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Application Deadline: Friday, July 31, 2009
Habitat Restoration Project Manager
The Great Lakes Commission seeks a self-motivated team player to administer restoration projects and advance habitat restoration efforts in the Great Lakes basin. The position includes administering restoration projects; developing programs to increase capacity for habitat restoration; and building collaborative partnerships with federal, state and local programs, policies and funding to advance habitat restoration goals in the Great Lakes.
The position is a full time, renewable 12-month appointment. The Great Lakes Commission offers a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package that includes medical, dental and optical insurance. The Commission also has an outstanding pension program through TIAA-CREF.
The Habitat Restoration Project Manager will be responsible for administering multiple federal grants that are implementing habitat restoration projects in the Great Lakes region. This will include overseeing contracts; tracking financial and administrative aspects of the grants; tracking progress in achieving regional habitat restoration goals; coordinating communications; and reporting to federal agencies.
Specific responsibilities include the following:
- Manage federal grants supporting habitat restoration projects, including progress and financial reporting
- Oversee contracts with local partners and monitor performance, reporting and finances
- Collaborate with agency staff and local partners to complete federal and state environmental reviews, permits, monitoring and other project requirements
- Work collaboratively with Commission staff to develop communications and outreach programs and tools to promote habitat restoration programs, resources and opportunities
- Design and implement programs to build capacity among state and local partners to implement habitat restoration projects
- Support program development efforts to secure grants and contracts to assist the Commission’s member states, and federal and local partners, in advancing habitat restoration efforts in the Great Lakes region
Required skills include the following:
The ideal candidate will have strong, demonstrated experience overseeing contractors and project partners; collaborating with federal and state agency staff and local partners; and administering federal grants. The candidate should also have knowledge of federal and state habitat restoration programs, policies and funding in the Great Lakes region.
Experience in the following areas is also strongly preferred:
- Strong verbal and writing skills
- Strong computer skills
- Self-motivated, energetic, strategic thinker
- Strong leadership skills, including the ability to facilitate meetings, build partnerships, and communicate with government officials and the public
- Managing federal grants
- Knowledge of federal and state environmental review and permitting requirements
- Administering contracts and overseeing contractors
- Writing grant proposals and supporting program development efforts
- Familiarity with the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence region
Educational and Experience Requirements
The preferred candidate will possess a Master's degree in natural resources management; biology; environmental science, engineering, or landscape architecture; or a related field. A minimum of five years of professional experience is required, with ten years or more preferred.
Work Environment / Physical Demands
The majority of work is performed in a general office setting with no unusual environmental factors. The incumbent needs to be able to work in a fast-paced, time-sensitive, sometimes stressful environment, requiring significant time management skills to complete assignments and meet deadlines. Travel will be required periodically.
Applying for this position
The requirements for this application include a cover letter, resume, three references, salary history and desired starting salary. Please note: All of these items must be provided if applicant is to receive consideration.
Application Deadline: Friday, July 31, 2009
Please submit your application by mail or e-mail to the following address:
Great Lakes Commission
ATTN. Matt Doss, Policy Director
Eisenhower Corporate Park
2805 S. Industrial Highway, Suite 100
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104-6791
No phone calls, please
Note: The Great Lakes Commission, as an equal opportunity employer, complies with applicable federal and state laws prohibiting discrimination. It is the policy of the Great Lakes Commission that no person shall be discriminated against, as an employee or applicant for employment, because of race, color, national origin, religion, age, sex, height, weight, sexual orientation, marital status, partisan considerations or a disability or genetic information that is unrelated to the person’s ability to perform the duties of a particular job or position.
The Great Lakes Commission, chaired by Gov. Patrick Quinn (Ill.), is an interstate compact agency established under state and U.S. federal law and dedicated to promoting a strong economy, healthy environment and high quality of life for the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence region and its residents. The Commission consists of governors' appointees, state legislators, and agency officials from its eight member states. Associate membership for Ontario and Québec was established through the signing of a "Declaration of Partnership." The Commission maintains a formal Observer program involving U.S. and Canadian federal agencies, tribal authorities, binational agencies and other regional interests. The Commission offices are located in Ann Arbor, Michigan.