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Watersheds Senior Program Manager
Starting Salary: $77,000 - 92,000
BEF is an entrepreneurial nonprofit working on environmental solutions at the intersection of people, renewable energy and freshwater. Partnerships are key to our success. We build long-term relationships with our corporate, community, NGO, Tribal, utility and philanthropic partners by first understanding their goals and needs and then providing solutions and support to achieve these goals alongside measurable environmental benefits.
The Watersheds Senior Program Manager is a dynamic, responsive leader and facilitator who supports an integrated floodplain management network and other region-wide watershed restoration fundraising programs and partnerships. Reporting to the Watersheds Senior Director, the Senior Program Manager will cultivate relationships with a geographically diverse array of floodplain practitioners and co-managers including tribal nations, agencies, nonprofits, and other partners in Washington state. The Senior Program Manager will develop and facilitate knowledge-sharing activities and will directly support program management, development, problem solving, communications, and other activities necessary to support large-scale integrated floodplain and watershed management in Washington State (and the Pacific Northwest region).
The Watersheds Senior Program Manager will join a strong and supportive team. BEF headquarters are located in Portland, Oregon with fully remote and hybrid work options available.
Why Join Us? Our Values Are:
Partnership: We believe we can accomplish more by bringing people together.
Adaptability: We evolve, adapt, and apply what we learn to constantly improve our results.
Knowledge: We seek out and value diverse perspectives, embrace new ideas, and pioneer new approaches.
Innovation: We recognize the scope and pace of the change we need demands that we innovate. This need for innovation inspires and energizes us.
Integrity: We are honest with our employees, customers, and our partners. We promise to always deliver the best possible outcomes for the environment and people we serve.
Support Floodplains by Design Network and Manage Key Program Functions (85%)
- Develops and implements a plan for engagement and expansion of a statewide integrated floodplain management network; builds effective professional relationships with a diverse array of floodplain practitioners, co-managers and stakeholders.
- Expertly facilitates convenings and knowledge sharing opportunities.
- Provides strategic support to floodplain managers, filling an advisory and problem-solving niche that supports local collaboratives while applying those lessons to make systems more efficient regionally.
- Proactively seeks out and develops new opportunities to fund watershed and floodplain capacity-building and collaboration.
- Support key program management functions that includes administration, program reporting, program tracking, management, and metric systems (using Smartsheets), creating and managing program related contracts, billing, sub-contracts, and financial reviews.
- Works as part of a dynamic, collaborative team, actively seeking new ways to serve and deliver value to people and ecosystems.
BEF Watersheds Partnerships and Fundraising Initiatives (15%)
- Applies creativity and commitment to advance a range of watersheds fundraising, management, and convening projects that deliver benefits to our partners in the Pacific Northwest.
Network learning leader and collaborative process facilitator –
- Listens to and learns from people who hold diverse views, values and ideas to build and facilitate a robust network able to implement integrated floodplain management projects.
- Applies a strong equity/social justice lens to conservation and infrastructure planning, knowledge sharing, and collaboration.
- Develops a sophisticated understanding of the Floodplains by Design grant program and opportunities to support and scale up integrated floodplain management.
- Creates appropriate processes and forums to problem solve and generate value for those directly involved and the larger network/community engaged in floodplain restoration.
- Proactively identifies opportunities to build and strengthen networks, relationships and pathways for positive institutional and local change.
- Develops and brings forward timely, creative and relevant ideas to support internal and external partners.
- Facilitates convenings, trainings, workshops and other mechanisms to connect, engage and increase the capacity of regional and local partners to implement Integrated Floodplain Management.
Initiative Builder and Manager –
- Seeks out and develops new opportunities to fund collaboration, project implementation and expanded opportunities that support integrated floodplain management.
- Collects and aggregates information to track progress in service to project implementers and agency partners.
- Collects and aggregates information to develop business cases for new fundraising and capacity building initiatives.
- Leads program tracking, management and billing, including contract management, sub-contract management and review with BEF Operations Team.
- Bachelor’s degree from four-year college or university and/or training or equivalent combination of education and experience.
- Significant experience working with diverse populations and tribal nations, engineers, planners, ecologists, farm community, state agency staff.
- A minimum of 10 year’s relevant experience, with experience facilitating collaborative processes or building networks or coalitions preferred.
- Must have knowledge of Microsoft Office, specifically Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint, Google Suite, specifically Google Documents, Sheets and Slides.
- Ability to collaborate and support a team in a positive and professional manner. Experience coordinating meetings, taking notes, capturing and managing action items, and preparing presentations.
- Must have the ability to maintain confidentiality and exercise diplomacy, effectively manage shifting priorities, and consistently deliver high quality, accurate work.
- This position may be required to travel up to 15% of the time, including overnight or day trips. In-person travel within the State of Washington is required for this position.
Bonneville Environmental Foundation is an EEO employer.
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