Posted: December 10, 2020

Job Description for Friends' Position      

The Friends of the Shiawassee River has an opening for an Event/Communications Coordinator. The current Friends’ team consists of two, part-time staff – an Executive Director (20 hours/week) and an Education/Membership Coordinator (12 hours/week) and an active, 11-member board of directors.

Applicants must have experience in general networking, marketing, and events, in person and virtual meeting production and execution or relevant experience in production of live events and event management. Successful candidates must be committed to very high quality control standards, quick turnaround times and tight deadlines. Core competencies include working in a non-profit environment, managing multiple simultaneous projects, strong attention to detail, excellent communication and marketing abilities, customer service and technology skills, the ability to use standard office computer systems, and working under pressure while being a collaborative team player.

This position reports to the Executive Director of the Friends. 

Key Responsibilities:

        Event Coordinator – Coordinate all phases of planning and executing live, virtual and hybrid programs in conjunction with Executive Director and board team champions.

        Communications/Marketing Management – Manage communications and marketing strategies for all Friends’ programs.  Build relationships with partners, other targeted community non-profits, and businesses.

        Website – Update current and develop new website content – especially in relation to relevant programming and other efforts of the Friends.  Ensure accuracy of content.

        Board Assistance and Archival Duties – Assist with the development and archiving of board materials.


        Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent experience | Networking and Marketing background a plus

        Strong relationship building skills

        Ability to successfully partner with team members in planning and execution of events and be responsible to effectively market and manage assigned events

        Experience working with non-profit organizations – including boards of directors

        Knowledge of virtual and in-person event technology

        Strong written and verbal communication skills

        Excellent time management skills to handle projects that have long and short lead times

        Collaborative "team player" orientation

        Flexibility in work hours; weekends, including Saturday, Sunday, holidays

        Knowledge of event trends relating to cultural events

        High level of computer skills including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Facebook, Instagram, and virtual platforms - database management background a plus-

Time Type:  Part-time – 15 hours/week to begin

Other:  Friends of the Shiawassee River is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.  Qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to their race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran.

To Apply:  Applicants should send a cover letter and resume/CV via email to or via snail mail to Friends of the Shiawassee River, P.O. Box 402, Owosso, MI 48867.

Contact Us:

Phone: (989) 723-9062

Mailing Address:

Friends of the Shiawassee River
PO Box 402
Owosso, MI  48867

Office Address:

Friends of the Shiawassee River
538 N Shiawassee Street
Corunna, MI  48817

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