Senior Manager of Urban Forestry Programs
Actively Recruiting: Yes
Position title: Senior Manager of Urban Forestry Programs
Type of Position: Staff (Full-Time)
Town, City, Park, etc: Remote
Groundwork USA is the only network of local, people-centered organizations devoted to transforming the natural and built environment of under-resourced communities -- a national enterprise with local roots, working at the intersection of the environment, health, equity, youth empowerment, and civic engagement. Through inclusive, meaningful community engagement and cross-sector collaboration, local Groundwork affiliates called “Trusts” transform neglected land and waterways into assets that under-resourced neighborhoods need to be healthy and resilient while building community capacity to improve systems. Groundwork USA supports this dynamic network and advances the field of equitable development through national technical assistance and learning network programs for local practitioners. Their work is supported by the United States Environmental Protection Agency, the National Park Service, the United States Department of Agriculture, and other partners. Please see their website to learn more: www.GroundworkColorado.org.
Groundwork USA is the only network of local, people-centered organizations devoted to transforming the natural and built environment of under-resourced communities -- a national enterprise with local roots, working at the intersection of the environment, health, equity, youth empowerment, and civic engagement. Through inclusive, meaningful community engagement and cross-sector collaboration, local Groundwork affiliates called “Trusts” transform neglected land and waterways into assets that under-resourced neighborhoods need to be healthy and resilient while building community capacity to improve systems. Groundwork USA supports this dynamic network and advances the field of equitable development through national technical assistance and learning network programs for local practitioners. Their work is supported by the United States Environmental Protection Agency, the National Park Service, the United States Department of Agriculture, and other partners.
Please see their website to learn more: www.GroundworkColorado.org.
Groundwork USA seeks a Senior Manager of Urban Forestry Programs to support the Groundwork USA Network in undertaking an ambitious urban forestry, workforce development, and community stewardship initiative funded by the USDA Forest Service. We are seeking a dynamic and passionate Senior Manager to lead our Urban Forestry program. This role is pivotal in driving sustainable community development and environmental stewardship and will serve as the lead in building, launching, tracking, and evaluating a program focused on planting and maintaining urban trees in no fewer than 15 communities, nationwide.
Sitting within the division of Climate, Land, and Water, the Senior Manager of Urban Forestry Programs will lead the implementation of Groundwork USA’s Urban and Community Forestry grant, a five-year program to advance the equitable distribution and health of trees in under-invested-in communities. The program aims to plant trees in low-canopy areas; develop tree ambassador programs in Trust communities to improve survival rates of new and existing trees; and strengthen existing tree-focused workforce development programs run by our Trusts.
The Senior Manager will provide Groundwork Trusts with project management and evaluation support, develop a framework for shared learning, ensure progress towards deliverables, and elevate key learnings to the broader network. All Trust projects will address locally significant impacts such as extreme heat, flooding, and air quality, and will reflect community priorities. Urban forestry projects will include, but are not limited to, improving tree canopy cover through public and private plantings; creating community cooling corridors; stabilizing soil and removing invasive species to increase tree survival rates; developing resident tree ambassador programs for long-term maintenance; workforce development training; and planting of microforests. This role will work closely with the Urban Forestry GIS Manager to capture, visualize, analyze, communicate, and use geospatial data to make informed decisions on resident engagement and outreach, tree planting, and maintenance.
This is a fully remote position; candidates residing in our Trust cities are especially encouraged to apply. Note that some travel is required including, but not limited to, an annual staff retreat, our annual network-wide gathering, and site visits to Trust communities.
- Establishing meticulous project management protocols, including working with the federal grants manager contracts and grants, ensuring adherence to federal guidelines, and tracking project outcomes for efficient execution
- Establishing systems for tracking outcomes and ensuring completion of deliverables.
- Meeting frequently with grant recipients to review progress, assess emergent opportunities, identify project support needs, and trouble-shoot barriers.
- Uplifting best practices, Trust wins, and new opportunities to our network and the broader urban forestry community.
- Working both independently and collaboratively to develop shared resources, workshops, and tools on a variety of urban and community forestry topics.
- Establishing active and supportive learning cohorts and trust-to-trust learning opportunities in key areas of equity, climate adaptation, workforce development, and forestry.
- Leveraging economies of scale to find economic and programmatic efficiencies, including leading the bulk procurement and distribution of materials, certifications, technology, and tools.
- Arranging shared services, workshops, trainings, certification programs, and trust-to-trust visits to build Trust and community capacity to meet tree planting, maintenance, and community engagement goals.
- Working closely with Trusts and the Groundwork USA communications team to uplift stories and impacts.
- Cultivating existing and new partnerships with public- and private-sector entities whose expertise contributes to the Groundwork Network’s ability to effect change.
- Providing urban-forestry and workforce development related technical assistance to communities- within and external to our network- through coaching, workshops, and presentations.
- Working with the Federal Grants Manager on the development and rollout of trainings, templates, and checklists to ensure subgrantee compliance with federal regulations.
- Representing Groundwork USA in national partnerships and diverse public settings, including at conferences, on webinars and workshops, and in meetings with partners.
- Contributing to grant proposal development and reporting.
- Collaborating with the Climate, Land, and Water team members to expand the capacity of staff, network members, and the broader sector to engage in equitable urban forestry projects.
- Helping nurture a collaborative, high-performance culture in a geographically dispersed staff.
- Contributing to Groundwork USA’s continued progress as an inclusive, culturally competent organization.
Required Qualifications: The Senior Manager of Urban Forestry Programs should exhibit the following core competencies:
- Strong research, project management, and organizational skills, with the ability to independently follow through on assignments, meet deadlines, and facilitate the efforts of the full team to do the same.
- Experience leading, managing, or supporting large scale urban forestry or green infrastructure installation efforts.
- Experience implementing meaningful community engagement practices in low-resource communities.
- An ability to effectively build relationships with and engage individuals working on the ground in distant locations.
- Excellent coaching, communication, and relationship-building skills with an ability to prioritize, negotiate, and collaborate with a variety of internal and external stakeholders.
- Familiarity with workforce development strategies, resources, and methods.
- Strong written and verbal communication skills, including writing, presenting, delivering workshops, proofreading, and editing.
- Experience or familiarity with the use of geospatial analysis to make data-informed land use decisions and lead equity-centered conversations.
- Topical expertise and at least four years of experience in urban forestry, arboriculture, or city planning, with a strong emphasis on community engagement and project management in diverse community settings
- Additional professional experience, potentially including a master’s degree or certification in a relevant field such as urban forestry, arboriculture, urban planning, urban ecology, or education.
- Experience working in a leadership position with youth and/or young adults.
- Experience managing or applying for federal awards.
- Fluency in written and spoken Spanish, a plus.
Compensation and Benefits: The expected starting salary range for this full-time position is $78,000-$90,000; benefits include:
- Health Insurance – medical, dental, and vision
- Life insurance
- Short-term and long-term disability insurance
- 403(b) retirement plan
- Sustainable vacation time
- Paid holidays
- Paid wellness/sick days
- Paid parental leave
- Monthly work from home stipend
- Eligible Public Service Loan Forgiveness employer
- Professional development opportunities
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Applications received by January 15, 2024, will be ensured full consideration. Only those selected for interviews will be contacted. Your understanding is appreciated.
Groundwork USA is an equal opportunity employer, committed to maintaining and growing a diverse team, and an anti-racist organization committed to doing business in keeping with core values of relevance, equity, diversity and inclusion.