Communications Coordinator - BARK (4/4)

Bark, the Portland-based watchdog organization for Mt. Hood National Forest seeks a part-time (20 hr/week) Communications Coordinator to collaborate across teams on organizational communications projects to support the campaign, program, outreach and development goals of the organization. The Communications Coordinator is responsible for creation, distribution, and maintenance of all print and electronic materials including the bi-weekly email newsletter, websites, social media accounts, and printed materials. The Communications Coordinator reports to the Associate Director and works with program staff to develop messaging and media strategies and support volunteer engagement in communications work. The Communications Coordinator also works with the Outreach Director to produce consistent and compelling messaging to support fundraising efforts.

Bark does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, volunteers, subcontractors, and vendors.


Communications Coordinator .5FTE

Position Description:

Bark’s Communications Coordinator carries out the organization’s strategy for programmatic, external communications. They will work with the Associate Director to produce written and visual multimedia content for email blasts, website, and social media networks; with the Outreach Director to develop messaging materials for outreach team members (canvassers); and with other staff members as necessary to produce event, fundraising, or other programmatic materials.

Roles and Responsibilities:
Collaborate across teams on various communications projects to support Bark’s campaign, program, outreach, and development goals.

Content and Materials production 75%

  • Create and maintain all print and electronic communications, including:

    • Bark Alert email newsletter

    • Bark’s social media & website(s) content

    • Outreach materials such as factsheets, flyers, and brochures

  • Ensure that all communications are accurate and consistent

Community Outreach 10%

  • Support Associate Director in maintaining tabling materials and schedule, work with volunteers to staff these outreach opportunities

  • Identify speaking opportunities and recruit appropriate speaker from Bark staff

Media 5%

  • Work with Associate Director to identify media opportunities, monitor media cycles and maintain media contact lists and relationships

  • Organize and maintain inventory of media content (photos, graphics, videos, etc.

Administrative Support 5%

  • Support production of the Annual Report

Reporting 5%

  • Bi-monthly reports on communications activities and engagement levels

Reports to: Associate Director

Pay Rate: $16-18/hour depending on experience

Hours: Part time, flexible; 20 hours per week; ­­80 hours per month

Work Days: Flexible

Benefits: No medical or vacation benefits offered at this time

Duration: This is a limited duration position currently budgeted through February 2020. This position may be converted to a regularly budgeted position pending budget review in September 2019.

Application Process:

To apply, please send your resume, a professional writing sample, a graphic design project, and responses to the prompts below to email or through mail: Bark, P.O. Box 12065, Portland, Oregon 97212. Please write Communications Coordinator Application on the front of the envelope or in the subject-line of the email. No phone calls please. No cover letters needed and please limit your responses to the 3 prompts to a total count of 1,000 words. To learn more about Bark, visit

  1. How can Diversity, Equity and Inclusion goals and actions be applied to communications work?

  2. Tell us about your experience producing social media, web, and email communications.

  3. Please share your thoughts on the role of communications in development and strategic planning.

Application due by: April 4, 2019

Position begins: April 15, 2019



Our ideal candidate can:

  • Work creatively as a cross-over member of interacting but separate teams within the organization.

  • Confidently research and write content about Bark’s work to protect and defend Mt. Hood National Forest in the era of climate change.

  • Competently use Microsoft 365 Office Suite, Email Design Software (like MailChimp), Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, and Adobe graphic design tools.

  • Develop and utilize a variety of campaign/advocacy communication assets and techniques such as talking points, factsheets, flyers and brochures, letters to the editor, email blasts, infographics, hashtags, op-eds, and radio interviews.

  • Communicate across cultural differences gracefully and with integrity.

  • Reliably meet deadlines independently and with minimal supervision and/or ask for support when needed.

  • Demonstrate competence in copy writing and editing.


Equity: Bark is engaged in a multi-year process to address inequity in our work, organizational culture, and grow as individuals with unique experiences of exposure to and perpetuation of systemic oppression. We want our organization to be an inclusive and diverse space that is committed to ending oppression. Barkers share a deep love for the forest and recognize that people have a wide range of perspective and experiences that connect us all to the forest. We want to be able to represent a large breadth of connection for the forests we defend. Bark employs alternatives to direct action through public lands advocacy and an understanding of the legal system. Much of these origins are heavily represented by a white, colonizer perspective. While we have made gains to shift this dominant perspective and create a workplace that is welcoming and comfortable for people from diverse backgrounds, we acknowledge that we have much more work to do.

Thank you for your interest in, and support for, Bark!

Closing Date: 



Mailing Address: PO BOX 12065, Portland, OR 97212                  
Office Address: 351 NE 18th Ave., Portland, OR 97232                               503-331-0374