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 Urban Parks with Purpose Associate 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. Initially, the position will focus on work in developing new or enhanced parks, greenways or similar multi-function conserved green infrastructure in disadvantaged neighborhoods in selected cities in America’s mid-Atlantic and Southeast. A successful candidate will demonstrate a passion for working with underserved communities and population groups. 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.
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.
The Conservation Fund, a Non Profit Corporation, is an Equal Opportunity Employer who fully and actively supports equal access for all people regardless of Race, Color, Religion, Gender, Age, National Origin, Veteran Status, Disability, Genetic Information or Testing, Family and Medical Leave, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity or Expression and prohibits retaliation against individuals who bring forth any complaint, orally or in writing, to the employer or the government, or against any individuals who assist or practice in the investigation of any complaint, or otherwise oppose discrimination.