POSITION TITLE:  Sr Coordinator, Public Engage   (Part-Time Regular) (Classified)
REQUISITION #:  req3768
DEPARTMENT:  Cultural Services
EMPLOYMENT TYPE:  Part-Time Regular
ANNUAL SALARY RANGE:   $22,751.00 – 34,126.00 (Salaries are paid biweekly)
ANTCIPATED ANNUAL HIRING SALARY RANGE:   $24,000.00-$25,000.00 (Salaries are paid biweekly)
SELECTION PROCESS:  Application deadline is 3:00 p.m. MT on 6/11/2021.

You will receive an email acknowledgment when you have successfully submitted an application. Your completed application will be forwarded to the hiring manager. You will be notified if you are selected for further testing or interviews. Please keep your contact information up-to-date. The status of your application will be updated in your applicant profile. Post-offer background check required.

The Community:  The City of Fort Collins sits nestled against the foothills of the Rocky Mountains alongside the banks of the Cache La Poudre River. At 5,000 feet in elevation, residents enjoy a moderate, four-season climate, with an average of 300 days of sunshine per year. With 174,800 residents, Fort Collins is Colorado’s fourth-largest city and spans 57 square miles. With the 20 year growth projection, the City of Fort Collins is expected to reach 255,000 residents.

The first people who hunted in this region arrived approximately 11,000 years ago, and Northern Colorado remains an integral part of the traditional and ancestral homelands of the Arapaho, Cheyenne, and Ute Nations. European-American trappers and traders arrived by the early 1800s but rarely established permanent settlements. Gold and silver discoveries in the Colorado mountains in the mid-1800s and the prospect of land for farming and ranching attracted people from eastern cities and across the globe to the Colorado Territory, including what would become the town of Fort Collins; an agricultural colony that emerged from its founding days as a military fort. The expansion included the sugar beet industry’s growth, which brought new residents whose descendants still live here today, including Mexican-American families from southern Colorado, New Mexico, and northern Mexico, as well as Germans from Russia. Since 1879, Fort Collins has been the home of the state’s land grant institution, Colorado State University, which currently enrolls 34,000 students. Along with the university, the city’s major high-tech and manufacturing companies and breweries attract new residents from all over the country and world. The community’s overall social diversity continues to grow.

There are abundant outdoor recreation opportunities available to the many residents who enjoy healthy lifestyles. The nearby Horsetooth Reservoir is a key attraction, as is the Cache La Poudre-North Park Scenic Byway. The Downtown district provides many venues for live music, shopping, dining, and nightlife within the city. Fort Collins is widely considered the Craft Beer Capital of Colorado. The City has a strong appreciation for arts, culture, and entertainment. Various national organizations and magazines recognize Fort Collins as one of the best places to live in the nation.

The City’s long list of acknowledgements includes:  

  • No. 5 Best Remote-Ready Cities: Livability.com Jan 2021
  • Top 30 Creative Small Cities: CVSuite – May 2020
  • No. 18 Safest Cities in America: SafeWise – April 2020
  • No. 1 Best Place to Live: Livability.com March 2020
  • No. 9 Most Fitness Friendly Places: SmartAsset – Dec 2019
  • No. 7 Safest Driving Cities: Allstate – June 2019
  • No. 4 Best U.S. Cities to Raise a Family: MarketWatch – April 2019
  • No. 9 Best Performing Cities: Milken Institute – Jan 2019
  • No. 3 U.S. Cities with Highest Economic Confidence: Yahoo – Nov 2018
  • No. 2 Brain Concentration Index: Bloomberg – Nov 2018
  • No. 1 City in America for Cycling: PeopleForBikes-May 2018
  • Outstanding Achievement in Local Government Innovation Award: Alliance for Innovation-April 2018
  • The Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award-Nov 2017
  • 18th Best City for Career Opportunities: SmartAsset – Sep 2017
  • 3rd Best College Town to Live in Forever: College Ranker – July 2017
  • 25 Best Towns Ever: Where to Live Now: Outside Magazine – June 2017
  • No. 1 Stable and Growing Housing Market: Realtor.com-June 2017
  • 11th Happiest City in America: Yahoo! Finance – March 2017
  • No. 9 Top 150 Cities for Millennials Report: Millennial Personal Finance – Feb 2017
  • No. 2 Best Cities for Small Business Owners: ValuePenguin – Feb 2017

Why Work For the City of Fort Collins?

  • Medical, dental, vision (for self, spouse, children) – eligible on the 1st of the month following date of hire
  • Paid vacation, paid holidays, and sick
  • Retirement + company contributions – after 6 month probation period and immediate vesting
  • Flexible spending: Medical expenses FSA, dependent FSA or both
  • Employee Assistance Program: counseling, legal, financial assistance 
  • Life insurance, short-term and long-term disability 
  • >Wellness program, workout facilities 
  • Employee/family Onsite Health Clinic 
  • Personal & professional learning opportunities including supervisory and leadership development; plus career mobility
  • Collaborative work environment

Job Summary

Fort Collins Museum of Discovery (FCMoD) is a unique public/private partnership that engages visitors in an innovative learning environment.  As Northern Colorado’s only AAM accredited museum (American Alliance of Museums), and only ASTC-affiliated museum (Association of Science-Technology Centers), FCMoD occupies a pivotal space in the cultural and educational life of our region.  FCMoD creates extraordinary opportunities for visitors to engage with experiences that explore the interplay of science and culture in ways that are deeply relevant to our community, our geography, and our shared history.

