Water Equity Program Assistant
Water Equity Program Assistant— Los Angeles, CA
TreePeople is an environmental nonprofit that has played, and will continue to play, a leading role in mobilizing Angelenos, private businesses and government agencies to work together to create resilient urban communities capable of withstanding the mounting challenges of climate change.
TreePeople is currently seeking a highly motivated Water Equity Program Assistant to support the WaterTalks program, a county-wide community engagement program focused on water issues.
This individual will administer one or more contract programs, which may include coordination of community engagement efforts carried out by TreePeople or partner organizations working across Los Angeles County. The Water Equity Program Assistant will also support TreePeople’s efforts to coordinate, manage, and conduct community organizing to increase participation in the program.
TreePeople seeks a candidate with experience in environmental, equity and education issues, especially water and green infrastructure-related issues in the LA Region, and engaging local communities.
ESSENTIAL JOB RESPONSIBILITIES:
Participate as part of a team to design a Community Strengths and Needs Assessment tool (survey) to gain grassroots feedback on local water-related issues.
Participate in and support data collection as part of Strengths and Needs Assessment Workshops and Interviews with community members and their representatives; write reports that interpret key messages that emerge from community feedback and discussions, while assessing the level of honest engagement of participants, for use in later data analysis and findings of community needs.
Organize and support data collection as part of Strengths and Needs Assessment Workshops and Interviews with schools, school districts, and relevant personnel.
Provide knowledge and/or research as needed, particularly in urban water-related topics such as drinking water, sanitation, stormwater management, flood control and consumer cost.
Conduct on-one-on interviews as assigned, including detailed note-taking on both individual response and potential relation to systemic themes.
Provide key logistics for scheduling multiple outreach workshops and data collection interviews, coordinating between multiple NGO partners and TreePeople staff.
Provide support to Community Based Organizations, subcontractors, and independent contractors to ensure contract deliverables are met.
Provide support in engaging various stakeholders in watershed assessment, planning, and project implementation.
Contract Coordination: Provide active administration on public-funded programs and contracts as assigned, including support for procurement and subcontracting, ongoing reporting and close-out; meeting key dates and deadlines, and record-keeping.
Follow contract-related internal processes, protocols and policies.
Store and maintain contract records in an electronic data management system.
Serve as a link between assigned programs and finance dept on fiscal-related matters including but not limited to contract invoicing and collections, and subcontractor and vendor invoices and payment.
Participate in meetings, coordinate programmatic input and write and review briefs to prepare organizational Leadership for high-profile meetings and events.
Establish and maintain high quality interactions and clear and consistent communications across TreePeople’s teams, sub-teams,, and partners in the field.
Provide support in general community engagement efforts as needed.
Aid in development and design of new contract programs, especially community engagement programs.
Strong leadership, team-building and problem-solving skills.
Aptitude for interacting collaboratively.
Valid CA Driver’s License and proof of insurance.
Proven track record of verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills, leadership abilities, nonprofit business acumen, and detail-oriented approach with the ability to establish credibility, trust and rapport with employees and other partners.
Experience in project administrative support or management.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
Bilingual (Spanish) strongly preferred.
Background experience in water and urban planning and infrastructure strongly preferred.
Background experience supporting and working with low income communities in Los Angeles strongly preferred.
Knowledge of environmental, equity and education issues especially urban water and/or green-infrastructure issues in the LA Region, and engaging local communities.
Presentation: Solid skills/experience presenting at workshops, community and agency meetings.
Collaboration: Experience working in team environments, developing relationships and facilitating ongoing dialogue with multiple project partners, including public agencies, municipalities, elected offices, and NGOs.
Works independently, handles multiple priorities and tight timelines.
Strategic and dedicated approach to complex problem-solving.
Ability to remain flexible and adapt to multiple processes prone to change.
Ability to schedule, set up and track multiple-stakeholder meetings.
Attention to detail in writing and proofing material, thorough notation of meeting conversations, tracking and managing projects, contracts and grants.