Associate Director of Communications and Communities

Hiring Organization: Colorado State Forest Service
Employment type: Full-Time
Job Location: Fort Collins or Broomfield, CO
Application Deadline: December 9, 2018

Associate Director of Communications and Communities


Research Professional Position

No

Posting Number

201801036AP

Position Type

Admin Professional/ Research Professional

Number of Vacancies

1, located in Fort Collins or Broomfield, Colorado, commensurate with experience level of selected applicant.

Work Hours/Week

40

Proposed Annual Salary Range

$75,000-80,000, commensurate with experience

Desired Start Date

03/01/2018

To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by 11:59pm (MT) on 12/09/2018

Description of Work Unit

The Communications and Communities Division is one of five administrative divisions that work to carry out the mission of the Colorado State Forest Service.

The Communications and Communities Division of the Colorado State Forest Service works collaboratively with other CSFS staff to provide outreach and education to the landowners and citizens of Colorado and supports and enhances the outreach efforts of CSFS forestry professionals throughout the state. The Division also provides administration and oversight of communication and community management programs that directly contribute to the agency’s mission “to achieve stewardship of Colorado’s diverse forest environments for the benefit of present and future generations”.

Position Summary

The Associate Director of Communications and Communities functions as a Senior Level Manager reporting directly to the Director/State Forester of the Colorado State Forest Service (CSFS) and will serve as Acting Director in the absence of the Director when needed. As a member of the CSFS Leadership Team, the Associate Director of Communications and Communities shares the responsibility for all services performed by the CSFS and will be responsible for establishing the strategic direction and long term objectives and goals for the CSFS. The Associate Director will also serve as a member of the Executive Budget Committee, where they will be responsible for analyzing financial resources to ensure CSFS program objectives are met.

The Associate Director will provide leadership, program oversight, coordination and administration of statewide communications and community forestry programs, policies, and procedures in the following areas: Urban and Community Forestry, Project Learning Tree, Landowner Engagement, Publications and Forestry Education, External and Media Communications, and Website and Digital Communications. The staff that they oversee are responsible for programmatic budgets ranging from $2,000 to $300,000, totaling over $2.1 million and spanning multiple years of funding. Additionally, they are responsible for planning the work to be assigned and accomplished by staff, and establishes production or quality standards for the staff’s work.

Required Job Qualifications

  • A Bachelor’s degree (or greater) in communications, public relations, journalism, forestry, another natural resource program, or other related degrees will be considered.
  • Five years of progressive experience in the administration of public relations, public affairs, outreach, and/or communication-related programs.
  • Four years of experience in direct management of staff with demonstrated ability to manage personnel, budgets, daily operations, and/or specialized projects.
  • Successful applicants must have a valid driver’s license or the ability to obtain a driver’s license or access to a licensed driver by the employment start date.

Preferred Job Qualifications

  • Postgraduate, training and/or education in communications, public relations, forestry, another natural resource program, or other related degree is highly desired.
  • Experience with local, regional, and national interests, concerns, issues, and goals related to forestry and natural resources management.
  • Experience providing editorial, writing, or publications direction.
  • Combined experience in communities, public affairs, public relations, and/or forestry.
  • Experience in communities or public affairs for a government organization.
  • Experience with field level natural resource and land management operations sufficient to advise staff from many natural resource disciplines.
  • Ability to communicate effectively in writing and verbally with diverse groups and individuals including technical experts, managers and resource staff at all levels of the agency to advise on and promote program goals and objectives.
  • Ability to develop and maintain effective work relationships with individuals both within and outside an organization to facilitate accomplishment of program goals.
  • Experience with group facilitation and problem-solving techniques to plan and conduct workshops, meetings, and training for resource and technical professionals.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion.
  • Experience with organizing staff and resources to carry out division responsibilities through integrated work planning and scheduling.
  • Knowledge of training and employee development principles and practices to ensure a well-trained and qualified workforce agency-wide.
  • Experience with direct supervision of permanent employees, setting and evaluating performance standards, and ensuring professional development
  • Demonstrated ability to work cooperatively and effectively in teams, advancing outcomes with internal staff, external partners, and cooperators.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and at a high level of proficiency.

Diversity Statement

Applicants are expected to possess demonstrated knowledge of and relevant ability with culturally diverse communities among potential target and constituent populations.

Essential Duties 

  • Job Duty Category
    • CSFS Leadership
  • Duty/Responsibility
    • Serve as a member of the CSFS Leadership Team that provides vision and direction to the Director of the CSFS in order to develop short and long term strategic plans, objectives and goals.
    • Serve as a member of the CSFS Executive Budget Committee; review analysis of financial resources to ensure CSFS program objectives are met. The Associate Director must be able to consider solutions for competing resources; using best practices to achieve success with limited resources. They will also participate in CSFS annual work planning across all program areas.
    • Develop CSFS policy and practices to ensure consistency in program delivery.
    • Consult on personnel actions: hiring prioritization, compensation analysis, performance reviews. Provide guidance and direction on CSFS staffing needs and direction.
    • Regularly represent the CSFS at external meetings with partners and cooperators.
    • Provide high-level guidance and coordination to the CSFS Management Team, as needed, to facilitate a coordinated effort between the Leadership Team and Management Team members.
  • Percentage Of Time
    • 50%

Essential Duties 

  • Job Duty Category
    • Program Administration
  • Duty/Responsibility
    • Provide leadership, oversight, coordination and administration of statewide Communications and Communities program areas and advises agency Leadership on current emerging issues in Urban and Community Forestry and other Outreach program. The position will work collaboratively with CSFS customers and partners to meet these program delivery needs. This position will also require strong leadership and interpersonal skills, and excellent communication abilities.
    • Oversee staff who are responsible for programmatic budgets ranging from $2,000 to $300,000, totaling over $2.1 million and spanning multiple years of funding.
    • Coordinate with the CSFS Director and other Associate Directors to ensure agency staff is keeping current with emerging Urban and Community Forestry and other Outreach program. Facilitates training opportunities as needed to bring this knowledge to CSFS staff.
  • Percentage Of Time
    • 25%

Essential Duties 

  • Job Duty Category
    • Supervision
  • Duty/Responsibility
    • Plan the work to be accomplished by staff, assigns work to employees, and establishes production or quality standards for the staff’s work, including but not limited to:
    • Approve personnel documents and timekeeping.
    • Establish and communicate guidelines and performance requirements to employees.
    • Conduct formal performance reviews.
    • Mentor direct reports and other division staff in the development and review of programs in association with evaluating employee performance.
    • Identify and provide for the developmental and training needs of employees.
    • Assures full compliance with safety policies and procedures.
  • Percentage Of Time
    • 25%

Application Details

  • Special Instructions to Applicants
    • For full consideration, please apply by December 9, 2018, 11:59 pm (MT) with a Cover Letter, a Resume or CV, Management/Leadership Philosophy (uploaded to the Special Required Documentation slot) and sample(s) of writing and/or communication/media outreach material for a public facing audience (uploaded to the Writing Samples slot). (Please note: only one upload is allowed into each slot. Documents must be combined to upload).
      Please provide contact information for 3 to 5 professional references within your application.
  • Please address how you meet both the required and preferred qualifications in your cover letter. Please allow at least three weeks for us to review your application materials and determine those candidates we plan to invite to interview. If you are not selected for an interview, we will send you notification when the process is complete. Should you be invited to an in-person interview, the Colorado State Forest Service will cover all reasonable travel expenses per candidate. At the time of on-campus interviews, application materials of finalist candidates will be made available to Forest Service and other relevant constituents. References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates.
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