• Restoration Program Manager

Friends of Verde River Greenway is seeking a Program Manager for its Restoring Habitat program. The Program Manager is responsible for implementing the annual programmatic goals and objectives, program planning and budgeting, partnership development, and supervision of program staff involved in riparian restoration activities. The Program Manager is also the point person for the Verde Watershed Restoration Coalition, a multi-stakeholder collaborative partnership that implements river restoration projects throughout the watershed. The ideal candidate will have experience and skill in program management in the nonprofit or government sector, be able to multi-task and manage several complex projects simultaneously, and be able to foster positive collaborative partnerships with key stakeholders in the region.

Friends accomplishes its mission primarily through collaborative, partner-driven programs that focus on a boots-on-the-ground approach to habitat restoration, flow restoration and water management, and community outreach. Restoring Habitat: the Verde Watershed Restoration Coalition (VWRC) is a collaborative program, composed of a diverse group of public and private stakeholders, working to improve and restore riparian habitat in the Verde River watershed. Working with over twenty partners and more than 200 private landowners, VWRC utilizes three main hands-on methods to protect the Verde River from the harm caused by invasive plants: outreach to local communities and private landowners; treatment to remove invasive species; and monitoring to ensure the continued health of treated areas. Working with Conservation Corps, veteran crews, and countless volunteers, VWRC is a true community collaboration, bringing people together to improve the health of the Verde River system. Recently, VWRC is expanding its collaborative work to address other aspects of river and riparian health.

Friends offices are located in Cottonwood, Arizona, a community in the vibrant Verde Valley of central Arizona. Recently honored as one of only twenty National Geographic "geotourism" destinations, the Sedona-Verde Valley area is home to spectacular natural resources, friendly small-town communities, and abundant outdoor recreation opportunities. The region boasts a blossoming local wine industry, rich historic cultural resources and heritage, excellent local restaurants, and nationally recognized festivals and events. From the verdant oasis of the Verde River flowing through Clarkdale, Cottonwood and Camp Verde - to the magnificent red rocks of Sedona - the Verde Valley is a special place, offering an extraordinary quality of life. Find out more about what we do, by visiting our website at www.verderivergreenway.org.


Experience and Competencies
-Candidate should have a minimum of 5 years of applied experience in natural resource management or other environmental science discipline.
-Candidate must have the ability to manage several projects simultaneously, and be able to advise and assist on river restoration and conservation issues, problems and solutions including habitat restoration in the western United States.
-Must have demonstrated supervisory and team-building skills.
-Must be a strong communicator with the ability to speak effectively to diverse groups of rural and community landowners, residents and other stakeholders, both verbally and in writing, about the Restoring Habitat program activities and priorities. -Must have strong collaborative skills in working with other nonprofit organizations, local governments, public land managers, and other key stakeholders and audiences involved in Restoring Habitat programmatic work.
-Candidate should demonstrate an understanding of the needs, goals, and motivations of critical stakeholder groups, and ability to build relationships and strategic alliances with diverse interest groups on the organizations issues.
-Must be versed in (or able and willing to learn) issues related to invasive plant management, restoration ecology, and volunteer management. Knowledge of riparian ecology a plus.
-Able to think creatively and strategically; and demonstrate the ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions from scientific-based information.
-Must exhibit independent judgment in the development, implementation and evaluation of plans, procedures and policies.
-Able to be responsible for programmatic leadership and supervision of staff and organizational consultants or contractors in the development, implementation and evaluation of short and long range plans and policies and other activities, consistent with annual work plan and overall organizational strategic plan.
-Able to be responsible, with assistance from the ED, for the financial management of the Restoration Program, including assisting in the development and implementation of the annual budget, consistent with the strategic plan and financial policies of the organization relative to fundraising.

Attainment of an undergraduate degree from an accredited university or college is required an advanced degree is preferred. Friends is open to a range of educational backgrounds related to environmental studies, biological sciences, or other relevant field.

To apply:
Please view the employment profile for this opportunity on our website here:http://www.verderivergreenway.org/employment/. First round of applications should be submitted by July 3, 2017. The ideal start time for this position is October 1, 2017. This is a salaried position ($55,000 /year), with a competitive benefits package.

Applicants should provide the Search Committee a resume or CV, cover letter, and three professional references either:
-Via email to Anna Schrenk at anna@verderivergreenway.org, with the subject line Program Manager.
-Or via postal service to: Program Manager Search Committee, Friends of Verde River Greenway, P.O. Box 2535, Cottonwood, AZ 86326
Manager (Manager/Supervisor of Staff)
Full Time
Friends of Verde River Greenway
Anna Schrenk
P. O. Box 2535,Cottonwood,Arizona,86326
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PostedMay 30, 2017

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