Program Manager, Forest Conservation (Telecommute within California) - AFF
As the Program Manager, Forest Conservation, you will oversee a four-year $9.6 million grant to deliver technical and financial assistance to forest landowners across 9 high priority counties in the northern Sierra and southern Cascade ranges of California in service to cross-jurisdictional, landscape-scale outcomes. Through your management of this newly created program and the relationships you build with project partners, stakeholders, and other decision makers, we have the potential to strengthen the health of more than 40,000 acres of forests. Supporting the Director of Western Conservation and working on a national conservation team, you will continually identify opportunities to increase the scope and impact of our work.
The American Forest Foundation (AFF) works on the ground with family forest owners, partners, and elected officials to promote stewardship and protect our nation’s forest heritage. AFF is leading the way in connecting family forest landowners with technical and financial assistance to better steward their land in service to measurable landscape-scale conservation impacts. America’s forests are in many ways the cornerstone of our nation’s environment. They filter our drinking water, clean our air, provide habitat for wildlife, support 1 million good-paying rural jobs, and help produce renewable products we rely on. In the U.S., the biggest portion of our forests is not owned by the government or big companies, but by families and individuals. These 22 million Americans are key to the long-term sustainability of our forests.
Responsibilities of the Program Manager, Forest Conservation
Manage operations for AFF’s CA program to catalyze forest health and/or reforestation treatments on non-industrial private forest lands in northern California. Your specific tasks over the next 4 years may include:
- Work closely with partners and manage enrollments into the program; track and troubleshoot program applications and requests for reimbursements.
- Facilitate stakeholder communications that ensure project partners have the tools, knowledge, and capacity to achieve program outcomes.
- Work closely with marketing staff and vendors to inform targeted outreach strategies and materials.
- Facilitate meetings of landowners with professional foresters and peer networks. Give presentations, as required.
- Cultivate new partners and donors. Establish strong working relationships with regional opinion leaders and decision makers to increase visibility and create opportunities to grow the program beyond its current scope.
- Develop measurement and evaluation approaches and metrics in coordination with the director, other regional conservation managers, and place-based partners to inform progress towards immediate, mid, and long-term goals and outcomes.
- Oversee systems, protocols, process, and project data (consulting with technology staff as needed) to ensure rigorous accountability in the use of program resources and towards program outcomes. Manage vendors and consultants.
- Manage program budget. Track progress, financials, and funding allocations and develop internal and external reports.
Qualifications of the Program Manager, Forest Conservation
- Bachelor's degree, ideally in forestry, environmental science, business, communication, or a related field. A Master’s degree is preferred.
- At least three years of experience working within the forestry sector. Familiarity with California regulations and forestry practices is highly preferred.
- Project or program management experience, including budgeting and contracting. Experience with grant-funded programs and funder requirements is preferred.
- Experience with data management and business systems or databases.
- Experience cultivating and balancing multiple partnerships. Strong interpersonal skills; ability to interact with a wide variety of constituencies, including co-workers, business and community leaders, partners, donors, board members, volunteers, public officials, and the public at large, in a wide variety of settings.
- Ability and willingness to travel extensively throughout northern California. Limited out of state travel is expected.
Attributes of the Program Manager, Forest Conservation
- Collaborative. You have an inclusive work style. You are comfortable sharing information and know who needs to be in the loop or informed. You easily articulate the benefits to each stakeholder and you know how to connect the dots and meticulously follow up.
- Mission-driven. You understand the big picture and easily translate objectives into community impact. You get what matters to funders and what serves the mission.
- Program manager. You juggle multiple projects and tasks, allocate and optimize resources, reduce risks, manage timelines, and get the work done. You have a keen understanding of the steps necessary to achieve goals on deadline and within budget.
- Detail oriented. You have command of both the process and the details. You are known for your accuracy and you get it done right the first time. You go beyond knowing what needs to be done, but also understand why it needs to be done.
- Proactive. You are a self-starter with tenacity, resilience, and high energy. You are hands-on, you ask questions, and you come up to speed quickly. You don’t wait for things to happen – you initiate action and make things happen.
- Rapport builder. You have a proven track record of getting results by building strong relationships. You establish credibility easily and are quickly seen as the go-to person.
What’s Attractive to the Right Program Manager, Forest Conservation Candidate?
- In this newly created role, you can help shape and grow the program over the course of the next four years and beyond.
- The impact will be extraordinary, protecting water quality and helping to sequester carbon and keep it sequestered, thus improving the well-being of all Californians.
- You will have the opportunity to travel to some beautiful parts of the state to build a robust network of high-profile individuals and organizations.
- AFF is the leading national NGO and leader in the NIPF space. We are financially sound and you will be part of our growing regional and national team.
- Our staff is comprised of exceptional, smart, passionate, and dedicated individuals who are good at what they do.
- You will work from your home office. Preference will be for those who are able to provide a consistent and visible presence within the southern Cascades and northern Sierra project area. We offer a competitive benefits package, including a flexible work environment that respects your life outside of work.
To Apply for the Program Manager, Forest Conservation position with AFF:
Use the Apply button on this page, or simply email your resume to Ellen Greenwood at firstname.lastname@example.org with “AFF - Program Manager, Forest Conservation / 2018-2401 SA” as the subject of the email.
Internally this position title is California Conservation Manager or California Regional Manager.
Alternative Titles: Conservation manager, conservation program, forestry program, forest manager, forestry technician
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