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Arizona Program Manager

Company: National Parks and Conservation Association
Location: Tucson
Posted on: May 28, 2023

Job Description:

Date: May 2023 Position Title: Arizona Program Manager Grade: M
Job Status: Full time FLSA: Exempt
Department: Regional Programs, SWRO Location: Flagstaff, Tucson, Phoenix preferred, other AZ locations considered
Immediate Supervisor: Southwest Regional Director
Manager's Supervisor: Deputy Vice President for Regional Programs
New Position or Incumbent: Incumbent
Salary: mid $50k's - low $60k's commensurate with experience
Primary Purpose of the Position:
The Arizona Program Manager serves in a leadership position within NPCA and our Southwest Regional Office (SWRO) that represents our frontline in the state on campaigns, organizing, strategy, and relationships. Arizona is a large, dynamic state with 22 national park units and is geographically, politically, economically, and culturally very diverse, including one of the largest Native American populations in the country. Working directly with the Southwest Regional Director and in coordination with other NPCA departments and teams, the Program Manager leads and implements regional and national program goals, including landscape-scale protection surrounding parks, protecting ecological and cultural resource values, mitigating and adapting to climate change impacts, responding to the challenges of growing visitation, and making parks and the diverse stories they preserve relevant and accessible to all Americans. Tribal engagement and collaboration in all these efforts is critical.
The Program Manager develops strategic campaigns and organizing strategies, identifies resource and budget needs for successful outcomes, and importantly consistently builds and maintains relationships with National Park Service staff, Tribes, community leaders, congressional members and staff, local and state elected officials, and the media. The Program Manager will have the proficiency and comfort level to work in the many and varied communities and populations associated with these national parks, with special emphasis on Grand Canyon, Organ Pipe Cactus, Saguaro, and Canyon de Chelly, and attention as needed in numerous other parks. The Manager also identifies and stewards donors and foundation funders, including Arizona members of the SWRO Regional Council.
Essential Functions: % of Time
Park Protection and Community Engagement 60%
Identify critical concerns that affect Arizona national parks and connected public lands and take a leadership role in the state in developing and implementing appropriate campaign strategies in response to threats and opportunities for park lands, waters, and air, ecological and habitat health, climate change, Colorado River management, the border wall, and many other issues. Park protection activities will involve significant coordination with internal NPCA teams and other departments and building on the existing network of grassroots supporters by creating new relationships and alliances with new and diverse constituencies. Strengthen working relationships with Native Americans connected to Arizona national parks and work to amplify their concerns and their "first voice" about park issues. Participate in and convene relevant community meetings and forums and develop working relationships with important local leaders and elected and agency decisionmakers in the state.
Communications 25%
In coordination with SWRO staff and the NPCA Communications team, design and implement outreach and engagement and media strategies to provide a public forum for our issues and opinions that reflect local culture and that promote park issues and regional/national NPCA priorities. Contribute to the body of regional publications and provide written content for SWRO Field Reports, webpage, and NPCA social media. Work with congressional staff and members of Congress to inform and educate about specific park issues and threats.
Development/Fundraising 15%
Work with NPCA Development staff and SWRO Regional Director to meet annual fundraising goals for SWRO and NPCA. Participate in the cultivation and stewardship of individual donors and assist with coordinating donor events in Arizona. Assist with the development of foundation and corporate proposals and funder progress reports.
Total 100%
Respect employees regardless of their position or background. Participates in developing department goals, objectives, and systems. Participates in administrative staff meetings, organization-wide meetings, staff committee meetings, training programs, and attends other meetings and seminars as designated by the supervisor. Assists in evaluation of reports, decisions, and results of department in relation to established goals. This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee in this position.
Minimum Work Schedule: 32 hours per week, Monday - Thursday, occasional evenings and weekends. Significant travel throughout Arizona as well as occasional regional team and national meetings.
Minimum Scope of Position:
Lead management responsibility for fulfilling goals and objectives of the Arizona program. Internal NPCA interaction with SWRO and other staff from Regional Programs, Government Affairs, Conservation Programs, Communications, and Development Departments. Position requires substantial external contact with a wide variety of people and interests.
Minimum Qualifications, Competencies, Skills, Education, and Traits:

  • Five years lived or work experience and/or a Bachelor's degree in a relevant field such as natural resources/environmental science, cultural resource management, anthropology, community organizing, political science, or communications.
  • Background and familiarity with conservation, national park, and public land management issues, including the NEPA process.
  • Creative and strategic thinking skills to help design and implement effective programs and campaigns.
  • Excellent written, verbal, public speaking, and presentation abilities.
  • Proven track record of working with a variety of individuals and organizations to build effective coalitions across political and cultural boundaries.
  • Knowledge of Arizona cultural and political history, particularly Native American history and culture.
  • Comfort and ability to be independently productive and stay connected to other staff remotely while in a solo workplace environment.
  • Knowledge and experience in legislative and administrative policy-making processes preferred.
  • Background and success in fundraising preferred.
  • Basic computer skills (Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Adobe Acrobat) and comfort with online communications and systems.
  • Commitment to NPCA's Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) Statement of Intentions.
    Core Values:
    Live, honor, and own the organization's Core Values:
    Commitment: We are passionate about NPCA and dedicated to achieving excellence through our work and mission. We seek to improve our performance by taking opportunities for professional and personal development and encouraging reasonable risk-taking and innovation.
    Inclusion: We value diversity of thought, background, experience, and opinion. We create a culture of empowerment by welcoming and encouraging meaningful participation from all people and promoting an environment that embraces different perspectives.
    Integrity: We hold ourselves accountable to each other, our members and partners, and our mission. We evaluate the impact of our work and strive for honesty and transparency across the organization. We operate ethically in the organization's best interests.
    Respect: We collaborate in results-oriented teams based on trust and consideration for each other. We promote harmony between our work and our personal lives. We foster a healthy and positive workplace culture and work collaboratively with external partners.
    Physical Effort and Dexterity:
    While performing the duties of this job, the employee is typically required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; talk or hear. The employee may lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job may include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
    Physical Environment: Typical office or home office setting with regular travel.
    Employer's Rights:
    NPCA reserves the right to revise this position description at any time. The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position. The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the NPCA and employee and is subject to change by the NPCA as the needs of the NPCA and requirements of the job change. The above is in no way an exhaustive list of the requirements for the position.
    NPCA is committed to diversity among its employees and hiring practices. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply.

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