Under the direction of the Outdoor Education and Outreach Manager, the Diversity Engagement Coordinator will increase the diversity of Texas State Park visitors by nurturing strategic relationships across Texas, with a focus on connecting parks to urban communities in Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, Austin, San Antonio, El Paso, and the Rio Grande Valley.
Performs advanced (senior-level) consultative services and technical assistance work. This position will work closely with organizations that serve audiences underrepresented in Texas State Park visitation in alignment with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) and Texas State Parks Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Plans.
Partnerships may include community and social groups, schools, faith-based organizations, non-profits, and other non-governmental groups and will focus on creating a welcoming environment in State Parks, and by understanding and addressing barriers to visitation for underrepresented groups. Additional projects will include the facilitation of internal diversity trainings for park staff and providing guidance to support new and existing outreach events to minority audiences.
Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s degree.
Comfortable working with diverse groups;
Familiarity of general operations within parks, refuges, nature centers, camps, or similar sites;
One year of developing, assisting, and/or delivering staff/volunteer trainings;
Three years experience conducting outreach, education, or event coordination with diverse populations;
Two years experience building partnerships with diverse community groups.
If driving is required, applicant must possess valid State driver’s license.
One additional year of experience conducting outreach, education, or event coordination with diverse populations may substitute for 30 hours of the required education, with a maximum substitution of 60 semester hours.
Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s degree in one of the following areas: Multicultural and Diversity Studies, Communications, Public Relations, Community Studies, or a closely related field.
Two years experience engaging diverse audiences through public speaking;
One year experience influencing decision-makers or major stake-holders;
Familiarity with organizational strategic planning and implementation of short and long term goals;
Bilingual in English and another language.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES
Knowledge of common barriers to participating in outdoor recreation;
Knowledge of best practices in volunteer recruitment, retention and recognition;
Knowledge of operations within outdoor settings such as parks, refuges, nature centers, camps or similar;
Knowledge of best practices in customer service and inclusive environments;
Knowledge of instructional methods and training techniques including curriculum design principles, learning theory, group and individual teaching techniques;
Knowledge of production, communication and dissemination techniques and methods including alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral and social media
Knowledge of best practices in diversity and inclusion issues, including cultural competency;
Knowledge of local, state, and federal laws related to the program area;
Knowledge of public administration and management techniques;
Knowledge of statistical analysis processes;
Knowledge of budget processes;
Knowledge of research techniques;
Knowledge of training and marketing techniques;
Knowledge of program management processes and techniques;
Skill in using MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook;
Skill in effective verbal and written communications;
Skill in designing and writing engaging newsletters;
Skill in facilitating meetings and trainings using web applications, such as Zoom, Skype, or other webinar applications, including web cameras;
Skill in multicultural communication;
Skill in creating and delivering training for adult learners;
Skill in making independent, sound and timely decisions;
Skill in event coordination and marketing efforts;
Skill in establishing and maintaining effective work relationships with co-workers and work-related contacts;
Skill in developing and maintaining relationships with civic groups, community leaders and public figures;
Skill in social media engagement;
Skill in identifying measures or indicators of program performance and in the use of a computer and applicable software;
Ability to communicate effectively with the public;
Ability to work independently with little or no supervision;
Ability to work as a member of a team;
Ability to travel to various locations;
Ability to gather, assemble, correlate, and analyze facts;
Ability to devise solutions to problems;
Ability to market programs;
Ability to prepare reports;
Ability to develop, evaluate, and interpret policies and procedures;
Ability to serve as a lead worker providing direction to others;
Ability to perform manual labor including, lifting supplies and materials up to 50 lbs.;
Ability to conduct work activities in accordance with TPWD safety program.
Required to work from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday;
Required to work overtime and weekends, as necessary;
Required to perform work outdoors, occasionally in adverse weather conditions;
Required to perform manual labor including, lifting supplies and materials up to 50 lbs.;
May be required to operate a State vehicle;
Required to travel 40% with possible overnight stays;
Must conform to TPWD dress and grooming standards, work rules and safety procedures;
Non-smoking work environment in State buildings and vehicles.
TPWD IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER