experience developing, writing/ editing, and producing persuasive public materials, messaging and/or educational curriculum and materials.
• Experience engaging and working with diverse communities.
 
Ideal Skills and Abilities:
 
• Excellent public speaking and interpersonal skills.
• Solid writing/editing skills, communications, customer service skills.
• Comfortable leading and making public presentations.
• Ability to multitask, problem solve, think creatively, and prioritize tasks.
• Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, particularly PPT, and other online cloud-based tools.
• Graphic production techniques in the distribution of informational materials.
• Ability to monitor and make recommendations for modifications to existing communication.
• Interpret, apply, and explain Valley Water policies, operations, and procedures.
• Comfortable with using or learning social media tools, photography/ video software, marketing, and database tools and/or other online cloud-based systems.
• Solid organization skills, project coordination skills, and relationship building skills.
• Self-starter, detail-oriented, reliable, strong team player.
 
Ideal Knowledge:
 
• Principles, techniques, and methods of public information and community relations.
• Operations, policies, and procedures of Valley Water.
• Current issues and projects impacting Valley Water operations.
 
Ideal Training and Education:
Equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in communications, journalism, graphic design, public relations, education, or a related field. Directly related experience may be substituted for the college requirement on the basis of one and one-half years of experience for one year of education to a maximum of four years.
 
Required License or Certificate
 
Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate, valid California driver’s license. Individuals who do not meet the driver’s license requirement due to a disability will be considered for a reasonable accommodation on a case-by-case basis. To review the Classification Specification, please click http://apps2.valleywater.org/About_Us/_Jobs/Salary_and_classification/_Spec_PDFs/Public Information Representative I-II – 5-2019.pdf https://get.adobe.com/reader/
 
Selection Process
 
(1) The selection process may include one or more of the following: application review, application assessment, performance exercise, written exercise and/or interview.
(2) The Employment Application, Qualifying Information Questions and/or Supplemental Questions will be evaluated based on the ideal candidate criteria listed above. Resumes are highly recommended.
 
NOTE: Position and start date is subject to availability of funds. Valley Water retains the right to repost this position as deemed necessary.
Consideration may be given to existing applicant pools within the same classification.
 
COVID-19 vaccination requirement:* Fully vaccinated means (1) it has been at least two weeks since a person has completed the entire recommended series of a COVID-19 vaccine, and (2) the person has provided proof of vaccination in a form consistent with the requirements for verification of vaccine status in the State of California’s July 26, 2021 Public Health Officer Order.**Limited Exemptions to Vaccination Requirement
 
An individual who has been provided a job offer may request a reasonable accommodation to the vaccination requirement if they:1. Have a contraindication recognized by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or by the vaccine’s manufacturer to every approved COVID-19 vaccine. A contraindication means a condition that makes vaccination inadvisable;2. Have a disability and are requesting an exception as a reasonable accommodation based upon this disability; or,3. Object to COVID-19 vaccination based on their sincerely held religious belief, practice, or observance.
 
Valley Water’s Equal Opportunity Non-Discrimination Policy is available for review upon request.
 
Valley Water will make reasonable efforts in the examination process to accommodate persons with disabilities. Please advise Human Resources in advance of any special needs by calling 408-630-2260.
 
Please be aware that once submitted all application materials become the property of Valley Water and will not be returned. Human Resources staff are not authorized to make copies of application materials for applicants.
 
To apply, please visit https://apptrkr.com/2582775