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May 17 / BARD CEP

Program Manager, Alice Ferguson Foundation – Maryland

Organization: Alice Ferguson Foundation

Position Title: Trash-Free Potomac Watershed Initiative Program Manager

Location: Accokeek, Maryland

Dates and compensation: Salary is commensurate with experience and includes a competitive benefits package. A dynamic and collaborative working environment is among the advantages of working at the Alice Ferguson Foundation which features a beautiful work environment in a national park setting at its Hard Bargain Farm Environmental Center

Application Deadline: Position open until filled

Description: The Alice Ferguson Foundation (AFF) is seeking a Program Manager to oversee its Trash Free Potomac Watershed Initiative. AFF is an environmental educational organization focused on connecting people to the natural world, sustainable agricultural practices and the cultural heritage of their local watershed through education, stewardship and advocacy.

The Alice Ferguson Foundation’s Trash Free Potomac Watershed Initiative (Trash Initiative) is a leader in the metropolitan Washington DC region in addressing and studying the issue of litter. The Trash Initiative works to create lasting reduction of litter and waste in the Washington, DC region through public education, advocacy, market-based incentives and strong policy and regulatory efforts. AFF believes in building momentum and creating change by collaborating with local partners to ensure clean land, safe water, and healthy lives for the residents of the Potomac Watershed.

Responsibilities: The Trash Initiative Program Manager is responsible for programmatic management and supervision of Trash Initiative staff. The Manager oversees a variety of grant funded projects, including management of financials and deliverables. The Manager also provides leadership in keeping AFF abreast of current changes in litter prevention, waste management and reduction, and community based social marketing, and provides external leadership for the organization in relevant fields. The Manager aligns the Trash Initiative with the Foundation’s strategic plan and mission.

The Program Manager will ensure successful administration and growth of the Trash Initiative’s projects and events. Its main project is a public service campaign that is implemented on jurisdictional and community, grassroots levels. Key events include the Annual Potomac River Watershed Cleanup, a regional cleanup that serves over 14,000 volunteers and roughly 500 partners annually, and the Annual Potomac Watershed Trash Summit conference. Additional duties include advocacy work, including providing testimony, and facilitating collaboration among partners to address the region’s trash problem. The position is full-time with benefits, and will require occasional evenings and weekends. Applicants must have regular access to a reliable vehicle.

Qualifications: The successful candidate will be a self-starter with experience in programmatic leadership and supervision, as well as planning, implementation, and evaluation of programs. The Manager must demonstrate ability to build and maintain partnerships with key stakeholders such as county governments and nonprofits, with the goal of serving existing audiences while expanding the scope and scale of stakeholders reached. The Manager will have project management experience and a demonstrated ability to keep projects on time and on budget. The Manager must have strong writing and communications skills, with experience using spreadsheets and other programs to analyze and present data. The Manager should have experience in developing projects for proposal to funders, including concept, scope of work, and budgets.

The successful candidate will be able to work independently on a variety of assignments with minimal supervision; be comfortable working in a fast-paced, collegial, team-oriented, and entrepreneurial environment; and be able to work with high level constituents, including donors and board members. The candidate should possess strong organizational, research, marketing, and business process skills. The candidate also must demonstrate creative problem-solving and decision-making skills, flexibility, initiative, sound judgment, diplomacy and discretion.

Howt to Apply: Email cover letter with salary requirements and resume to HR@fergusonfoundation.org.

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