Reports to: MWA Director of Policy & Grants
Classification: 22.5 hours/week, temporary, contract
Term: One year from Start Date, with potential for renewal (funding dependent)
The Musconetcong Watershed Association (MWA), incorporated as a nonprofit 501 (c) (3) organization in 1992, is committed to protecting and improving the quality of the Musconetcong River Watershed, including its natural and cultural resources, through public education and awareness programs, water quality monitoring, promotion of sustainable land management practices, and community involvement.
We believe that a community that is fully aware of the importance and vulnerability of its natural resources is a community that will actively support efforts to ensure environmental quality. The Policy Assistant will assist the Director Policy and Grants in supporting a six-organization water quality protection partnership that aims to raise awareness of the region’s recreational resources, their vulnerability, and coordinate a social media campaign to ensure appropriate protections. Key tasks will be project management (i.e. organizing meetings, taking notes, coordinating deliverables and schedules with partners and MWA staff and organizing materials for grant reports), communications support including development of print and online materials, and conducting public and policymaker outreach (i.e. in-person, written, telephone, and public records requests). In addition, they will support development activities related to recreational activities by generating information required for fundraising and funder reporting.
Duties and Responsibilities
- Provide project coordination support for a multi-organization partnership project. Tasks include organizing meetings, developing and maintaining grant tracking and reporting templates, taking meeting notes, and collecting materials for grant reporting.
- Support related development activities, such as contributing to proposals, gathering Letters of Support, etc.
- Development of content and message framing for social media, public fact sheets, social media toolkits, in coordination with Policy Director.
- Development of issue briefs (1-2 pages) and other outreach materials that synthesize scientific and regulatory information, and make these materials accessible to the public.
- Coordinate communications activities with MWA staff external partners, including calls to action.
- Development of a social media campaign, supporting six partner organizations, including:
- Coordination with a graphic designer to develop unified branding, including colors, format, look and feel for a policy campaign across all formats, include online, social media, presentations, and print.
- Collection of recreational user stories and images for utilization in campaign, including consent for publication.
- Development and management of a campaign micro site.
- Bachelor’s degree in Communications, Public Policy, Environmental Studies or a related field preferred; relevant experience may be considered.
- Must be creative both visually and with message development, able to reach the public on issues of interest to them, able to focus on multiple competing priorities, and have track record of partnership work.
- Well-organized and able to communicate professionally in writing and verbally with partners and policymakers.
- Able to manage time effectively and meet deadlines.
- Work independently and coordinate with other MWA staff as appropriate.
- Project professionalism in the field.
- Flexible schedule, occasional weekend and evening work required.
- Prior experience with policy or communications campaigns desired.
- Requires use of personal vehicle; job related mileage reimbursed.
- Qualified applicants may be asked to submit writing samples or other relevant work products.
The Musconetcong Watershed association is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate
against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.