Title California Desert Program Manager (Joshua Tree, CA)
Posted Date 04/05/2017
Employer National Parks Conservation Association
Job Information



Date: 4/3/2017   Title: California Desert Program Manager              Grade: 4

Job Status: Full time                        FLSA: Exempt

Department: Regional Operations, Pacific Region              Location: Joshua Tree or Palm Springs, CA

Supervisor: David Lamfrom, Director, California Desert and Wildlife Programs

Supervisor’s Supervisor: Ron Sundergill, Senior Pacific Regional Director

Incumbent/Newly Created Position: Incumbent

Primary Purpose of the Position:

The Program Manager of the California Desert is a trusted leader in the region who protects national parks and builds public and political support for them. This person’s work includes:

  • Maintaining, expanding, and galvanizing NPCA network of desert parks supporters and bringing those voices to bear in protection of the parks.
  • Concurrently managing multiple campaigns effectively and serving as the lead staff on multiple issues, leading and participating in coalitions, mobilizing businesses and organizations to create change.
  • Serving as a public figure, public and media voice, community leader, and community organizer on behalf of desert park issues.
  • Being a policy expert and subject matter expert on diverse internal and external threats to parks and park communities
  • Building and managing excellent relationships with relevant local, state, and federal decision makers
  • Supporting NPCA efforts in the desert, in the region, and at a national level.
  • Contributing to California Desert Program fundraising efforts.

Essential Functions: % of Time

  1. Community Organizing and Outreach: 35%

Work with existing partners and develop new relationships to protect national parks. Engage local citizenry in desert park issues to influence outcomes and build relationships/coalitions with like-valued partners. Establish collaborative working relationships with local desert park stakeholders, including gateway area businesses, chambers of commerce, local elected officials, and other conservation organizations. Build and manage creative, effective coalitions to advance NPCA goals and objectives.

  1. Policy and Advocacy: 25%

Research issues that affect the desert parks and develop appropriate positions and courses of action. Be able to understand scientific and policy related documents and how proposals impact national parks and their resources. Draft position papers, public comments, and briefings for staff and allies and formal submission on important issues. Cultivate excellent working relationships with NPS staff in the three desert parks and other agency (BLM, USFS, DOI) and elected officials whose decision-making affects the parks. Develop campaigns, campaign plans, and manage actions to protect parks and their resources. Be able to manage multiple campaigns at once, moving each effectively forward.

  1. Build community around desert park issues: 15%

Attend community meetings, conduct informational public forums, undertake speaking engagements, and devise and carry out other forms of community education and community building that promote and advance campaign goals about park protection and its relationship to sustainable local economies and ecosystem integrity

  1. Communications: 10%

Work with Director and Communications Department in the development of informational tools, including press releases and publications for public outreach and education. Cultivate relationships with and educate regional media representatives. Help design and implement media strategies and provide material and content for NPCA publications and online actions. Serve as a primary NPCA representative in the desert region and maintain visible public profile consistent with NPCA standards and campaign expectations.

  1. Government Relations: 10%

Develop and maintain relationships with targeted local, state, and federal elected officials and staff. Serve as a trusted source of information for and actively educate members and/or their staff about issues related the desert national parks and actions the members can take to help the parks.

  1. Development: 5%

Cultivate major donors for support of NPCA or the desert program. Maintain excellent existing relationships with funders. Draft proposals and reports to foundations and major donors.

Total 100%

Other: Promotes policies that are sensitive to the needs of a diverse workforce. Respects employees regardless of their position or background. Participates in developing department goals, objectives, and systems. Participates in administrative staff meetings, organization-wide meetings, staff committee meetings, training programs, and attends other meetings and seminars as designated by the supervisor. Assists in evaluation of reports, decisions, and results of department in relation to established goals. This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee in this position.

Minimum Work Schedule: 9:00 to 5:30, Monday – Friday (37.5 hours/week); will periodically require weekend and evening work. Significant local and desert region travel required for meetings and events. Other required travel.

Minimum Scope of Position: Interacts with other Pacific region staff, Government Affairs, Media Team, Pacific Regional Council (as directed by supervisor), and other regional staff.

Minimum Qualifications, Competencies, Skills, Education, and Traits:

  • BA or BS preferred
  • Minimum four (4) years of organizing experience designing, coordinating and implementing environmental or other progressive campaigns
  • Experience preferred working on public lands policy issues
  • Interest in and/or experience with national park and public lands issues
  • Superior communications skills, both verbal and written
  • Demonstrated ability to work with a variety of individuals and organizations and build effective coalitions
  • Ability to work with diverse communities and rural communities
  • Record of accomplishment and productivity in an individualized workplace
  • Ability to manage a budget and to operate campaigns on budget
  • Strong self-starter; able to work independently
  • Proven creative and strategic thinking skills
  • Spanish language fluency a plus
  • Knowledge of arid lands, ecology, biology, recreation a plus
  • Basic computer skills – proficiency with MS Word required, PowerPoint, database management preferred.
  • Demonstrates an awareness and sensitivity to the needs and concerns of individuals from diverse cultures, backgrounds and orientations. Contributes to the creation of a diverse, equitable and inclusive work culture that encourages and celebrates differences.

Core Values
Live, honor, and own the organization’s Core Values

Core Values Mission Statement:

The National Parks Conservation Association is committed to fostering a workplace of excellence to achieve our mission to protect and enhance national parks. Our Core Values of Commitment, Inclusion, Integrity, and Respect promote a diverse, ethical, and innovative culture and make NPCA an effective organization and a great place to work.

  • Commitment. We are passionate about NPCA and dedicated to our work and mission. We seek to do our jobs effectively by taking opportunities for professional and personal development, and encouraging reasonable risk-taking and innovation.
  • Inclusion. We value diversity of thought, background, experience, and opinion. We create a culture of empowerment by welcoming and encouraging meaningful participation from all people by promoting an environment that embraces different perspectives.
  • Integrity. We hold ourselves accountable to each other, our members and partners, and our mission. We evaluate the impact of our work and strive for honesty and transparency across the organization. We operate ethically in the organization’s best interests.
  • Respect. We collaborate in results-oriented teams based on trust and consideration for each other.  We promote harmony between our work and our personal lives. We foster a healthy and positive workplace culture and work collaboratively with external partners.

Physical Effort and Dexterity: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; talk or hear; taste or smell. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

NPCA is an EOE committed to diversity among its employees and hiring practices. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply.

Physical Environment: Typical office setting; job requires significant time traveling, driving, and working in the field.

Prepared by: David Lamfrom

Employer’s Rights: NPCA reserves the right to revise this position description at any time. This position description is not a contract for employment implied or otherwise, other than an “at will” relationship. Incumbent will be evaluated in part based upon the performance of the tasks listed in this position description.