Senior Manager of Urban Forest Programs
SUMMARY: The individual selected for this new position will manage development and implementation of American Forests’ partnership initiatives focused on building local capacity for managing and expanding urban forests in select cities nationwide. This includes launching new initiatives and managing existing partnerships; facilitating public-private collaborations; advocating for local policies; developing finance mechanisms for managing urban forests; working with other staff to implement fundraising strategies; organizing periodic events such as urban forest workshops; supporting the broader Community ReLeaf program and other duties as assigned.
REQUISITE EDUCATION OR CERTIFICATIONS: Minimum of a bachelor’s degree or equivalent professional experience in urban forestry, natural resource management, forestry, environmental science, landscape architecture, environmental engineering, city planning or another related field. Urban forestry knowledge is required. Master’s degree and/or ISA Arborist certification are a plus.
REQUIRED EXPERIENCE: The ideal candidate is a self-motivated, interdisciplinary thinker with a passion for urban resilience and sustainability and an entrepreneurial motivation to build a successful program. The candidate should have strong group facilitation, project management, policy, and written / verbal communication skills and experience. A minimum of three years experience working in the field of urban forestry is required.
WORKING CONDITIONS: Regular travel will be required, approximating about 25 percent of hours worked. Most work will be in a general office environment, with some local meetings outside of the office. American Forests is in downtown Washington, DC, within walking distance of Metro stations on all lines, multiple bus lines, and Capital Bikeshare.
SPECIFIC DUTIES: Working under the supervision of the Director of Urban Forest Programs, the individual is responsible for implementing the following components of our change model to increase local capacity for urban forestry in Community ReLeaf cities, which is the brand for all urban forestry programs at American Forests:
- Partnerships: Develop and facilitate collaboration as needed between federal, state, regional and local agencies, nonprofits, community advocates, for-profit companies, and other stakeholders to guide development and implementation of agreed-upon outcomes in select Community ReLeaf cities. Such outcomes vary by city but can include incubating or expanding a local urban forestry nonprofit, creating urban wood utilization markets and/or developing climate optimization initiatives. (20%)
- Planning Guided by Science: Manage development of urban tree canopy analyses, urban heat island studies, urban forest master plans and business plans as needed in select Community ReLeaf cities. (20%)
- Advocacy and Funding: Work with American Forests’ Policy Department to develop and implement state, regional and/or local policy strategies in select Community ReLeaf cities. This can include updating local ordinances and developing new finance mechanisms, such as social impact bonds and urban forest carbon credits. Work with other staff to develop and implement a fundraising strategy to support and grow implementation of the Community ReLeaf program. (20%
- Tree Planting and Restoration: Oversee development of projects that expand tree canopy and convert underutilized land into productive or recreational spaces in select Community ReLeaf cities. This includes attending and speaking at volunteer events sponsored by key funders, the implementation of which are managed by another staff member. (10%)
- Communications: Support the Communications department in promoting urban forestry nationally and in select Community ReLeaf city media markets. This can include writing articles and blogs, doing interviews, helping develop videos, and suggesting social media content. (5%)
- Program Management: Manage overall implementation of American Forests’ Community ReLeaf program, including integrating Tree Equity and urban Forests4Climate branded initiatives into community initiatives. Help manage and track program budgets and reporting. (15%)
- Miscellaneous: Complete other duties as assigned, including periodic support for new initiatives as they emerge. (10%)
American Forests’ active Community ReLeaf partnership cities currently include Atlanta, Boston, Baltimore, Chicago, Columbus, Detroit, Houston, Miami, San Francisco, Seattle, and Wilmington, Delaware.
A combination of education and experience will be considered in determining relative candidate qualifications.
SALARY: Salary is commensurate with experience.
Please submit a cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications will not be accepted or reviewed elsewhere. Position will remain open until filled.