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Sustainable Development Program Manager, Futurewise – Washington state

Organization: Futurewise

Position Title: Sustainable Development Program Manager

Location: Seattle, Washington

Application Deadline: June 19, 2015

Description: A Sustainable Development Program Manager is sought to assist local governments, community members, and community groups with sustainable development policy and climate change and community resiliency at the local, regional, and state level. The position involves community education and engagement on climate, environment, and health issues. The Sustainable Development Program Manager requires the ability to make research, data, information and other science based information accessible and approachable. The position also requires the ability to work one-on-one with community members, help develop and implement community engagement events and activities, and work with partner organizations and decision makers. We seek an individual with strong analytical, decision-making, creative, interpersonal, organizational, and communication (written, verbal, visual) skills.

The Program Manager will work independently and collaboratively with others. Qualified applicants must be able to communicate effectively to diverse groups and have a commitment to social equity and environmental stewardship. Qualified applicants must have the ability to be flexible, handle multiple assignments, work well with people, be available for night and weekend meetings and be able to travel at least two days a week to communities within western Washington. This position reports to the Futurewise Director of Science and Policy.


  • Develop and conduct community engagement and outreach programming for community resilience, climate impact, and environmental policy related issues;
  • Assess community conditions to inform education and outreach opportunities;
  • Assist communities to identify and prioritize resiliency and adaption projects by working with community members, decision makers, local governments, stakeholder groups, and others at the local, regional and state scale;
  • Meet and interact with community members, stakeholders, and local government to identify their needs, challenges and opportunities, and develop solutions to community resiliency, climate adaption, and community health and environmental issues;
  • Analyze and develop policies and regulations related to Futurewise’s mission;
  • Give formal and informal presentations at local, regional, and state conferences and workshops;
  • Organize meetings and work with local community partners to plan engagement and outreach activities and events;
  • Assist a diverse group of partners and stakeholders in reaching consensus on strategies;
  • Conduct and oversee the research, design, and development of strategies;
  • Conduct one-on-one education and outreach activities;
  • Design and implement engaging communication and educational tools (such as presentations, displays);
  • Measure and track progress to determine success of efforts and strategies; and
  • Maintain and update relevant websites and design and maintain outreach material for social media.

Qualifications: The ideal candidate will have the following minimum qualifications:

  • One or more years of experience working to educate and conduct outreach to community members, and demonstrated communications skill, including ability to work with science research to translate and transfer research for community use and benefit;
  • Experience/training in use of Geographical Information Systems (GIS), Adobe, and visualization decision support tools preferred;
  • Experience reviewing and developing policies or regulations;
  • Experience leading or co-leading a program or project to completion in a fast-paced environment;
  • Experience working on a small team or independently as well as working with partners;
  • Experience with designing community outreach and education material for social media and websites;
  • Demonstrated history of entrepreneurial work ethic; and
  • Graduate degree in planning, community development, environmental science or related field is preferred; Bachelor’s degree will be considered if applicant has relevant experience.

How to Apply: Interested candidates should email cover letter (addressed to Hiring Director), resume, writing sample and three references in PDF format to [email protected]. Please place “Sustainable Development Program Manager” in subject line. Please label all attachments with last name.NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE.

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