SUMMARY The Community Liaison is responsible for directly supporting Columbia Basin communities that face challenges, constraints, and barriers in accessing resources. The Community Liaison will support the efforts of those communities to strengthen social, economic and environmental well-being, in a manner consistent with the mandate, values and policies of the Columbia Basin Trust. This includes proactive engagement and facilitation of community dialogue with an aim of identifying projects and opportunities that help the community move forward with its priorities. Where appropriate, the Community Liaison also directly coordinates and helps the community to take next steps to implement their projects. Community Liaisons work within a designated geographic area of the Basin. This position reports to the Senior Manager, Delivery of Benefits.
Directly supports Columbia Basin communities that face challenges, constraints and barriers in accessing resources, and that are seeking assistance to move forward in identifying and addressing their priorities. A significant focus is on the more rural communities within the Basin. This accountability includes: Leading or assisting in planning or project prioritization process in those communities. Where appropriate, directly managing or coordinating projects, as jointly identified by the Trust and communities, that address a community’s priorities, and help a community take the next steps in moving projects forward. Developing, managing and maintaining positive relationships with community organizations, including local government and First Nations community elected officials and staff. Regularly and proactively sharing information with appropriate Trust staff on opportunities to support communities, and opportunities to evolve the Trust’s supports for communities. Proactively supporting communities to access all appropriate Trust resources. Appropriately and respectfully managing expectations in communities of how and when the Trust can provide support. Increasing awareness of the Trust in communities.
Represents the Trust professionally in communities and at events and assists with providing Trust responses to community inquiries.
Other duties as required.
QUALIFICATIONS Training and Experience A minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in a related field or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience. A minimum of five years of experience in managing relationships, demonstrating an increased level of responsibility over time. Excellent knowledge of community and geographical issues and needs within the Basin and in particular rural issues and needs.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Self-motivated and results oriented. Ability to work in communities in an inclusive manner without being aligned with a particular group or individual. Ability to facilitate challenging meetings in a manner that ensures respectful and inclusive input. Well-developed presentation, research, listening, writing, public speaking and communications skills. Ability to assist groups in identifying priorities and move groups to a consensus. Ability to identify and coordinate concrete activities to address issues and opportunities. Ability to decline Trust support where warranted. Critical analysis skills. Project management and granting experience. Ability to travel extensively within the Basin. Use of a personal vehicle for travel. Ability to work flexible hours.