LOR community officers live and work locally in Mountain West communities, and the LOR foundation is hiring a new position in Questa, New Mexico. The work is fast-paced, requiring agile thinking and local roots.
Community officers listen for opportunities to improve livability in their communities, define and scope potential projects, and deliver all kinds of resources—including funding—that support community-driven priorities.
The ideal candidate comes to LOR with deep community connections, an entrepreneurial mindset, and a passion for problem solving. This full-time role requires a caring and curious disposition to understand community needs from different perspectives and strong communication skills to engage people from all backgrounds.
- Meet regularly with local residents, leaders, and elected officials to understand challenges, opportunities, priorities, and plans
- Connect grantees and other community leaders to resources that can elevate their work and projects, including funding sources, information, and technical services
- Actively engage in local and social media to highlight opportunities and solutions in the community; this is an external-facing position and comfort working in a public space is paramount
- Follow relevant social, local, and regional media to identify significant developments and trends
- Prepare and manage grants; document work using photography, video, and descriptive writing
- Ensure compliance with grant terms and provide flexible support as challenges arise
- Support organization-wide efforts to better understand and measure impact
- Represent LOR professionally by attending conferences and speaking publicly about our community-driven work in Questa
Qualifications of the Ideal Candidate
While no one candidate will have all of these qualifications, the ideal candidate will possess many of the following professional and personal abilities, attributes, and experiences:
- Employment: Minimum of five years related work experience, with 10 years experience preferred (e.g., business/community development, project management)
- Demonstrated track record of community engagement without presenting a potential conflict of interest for a grantmaking organization
- Skills: Strong interpersonal skills, demonstrated reliability, and attention to detail; excellent written and oral communication; experience and comfort using various technical systems for lead generation/tracking, proposal development, internal communications, and task management, e.g., Salesforce, Google Docs and Sheets, Microsoft Word and Excel, and/or Slack; comfort with using social media, e.g., Instagram, Facebook Business Suite
- Self-motivated and able to successfully complete work with minimal supervision
- Exhibits solid judgment, critical thinking, and a sense of teamwork and community
- Experience working with Spanish-speaking communities and ability to conduct business in Spanish strongly preferred
Salary and Benefits
The salary range for this position is $65,000 to $75,000, depending on experience. The LOR Foundation offers a benefits package that includes medical, dental, and vision insurance, generous paid time off, and a retirement plan with employer contributions.
Applications, including a cover letter describing the candidate’s interest and qualifications, resumé, and where the candidate learned of the position, should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Due to the pace of this search, candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. The LOR Foundation is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion.