Fort Wayne Trails, Inc. is Hiring!

Community Engagement Manager

Job Posting, June 14, 2019

Fort Wayne Trails is seeking a Community Engagement Manager, who will be responsible for relaying our mission to the public as well as government and businesses, through outreach and programming strategies, event planning and management, and storytelling both digitally and in print.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Engagement with the Community and Donors by planning and implementing ongoing programs and special events such as the Pufferbelly Race, fundraisers and other events; and managing volunteers and subcontractors for these programs and events. Update and distribute the annual Trails Map. Assist with special projects and other duties as needed.

Storytelling of Mission through newsletters and other media to share donor opportunities, events, and milestones with our government partners, the public and our supporters, utilizing the website, email, social media, and push notifications. Overseeing the creation and design of marketing pieces, promotional materials, and collateral that reflect the company brand and core values.

Application Submission:

Deadline 5:00pm, June 24th, 2019

Please submit the following online:

Application Narrative addressing the following:

1. Fort Wayne Trails is a small non-profit organization with a culture that depends on each individual being able to work independently and as a team with 100% engagement. How would you contribute to this culture

2. Provide an example of a project or event that you managed and how you reached the desired outcome.

3.Direct us to websites, instagram posts, and blogs that you currently manage or have managed in the past.

Also Include:

1. Cover letter

2. Resume

3. Contact Information for two References

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Job Description:

Fort Wayne Trails is a nonprofit advocacy organization. We work with government and elected officials to accomplish our mission which is to act as a community partner and advocate in the development of a connected, multi-purpose system of trails in Allen County.

Through outreach and programming strategies that include event management and storytelling (including digital, and print materials) the Community Engagement Manager will be responsible for relaying our mission to the public as well as government and business.

The Community Engagement Manager will report to the Executive Director, and will collaborate closely with the Sustainability Director. As this is a small office, there will be times that all hands will be needed to complete a task. Flexibility and a strong commitment to the goals and mission of Fort Wayne Trails are essential.

As a staff member, the Community Engagement Manager is expected to maintain confidentiality in some matters and provide excellent interaction with and general support and assistance to other staff members to ensure efficient and professional office operations.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES Include the following. Other duties may be assigned as deemed necessary.

Engagement Activities

  • Plan and implement all details of annual and special events such as the Pufferbelly Race, Brewed IN the Fort, Trek the Trails and other programs.
  • Including all event logistics, silent auction preparation, and day-of coordination.
  • Research and attend other opportunities to tell the FWT’s story such as Health Fairs.
  • Recruit, train, and supervise volunteers for events.
  • Clearly communicate event needs to volunteers and FWT staff.
  • Work with the Sustainability Director to advertise events and activities.
  • Coordinate creation of promotional materials and printed collateral with subcontractors.
  • Gather quotes and order needed materials for events.
  • Track results and outcomes of events for reporting purposes.
  • Update and distribute FWT’s map, including working with Trail Friendly Businesses to ensure artwork is correct.

Storytelling of Mission

  • Maintain and update website with current information.
  • Maintain, monitor, and moderate social media channels.
  • Independently create content for print and digital media that tells the FWT’s story.
  • Respond to email inquiries sent via the website and social media.
  • Create press releases and interact with traditional media outlets including newspaper and television. Post events to online community calendars.
  • Regularly post information to social media channels to keep them current.
  • Together with the Sustainability Director, create and run promotional campaigns on social media channels.
  • Create and publish App Push Notifications
  • Design of various office forms, flyers as needed.
  • Assist the Sustainability Director in telling the FWT’s story in yearly fundraising campaigns.

Other Daily Functions

  • Assist with special projects and other duties as needed.
  • Attend all Marketing Committee meetings as the representative staff member.


  • Strong commitment to goals and mission of Fort Wayne Trails.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and experience working with a variety of audiences of various sizes from one on one to 100 or more.
  • Self-motivated with the ability to work independently and in teams.
  • Experience managing social media channels such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks and goals, problem-solve and prioritize among assignments.
  • Extensive computer skills (Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Publisher and the Internet) and word processing and data entry skills.
  • Strong typing and proofreading skills.
  • Professional attitude toward work, staff and visitors.
  • Promptness, reliability and sound judgment required.
  • Good sense of humor and creative approach to tasks.
  • Ability to see the big picture and anticipate and support needs of staff members.
  • Ability to work effectively under pressure without close supervision.
  • Basic photography skills.
  • Experience with graphic editing tools, such as Adobe InDesign and Photoshop.
  • Familiarity with HTML and web design.


  • Bachelors Degree with 2-4 years experience preferred; or 3-5 years comparable experience in Outreach, Communications, Event Management, and Marketing.


The annual salary range for this position will be $30,000.00-$35,000.00. Starting salary negotiable based upon experience and qualifications of applicant. Other benefits include access to group health insurance with a portion paid by employer, access to a simple IRA with company match, 2 weeks paid vacation and paid holidays.

The Executive Director or designee will conduct annual performance related reviews. Based upon the year-end review, the employee will be eligible for yearly increases in compensation.


Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business communications, technical plans, or governmental regulations. Familiarity with non-profit communication and jargon. Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedural manuals. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from managers, donors, trail users and the general public.


Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand, and walk for extended periods of time such as during events. Employee will also frequently sit; use hands to handle or feel; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl, talk and hear. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Employee is expected to be able to ride a bike 10 miles on a flat surface. Specific vision abilities required by this job include distance vision, color vision, and depth perception.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently exposed to an inside office setting, or outside weather conditions. The noise level can vary from an office setting to a moderately noisy construction worksite or event venue.


Flexible schedule includes daytime office hours with staff as well as weeknight and weekend events several times a month. A weekly time allocation will be required.


All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regards to age, race, color, religion, sex, disability, veteran’s status, national origin, or sexual orientation. Reasonable accommodations for persons with a known disabling condition will be considered in accordance with State and Federal Law.

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