Primary Purpose of the Position: The Midwest Program Manager is primarily responsible for developing and implementing NPCA’s work in the Calumet Region – an area along the Lake Michigan shoreline that encompasses Pullman National Monument and Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. This work currently involves advocacy and grassroots organizing around the NPCA-sponsored masterplan for Pullman (Positioning Pullman) and several park protection campaigns, including shoreline restoration efforts and development-related impacts at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. In addition, the Program Manager will have an active role in policy and protection issues for other Great Lakes national parks. The Program Manager will play a critical role in engaging, educating, and influencing many audiences, including members of Congress, other elected officials, community members, and donors to meet NPCA’s program goals and policy agenda.
Develop and manage issues campaigns to support NPCA’s goals to protect and enhance Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore and Pullman National Monument.
Work with others, including federal and state agencies in the Calumet Land Conservation Partnership to advance policy measure that improve land management, acquisition and stewardship.
Develop and assist with NPCA’s park protection and funding work in other Great Lakes national parks, including Sleeping Bear and Cuyahoga
Assist NPCA’s Development staff and Regional Director in fundraising activities, which may include donor cultivation, correspondence, grant proposal writing and reporting.
Administrative, media interaction, support of NPCA organizational campaigns, and other duties as assigned.
Respects 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. Willingness to travel, with occasional overnight travel. 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: Five days a week (37.5 hrs/week), 9 a.m.—5:30 p.m. or as agreed to by supervisor.
Minimum Scope of Position: Interacts with members of the public, allies in other organizations, government agency personnel, technical contractors and NPCA staff.
Minimum Qualifications, Competencies, Skills, Education, and Traits:
Four years of experience in issues campaign development and management, with experience in federal policy and advocating at a state or federal level a plus. Strong strategic and analytical skills essential as is the ability to convene and catalyze others in support of shared goals. Knowledge of how urban landscapes function is necessary. Strong communication and public speaking/presentation skills. Knowledge of the Calumet Region and Great Lakes policy is a plus. Must work well independently and as a member of a team.
Core Values: NPCA employees have pledged to live, honor, and own the organization’s Core Values. These are:
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, an 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.
NPCA is committed to diversity and inclusion among its employees and hiring practices. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply.
Physical Environment: Office setting; travel to and participation in meetings, with some of those in evening or other non-office hours.
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.
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