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Associate Program Manager

Organization Background 

Parks California is a new organization working to ensure that our State Parks thrive. From redwood groves and desert springs to lighthouses and ghost towns, we are working with our partners to make California State Parks more climate resilient, accessible, and relevant to all visitors.  Managing these assets for nearly 40 million residents and millions more annual visitors takes collective work. Park managers cannot do it alone. Parks California harnesses skills and resources—and California’s renowned ingenuity—to help our state, regional, and local parks thrive and evolve. We strive for all communities to feel a sense of connection to California’s natural and cultural spaces and develop lifelong relationships with nature. We are committed to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout the organization and our programs.

Position Overview

As a member of Parks California’s programs team, you will work to tackle many of the most significant challenges facing California’s parks.  Our team members, skilled in collaborative decision-making and refined project management, drive multiyear engagements that coalesce partnerships with state government, nonprofit organizations, communities, and business sectors. You will contribute to the growth and well-being of California’s communities and the long-term health of our park system – from visitor experience to natural resource protection.

The Associate Program Manager will support the implementation of projects across our program areas. The ideal candidate is passionate about nurturing meaningful relationships with community members, developing partnerships, and driving systemic change for the betterment of parks and people. The Associate Program Manager brings a meticulous and methodical approach to project management, managing multiple deadlines simultaneously, and collaborates exceptionally well across cross-functional virtual teams.

If you enjoy being at the intersection of parks, science, and community, this position might have been created just for you!

The Associate Program Manager reports to the Director of Community Engagement and is also accountable to project leads for specific work streams across our programs.

KEY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

Program and Partnerships

  • Contribute to work products and research across a portfolio of multi-year project engagements.
  • Manage project work streams across Parks California projects and support ongoing activities that ensure the organization’s successful program delivery.
  • Establish and maintain collaborative working relationships with California State Park partners and other organizations and stakeholders serving on project teams.
  • Review work and deliverables of project consultants and interns.
  • Represent Parks California and California State Parks in community and stakeholder meetings.
  • Organize and participate in community engagement events.
  • Assesses project and program risk and identify potential problems before they occur.
  • Work with the communications team to build engaging and effective presentations and website content.
  • Work in tandem with project leads to ensure that the metrics we track are actionable and complete.
  • Support research and ongoing improvement of program delivery models:
    • Identify best practices and innovation within program areas that can be scaled across state parks
    • Effective community engagement, park relevancy and interpretation practices
    • Climate resiliency and landscape scale stewardship collaboration
    • Sustainable partnership models

Administration

  • Prepare, maintain, and submit clear and concise activity/progress reports and time recording/management reports.
  • Participate on program calls with partners, cross-functional calls with internal departments, developing agendas, capturing meeting minutes, and documenting any risks, assumptions, issues, or dependencies.
  • Facilitate program kickoff calls and initial onsite meeting (if applicable) to review program methodology and develop program timelines.
  • Help monitor budgets to ensure billing is accurate and that projects remain on budget.
  • Develop and monitor execution of project scopes to ensure project plans deliver on intent.

 Desired Experiences and Competencies

  • Previous work experience in the implementation of multi-stakeholder projects or consulting engagements.
  • Well‐organized and detail-oriented in the management of multiple projects, contracts, and logistics.
  • Ability to set and manage priorities, exercise sound judgment, and meet deadlines. Ability to work independently and effectively as part of a cross-functioning team, building strong and trusted relationships.
  • Experience or strong interest in learning about the intersection of equitable park access and conservation/natural resource stewardship.
  • Demonstrated cultural competency and understanding of environmental justice issues in underinvested communities.
  • Full competency in the use of Microsoft Office, notably Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Proficient in the use of SharePoint, survey tools, Monday.com and/or the willingness and ability to learn.
  • Teamwork: is willing to pitch in and contribute to achieving group goals and supports everyone’s efforts to succeed.
  • Communication skills:
    • Excellent written and editorial skills with an ability to deliver well-researched client-ready documents and presentations.
    • Ability to articulate effective positions to internal and external audiences, is thoughtful, persuasive; supports ideas with facts and data.
    • Considers and responds appropriately to the needs and capabilities of different people in different situations; is tactful and treats others with respect; relates effectively to others when encountering difficult situations.
  • A bachelor’s degree or equivalent achieved through a combination of education, training, and/or demonstratable related work experience.

COMPENSATION & LOCATION:

Full-time position with a salary range of $75,000 – $85,000, including a comprehensive benefits package, will be offered based on experience.

This position is remote anywhere within California, though two hours driving distance to Sacramento is preferred. Occasional travel to Parks California’s offices and California state parks will be required.

To Apply

Interested candidates should apply via email by sending a cover letter describing their qualifications that match the position criteria and what they will bring to the role, along with a resume, to resume@parkscalifornia.org with the subject line “Parks California, Associate Program Manager”.

Timeline

Parks California will begin reviewing cover letters and resumes beginning October 3, 2022, until the position is filled.

Additional Information

More information on Parks California can be found at https://parkscalifornia.org/

Parks California is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  We believe that our overall effectiveness is enhanced when equity and inclusiveness are practiced and protected throughout our organizational governance, culture, and staffing. We are committed to leadership in and serving as a catalyst for promoting equity and inclusion in parks communities.