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Now Hiring - Community Outreach Coordinator

The County of San Mateo is looking for a Spanish/English bilingual individual to join the Office of Community Affairs, as an Outreach Coordinator.

The Office of Community Affairs manages activities performed by the North Fair Oaks Forward team. The North Fair Oaks Forward team was formed in response to Supervisor Warren Slocum's request for a coordinated approach to informing and engaging the North Fair Oaks community in county-sponsored projects and services that will affect their future.

The team organizes community outreach and engagement efforts coordinate the outreach work for multiple County departments with projects within unincorporated areas of San Mateo County, including North Fair Oaks.

North Fair Oaks is an unincorporated area of San Mateo County surrounded by Redwood City, Menlo Park, and Atherton.  North Fair Oaks is governed by the County of San Mateo and represented by San Mateo County Board of Supervisor Warren Slocum. North Fair Oaks also has a Community Council that serves as an advisory council to the Board of Supervisors.  
 
The community is home to just over 15,000 residents, about 75% of whom are Hispanic or Latino.  In November of 2011, the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors adopted the North Fair Oaks Community Plan, which establishes the vision for the community and outlines the goals for the development and physical composition of North Fair Oaks for the next 25 to 30 years.  The Plan incorporates new policies, programs, regulations and strategies to meet the needs of the current and future residents and workforce. (Additional information can be found at www.nfoforward.org).

With a predominantly Spanish-speaking community makeup, outreach is always conducted bilingually and includes many opportunities for in-person meetings and interactions. The North Fair Oaks Forward team has done a great job of community engagement and there are significant projects on the immediate horizon that will require creativity and hard work! It's an exciting and challenging time to be involved!

The next NFO Forward team member will work with two other bilingual outreach coordinators at the direction of the Assistant County Manager and report to the Lead Coordinator.  The NFO Forward team also works closely with District Four Supervisor, Warren Slocum, and his legislative staff, as well as the appointed members of the North Fair Oaks Community Council. The outreach team members work with a diverse range of community members and community leaders, including educators, non-profit organizations, religious groups, business owners, and youth. Team members must be comfortable with people from all walks of life and must be able to comport themselves appropriately.
 Examples Of Duties:
Responsibilities and duties include, but are not limited to, the following:

Maintain strong relationships with community leaders, residents, and business owners in North Fair Oaks to engage the overall community in various initiatives set by the County of San Mateo.
Collaborate with various County departments and act as a liaison between the North Fair Oaks community and public agencies to share information and collect public input.
Plan, coordinate, and staff a wide range of meetings and events, including during evenings and weekends.
Translate documents, presentations, and other content from English to Spanish and vice versa.
Update website, social media posts, mass emails, newsletters, and databases
Provide assistance and staff support as needed.

If you are interested in work that has an impact and makes positive change, we would like to hear from you! 


 Qualifications:

Minimum requirements:

Education:  The successful completion of a Bachelor's degree, preferably in a related field (e.g. Political Science, Urban Planning, Chicano Studies, Spanish, etc.)
Language Skills:  Oral and written fluency in English and Spanish.
Experience:  Any work or volunteer experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and skills.


The Ideal candidate will possess:

Strong communication skills and interpersonal skills.
Ability to coordinate multiple projects, organize priorities, and manage a flexible schedule.
Experience working with a diversity of people (e.g. ethnic background, religion, nationality, education level, language, socio-economic status, etc.)
Confidence in public speaking in both Spanish and English.
Ability to work independently and complete tasks with minimal supervision and work collaboratively as a team member.
Ability to offer creative solutions or new programs for consideration and the ability to think critically about issues and challenge old ideas.
Experience creating visual and written materials or presentations.  Some experience in web design and graphic design is preferred.
Proficient computer skills; e.g. Microsoft Office.
Commitment to developing a better neighborhood for the North Fair Oaks community.


Salary and Benefits:

This position is funded for 12-months and could be extended contingent on performance and program needs.
An annual salary of $41,600.00 or $20.50 per hour is offered and includes County benefits summarized at hr.smcgov.org/benefits.
The position includes a portable 401A retirement plan and is not eligible for a defined benefit County pension.


 Application/Examination:
Anyone may apply.  Applications are due by Wednesday, February 14, 2018, at 11:59 pm

Application materials will be reviewed as they are received and those applicants demonstrating the matching skills sets will be invited to an interview on February 21 and/or 22, 2018.  The position will be filled in March 2018.  Spanish/English bilingual skills and a bachelor's degree are required for this position.  

To apply for this exciting job opportunity, please go to the County's online application system at http://jobs.smcgov.org.  Once there you will complete a portion of the County Employment Application Form.  Then you must attach the following documents in Word or PDF format:
 

Resume.
Cover Letter that describes your interest in the position.
Responses to these three Supplemental Questions (2-page limit total):

 

Describe your personal background and overall experience (work, academic, volunteer, etc.), and explain why your background and experience make you a good fit for this position.
Describe a time when strong communication skills (e.g. written, verbal, online, in-person, etc.) helped you succeed in completing a task or achieving a goal.
Explain what the word "community" means to you and describe a past experience that deepened your understanding of community.  Then, if applicable, explain your experience with community outreach and engagement.


If you are currently on the County's website, you may click the "Apply Online" button above or below. If you are not on the County's website, please go to http://jobs.smcgov.org to apply.  Incomplete applications, i.e., applications without the three attachments, will not be considered.

For additional information regarding the application process, please call (650) 363-1938 or (650) 363-4385.
 
Final Closing Date for Application Submissions: Wednesday, February 14, 2018, at 11:59 pm

 

Click here to view the full job posting and apply online!