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Program Manager- Marysville, WA

Organization: Sound Salmon Solutions

Position Title: Program Manager

Location: Marysville, WA

Hours and Compensation: $52,000 – $64,937

Application Deadline: November 1, 2013


Organization Overview

Sound Salmon Solutions is non-profit fisheries enhancement group in Lake Stevens, Washington. Our mission is to restore salmon in the Stillaguamish, Snohomish, and Island County watersheds. We are seeking an experienced Program Manager to help lead this mission.


Position Summary: Management of the organization’s various programs, supervision of program staff, and project management duties Full-time (40 hours per week); some nights and weekends required


A. Program Management

  •  Hire, train, supervise and mentor program staff to ensure: effective and efficient completion of projects, meeting funders’ requirements for documentation; compliance with operational and safety policies, procedures and protocols; and achievement of organizational goals
  • Develop and monitor annual program and project budgets to ensure adequate funding is available to fulfill organizational obligations; work with project leads on budget development and tracking
  • Coordinate with the Executive Director on short-term and long-term fiscal management and strategic planning to ensure programmatic and organizational solvency
  • Prepare monthly program updates for inclusion in Executive Director’s report to the Board of Directors
  • Coordinate and prioritize project locations and scopes to align with current/future collaborative partners efforts/goals to ensure opportunities for work throughout the region
  • Identify and write grants/contracts to ensure adequate funding, including match, is secured for each restoration project and education/outreach programs
  • Develop and maintain positive working relationships with grant managers, federal, state and local collaborative partners (e.g. WDFW, SRFB, DOE, Tribes, local/regional government agencies, foundations, citizen groups and other NGOs, etc.)
  • Ensure organizational representation within the network of peers through program staff participation in watershed councils, technical advisory groups, etc.

B. Project Management

  • Identify, develop, design, plan, implement, and evaluate projects in RFEG region 3
  • Oversee the preparation and submission of projects’ scopes of work, schedules and budgets
  • Obtain required permits for projects as needed; manage field activities to ensure compliance with permit terms and conditions
  • Coordinate the “bundling” of contract/grant deliverables with Program Coordinators to ensure match, educational, and outreach deliverables are efficiently achieved
  • Assign project leads and maintain positive working relationships with program and administrative staff
  • Ensure proper records are kept for generation of billings and progress reports; oversee timely generation of billings and progress reports
  • Conduct site visits and project reviews with landowners and agency officials; respond to requests for information or assistance
  • Attend relevant public meetings to ensure positive organizational representation

C. Miscellaneous

  • Occasionally work community outreach events and make public presentations as needed
  • Coordinate program staff submissions for quarterly newsletters (internal and external)
  • Perform other tasks assigned by the Executive Director


  • Bachelor’s degree in construction management, civil engineering, environmental science, wildlife biology, restoration ecology, watershed or water resource management, or a related field and five (5) years of experience in applied habit restoration OR a Master’s degree in one of the above areas and two (2) years of experience in applied habitat restoration OR a minimum of seven (7) years of related work experience
  • Knowledge of the principles, methods, and techniques involved in and experience with construction management, applied aquatic sciences, western WA ecosystems and Stream Habitat Restoration Guidelines including in-stream structures, riparian buffers, invasive/native vegetation projects, fish passage and nutrient enhancement
  • Knowledge of the Stillaguamish, Snohomish and Island County watersheds; familiarity with the history and current status of Puget Sound salmon recovery efforts and regional resource management entities
  • Significant project management experience, including construction supervision and staff supervision
  • Excellent organizational skills including planning, budgeting and scheduling multiple projects often with multiple programmatic elements into an efficient timeline that coordinates seasonal work windows, staff resources and equipment to ensure on-time within budget accomplishment of contract/grant deliverables
  • Experience writing grants, monitoring contract/grant compliance, generating reimbursement-based billings and report writing
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and oral/written communication skills including development of contract/grant proposals, landowner negotiations, and organizational representation
  • Ability to lead a diverse team and also work as a team member to achieve program goals
  • Proficiency with MS Office tools; ability to utilize GPS/GIS software to document work; ability to design and conduct research/data collection activities and perform/interpret statistical analyses
  • A valid driver license and dependable transportation are required
  • The successful candidate will need to pass a background check

How to Apply

To Apply: Send resume, coverletter, and three references to:

In the subject line, include only your name and the position title (eg. “Kelly Smith Program Manager”)

No phone calls or drop-bys, please.

SSS is an equal opportunity employer.

Please indicate in your cover letter that you are responding to the posting on Conservation Job Board


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