* Midpen determines hiring level depending on qualifications
Open until filled – first application review on August 15, 2021
Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply early
The application window may close at any time after August 15th without further notice
Are you an organized, innovative, and energetic self-starter who enjoys building community awareness and trust? Do you think strategically about communication and possess top-notch skills to create clear, concise, and engaging content across all channels for multiple audiences? Do you possess efficient project management skills and attention to detail with the ability to organize and prioritize multiple projects in a fast-paced environment? The Public Affairs Specialist I-II position is an exciting opportunity to share your passion and spread the news about Midpen open space preserves, programs, and projects!
About Midpen: Midpen is a regional greenbelt system in the Santa Cruz Mountain region comprised of more than 65,000 acres of land with nearly 250 miles of trails in 26 extraordinary open space preserves, permanently protected for natural resource conservation, public enjoyment, and recreation. Midpen is a public agency with a focused mission that guides our work, and where every employee makes an impact. If you are looking for an outstanding opportunity to contribute to the legacy of open space protection, natural resource restoration and outdoor recreation, working with an incredible team of like-minded colleagues, we invite you to apply for this position! Check out the Working for Midpen video on our Employment Opportunities page.
About the Position: The incumbent will be a part of a cohesive team of nine in the Public Affairs Department. Midpen aims to recruit and retain employees who embody professionalism, accountability, and respect, who value working in a purpose-driven agency that aspires to contribute to an inclusive, diverse, and equitable community. The ideal candidate is comfortable with change and thrives with a full plate and varied workload in a dynamic and collaborative group. You will get a chance to use all your skills and build new ones to accomplish tangible results that make a real contribution to the quality of life in the Bay Area. Qualified candidates will be considered at two experience levels: level II for seasoned professionals who demonstrate independent judgement and significant expertise in outreach, engagement and communications or level I with less experience; see below for details.
Midpen will look for applicants who have demonstrated expertise in the following areas:
At level II, Public Affairs Specialist responsibilities include development, planning, implementation, and evaluation of a wide variety of public affairs programs and projects. The incumbent independently performs a full range of duties including writing media releases, newsletter articles, outreach materials, digital content for web, video and social; media relations and issues management; community outreach and engagement, event planning; administration projects and programs. The ideal candidate will have working knowledge community engagement and communication principles, as well as experience with website content management tools (Drupal 8-9), social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, LinkedIn) and tools (FanBooster), e-mail marketing platforms (MailChimp) and customer relationship management tools (Salesforce, Hubspot).
At level I, the Public Affairs Specialist is responsible for assisting with public affairs programs and projects including public information, media relations, marketing, community outreach and engagement, content development and social media administration.
For additional information about the position, see the Job Description on www.openspace.org. The immediate vacancy is for a fully benefitted limited term position (through March 31, 2023) to support 50th Anniversary celebration events and activities, as well as other projects and programs. Candidates from this recruitment may be considered for future positions in the Public Affairs Department.
A Few Reasons Why You May Love This Job
Collaborative work that directly supports Midpen’s mission to protect and restore the natural environment
You’ll be part of a talented and dynamic team whose work contributes to providing nature’s benefits to everyone
Excellent employee benefits, including medical, dental, vision, tuition reimbursement, and a retirement pension through California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS)
Work Environment:This position requires on-site work in an office environment as part of the Public Affairs Department at the Midpen’s offices in Los Altos, California. Following onboarding and successfully meeting job performance expectations, may be eligible for the flexible work program. Evening, weekends, and holiday work should be expected. This position reports to the Public Affairs Manager or designee.
Education and Experience:We realize your time is valuable, so please apply only if you have at least the required minimum qualifications outlined here: any combination of training and experience that would provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the required qualifications would be equivalent to graduation from an accredited college or university with major coursework in public relations, communications, business administration, or a related field and
Public Affairs Specialist I: one (1) year of increasingly responsible experience in a public affairs, public relations, communication, or community outreach program.
Public Affairs Specialist II: three (3) years of increasingly responsible experience in public affairs, public relations, or communications.
Licenses & Certifications Required:Possession of a valid California Driver’s License.
Benefits:The Open Space District provides an excellent benefits package including health, life & disability insurance as well as CalPERS pension. Please see the Benefits page on Midpen’s website for details.
How to Apply:
A note to applicants who currently live outside of the San Francisco Bay Area: before committing to the application process, and if you haven’t done so already, we suggest evaluating the feasibility of relocation. We recommend researching the cost of living in the San Francisco Bay Area, the cost to relocate, and typical commute times to Los Altos from outlying areas.
Ready to apply? Great! We welcome your application online via CalOpps.org.
The first application review is August 15, 2021.
The followingapplication items are required to be considered*:
Fully completed CalOpps employment application
Supplemental question responses
Three writing samples of work you’ve done in the past (press releases, newsletter articles, blog/social media posts, brochure copy, or other promotional materials)
*Incomplete CalOpps employment applications, or applications without the required application items listed here, will not be considered for the position.
Applicants with the most relevant experience and qualifications suitable for the position will be contacted for an interview.
First Interview (virtual): August 24, 2021
Second Interview/written exercise (may be in person): August 27, 2021
Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District is an Equal Opportunity Employer
Applicants with disabilities may request reasonable accommodation by contacting the Human Resources department at 650-691-1200.
Put your passion for Open Space to work!
About Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District
The District manages a regional greenbelt system in the Santa Cruz Mountain region comprised of nearly 65,000 acres of land in 26 open space preserves, protected for public enjoyment and recreation. The District is a growing organization with a focused mission that guides our work, and where every employee makes an impact. This is an exciting time to be part of the District’s team! If you are looking for a challenging opportunity to contribute to the legacy of open space preservation and recreation, we invite you to apply for this position. To learn more about the District, visit our website, OpenSpace.org, and view our “Working for Midpen” video on our Jobs page.
Our Mission Statement is: to acquire and preserve a regional greenbelt of open space land in perpetuity, protect and restore the natural environment, and provide opportunities for ecologically sensitive public enjoyment and education.