Environmental Program Manager - River Star Homes

Hiring Organization: Elizabeth River Project
Job Announcement: http://www.chesapeakenetwork.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/job-description-rsh-1-1.doc
Job Closing Date: 30 August 2016

SUMMARY: Full-time program manager sought to manage a growing, innovative program that is recognized throughout the Chesapeake Bay for its success engaging citizens to reduce pollution and restore coastal habitat at the backyard scale, with measurable results. Masters in related sciences preferred along with great project management and people skills. Task is to motivate citizen participation and manage residential projects to reduce pollution and restore coastal habitat with rain gardens, rain barrels, wetland restorations, shoreline buffers and nutrient management plans. The successful candidate will have the proven ability to meet project deadlines, manage project budgets, oversee small-scale contractors, supervise a core team of support personnel and volunteers and prepare technical and non-technical reports and outreach communications. This job is right for someone who has strong technical training but likes working with people and can communicate complex science to lay people, inspiring them to get involved.

RESPONSIBILITIES: Supervise a full-time Grassroots Coordinator, part-time Environmental Specialist, interns and volunteers to ensure the success of all aspects of the program. Manage a budget of about $500,000 annually, manage contracts, grants, technical reports, on-the-ground projects and education materials and events. Flexible full-time schedule; some weekend and evening hours.

QUALIFICATIONS: Requirements include: Master's degree in environmental or related sciences preferred. Proficiency in project management, including supervision, time management, contract and budget management and problem-solving. People skills including the ability to motivate and inspire the public, and the ability to communicate science in lay terms. Strong written and verbal communication skills, comfort with social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter etc), good driving record. Compatibility with a small, fast-paced, non-profit team. A "can do" attitude with the courage and commitment to make a difference with a large challenge of turning around a polluted urban river!

SALARY AND BENEFITS: Competitive salary, negotiable depending on education and experience. Paid vacation, paid life insurance, paid federal holidays, 13 personal leave days, employer cost-share of health insurance. Company frequently underwrites training seminars.

ELIZABETH RIVER PROJECTwww.elizabethriver.org is one of the oldest and largest non-profits working to restore any tributary of the Chesapeake Bay. Work from a waterfront office in downtown Portsmouth, VA (Norfolk metro area) as part of a full-time staff of 12 carrying out restoration and education programs to restore the urban Elizabeth River. Programs range from sediment remediation and oyster reef construction to the award-winning Learning Barge. Launched in 2011, River Star Homes (www.riverstarhomes.org) numbers 3,200 participants recognized with a free blue yard flag for committing to 7 steps. The program has inspired similar efforts around the bay.

TO APPLY: Send cover letter, resume and 3 professional references to Joe Rieger, Deputy Director, Elizabeth River Project, 475 Water Street, C103A, Portsmouth, VA, 23704, jrieger@elizabethriver.org. Position is open until filled.