Are you passionate about building community, engaging young adults in
rewarding experiences, and preserving our parks and public lands?
The Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy (Parks Conservancy) is seeking a Program Manager for our Park Internships and Service Initiatives. We are looking for someone who is excited to work with a broad range of people, has strong program coordination and development skills, thrives in a dynamic team environment, and
shares our enthusiasm for volunteerism and stewardship of these parklands.
The Program Manager is responsible for administering all operational aspects of the Park Internship Program and specialized Service Initiatives and acts as the central resource hub for staff, interns, and volunteers associated with these programs. The Park Internship Program is a keystone program, comprised of 60-80 interns
volunteering in a wide spectrum of part-time to full-time roles that range from habitat restoration, to interpretation, to business management, and much more. Internships are an integral component of our parkwide volunteer program.
The Golden Gate National Parks Volunteer Program is a cooperative effort of the Parks Conservancy, the National Park Service, and the Presidio Trust. This is a unique opportunity to be part of a nationally recognized volunteer program, considered a model for collaborative service programming in a national park.
Established in 1981, the Parks Conservancy is the nonprofit membership organization created to preserve the Golden Gate National Parks, enhance the experiences of park visitors, and build a community dedicated to conserving the parks for the future. Working in close partnership with the National Park Service and the Presidio Trust toward a vision of PARKS FOR ALL FOREVER, the Parks Conservancy pioneers award-winning initiatives in conservation, education,
interpretation, park improvement, and community engagement.
Key Duties and Responsibilities
Internship Program Management and Development
• Coordinate and support existing parkwide internship programs and activities
• Develop centralized infrastructure and systems, documented policies and procedures, and training for Interns and Intern Managers Program
• Evaluate current park internship models for ways to improve and streamline programming
• Identify and explore new internship models to address programmatic goals such as engaging local diverse audiences and improving compensation
• Collaborate closely with related initiatives and park programs, as well as cross-departmental and cross-agency staff, to support efforts to expand internship programs into new areas
• Develop evaluation and tracking systems for current and past interns,
including an alumni network system
Service Initiatives Program Management and Development
• Keep current on National, State, and Local Service Initiative and Trends
• Explore, evaluate, and implement (when appropriate) new models of
volunteer engagement and specialized volunteer placement, i.e. Encore
Volunteers, Pro-Bono/Skills-based Volunteers, Military Veterans
• Work collaboratively with cross-departmental and cross-agency staff to
assess and scope service needs and opportunities
Overall and Administrative Responsibilities
• Supervise and mentor an intern to assist with program management
• Administer outreach and recruitment efforts, with the goal to reach a robust, diverse local pool of potential candidates
• Maintain website pages, related links, social media, e-newsletters, and
• Coordinate and lead relevant trainings and enrichment opportunities for interns, intern managers, volunteer managers, and volunteers
• Develop, sustain, and evaluate partnerships with community organizations, schools, universities, corporations, and service organizations
• Maintain database and record-keeping systems to collect data for evaluation, tracking, and fundraising efforts
• Coordinate program evaluations to inform and improve programmatic quality, relevancy and effectiveness
• Oversee and maintain the associated budgets and assist with intern stipend administration
• Attend professional conferences and present reports and presentations
• Attend department and program-related meetings and take a leadership role
• Work as part of a cohesive department team to support and share workload, apply departmental and organizational goals, and develop and improve programming
• Work in close partnership with the National Park Service, Presidio Trust, and Parks Conservancy staff
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
• Demonstrated ability to manage collaborative projects and programs
• Minimum two years’ combined experience working with youth and community based service and volunteer programs
• Recent experience working in partnerships with non-profits and/or public agencies
• Engaging leadership style with strong interpersonal skills, effective and
engaging public speaking skills, and excellent writing ability
• Self-motivated and directed, resourceful, and able to resolve issues and move projects forward
• Efficient and detail-orientated with excellent planning and organizational skills
• Ability to be flexible with changing priorities and multiple tasks and work
successfully in a dynamic environment
• A “team player” who is responsive and respectful, friendly and welcoming, has a sense of humor, and can work effectively with a variety of people from diverse backgrounds
• Commitment to the success of the organization and a strong appreciation for the nonprofit sector, public lands, service and volunteerism, and community engagement
• Proficient with internet, Microsoft Office environment, and Google applications
• Competent in navigating Facebook, Twitter, Yammer, Instagram, Flickr, and other social media/photo sharing programs
• Experience with relational databases, constituent and content management systems (preferred)
• Relevant College degree (preferred)
• Bi-lingual or multi-lingual (preferred)
• Valid CA Driver’s License and clean driving record
Physical Requirements and Work Environment
• Work is primarily performed in an office setting
• Work is performed sitting, standing, and walking, with occasional squatting and kneeling
• Regularly sits at a desk 6-8 hours per day
• Must be able to lift 25 pounds
• Primary office is in Fort Mason, San Francisco
• Willing to work outside, possibly in inclement weather, and some weekends
The salary for this position will be commensurate with work experience, skills and educational background.
To Apply Please email your resume and thoughtful cover letter to Denise Shea at email@example.com. Include “Program Manager, Internships and Service Initiatives” in the subject line.
Applications will be accepted until August 11, 2014.
Please no phone calls about this position.
The Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy strives to engage a workforce reflective of the community it serves. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, gender, national or ethnic origin, religion, sexual orientation or physical disability. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply.