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Community Engagement Officer

Foothill House of Hospitality Grass Valley, CA

  • Posted: over a month ago
  • $30 Hourly
  • Full-Time
Job Description: *This full-time position is located in Grass Valley, California (a halfway point between lake Tahoe and Sacramento). Partial telecommuting may be considered at the discretion of the Development Director.IMPORTANT: THIS POSITION REQUIRES A MINIMUM OF THREE PROFESSIONAL WRITING SAMPLES AND A COVER LETTER. APPLICATIONS WITHOUT THESE MATERIALS WILL NOT BE REVIEWED OR CONSIDERED FOR EMPLOYMENT. Supplemental materials may be emailed to Hospitality House began as a shared vision in 2005 when concerned Nevada County citizens came together to help individuals struggling with homelessness. After operating as a nomadic shelter for eight years, Hospitality House opened its doors as an emergency shelter, Utah’s Place, in 2013. It became the first and only permanent homeless shelter in Nevada County, and remains the only general use emergency shelter today. Hospitality House plays a critical role in the community, offering emergency shelter, street outreach, food, clothing, job training, customized case management, mental health counseling, enrichment classes, transportation, recuperative care, pet-care, housing assistance, and homelessness prevention services. If you share our vision of helping Nevada County residents return to housing with care and compassion, we invite you to join our team as the Community Engagement Officer! The Community Engagement Officer is a public relations professional, playing a critical role working at the intersection of marketing and development. With emphasis on outreach, donor development/fundraising, grant writing, and special event/volunteer management, the Community Engagement Officer raises awareness and financial support for Hospitality House. through speaking engagements interacting with the media, and other public relations activities Ideal candidates bring a natural flair for writing, fundraising, and community outreach, passion for helping others, and a friendly and dynamic personality. POSITION SUMMARYUnder direct supervision of the Development Director, this position is primarily responsible for assisting with the implementation of Hospitality House’s fundraising and public relations functions through a variety of activities. In coordination with other team members, the Community Engagement Officer supports the goals and direction of the department and agency. ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES Community OutreachCultivates speaking engagement opportunities to share the good work of Hospitality House.Makes public appearances/accepts speaking engagements to share information about Hospitality House and our homeless residents of Nevada County.Leads tours of the shelter to raise awareness and support.Produces well-branded presentations for various community outreach events and speaking opportunities for the Development Director and Executive Director.Attends community activities and events that will facilitate relationships with prospective and existing major donors. Marketing and CommunicationsMaintains and updates the website as directed.Writes, edits, and proofreads monthly newsletters, e-blasts, memos, the annual report, press releases, and other materials as needed by the Development Director, Executive Director, and other staff.Creates and maintains a “Success Stories” page on the website. Keeps page up to date with compelling examples on how donations have impacted organizational outcomes.Tells stories through creative copy and video creation.Coordinates video shoots for marketing outreach, showcasing the good work of Hospitality House through guest, volunteer, donor, and staff interviews.Writes stories on guests struggling with homelessness.Assists with social media promotions and scheduling as needed.Assists with writing newspaper columns promoting Hospitality House and providing ongoing community education.Supports the Development Director’s efforts to develop and maintain good relationships with local partners through electronic and print media.Supports the Development Director’s work with KVMR to promote and highlight the work of Hospitality House. Fundraising & Events StrategyWorks with Development Director and Marketing & Development Specialist to create, implement and document Hospitality House’s short- and long-term fundraising plans.Coordinates and implements direct mail solicitations and other donations.Contributes fundraising ideas and strategizes for growth.Stays up to date on fundraising trends through seminars and webinars.Helps with coordination of events, including start-to-finish planning and identification and solicitation of sponsorships.Helps prepare all written materials for events. Grants Identification, Solicitation, and ManagementContributes to foundation grant-seeking activities including research, writing, and reporting.Develops funding proposals for charitable foundations, corporate charitable funds, service clubs, and other similar funds.Ensures compliance with private fundraising contract obligations, creating an annual calendar to safeguard timely reporting. Writes and submits grant reports as required.Works with program staff to ensure that donor-restricted gifts are spent according to their intended purpose and timeline as well as appropriate reporting requirements are met. Donor Development and Acknowledgements, Tracking, ReportingWorks with the development team processing donations and acknowledgments; ensures accuracy of donor information in the e-Tapestry database.Assists in the development and expansion of the Legacy Circle (planned- giving) and Hearts & Hands Club (monthly-giving) programs.Helps with mailings and other reports.Assists in the creation of donor appeals as needed.Monitors and maintains data accuracy, integrity, and confidentiality of all records.Engages prospective donors and supporters in a friendly manner to steward positive relationships and share organizational updates. Other Essential DutiesAttends weekly one-on-one meetings with the Development Director to obtain assignments and coordinate weekly activities to ensure that deadlines are met.Other duties as assigned. QUALIFICATIONSTo perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCEBachelor’s degree (B.A.) from a four-year college or university; or one to two years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience. LANGUAGE SKILLSAbility to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to write in a variety of styles including articles, press releases, routine reports, web-content, grant applications, and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively before groups of agency stakeholders and partners, public officials, employees, volunteers, and the general public. COMPUTER SKILLSIntermediate to advanced computer skills including, internet software, Microsoft 365 (Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint), design software, Photoshop, publisher software, and database Software (preferably Blackbaud e-Tapestry). Experience in professional video editing, such as Abode Premiere Pro, preferred but not required. CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONSCurrent vehicle insurance and a valid CA state driver’s license. OTHER SKILLS, ABILITIES, AND QUALIFICATIONS:Availability to work some evenings and weekends.Familiarity with Nevada County a plus.Brings energy and passion for the mission and vision of Hospitality House as it works to we work together to meet the needs of people experiencing homelessness in Nevada CountyPHYSICAL DEMANDSThe physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand and walk. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. WORK ENVIRONMENTThe work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate to high with high levels of distraction. HH Employment is available to eligible people regardless of religion, race, color, national origin, sex, or disability.

Foothill House of Hospitality


Grass Valley, CA
95945 USA



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