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Facilitation Training and Mentoring

Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust wants to develop its staff expertise in creating community involvement, especially by improving staff members’ ability to facilitate meetings, and recognize when to bring in a professional facilitator.  Thus they are looking for a skilled volunteer to help increase their expertise in group facilitation.

They anticipate this group facilitation volunteer will cover:

  • Designing and planning the group process, and selecting the tools that best help the group progress toward agreed-upon outcomes.
  • Guiding and controlling the group process to ensure that there is effective participation; participants achieve a mutual understanding; their contributions are considered and included in the ideas, solutions or decisions that emerge; participants take shared responsibility for the outcome.
  • Ensuring that outcomes, actions and questions are properly recorded, actions identified, and appropriately tracked afterwards.

At the end of the process, the Greenway Trust would ideally have a cadre of highly skilled facilitators capable of leading diverse groups in productive & collaborative meetings.  This will help them achieve their mission of a sustainable region – and our goal of developing shared measurable objectives and measurement vehicles in support of that mission.

Examples of Work to Be Performed

  • Initial planning meeting
  • Workshop
  • Summary meeting
  • Mentoring of 1 or more staff as they practice the skills they have learned.

Desired Deliverables

  • 3-5 highly skilled meeting facilitators
  • A list of Best Practices for facilitating collaborative & productive meetings

Volunteer Requirements

The ideal volunteer will be an excellent meeting facilitator; able to articulate major strategies & tips for creating productive meetings; good listener & motivator — positive, supportive, able to inspire & empower; excellent communicator and collaborator.

Additional Background

As an example of the need, the Greenway Trust is convening a diverse group of constituents from the Snoqualmie Valley Basin in a process to advance clear, collaborative objectives. The goals are to align agricultural policy and salmon recovery; promote healthy forest management; achieve a fully connected regional trail network; enhance outdoor recreational opportunities; and establish best practices for integrating growing urban communities with the surrounding landscape.

To form a foundation for collaboration and dialogue among these diverse stakeholders, the Greenway Trust will engage local communities, businesses, landowners, conservationists, and recreational groups in a valley-wide stakeholder council: the Snoqualmie Coalition. Members will coordinate—and will be held accountable to—specific, actionable goals.  Stakeholders include King County, Oxbow Farm, the City of Carnation, the Snoqualmie Tribe, private landowners, and many others.

Additional examples are convening groups in Kittitas County, around the topic of Wildland Trails, and the Greenway Technical Advisory Council.

The Greenway Trust has the expertise, relationships, and proven record of successful convening and coalition-building to lead the way forward in this manner.  And several of the staff have some experience and skill in group meeting facilitation. However, the Greenway Trust would like to increase the skill of their experienced staff and broaden the number of additional staff with this level of expertise.

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