The Community Engagement Manager is responsible for supporting direct engagement with BIPOC led community organizations and residents in frontline communities through outreach, training and deep engagement with American Forests’ Tree Equity tools and programs. This individual will work in close collaboration with Tree Equity staff. Responsibilities include:

  • Building and maintaining relationships with BIPOC led organizations to socialize and encourage use of Tree Equity tools and to catalyze city level commitment to Tree Equity;
  • Identifying and recruiting members from BIPOC led organizations to participate in developing and utilizing Tree Equity tools;
  • Supporting the American Forests Policy team in leveraging Federal funding for BIPOC led organizations;
  • Engaging community members and helping coordinate tree planting events;
  • Collaborating with American Forests’ career pathways initiative to advance development of the TAZO and Texas Tree Corps.


Minimum of a bachelor’s degree or equivalent professional experience in urban planning, landscape architecture, community development, and/or community organizing or related field.


The ideal candidate is a self-motivated, interdisciplinary thinker with a passion for urban sustainability and social equity. The candidate should have experience working with diverse ethnic, racial and socioeconomic populations on environmental justice, climate resiliency or similar issues. Excellent verbal and written communication skills comfortable facilitating small and large group meetings; excellent collaboration and relationship building skills. Bilingual (Spanish speaking) candidate strongly preferred.


Remote work from Texas considered. Regular travel will be required throughout the United States, with more frequent travel to the Northeast U.S. and to cities throughout Texas. Some travel to Washington, DC for American Forests events. Most work will be in a general office environment with in-person meetings at various locations throughout the United States.

American Forests is currently operating under a work-from-home policy due to Covid-19. Staff will be given at least three months’ notice of any changes to that situation. Voluntary travel is approved if safety protocols are in place for any event. 


1. Tree Equity Score Tool Implementation (40%)

  • Develop a community engagement strategy and manage direct engagement of BIPOC led organizations and residents in frontline communities by providing outreach, training, focused response and deep engagement with Tree Equity Score and Vibrant Cities Lab tools throughout the nation, with a particular focus on the Texas Triangle and the Lower Rio Grande Valley, Rhode Island and Boston for the initial period.

2. Tree Equity Pledge Cities (15%)

  • Facilitate collaborative engagement approaches that center members of the BIPOC community to make the case for cities to commit to Tree Equity pledges; document processes that are successful.

3.Tree Equity Tool Development (15%)

  • Identify and recruit stakeholders from BIPOC led organizations to engage in developing and utilizing Tree Equity tools, ensuring tools are optimized for frontline community members.

4. Federal Policy (10%)

  • Support AF’s policy team in identifying frontline organizations that should be prioritized for Tree Equity funding.
  • Help recruit and retain Tree Equity Ambassadors in cities nationwide.

5. Tree Planting Events (5%)

  • Identify and recruit community members to participate in tree planting events, as needed, and support planning and execution. Attend select events as appropriate.

6. Career Pathways (5%)

  • Collaborate with AF’s Career Pathways program to help recruit and support Tree Corps members in select cities.

7. Promote (5%)

  • Promote Tree Equity to primary audiences, write articles, participate in interviews and present at conferences or other events.>/li>

8. Administrative (5%)

  • Administer grant reporting, invoicing, support grant proposal development and other administrative duties as necessary.

TO APPLY: Please send a cover letter, resume and 2 references to Due to application volume the hiring team may only contact applicants who have advanced to the interview round. Applications will be reviewed and finalists will be contacted by October 30, 2021. American Forests is an equal opportunity employer.

American Forests is an equal opportunity employer.