- Full-Time Equivalent: 1.0 FTE
Ride Connection is looking for a collaborative, engaging, relationship and community builder to join our Development and Marketing team as the Communications Outreach Specialist.
The Communications Outreach Specialist supports Ride Connection and its services by identifying outreach opportunities and developing and maintaining relationships with community partners, potential donors, and communities in need. The person in this role will engage with communities across Oregon and generate awareness, interest, and excitement around the mission and services of Ride Connection to increase fundraising, volunteer recruitment, RideWise referrals, interest in employment opportunities, and community engagement. This will be done through various community outreach and marketing tactics, including social media, email and print communication, presentations, and tabling at events. This role will work closely with the Development, RideWise and Mobility for Health Teams to connect with underserved communities and make people more knowledgeable about Ride Connection’s services. The Communications Outreach Specialist will report to the Communications and Marketing Manager.
This is a full-time, non-exempt position with a starting salary of $20.16 - $30.24 per hour and occasional evening and weekend hours. Ride Connection offers an excellent benefits package, including comprehensive medical, dental, and vision insurance, an Employee Assistance Program, 403(b)-retirement plan with automatic employer contribution plus a match up to 2%, Flexible Spending Account with up to $500 annual employer contribution, 10 days of paid vacation in your first three years and then increases, twelve holidays, accrued sick leave, and TriMet annual public transportation pass.
Who You Are
- You are a community builder by nature. You view collaboration as key to supporting underserved communities and working with your team and teams across an organization or agency for the common good.
- You value relationships and believe that relationship-building is about cultivating and sustaining meaningful connections that support and uplift everyone.
- You strive to be actively anti-racist and anti-oppressive. You are focused on the lifelong work of addressing your connections and perpetuation of white supremacy and oppression experienced by Black, Brown, and Indigenous communities, AAPI communities, non-white people of color, LGBTQIA2+ people, and people with disabilities, as well as those of the systems and institutions you work in.
- You are intrigued by the nuances of how we communicate and their impacts.
- You know that there is no one-size-fits-all way to converse and connect with people. Because of this, you’re a firm believer in using everything from social media posts to engaging imagery to begin or continue the conversation.
- You get energized by speaking publicly and doing dynamic presentations for and about causes you believe in.
- You do your work through an equity lens.
- You are a proactive problem-solver and are keen on planning and creating processes that respond to or prevent future issues that may arise.
What You’ll Do
- Build relationships with groups and organizations in person, via email, or via phone that leads to customer referrals, including case managers, social workers, schools, and organizations that serve older adults and people with disabilities.
- Support Ride Connection and its service partners by marketing and promoting Ride Connection and its programs.
- Develop outreach strategies that benefit Ride Connection and its programs by engaging with potential riders, volunteers, donors, and community partners.
- Coordinate and provide RideWise informational presentations including general program description and RW safety presentations to interested community members, organizations, as requested.
- Present Ride Connection and its programs publicly by making formal and informal presentations at community meetings, events, or other appropriate venues to diverse audiences.
- Track new supportive service contacts and continuing supportive sites for RideWise (monthly reporting items)
- Assist with ensuring marketing/outreach materials are up to date and follow Ride Connection publication guidelines.
- Assist with coordination and distribution of Ride Connection print materials to various departments and community contacts.
- Assist with Ride Connection events and website management as needed.
- At least two years of experience in community outreach, communications, marketing, or a related field
- Comfort and experience using Microsoft Office programs and Google for presentations and contact tracking.
- Comfort and experience with public speaking at events and giving presentations.
- The ability and willingness to work some evenings and weekends.
- Must pass a National Criminal Record Check, which includes fingerprint identification.
- Valid driver’s license and insurable driving history.
- Experience, lived or otherwise, working with older adults and people with disabilities.
To apply for this position, please send your resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can submit these documents in any format, but pdf works best. Please share what skills and experiences you would bring to this role in your cover letter. Also, please address the following:
- How would you use your skills and experiences to contribute to equity, inclusion, accessibility, and community engagement internally and externally as part of Ride Connection?
Applications will be considered as submitted, so you are encouraged to apply early. Applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled.
About Ride Connection
Ride Connection is a private, non-profit organization based in Portland, Oregon. We offer ways for people to access the goods and services they need to survive and thrive. By giving people the means to get around, we offer independence, health, and inclusion.
The Ride Connection network comprises a collection of agencies that serve older adults and people with disabilities and low-income individuals, and the general public by offering a variety of transportation options in Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington counties.
Together, we provide over 500,000 rides and support more than 2,000 individuals with training and access to public transportation each year.
You can learn more about Ride Connection at www.rideconnection.org.