Community Outreach Coordinator, Loka Initiative

  • Nonprofit Full Time
  • Wisconsin
  • City: Madison

Website Center for Healthy Minds - University of Wisconsin-Madison

The Loka Initiative is part of the Center for Healthy Minds

The Loka Initiative is an education and outreach platform for faith leaders and culture keepers of Indigenous traditions at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Loka’s vision is that inner, community, and planetary resilience are interdependent; we cannot achieve any one of these goals without working on the other two. Our mission is to support faith-led environmental and climate efforts locally and around the world by helping build capacity of faith leaders and culture keepers of Indigenous traditions, and by creating new opportunities for projects, partnerships and public outreach. Currently, Loka partners closely with three communities of faith; Evangelical church pastors working on creation care and climate action, Indigenous elders and knowledge holders, including from Wisconsin Indian tribes, committed to community and ecological resilience, and Tibetan Buddhist monastics in the Himalayas working on biodiversity conservation and disaster preparedness. In the next phase of development, Loka plans to work with faith leaders in the Madison area to help develop a faith-led environmental and climate project that benefits marginalized communities.

We are seeking an Outreach Program Coordinator to assist with public outreach, communications, and partnerships, help coordinate events, and support the development of university and community relationships. This role will help lead event planning processes for capacity building and public outreach programs, including coordinating with external (faith and Indigenous partners) and internal (university) partners, managing budgets, and supporting follow up activities; assists the director and coordinates with Loka team members on fundraising, media communications and social media; supports program calendar and scheduling including coordinating team activities and deliverables. May assist with tracking and managing the outreach program budget.

Equity and inclusion are integral to achieving the vision of the Center for Healthy Minds. We seek candidates with an awareness of and commitment to the principles of diversity, equity and inclusion across all spectrums. Because inequities in our societies, including the fields of science and academia, disproportionately harm the most marginalized members of our society – especially women and Black, Indigenous, People of Color – we believe that these identities must be centered in the work of our center. Hence, we strongly encourage applications from people with these identities or who are members of other marginalized groups. If this role speaks to you, we encourage you to apply.


10% Identifies, promotes, and maintains external partnerships to support the outreach program
20% Schedules and secures resources and communicates logistics in support of an outreach program
20% Delivers outreach program content and materials to community members
10% Researches, develops, and facilitates outreach program content and materials
5% Develops and evaluates curriculum and programs and provides recommendations for improvement
10% May assist with the monitoring of outreach program budget spending
15% Leads the implementation of programs, policies, and procedures through oversight of day-to-day activities for program staff and student and community volunteers
10% Attends community events for outreach purposes and explores new partnerships


Required: Bachelor’s Degree
Preferred focus on environmental and social sciences or related field.


Required Qualifications:
*2 years prior experience working in program administration/coordination or program outreach/communications
*First-hand multi-cultural experience or cross-cultural communications experience and familiarity with equity and justice issues
*Interest in working with faith and Indigenous community leaders and organizations
*Strong organizational and communication skills

Preferred Qualifications:
*Diverse work backgrounds and life experiences
*Experience on community-based approaches towards social and environmental solutions and/or experience in university administrative processes
*Ability to balance multiple priorities with strong attention to detail
*Strong written and verbal communications skills


Minimum Salary $46,500 ANNUAL (12 months)
Depending on Qualifications
The starting annual salary for the position is $46,500 but is negotiable based on qualifications.

Employees in this position can expect to receive benefits such as generous vacation, holidays, and paid time off; competitive insurances and savings accounts; retirement benefits.

This position may require some work to be performed in-person, onsite, at a designated campus work location. Some work may be performed remotely, at an offsite, non-campus work location.

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