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Program Manager - Bay Area Open Space Council (GIS skills needed)

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  • Rick Kos (SJSU)
    Program Manager: Full time position The Bay Area Open Space Council (‘Council’) is a unique regional coalition. Since our founding 23 years ago, the
    Message 1 of 1 , Jun 29, 2013
      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
      and conservation
      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.

      Position summary
      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
      conservation priorities.

      - 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
      collective goals.

      - Manage technical aspects to maintain and update a dynamic regional
      conservation plan:

      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
      updates, tracking
      usage analytics, and prioritizing improvements.
      o Partner with mapping consultants to update and release the Protected
      Areas Database.

      - 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
      resiliency given
      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,
      strengthened, and
      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,
      invoicing, partner
      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
      and fundraise.
      - 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,
      geography, planning,
      or related field preferred.

      To apply:
      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
      calls please.

      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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