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Program and Communications Manager–Brushwood Center

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About Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods

Brushwood Center is a non-profit organization whose mission is to connect people to nature through innovative artistic, scientific and recreational programs, all of which are designed to foster an appreciation of the natural world. Our varied programs—including art classes, nature seminars and author appearances—contribute to a robust environmental ethic in and around Lake County. Brushwood Center also partners with other non-profit organizations and public agencies to help diverse and disadvantaged communities discover and engage with nature.

Position Overview

The Program and Communications Manager will help organize and expand our flagship programs and events while also sharing the responsibility to create, build, oversee and promote new programs. This is a tremendous opportunity to get involved with a respected environmental organization that has been active in the Chicago region for thirty years. This position is part-time and temporary, but there may be an opportunity for the position to become permanent with an option to increase hours worked in June 2015.

Specific Roles and Tasks

1. Program Creation and Management (60%)

A. Schedule, organize and manage existing programs; develop and implement strategies to increase awareness and attendance of current programs.

B. Identify additional programming opportunities that are consistent with our organization’s mission.

C. Build impactful programs that utilize Lake County’s green spaces and the historic Brushwood Center building.

D. Identify funding-sources and organizational partners for new and existing programs.

E. Develop models to evaluate program effectiveness.

2. Communications, Social Media and Public Relations (30%)

A. Increase organization’s presence on social media and utilize social media to promote and strengthen programs.

B. Advise and assist with digital fundraising, including crowdsourcing efforts and year-end appeal.

3. Board Administration and Support: (10%)

A. Attend board meetings (usually 5 per year).

B. Advise board about program content, costs and accomplishments; offer suggestions for program creation and improvement.

C. Submit program reports and evaluations as requested by board.


1. Minimum in BA in related or appropriate field. Significant and meaningful experience may be a substitute for the educational requirement.

2. Strong organizational, time-management and problem-solving skills.

3. Proven ability to develop and nurture professional partnerships.

4. Ability to be self-directed and also work collaboratively.

5. Mature communication and interpersonal skills.

6. Commitment to conservation and belief in the intrinsic value of nature.

7. Desire to imagine, create and organize new programs.

8. Knowledge of Lake County demographics and environmental issues in Chicago region are both helpful but not essential.

How to apply

Please send a 1-page cover letter and succinct resume If you have any questions, please email them. No phone calls.


Author: Debra Kutska

Thanks for visiting! I am the Sustainability Specialist for Oakton Community College. I look forward to introducing you to the many green initiatives in which we engage and collecting input from YOU as to how we can continue to improve. Please feel free to contact me with your suggestions at any time at

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