Communications Coordinator

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Applications Due by October 1, 2023

Preferred Start Date: January 1, 2024

Position Description: Harpeth Conservancy is seeking an enthusiastic full-time Communications Coordinator to join our Community Engagement Team. The primary objective is to engage the broader community by articulating a coherent narrative that enhances our visibility to target audiences, informs and educates the public on issues impacting waterways in Tennessee, and mobilizes support for our mission using print and digital communications tools and platforms. This position requires storytelling-based social media and website management, original content creation, email marketing, and creative thinking with an overall objective of empowering and providing the tools for communities to effectively champion clean water and healthy ecosystems for rivers in Tennessee.

Supervised by the Community Engagement Manager, responsibilities of the position will include, but not be limited to, the following:

  • Manage and implement HC’s communications strategy, in collaboration with other staff members
    • Manage HC’s presence on social media and networking platforms (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, TikTok, YouTube, LinkedIn, Linktree, and future technologies)
    • Manage bi-weekly+ electronic newsletter (Constant Contact)
    • Manage website content including: blog posts, event pages, program area pages, etc. (WordPress)
    • Manage the preparation of press releases and media advisories
    • Manage our digital archive of all content, including press and promotional collateral
  • Maintain content publication calendars and lead monthly communications meeting to align timeline and goals across multiple departments
  • Maintain brand integrity across all digital platforms, including style and content consistency
  • Collaborate with other staff in the creation and implementation of digital, video, audio, and print content
  • Write, edit, and proofread across a variety of print and digital content mediums, including the Annual Newsletter
  • Track engagement across various platforms and utilize appropriate analytics to maximize traffic to digital platforms and increase audience via data-driven decisions
  • Stay up-to-date on industry trends and make recommendations for adjustments to communications strategies and practices to improve our exposure to target audiences
  • Assist with engagement and fundraising events as needed
  • Other office and organizational tasks as assigned by the Community Engagement Manager

Ideal Qualifications:

  • A bachelor’s degree with a minimum of two or more years of relevant professional work experience
  • Technical Proficiencies: Slack, Donor Perfect, Dropbox, Microsoft Office suite, Adobe Creative suite and/or Canva (for graphic design), Social Media Platforms, email marketing software such as Constant Contact, and project management software such as Monday
  • Understanding of digital and content strategy with experience in building successful audience programs across various mediums
  • Willingness and comfort in learning new digital tools and systems as well as evaluating new ones and training people to use them
  • Experience utilizing communication tools for social movements and policy advocacy is a plus
  • Excellent time management, organizational skills, and ability to meet deadlines
  • Exceptional writing and interpersonal communication skills
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Reliable, responsible, and with the flexibility and willingness to work outside of the constraints of a standard work week, as required, including weekends and before and after scheduled hours
  • Knowledge of and interest in environmental issues and scientific concepts to aid in explanation of our work to a broad variety of audiences
  • Commitment to the mission of Harpeth Conservancy and to the values of diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice and be dedicated to creating environmental equity and ensuring environmental justice
  • Valid Driver’s License in the State of Tennessee and adequate transportation and proof of insurance
  • Ability to transport 25+ pounds and be in a stationary position for long periods of time as required for events

Salary, Benefits, and Work Environment: The salary base $42,000 with a range above based on experience. This position is part of Harpeth Conservancy’s (HC) strategic growth plan to expand the number of vibrant, talented, and experienced leaders in Tennessee working together to ensure clean water and healthy rivers in Tennessee. The position is based at our office in Brentwood, TN. A flexible work schedule is expected to accommodate evenings and weekends, travel, and traffic. Harpeth Conservancy benefits include paid-time-off and Blue Cross Blue Shield of TN cafeteria health insurance plan with a pre-tax Health Savings Account assuming certain thresholds are met for employment if not full-time, and a Simple-IRA retirement plan.

To apply, please submit cover letter, resume, and three references to: Marie Campbell, Community Engagement Manager, by email at

About Harpeth Conservancy: 

Harpeth Conservancy is a science-based conservation organization dedicated to clean water and healthy ecosystems for the rivers of Tennessee. Founded in 1999, our mission is to restore and protect clean water and healthy ecosystems for rivers in Tennessee by employing scientific expertise and collaborative relationships to develop, promote, and support broad community stewardship and action. Harpeth Conservancy works with landowners, businesses, community, local, state, and federal decision-makers, and members to foster solutions that reduce pollution and maintain healthy areas. The rivers in Tennessee, including the Harpeth, are part of the unique freshwater river systems of the Southeast which contain some of the greatest variety of aquatic life in the world.

A State Scenic River, the 125-mile long Harpeth River flows through both rural and rapidly developing urban and suburban areas of the greater Nashville region, one of the fastest growing regions in the country. The Harpeth River is one of the few entirely free-flowing rivers in the state as a result of our efforts and one of the most ecologically, culturally, historically, and recreationally significant rivers in Tennessee. However, water and land use practices critically impaired the river, cited as one of America’s Most Endangered Rivers in 2015.

Over the past 25 years, the organization has broadened both the scope and geographic reach of its work as it applied lessons learned on the Harpeth River to rivers and streams across the state. Supported by a broad network of volunteers, donors, and professional staff, Harpeth Conservancy has expertise in a range of disciplines including water quality science, environmental and conservation law and policy, sustainable land use planning, agricultural best management practices, volunteer and community engagement, and others

The organization engages in land development decisions, promotes smart growth and agricultural management practices, designs stream restoration plans, assesses sewer and drinking water challenges, conducts river studies, ensures pollution threats are removed, promotes recreation and public education, and serves as a catalyst for effective statewide conservation policies. Harpeth Conservancy uses its expertise, applied science, and relationships with landowners, businesses, residents, and policy decision-makers to develop solutions inclusive of the people who live and work here.

By seeking water quality solutions developed with diverse stakeholders, Harpeth Conservancy builds broad stewardship and shared responsibility for streams and rivers that are vital for the state’s economic well-being and quality of life. Harpeth Conservancy’s vision is clean water and healthy ecosystems for rivers in Tennessee, championed by the people who live here. For examples of some of the major successes, see this section of our website: