Sr. Program Manager, EPA Thriving Communities Technical Assistance Center
Type of Job
Aug 23, 2023
About the job
Founded in 1936, the National Wildlife Federation (NWF or Federation) is America's largest and most trusted grassroots conservation organization with 52 state/territorial affiliates and more than six million members and supporters, including hunters, anglers, gardeners, birders, hikers, campers, paddlers, and outdoor enthusiasts of all stripes. The Federation's mission is to unite all Americans to ensure wildlife thrive in our rapidly changing world through programming focused on conserving wildlife, restoring habitats and waterways, expanding outdoor opportunities, connecting children with nature, and addressing the causes and consequences of climate change.
The Environmental Justice, Health and Community Revitalization (EJHCR) Program is committed to unraveling systems of oppression to achieve healthy, sustainable, and just communities by addressing environmental injustices that have overburdened low-income communities, communities of color, and Indigenous people by using our resources, cultivating strong partnerships, and prioritizing on-the-ground solutions that communities find value in.
In April of 2023, NWF, in partnership with the University of Maryland (UMD) and our Hub partners, were selected by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as one of 17 Thriving Communities Technical Assistance Centers (TCTACs), specifically for the Mid-Atlantic region - the Mid-Atlantic Thriving Communities Hub, which encompasses EPA’s designated Region III (Delaware, Washington, DC, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia). As such, we are currently seeking a Sr. Program Manager to be responsible for managing, developing, and implementing our TCTAC program. This position will work closely with multiple partners, including community-based core HUB partners selected due to their experience and expertise in environmental and energy justice work, and will be responsible for the build out of resources, collaboration and coordination, data monitoring activities and preparing reports on the program’s success. Additionally, this position will supervise a small team of environmental justice professionals to ensure that all TCTAC programs, particularly Region III, processes, structures, and strategies are interconnected, effective, and aligned with our programmatic goals and grant deliverables.
Principal Duties (Major Areas of Responsibility)
The Sr. Program Manager will provide support to the Region III TCTAC program, ensuring that day-to-day operations run smoothly and efficiently. This position will work closely with other members of the team to manage projects, coordinate meetings and events, and maintain records and databases. The program manager to help run the Center and oversee the flow of information between the core hubs and the hubs. The Sr. Program Manager will serve as the main point of contact for the TCTAC and help navigate requests from internal and external partners. This position reports to the Director of Programs.
Principal Duties (Major Areas of Responsibility):
Technical Assistance and Capacity Building Activities with Team
- Build and maintain a funding resources website that includes various resources like virtual training modules, how-to guides, and best practices for supporting communities in navigating federal, state, and local governmental resources
- Communicate and collaborate with other TCTACs to identify shared resources, opportunities, and emerging practices
Program Management, Tracking and Reporting
- Manage the programmatic and operational efforts of the program
- Ensure Conflict of Interest documentation is in place
- Track and ensure the implementation of TCTAC grant deliverables
- Ensure financial systems and controls are operating effectively
- Create equitable and transparent mechanisms and strategies for managing and operationalizing the TCTAC
- Facilitate regular and annual reporting of the grant and its measurements of success
- Work with all TCTAC committees to ensure effective implementation and operation
- Work with the EJHCR administrative coordinator to regularly schedule meetings throughout the five-year project period— with core partners.
- Facilitate team meetings and individual staff meetings, as necessary
- Manage and maintain the grant budget
Management & Supervision:
- Train, support and supervise a small team of Environmental Justice professionals.
The ideal candidate for this position possesses the following qualifications and competencies:
- Demonstrable expertise in Program Management - PMP certification strongly preferred but not required
- Familiarity with federal, state, and local governmental bodies, processes, and policies related to environmental regulation.
- Demonstrated ability to develop collaborative, productive, respectful relationships with leaders and organizations representing grassroots and community-based organizations that integrate a culture of feedback and accountability.
- Proven ability to lead the development of collaborative, cross-functional teams and ability to support and inspire the activities of team members to innovate and achieve high impact.
- Strong analytical, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills, with an ability to identify and solve complex issues.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills with proficiency in using various tech tools, such as email, Google and Microsoft Suites, Slack, DARCcI, Zoom, Airtable, etc.
- Outstanding administrative and organizational skills, including the ability to produce, track, and manage multiple deliverables with overlapping deadlines in a high-performing, self-starting environment.
- A clear and present sense of emotional intelligence and conflict resolution skills, including strong interpersonal skills.
- Deep commitment to Environmental Justice, Climate Justice, and the intersection with Health.
- Commitment to justice, equity, and inclusion as organizational practice and culture.
- Awareness of positional power and privilege, both personally and professionally, and its relationship to white dominant culture, systemic oppression, and hierarchies.
- Maintains an ethos of excellence and growth in developing personally and professionally
Your actions are expected to reflect the staff values of the National Wildlife Federation: collaboration, mindfulness, empowerment, inclusivity, and mission focus. Your competencies should include:
- Being motivated by values of equity and responsibility to those most marginalized.
- Consistently bringing a high level of empathy and social skills to work and interpersonal interactions.
- Actively seeks feedback, direction, and guidance from all team members and keeps staff informed of decisions that impact them.
- Being dedicated to advancing NWF’s internal equity transformation and compelling partners and allies to incorporate equity into their work; and
- Passion for and commitment to NWF's mission
Applicants are invited to learn more about National Wildlife Federation’s required equity competencies at https://www.nwf.org/About-Us/Careers.
Frequent travel may be required for the position.
Location and Work Mode:
This position is based out of our National Advocacy Center in Washington, DC. The National Wildlife Federation is committed to a flexible and empowered work environment with an authentic community of care for all staff. In this position, the employee may work in the office, in a hybrid manner, or fully remote, to be decided jointly with their supervisor in the final stages of the interview process. For more information on Work Modes, please review the benefits section of our careers page: https://www.nwf.org/About-Us/Careers
Compensation and Benefits:
The salary range for this position is $75,000-$85,000 annually, commensurate with experience.
We are proud of our designation by Mogul as a Top 100 Workplace with the Best Benefits, and by Forbes as one of America’s best small employers! We value work-life balance and a family-friendly atmosphere with flexible scheduling. We want you to be able to integrate work and personal life with attention to your self-care, so that your work schedule is not depleting. We offer benefits so you feel restored and fueled through the day and week.
We offer these supports to help manage your mental, emotional, and physical health:
- Paid time off: Vacation that starts off at three weeks accrual, unlimited wellbeing (this time can be used for physical, spiritual, emotional, cultural, religious or financial wellbeing for yourself, a partner, or family member – including pets), 10 holidays, and 3 floating holidays
- We close down for a paid winter break between December 25 to January 1 to recognize end of-year stress, and time for reflection, rejuvenation, and spending time with family.
- Up to 16 weeks of fully paid Family and Medical Leave
- Low-cost health, dental, and vision insurance options – all outpatient mental health is covered at in-network rates
- Therapist available at no cost
- Pet insurance and discount perk program
- Annual wellbeing allowance
In addition to your salary, we offer the following supports to your personal finances:
- Retirement plan with immediate match and vesting
- Annual year end retirement contribution
- Tuition Reimbursement
- Adoption and Surrogacy assistance
- Pet adoption stipend
- Student Loan management
Applicants are invited to learn more about National Wildlife Federation’s benefits package at https://www.nwf.org/About-Us/Careers.
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Candidates must submit a cover letter, resume and contact information for three references.
For more information on our recruiting process, please review our Careers page: https://www.nwf.org/About-Us/Careers
We strive to increase diversity, equity, inclusion and justice (DEIJ) in all elements of our work and with our partners to support the interdependent needs of wildlife and people in a rapidly changing world. We recruit, employ, train compensate, and promote regardless of race, religion, creed, national origin, ancestry, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity (including gender nonconformity and status as a transgender individual), age, physical or mental disability, citizenship, genetic information, past, current, or prospective service in the uniformed services, or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state, or local law. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Applicants are invited to learn more about National Wildlife Federation’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion at nwf.org/equity.
We recognize that people come with a wealth of experience and talent beyond just the technical requirements of a job, therefore our job descriptions are guidelines, not hard and fast rules. Your experience, which may include paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work, helps build the competencies and knowledge that translates to our openings. Diversity of experience and skills combined with passion is a key to innovation and a culture of excellence. Therefore, we encourage people from all backgrounds to apply to our positions.
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If selected for this position, a background check will be conducted.