Program Manager - Bay Area Open Space Council (GIS skills needed)
- Program Manager: Full time position
The Bay Area Open Space Council (�Council�) is a unique regional coalition.
Since our founding 23
years ago, the Council has collaborated with land trusts, public agencies
organizations to set and execute a conservation vision for the San
Francisco Bay Area. We work
collaboratively to protect the land, connect people to land, and convene
efforts to steward parks,
trails, and agricultural lands. More at: openspacecouncil.org.
We seek a committed, energetic, and eloquent professional to join our team.
The ideal candidate will
have a mix of public policy and planning experience, project management and
leadership skills, GIS
savvy, and a passion for land conservation.
The Program Manager reports to the Executive Director and works closely
with the team at the Council
and with land managers throughout the Bay Area. The Manager will be
responsible for three functional
areas: conservation planning, policy initiatives, and project management.
Primary duties and responsibilities
1. Conservation Planning:
The Manager will work with land managers, planners, regional decision
makers, funders, scientists and
others to continue building the Conservation Lands Network (CLN), a
regional vision for preserving
biodiversity. The Manager will coordinate with a diverse group of
stakeholders � from regional planning
agencies to the local land conservation community � to share and implement
- Inform private landowners, planners, and state, regional and local
agencies of regional land
conservation tools and best practices and facilitate their regular use.
- Support members and partners to use the CLN to advance their
conservation work and achieve
- Manage technical aspects to maintain and update a dynamic regional
o Perform geospatial analysis to understand and address land conservation
o Support and manage updating the CLN and associated key GIS layers.
o Host large online GIS databases for members and partners, managing
usage analytics, and prioritizing improvements.
o Partner with mapping consultants to update and release the Protected
- Help to lead and reignite the Stewardship Working Group to convene
throughout the year to
share best practices for land stewardship and help land managers plan for
pressures such as urban growth and climate change
2. Policy initiatives:
The Manager will work to embed conservation into land use policy and
funding decisions at various
levels of government. Our open spaces define and support the innovators
that drive the Bay Area
economy. Policies protecting parks and working lands must be safeguarded,
supported with funding. The Manager will work with decision makers,
planning and economic
development staff, and the Council�s members and partners to integrate
conservation into business
practices and policy.
- Digest complex scientific analysis and research and make information
accessible in a variety of
ways to a broader coalition of land managers, planners, public officials
and business leaders.
- Integrate land conservation values in state, regional and local
planning efforts and policy
including regional greenhouse gas emissions reduction strategies.
- Work with key regional partners to implement major policy initiatives
in regional planning and identify innovative funding opportunities for land
conservation in the region.
- Be an inspired spokesperson for linking land conservation efforts with
community values of
public health, recreation, food production, and quality of life.
3. Project management:
The Council is a powered by a small and dedicated team. Staff pitch in as
needed to help the Bay Area
be a regional model in land conservation. The Manager will work closely
with the Director of Programs
and grow into a position of overseeing land conservation program work.
- Manage grants and contracts (including time tracking, budget review,
communications, and report writing).
- Develop detailed scopes of work and budgets for potential large and
small grants and contracts.
- Work with the Director of Development and Engagement to write grants
- Support the Executive Director to manage the Council�s financial health.
- Provide communications and analysis support to members, the Advisory
Council and the Board.
- Assist the team with everything from delivering a 400 person Annual
Open Space Conference to
performing administrative tasks or other duties.
- Passion for the mission, vision and values of the Bay Area Open Space
- Experience in conservation planning, land-use planning, public policy
and/or GIS analysis.
- Demonstrated project management skills, including the ability to
motivate and lead a team of
diverse professionals and deliver results on time and within budget.
- Strong attention to detail and follow-through.
- Excellent communications skills: verbal, written and presentation.
- Experience leading and/or contributing to collaborations or coalitions.
- Ability to problem solve, think creatively, and work both independently
and on teams
- Customer service focus: reliable, adaptable, flexible, fun, and
- Ability to prioritize workflow and meet deadlines: �can do� attitude
and solutions orientation.
- High degree of understanding with geospatial mapping, Microsoft Office
applications and webbased collaboration and project management tools.
- Advanced degree in environmental science, natural resources, business,
or related field preferred.
Please email a cover letter and resume to hr@... with
�Program Manager: name�
in the subject title. Please attach a single Word or PDF file that includes
a cover letter and resume
named with your name and date (e.g., Pat_Rodriguez_Date). In your cover
letter, please speak to
where you saw the job posting or from whom you learned of the opening, why
you are interested,
examples of projects you have managed, and your qualifications for the job.
We encourage applicants to apply as soon as possible. Phone interviews may
begin as soon as
July 22, 2013. We aim to hire the ideal candidate by mid-August. No phone
People of color and other minorities are strongly encouraged to apply. The
position requires the ability
to work at computer workstation and occasionally lift/carry up to 30 pounds
in the field and for
presentations. We are located in the David Brower Center - a shared work
space within a 50,000
square foot LEED platinum rated building - conveniently located in Downtown
Berkeley with close
access to public transportation, parking facilities, and grocery stores.
The San Francisco Parks Alliance
serves as a fiscal sponsor for the Council, and offers a competitive
nonprofit salary and benefits
package. We are an equal opportunity employer.
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