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15 Dec 2023

Full-Time Urban Forestry Program Manager

Urban Sustainability Directors Network – Posted by AllisonAdcox Anywhere

Job Description

Position Overview

Are you a nonprofit management professional looking for an opportunity to use your knowledge and experience with federal programs and urban forestry management to help take USDN’s mission to the next level? This is a new role at USDN as we partner with the Center for Regenerative Solutions (CRS), a fiscally sponsored project of Urban Sustainability Directors Network (USDN), and US Forest Service (USFS). In this role, you would be instrumental in helping us live into our values of information transparency and collaborating with intention! As a joint member of the Membership Experience Team and the Program Team, the Urban Forestry Program Manager provides a wide array of project management and community engagement support to the Urban Forestry as Equity-Centered Climate Action and Sustainable Community Development initiative. The person in this role will help to manage a portfolio of USFS-funded urban forestry projects. Activities and responsibilities include:

Urban Forestry Program Management

  • Provide program management to the Urban Forestry Program; supporting the strategic program development efforts and ongoing management of grantee projects and relationships.
  • Serve as the data lead for Grantee project tracking for impact assessment and reporting.
  • Provide ongoing case management of grantee urban forestry projects.
  • In close coordination with key team members and contractors;
    • the grant disbursement processes, facilitating funding awards.
    • Provide technical assistance initiatives and support to grantees.
    • Help to develop and deploy metrics for urban forestry project impact, ensure project impact and alignment with program goals.
    • Provide impact data synthesis and analysis to center equity, community and workforce development, ensuring forestry projects benefit disadvantaged communities.
  • Foster collaboration between grantees and USDN/CRS, partners, and re-granters.
  • Guide grantees on reporting processes and content. Manage grantee reporting, and coordinate alignment across key parties.
  • Foster collaboration between grantees and CRS/USDN, partners, and regranters
  • Support urban forestry field development analysis.

USDN Project Management Support

  • Help to create visibility of programs for the Urban Forestry as Equity-Centered Climate Action and Sustainable Community Development initiative for the Network.
  • Assist with urban forestry program planning, ensuring connectivity to local USFS regional offices.
  • Facilitate learning groups regarding equity centered urban forestry initiatives for the USDN members.
  • Help to manage, support, and monitor CRS/USDN staff members and contractors.
  • Respond to external questions, requests, and inquiries about urban forestry programs at CRS/USDN.
  • Support the development of grant proposals, reports and funder relations.
  • Support the creation of strategic plans, annual work plans and reports for the USDN/CRS teams and urban forestry initiatives.
  • Coordinate with local, state and federal partners in the administration of assigned programs.
  • Plan and monitor annual budgets for assigned programs, including ongoing grants.

Qualifications

While no single candidate may embody all the qualifications below, an ideal candidate would possess many of the below experiences and skill sets.

Required Experience:

  • A minimum of 3 years project management experience, effectively tracking large scale projects with complex stakeholder involvement.
  • Basic knowledge or interest in urban forestry in the U.S.; experience writing, reviewing and implementing tree management plans is a plus.
  • Experience preparing and administering contracts and agreements; experience rooted in forest management is a plus.
  • Experience working with other professional organizations and state and federal government agencies that work on climate resilience and sustainability solutions.
  • Experience designing, convening and supporting productive workshops, training, and/or coaching.
  • Demonstrated ability in documenting accomplishments, record-keeping, managing budgets, and ranking, reviewing and managing forestry-related grant programs.
  • Experience developing, delivering and evaluating climate resilience programs and a desire to shift away from traditional approaches to more innovative solutions.
  • Experience centering equity in climate solutions practices and policies.
  • Demonstrated experience working with a wide range of stakeholders, both internal – across work groups in a single organization – as well as with diverse stakeholders with a wide range of perspectives, social roles and racial/socio-economic backgrounds
  • Experience working with or within local government
  • Experience designing, convening and supporting productive workshops, training, and/or coaching

Desired Knowledge and Skills:

