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Project Coordinator

Vital Communities

About Vital Communities

Founded in 1993, Vital Communities cultivates the civic, environmental, and economic vitality of the Upper Connecticut River Valley of Vermont and New Hampshire. We bring people together, bridging boundaries and engaging our whole community to create positive change.  Climate change mitigation and adaptation are at the heart of our work. Vital Communities helped create and now coordinates the nation’s first rural Transportation Management Association to reduce vehicle miles traveled in our region. Our energy team has a 10-year track record of reducing energy use and expanding renewable energy generation across all sectors. In 2017 we stepped forward to coordinate the Upper Valley Adaptation Workgroup, seeking to expand our role as a regional and national leader in developing community-based climate solutions.

Vital Communities Project Coordinators are responsible for implementing successful, equitable, inclusive, and community-based projects in collaboration with other staff and community partners. Over time, a Project Coordinator may be assigned and re-assigned to any one or more Vital Communities’ projects as a team member or a project lead.
This is intended to be a regular (not temporary) staff position, with project responsibilities shifting as needed across issue areas and teams.


 Coordinate one or more Vital Communities’ projects, alone or as part of a team.
 Thoughtfully incorporate principles of justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion into all aspects of project design and implementation.
 Develop activities and related timelines to meet project goals.
 Create opportunities for a project’s intended participants/beneficiaries and other key stakeholders to directly inform project design decisions.
 Track project expenses to ensure they do not exceed the project’s budget.
 Evaluate project results and prepare related reports
 Build and manage community partnerships
 Speak publicly about specific projects and about Vital Communities generally.
 Recruit, train, coordinate, and keep track of volunteers and program participants.
 Create and maintain project materials (e.g. training manuals, outreach material, fact sheets).
 Carry out all other project tasks, including but not limited to event planning, event logistics, website updates, printing/compiling materials, scheduling meetings, recording meeting notes, and conducting research.
 Document project implementation processes to make it easy for someone to see, replicate, or expand upon what we did.
 Respectfully collect and share stories to illustrate key challenges and successes, in collaboration with Vital Communities’ communications team.
 Other duties as assigned


Desired Skills and Qualifications
 Passion for working at the community level on issues related to civic, economic, and environmental vitality
 Willingness to learn about new issues and topics in order to lead projects outside of one’s own areas of experience or expertise
 Ability to seek out and work with diverse community members
 Optimistic, outgoing, and positive presence when interacting with the public.
 Strong verbal, written, and visual communication skills
 Attention to detail; efficient and effective organizational skills
 Ability to manage several projects simultaneously while maintaining a clear sense of prioritization within and among different projects
 Flexibility and willingness to adapt in response to emerging needs and priorities
 Ability to work on individual projects with a great deal of personal autonomy, yet also ready and willing to collaborate on team projects

 Desire to learn by doing and continually improve one’s knowledge and skills
 Proficiency in PC computing and aptitude for quick and self-directed learning of new software programs. The team currently uses Microsoft Office, WordPress, Google Suite, Alchemer, Exceed Beyond, Toggl, and Adobe InDesign.
 Access to personal transportation
 Willingness to work occasional nights and weekends (when required for public engagement, stakeholder meetings, etc.)

How to Apply:

Full job description at Email resume and cover letter to Vital Communities will begin reviewing applications on February 17, 2021. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Job Location:

White River Jct, VT

Date Added: February 8, 2021

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