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The Conservation Fund, a highly ranked non-profit organization working across the United States, is expanding its capacity to serve urban areas and historically disadvantaged communities with new parks, greenways, and other forms of green infrastructure. True to its mission on advancing conservation of natural resources and achieving economic and social benefits, the Fund’s new urban projects are collaborative undertakings that involve community-based groups, local agencies and organizations, business, philanthropy and other partners with expertise or interest in achieving triple bottom line outcomes. [For more information about the Fund, visit www.conservationfund.org.]
This is a new position at The Conservation Fund that is supported by major foundation grant awards. The position will focus on work in developing new or enhanced parks, greenways or similar multi-function conserved green infrastructure in disadvantaged neighborhoods, initially in selected cities in America’s mid-Atlantic and Southeast.
The Urban Parks with Purpose Associate will coordinate the Fund’s work with local non-profit partner organizations, community stakeholders, and other local partners; assist in developing effective community-based networks in each urban location; prepare grant and public project reports; coordinate internal and external communications; and help represent the Fund in a variety of settings. The range of projects being planned and implemented by the Fund’s Urban Parks with Purpose Program include storm water green infrastructure such as rain gardens, swales and green street features, urban parks from neighborhood to larger scales, trails and greenways, wetlands and riparian corridors, and similar projects. Each project is designed to integrate economic and social dimensions, such as workforce training, job creation, school- and non-school based education, public safety, and equitable community development. The position will require coordinating with Fund colleagues in multiple departments and office locations.
The Urban Parks with Purpose Associate will learn the Fund’s approach to community engagement and involvement in planning, developing and programming urban parks and greenway projects. In addition to collaborating with Fund staff, the successful candidate will meet and learn from urban water sustainability and parks experts, community organizers and other local leaders, workforce training experts, and others in the initial project cities. The successful candidate will interact with Fund staff experts on various topics, including equity and community development, fundraising and development, marketing and communications, and strategic conservation planning.
This position is funded for an initial period of two years. Continuation is expected but will be contingent upon securing additional grant or other funding support. The incumbent will have the opportunity to develop a professional network with partners in local government, business and professional entities, philanthropic institutions, federal and state government, and other non-profit environmental and social purpose organizations and help the Fund deliver on its mission that combines environmental and economic and social outcomes.
KEY RESPONSIBILITIES include:
Play a leading role in coordinating and managing grant-funded project in five US Southeastern and mid-Atlantic cities
Apply the Fund’s approach to respectful community engagement
Help organize and run meetings with community leaders, other Fund staff and partners as needed
Manage a growing network of partners in each of multiple cities and assist in organizing peer learning events and other exchanges among the cities
Track key milestones and progress in meeting program plans; help prepare grant and other reports
Track and prepare project budgets and personal/project expense accounts
Represent the Fund on park, greenway, green infrastructure and water quality/access matters in interactions with community and municipal partners, technical experts, funders, and state and federal agencies and in various public forums
Assist in planning, communications and program development activities
Research, learn and convey information about other approaches and actors providing effective community engagement on parks and green infrastructure matters
DESIRED BACKGROUND AND PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES:
College degree and/or equivalent, significant job-related experience (for example, project management, community organizing, non-profit leadership, etc.)
Relevant experience (2 to 5 years) in managing projects and working at the community level will be weighted heavily when considering applicants for the position
Demonstrated effective communication skills, including clear and persuasive writing, presentations to groups of varying sizes and backgrounds, and interpersonal skills in one-on-one or small group settings
Experience or demonstrated ability in researching, articulating and supporting project proposals
High degree of cultural competency and demonstrated ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds
Passion for environmental, social, and economic justice particularly for historically disadvantaged communities or population groups
Demonstrated affinity for parks and greenways or other types of natural, restored, or managed land or water areas.
Ability to travel independently both locally and on overnight, out-of-town trips. The Fund may request proof of possession of valid driver’s license
Knowledge and ability to operate typical office technology and software, including computers, computerized word processing software, and related office equipment such as printers and scanners
Ability to conduct online, telephone, in-person and library research and communications
Be able to understand financial reports.