Community Coordinator

Hiring Organization: Chicago Region Trees Initiative (CRTI)
Employment type: Full-Time
Job Location: Lisle, IL
Application Deadline: March 30, 2021

The Chicago Region Trees Initiative (CRTI), a regional coalition of organizations, working together to improve the health of the urban forest in the Chicago region, was founded by The Morton Arboretum, a world-renowned nonprofit dedicated to the study and growth of trees. We are seeking an experienced individual who can join our team to help build strong community relationships through outreach and engagement of community leaders and staff. This individual will need to be able to write and manage grants, including implementation of projects at the local and statewide scale. This individual will need to be able to relay complex topics and strategies to a wide range of audiences in small and large group settings in a clear and concise way through written and oral expression. The CRTI is looking for an individual who is well organized and self motivated to help our team succeed.

Position Summary:  

 Provide and coordinate outreach and education to public landowners and managers for the Chicago Region Trees Initiative (CRTI), a regional coalition of organizations working together to improve quality of life through a healthier urban forest. Coordinate communication and database resources for designated constituents. Represent CRTI to partners and constituents to foster and facilitate improved health and sustainability of the urban and community forest and advance the mission of The Morton Arboretum.

Essential Functions:

  • Provide outreach and education to public landowners and managers to improve community policy, advocacy, and skills, and provide resources related to urban forestry grants and special funding. Prioritize and manage special projects related to community activities for CRTI. 
  • Assist with implementation of the CRTI Master Plan and program objectives through coordination of internal and external groups. 
  • Provide support and coordination for the Trees and Green Infrastructure Work Group to ensure CRTI goals and objectives are achieved.
  • Assist with data collection and reporting related CRTI tracking and the IDNR Community Accomplishments Reporting System (CARS) contact database.
  • Produce a quarterly newsletter to constituents on funding and resource opportunities.
  • Conduct research for projects as needed. Compile, organize, and present data in print and  verbal communication.
  • Solicit and write grant and funding proposals.
  • Organize and maintain community based CRTI files and records, including a contact database. 
  • Occasionally work on projects and activities that take place outside of the seven county region. 
  • Other duties as assigned.