Introduction: The Southern Willamette Forest Collaborative (SWFC) is a community-based forest collaborative working together to promote ecological resiliency and socioeconomic health for the southern Willamette forest area and nearby communities. The SWFC is seeking contract facilitation services for the SWFC stewardship subcommittee.
Starting in May 2016, the stewardship subcommittee will host a multiparty collaborative for the Willamette National Forest, and the Outlook Landscape Diversity Project (Outlook). The facilitator will lead stakeholders to identify shared values, priorities, and specific projects and restoration activities that are appropriate for Outlook. The majority of the project will last through July 2016.
The Opportunity: The SWFC is seeking an experienced facilitator to work on contract leading the stewardship subcommittee Outlook restoration project. The facilitator will help the SWFC to identify and build zones of agreement around forest restoration, foster constructive communication within the collaborative, and manage external communication and outreach. The facilitator will lead approximately ten meetings covering the following topic areas: Introduction- the collaboration process; Shared Learning Series- existing conditions in the Outlook landscape; and Outlook Roundtable Discussions- priorities and outcomes. The facilitator will work approximately 240 hours, not to exceed $10,000 total, for the project.
The SWFC facilitator will:
Operate as the primary contact for the Stewardship Subcommittee and related work.
Participate and lead the collaborative planning meetings and multi-party decision-making. Provide updates about meeting planning, outreach and coordination with the Middle Fork Ranger District.
Aid in communication, education, and outreach to potential interested stakeholders and SWFC members.
Accomplish administrative tasks associated with meeting preparation such as meeting support, note taking, and keeping stakeholders engaged and informed between work sessions.
Participate in monthly SWFC board meetings and provide Subcommittee status reports (online meeting participation is acceptable).
Work closely with the SWFC Coordinator.Participate in a regularly scheduled conference calls with the SWFC Coordinator.
Demonstrate ability to lead and facilitate meetings with diverse stakeholders ensuring critical content is discussed and decisions reached while managing the group dynamics to ensure the process allows all stakeholders to participate.
Ability to provide a neutral role in meetings while creating an atmosphere where differing opinions can be expressed in a respectful manner.
Strong verbal and written communication skills.
Strong organizational and planning skills.
Experience leading multi-agency negotiations.
Experience with collaborative approaches to problem solving in the public sector.
Understanding of the forest service, state and city government agencies, and public interest organizations.
Preference will be given to candidates having experience working within natural resource fields and who demonstrate an ability to work with limited oversight to accomplish critical objectives.
Please email resume and one-page cover letter for providing facilitation services to the Southern Willamette Forest Collaborative by March 9, 2016:
c/o Guen Patty 541-556-7676
* Once resumes are submitted, interviews will be held in Oakridge, Oregon, with the exact location to be announced.