  • Ability to work collaboratively and advance outcomes with internal staff and external partners and cooperators.
  • Ability to design and facilitate productive workshops, brainstorming and training sessions, public presentations, events and publications (virtually and in-person).
  • Ability to work in uncertainty and ambiguity while assisting in sense-making.
  • Strong relationship-development and facilitation skills.
  • Ability to think outside of the box and seek new equitable methods for supporting local government sustainability practices and policies.
  • Ability to develop relationships and work across a diverse array of teammates, partners, and communities.
  • Ability to work productively in an unstructured environment.
  • Proficient in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Google Suite, Zoom and Slack; some experience in Salesforce desired.
  • Ability to generate and implement support structures that take into account members’ diverse perspectives and changing conditions.
  • Ability to work with diverse audiences and manage multiple stakeholders while respecting different viewpoints.
  • Active listening, verbal and written communications.
  • Commitment to safety, quality and excellent customer service ethic and professionalism.

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Focus

  • Cultivate and maintain professional competency in equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI). EDI is a central goal, fundamental value, and required competency for the practice of sustainability and climate change. USDN staff cultivate EDI skills and competencies through personal practice and training.
  • Emphasize USDN’s adopted EDI principles in the design and delivery of support and throughout the performance of job responsibilities. The position will advance EDI principles as a characteristic of responsible governance, where all levels of government have a fiscal and moral responsibility to address the long-term implications that inequity has on prosperity, health, and safety of residents.
  • Identify and respond to EDI challenges that members are experiencing.
  • Commitment to social justice and anti-racist principles.

Terms of Employment: This is a full-time, non-exempt position that reports to USDN’s Interim Executive Director. The compensation range for this position is expected to be between $70,000 – $85,000 annually. USDN offers a robust benefits package, including 100% employer covered health, dental, disability, and life insurance, flexible leave policy, generous paid leave, and 401(k) program. 

Location: This is a fully remote, work-from-home position. USDN has no central office but staff collaborate extensively via video call meetings and through periodic in-peron convenings. The candidates must furnish their own quiet office space for conference calls. USDN provides an IT stipend to cover internet and phone use, computer, software, and other home office supplies. Work hours: 9am-5pm Eastern, Central, Mountain, or Pacific Standard Times (flexible); 40 hours/week.

Urban Sustainability Directors Network is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to equal treatment of all employees without regard to race, national origin, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, veteran status, physical or mental disability, or other basis protected by law. 

About USDN: The Urban Sustainability Directors Network’s (USDN) mission is to create equitable, resilient and sustainable communities by supporting local government sustainability practitioners as they pursue transformative change. We do this by building the capacity of local government sustainability practitioners to take action, scale innovative practices and solutions, influence systemic change, and harness data and insights to advance and influence the field. The heart of USDN’s work is a network of local government sustainability professionals from over 250 cities and counties across the United States and Canada dedicated to creating a healthy environment, advancing racial equity, and building thriving and resilient communities. USDN brings local government sustainability practitioners together to learn, innovate, collaborate, and accelerate the work of local sustainability. USDN is powered by a distributed team of 20 people that work together across the United States, and a robust network of trusted partners and collaborators.

USDN believes that a diverse, inclusive, and equity-centered climate movement is essential to achieving our mission. For meaningful, long-term change local governments must work from the ground up through a collaborative approach with the communities they serve.

How to Apply

Application Instructions: We accept applications through an online application program, Breezy. When you apply you will be prompted to provide your contact information (full name, email address, and phone number). You will be required to attach a resume, and include your cover letter in a text field. Additionally, you will also be prompted to complete a demographic questionnaire. Your responses to the questionnaire are kept separately from your application and help us to monitor and improve our recruitment and outreach efforts, to reach a wide diversity of candidates. If you do not wish to provide responses to the demographic questionnaire, please select the option, "prefer not to answer." Position Closes on January 12, 2024

We strongly encourage applications from qualified people of all gender expressions and identities, sexual orientations, racialized communities, Indigenous persons, veterans and persons with disabilities. Should you require accommodations through the application process, please let us know. 

Job Categories: Sustainability. Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: climate, forestry, sustainability, and urban forestry. Salaries: See posting for details.

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