Recycling & Energy Program Coordinator – Communications & Outreach

Ramsey and Washington Counties, Minnesota

2785 White Bear Avenue, Maplewood, MN 55109

Salary Range:  $59,478 - $88,339

Ramsey/Washington Recycling & Energy (R&E) is seeking a program coordinator to lead outreach, communication, and education efforts related to Ramsey/Washington Recycling & Energy, and to coordinate joint outreach efforts for Ramsey and Washington Counties’ solid and hazardous waste programs.  This position reports to the R&E Joint Activities Manager.

R&E is a joint powers entity formed by Ramsey and Washington Counties.  R&E coordinates recycling and waste programs between the two counties (joint activities), and owns and operates the Ramsey/Washington Recycling & Energy Center in Newport, Minnesota (

The ideal candidate will be a highly motivated, self-directed professional with strong interpersonal skills and an understanding and appreciation of the background work necessary to make waste and recycling programs a success.  Knowledge of the solid waste system in the East Metro area and county solid waste master plans for waste management is important in being able to carry out this work.

This is professional work, primarily in these areas:

  • Work cooperatively with Ramsey and Washington County outreach and communications staff in developing and implementing joint communications strategies to ensure common language, coordinated messages, and appropriate communication tools and timing.

  • Coordinate internal R&E communications, including working on development of R&E Board and committee documentations, organizing the R&E computer network files, facilitating internal staff communications, facilitating communications with county staff working on R&E activities.

  • Work with county staff to develop strategic partnerships with public, private and non-profit organizations to enhance efforts in communicating about recycling, organics management, and resource recovery.

  • Assist in the design of communication strategies, programs and prepare annual communication work plans.

  • Coordinate crisis communication plans, working with county communications staff, consultants, the Joint Activities Manager, the JLT and other R&E staff.

  • Oversee involvement in special events; media relations; presence on the internet and other electronic media; mass mailings, annual reports, signage and other informational and promotional documents.

  • Produce informational products by working with outside vendors to ensure quality, plain language, accuracy and tone, locating and hiring skilled translators as needed, arranging for the appropriate distribution of materials in collaboration with staff from the two counties.

  • Recommend, implement and maintain/expand the R&E website design, content and operation.

  • Lead the production of R&E reports, such as the annual report, as well as other tools, such as web dashboards, to inform the public about R&E progress.

  • Coordinate logistics of R&E Center Tours.

Minimum Qualifications:

Education:  Bachelor's Degree in communications, behavioral sciences, journalism, marketing, education, business administration, public administration or a closely related field.

Experience:  Four years of experience in communications, education, marketing, community organizing, grants management or a closely related field.

Substitution: A Master’s degree in any of the above fields may be substituted for two years of the required experience.

 Applications Due by 4:30 p.m. on August 24, 2018.


A detailed job description can be found here:  Program Coordinator-Communications and Outreach

To Apply:

To apply for an R&E job, all of the following are required to be completed.

  1. Complete the job application

  2. Thoroughly answer all supplemental questions

  3. Send job application and supplemental questions to A cover letter and resume are not required but can be included with the job application and supplemental questions.


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Ramsey/Washington Recycling & Energy provides equal access to employment, programs and services without regard to race, color, creed, religion, age, sex (except when sex is a Bona Fide Occupational Qualification), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, public assistance or national origin.