Since opening in 2012, we have welcomed over 820,000 visitors from all 50 states.  Our exhibits gallery boasts long-term exhibits including First Peoples, music, wildlands, agriculture, astronomy, and more, including 4 buildings of regional historical importance at our Heritage Courtyard, the on-site Archive & Collections, and Northern Colorado’s only 360-degree immersive theater – the OtterBox Digital Dome Theater.  Since 2016, we have welcomed touring special exhibitions from National Geographic, Science North, American Museum of Natural History, the Smithsonian, and more. 

FCMoD creates meaningful opportunities to learn, reflect, and have fun through hands-on and collections-based explorations in science and culture.  We promote a team environment where curiosity – not certainty – informs our work.  The Volunteer and Internship Manager will utilize this mindset to successfully cultivate relationships, foster collaboration, and support a culture of trust with colleagues, volunteers, interns, partners, and the community at large.

The Volunteer and Internship Manager will lead in growth, management, cultivation, and support of the volunteer and internship program.  Volunteers may be regular, episodic, short term or one time and internships include high school, community college, and university students.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

The following duties and responsibilities are illustrative of the primary functions of this position and are not intended to be all inclusive.

  • Maintain the volunteer and internship programs with effective and efficient processes including recruitment, selection and participant records, hours of service, and training; provide reports as requested
  • Communicate and coordinate with staff and volunteers or interns requirements for volunteer/internship opportunities, including recruitment process, task assignment, implementation, and recognition
  • Develop and maintain volunteer and intern recognition and appreciation programs, including individual recognition, annual event and/or activities
  • Develop opportunities that benefit volunteers and interns as well as visitors; providing two-way communication and shared educational experiences
  • Conduct research and provide recommendations on strategy to more effectively communicate with, engage, and involve new and existing volunteers, interns, and program partners
  • Recruit and, as appropriate, interview prospective volunteers and interns. Provide orientation and general training.
  • Match interested volunteers, interns, and partners with organizational opportunities/needs, communicated expectations, and solve problems. Schedule volunteers for identified opportunities.
  • Develop concepts for increasing participation in volunteer and internship opportunities, identify barriers to participation, and recommend action to mitigate barriers
  • Develop and contribute to strategic communications that prioritize volunteer and intern engagement
  • Develop cross-functional committees and teams aimed at initiating or improving volunteer and intern engagement strategies aligned with organizational goals
  • Build and sustain relationships with underrepresented populations in the community, as well as non-profit organizations, businesses, and others that facilitate a strong sense of community
  • Identify stakeholders, establish relationships, and develop strategies for enhanced volunteer and intern engagement, ensuring that all members of the community have a voice with additional focus on hard-to-reach or under resourced populations

Management Responsibilities


City Competencies

  • Demonstrated cultural competence to effectively interact, work, and develop meaningful relationships with people of diverse identities, perspectives and cultural backgrounds.
  • Strong learning orientation. Leverages all resources and is creative in ways of learning for self to continue adapting to changing issues and trends.
  • A desire and ability to understand the diverse needs of internal and external customers, and to create experiences and deliver services that exceed their expectations.
  • A desire and ability to utilize digital tools for organizational information, individual, and teamwork.

Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of the department’s goals, objectives and services.
  • Ability to work with limited supervision and exercise independent judgement.
  • Experience in organizing projects, creating organizational plans, meeting deadlines, and managing details
  • Experience in establishing effective working relationships with the volunteers, interns, colleagues managers, partners, and community members; ability to work in a team environment and to work independently.
  • Experience in communicating effectively, both verbally and in writing; ability to make persuasive public presentations; ability to listen and respond to community members and other customers on a variety of issues
  • Experience in accomplishing goals using sound analytical and decision-making skills, and creatively addressing complex issues
  • Ability to breakdown, assemble, organize and present complex information to a variety of audiences
  • Experience using software applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, internet/social media, file sharing programs, online surveying tools, email marketing tools such as MyEmma or Constant Contact, and volunteer management/database software

Required Education

Minimum High School diploma or GED
Preferred Bachelor’s Degree in Communications, Public Administration

Experience Requirements

  • Three (3) to four (4) years of experience in community engagement, volunteer, or internship management handling challenging situations preferred. Experience working with diverse populations highly desirable. Will consider any equivalent combination of knowledge, skills, education, and experience to meet minimum qualifications.

Studies have shown that women and people of color are less likely to apply for jobs unless they believe they can perform every job description task. We are most interested in finding the best candidate for the job, and that candidate may come from a less traditional background. The City will consider any equivalent combination of knowledge, skills, education, and experience to meet minimum qualifications. If you are interested in applying, we encourage you to think broadly about your background and skill set for the role.

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The City of Fort Collins will make reasonable accommodations for access to City services, programs and activities and will make special communication arrangements for persons with disabilities.  Please call (970) 221-6535 for assistance.

Notice Regarding Medical and/or Recreational Marijuana Use:
Because the possession and use of marijuana,whether for medical use or otherwise, constitutes a federal offense and because the City is a drug free workplace, the City will not accommodate the medical use of marijuana and enforces written policy prohibiting working for the City while marijuana is in the body.  The fact that state law recognizes medical marijuana as a prescribed, or otherwise permitted, medication does not alter or otherwise change this policy.

The City of Fort Collins is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applicants are considered for positions for which they have applied without regard to gender (regardless of gender identity or gender expression), race, color, religion, creed, national origin, ancestry, age 40 years or older, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, pregnancy or other characteristics protected by law. For the purpose of this City policy “sexual orientation” means a person’s actual or perceived orientation toward heterosexuality, homosexuality, bisexuality.


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