|Title||California Desert Program Manager (Joshua Tree, CA)|
|Employer||National Parks Conservation Association|
NPCA POSITION DESCRIPTION
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:
Essential Functions: % of Time
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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