ABOUT AMERICAN FORESTS
American Forests is a national non-profit organization committed to creating healthy and resilient forests from cities to wilderness that deliver essential benefits for climate, people, water and wildlife. Established in 1875, American Forests has been restoring urban forests and forested landscapes for more than 140 years. As part of its work to advance the stewardship of healthy and resilient urban forests, American Forests launched its Tree Equity: Career Pathways Initiative in 2018. This initiative is designed to help those facing barriers to employment establish careers in urban forestry while simultaneously meeting a high demand for qualified tree care professionals in the field. Tree Equity: Career Pathways mobilizes pre-apprenticeship and other pre-employment programs that prepare and place opportunity youth, veterans, low-income people of color, re-entrants to society, and others facing barriers to employment into entry-level positions in urban forestry.
The Senior Manager of Career Pathways works closely with the Director of Career Pathways to execute the implementation of the Tree Equity: Career Pathways Initiative. As a vital part of the Career Pathways team, this individual will build greater capacity for local urban forestry career pathways, working hand-in-hand with employers and stakeholders in government, private sector, nonprofit, trade association, and workforce development. The ideal candidate will be committed to delivering maximum impact through effective and efficient execution of projects, transparent internal and external communications and evaluation/process improvement. Primary duties for the Senior Manager of Career Pathways include grant management, technical assistance delivery, constituent relationship management and administrative duties as they relate to initiative implementation.
REQUIRED EXPERIENCE & SKILLS
Experience required in at least 3 of the following areas required: human resources, direct-service social work, urban forestry, workforce development, grant administration, project management. Excellent interpersonal, written, logistical, and project management skills are required. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated ability to maintain relationships with diverse stakeholders across sectors (nonprofit, municipal, private, and academia) and to achieve mission-aligned programmatic outcomes. Experience working with young adults, re-entrants to society, immigrants, underemployed and/or unemployed persons, and others facing barriers to employment preferred.
REQUISITE EDUCATION OR CERTIFICATIONS
Minimum of Bachelor Degree or Associate Degree with equivalent experience in human resources, workforce development, social work, urban forestry or related field.
The majority of work is performed in a general office environment, with occasional domestic travel. The position will be remote during the remainder of COVID-19 recovery, with eventual work in-person in Washington DC.
1. Grant Management (30%)
a. Administer capacity-building, job training/placement and wraparound service grants to local career pathways stakeholders
b. Provide project management oversight to ensure adherence to relevant timelines, scopes and budgets
c. Track and report on grant spending and deliverables
d. Facilitate and track alignment of partner programs with U.S. Department of Labor pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship standards
2. Technical Assistance delivery (30%)
a. Transfer place-based local knowledge into best practices and guidance for urban forestry workforce development
b. Deliver technical assistance to relevant stakeholders via phone, email newsletter and occasional virtual and in-person presentations
c. Draft and periodically update existing online resources for career pathways stakeholders including case studies, reports, maps and guides
d. Track and report on technical assistance delivery metrics (including event attendance, webinar views, resource downloads, social media engagement, etc.)
3. Constituent Relationship management (25%)
a. Provide logistical and coordination support to the national pre-apprenticeship advisory committee, including preparation of agendas and minutes
b. Organize and schedule regular communication with key stakeholders including employers and social service organizations
c. Maintain contact database and report on key engagement and progress metrics
4. Administrative duties (15%)
a. Attend staff meetings, retreats, and other organizational functions
b. Draft materials for external relations including conferences, webinars and other media engagements
c. Draft internal grant reports and other publications as assigned
Please send a cover letter, resume and 2 references to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications will be reviewed and finalists will be contacted by January 22, 2020. American Forests is an equal opportunity employer.