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Program Director–Portland, OR


Organization: Green Empowerment

Job Title: Program Director

Location: Portland, OR

Hours and Compensation: $40,000 plus benefits

Application Deadline: June 1

Posted on: May 11


Organization Overview

Green Empowerment ( is an international NGO based in Portland, Oregon that provides villages in the developing world access to clean water, electricity through renewable energy, and sustainable solutions. Green Empowerment was founded in 1997 and has a geographic focus in Latin America and Southeast Asia. We currently have projects in Mexico, Nicaragua, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Malaysia, the Philippines, and along the Thailand/Burma border.

Green Empowerment and its network of leading local NGO partners have a depth of experience with the following appropriate technologies for rural development: micro-hydro power, solar PV, solar water pumping, solar drying, wind turbines, hybrid wind/solar systems, biodigesters, ram pumps, gravity-fed water systems, biosand filters, improved cookstoves and watershed conservation methods.


About This Position: The Program Director reports to the Executive Director and is responsible for the planning, funding and execution of Green Empowerment’s projects, in collaboration with our NGO partners overseas. It is a full time position in Portland, OR, with occasional travel to project sites.

Implementation and Financial Management of Programs (70% of time):

Ensure high-quality project design and implementation.
Manage USAID water/sanitation program implemented in the Philippines, including budgets, sub-grant agreements, reporting, timelines, monitoring and evaluation.
Supervise Water and Sanitation Program Manager, based in the Philippines
Identify new programming opportunities and opportunities to strengthen existing projects.
Identify grant opportunities and work with partners on developing new grant proposals.
Coordinate GE’s role in implementation of the projects, such as organizing trainings, technical and organizational assistance.
Financial tracking and management of project budgets.
Make field visits in order to maintain relationships with local partners, to monitor/evaluate projects, and to identify potential countries for expansion.
Collect data and provide reports to funders and GE management.

Service Learning (10% of time):

Interface with university and civic groups to organize fee-for-service trips and involvement.
Select and provide support to in-country interns.

Strategic Planning (10% of time):

Ensure GE’s strategic alignment with its mission and vision.
Assist the preparation and management of GE’s strategic plans.
Work with NGO partners to develop strategies to move forward our common missions.
Develop and implement the programmatic portions of GE’s annual operating plan.

Public Relations & Fundraising (10% of time):

Develop content for GE communications such as annual report, website and newsletters.
Meet with potential funders and strategic partners.
Present GE’s work in conferences or public forums.


Prior USAID or similar grant management experience.
Strong financial management and budgeting skills. Excellent grant research, writing and management skills.
Demonstrated understanding of water and sanitation issues.
Understanding of renewable energy, environmental science/agroforestry and/or social enterprise development a plus.
Experience studying/working in a developing country.
Excellent understanding of rural community development and ability to build trusting relationships with diverse stakeholders.
Must be willing to travel several times a year.
Fluent English. Spanish-speaking is strongly preferred
BA or BS in relevant field. Masters degree is a plus.

How to Apply

Send Cover Letter and CV to by June 1, 2012.
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