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Senior Manager, Career Pathways

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Washington, DC or fully-remote


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Feb 18, 2022

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Senior Manager, Career Pathways

American Forests is a national non-profit organization committed to creating healthy and resilient forests from cities to wilderness, that deliver essential benefits for climate, people, water and wildlife. We advance our mission through forestry innovation, place-based partnerships to plant and restore forests, and movement building. We envision a world in which the significant environmental, societal and economic benefits of forests are fully realized and equitably available to all people. Established in 1875, American Forests is the oldest national non-profit conservation organization in the U.S. working to restore urban forests and forested landscapes.American Forests is proud to be a diverse, equitable and inclusive workplace. These are our shared values. We welcome individuals who bring a variety of backgrounds and experiences to be a part of our team to help make a difference individually and collectively as we work toward achieving our mission. We are committed to fostering an environment that is welcoming and respectful and provides opportunities for advancement and professional growth for every team member.We hope you find your future with us.

As part of its work to advance the stewardship of healthy and resilient urban forests, American Forests launched its Tree Equity: Career Pathways Initiative in 2018. This initiative is designed to help those facing barriers to employment establish careers in urban forestry while simultaneously meeting a high demand for qualified tree care professionals in the field. Tree Equity: Career Pathways mobilizes pre-apprenticeship and other pre-employment programs that prepare and place opportunity youth, veterans, low-income people of color, re-entrants to society, and others facing barriers to employment into entry-level positions in urban forestry.The Senior Manager of Career Pathways works with team members to execute the implementation of the Tree Equity: Career Pathways Initiative. As a vital part of the Career Pathways team, this individual will build greater capacity for local urban forestry career pathways, working hand-in-hand with employers and stakeholders in government, private sector, nonprofit, trade association, and workforce development. The ideal candidate will be committed to delivering maximum impact through effective and efficient execution of projects, transparent internal and external communications and evaluation/process improvement. The ideal candidate will have experience in workforce development, community engagement, and populations with barriers to employment. Primary duties for the Senior Manager of Career Pathways include grant management, technical assistance delivery, constituent relationship management and administrative duties as they relate to initiative implementation.


The Senior Manager of Career Pathways is responsible for the following:1) Grant Management (30%)Administer capacity-building, job training/placement and wraparound service grants to local career pathways stakeholders
Provide project management oversight to ensure adherence to relevant timelines, scopes and budgets
Track and report on grant spending and deliverables
Facilitate and track alignment of partner programs with U.S. Department of Labor pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship standards
2) Technical Assistance Delivery (30%)Transfer place-based local knowledge into best practices and guidance for urban forestry workforce development
Deliver technical assistance to relevant stakeholders via phone, email newsletter and occasional virtual and in-person presentations
Draft and periodically update existing online resources for career pathways stakeholders including case studies, reports, maps and guides
Track and report on technical assistance delivery metrics (including event attendance, webinar views, resource downloads, social media engagement, etc.)
3) Constituent Relationship Management (25%)Provide logistical and coordination support to the national pre-apprenticeship advisory committee, including preparation of agendas and minutes
Organize and schedule regular communication with key stakeholders including employers and social service organizations
Maintain contact database and report on key engagement and progress metrics
4) Administrative Duties (15%)Attend staff meetings, retreats, and other organizational functions
Draft materials for external relations including conferences, webinars and other media engagements
Draft internal grant reports and other publications as assigned

Experience required in at least 3 of the following areas required: human resources, direct-service social work, urban forestry, workforce development, grant administration, project management. Excellent interpersonal, written, logistical, and project management skills are required. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated ability to maintain relationships with diverse stakeholders across sectors (nonprofit, municipal, private, and academia) and to achieve mission-aligned programmatic outcomes. Experience working with young adults, re-entrants to society, immigrants, underemployed and/or unemployed persons, and others facing barriers to employment preferred.


Bachelor’s degree is required and 5-7 years demonstrated experience.
Working knowledge and experience in the environmental, social justice or climate change fields is preferred.

The majority of work will be performed in a general office environment with a partial or fully remote option. The position will likely be fully remote during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Must be comfortable with prolonged periods of sitting and/or standing at a desk and working on a computer.
Must be able to lift up to 10-15 pounds at a time.

Occasional travel within the U.S. will be required.


This position does not have any supervisory requirements.


To apply for this position, please send a cover letter and resume to


American Forests is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to diversity in the workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or other characteristics protected by law.Minority/Female/Disabled/Veteran/LGBTQ+

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