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Program Manager * Roaring Fork Valley Wildfire Collaborative

Company: The Aspen Institute
Location: Aspen
Posted on: March 11, 2023

Job Description:

The Aspen Institute

The Aspen Institute is a global nonprofit organization committed to realizing a free, just, and equitable society. Since its founding in 1949, the Institute has been driving change through dialogue, leadership, and action to help solve the most critical challenges facing communities in the United States and around the world. Headquartered in Washington, DC, the Institute has a campus in Aspen, Colorado, and an international network of partners.

Commitment to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

To achieve our mission of a more free, just, and equitable society, we commit to working proactively to advance the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion across our myriad endeavors such as the recruitment, compensation, training, and advancement of staff. The best people-serving institutions make this commitment, and we seek to be a leader in the ways that we do so and learn from others. Visit our website to learn more about our commitment and recent actions taken toward building and nurturing a diverse and inclusive environment.

The Aspen Institute Energy and Environment Program (EEP) explores significant challenges with diverse thinkers and doers to make a more prosperous, equitable, and sustainable society for all. We address critical energy, environmental, and climate change issues through non-partisan, non-ideological convening, with the specific intent of bringing together diverse stakeholders to improve the process and progress of policy-level dialogue. This enables EEP to sit at a critical intersection in the conversation and bring together diverse groups of expert stakeholders. In addition to energy and environmental policy, which the program has been addressing for several decades, EEP is now actively and purposefully engaging in climate change policy - mitigating the effects of climate change, adapting to the inevitable impacts of climate change, and the international cooperation needed to achieve these goals.

Roaring Fork Valley Wildfire Collaborative (RFVWC) is a group of stakeholders within the Roaring Fork Valley in Colorado working together to help mitigate wildfire threats through collaboration and partnerships. The Collaborative works in all aspects of mitigation planning, grants, stakeholder engagement, recovery, project guidance, and other areas within wildfire mitigation management. Stakeholders within the RFVWC include all Fire Agencies, Counties, and Municipalities within the Roaring Fork Valley, Federal and State partners, utilities partners, community leaders, wildlife experts, livestock managers, and leaders from various groups in ecosystem and watershed sustainability.

CORE FUNCTION: The Program Manager- Roaring Fork Valley Wildfire Collaborative, under the general supervision of the Assistant Director, Climate & Environment of the Aspen Institute's Energy & Environment Program, in close coordination with the Chair and other key leadership members of the RFVWC, will provide overall administrative, managerial, and fundraising support to the RFVWC. In doing so, the RFVWC Manager will play a vital role in the management and coordination of activities of the RFVWC, exercising strong critical thinking, organizational skills, and the ability to develop and maintain accurate records for programs and projects of the RFVWC. It is expected that the Program Manager- Roaring Fork Valley Wildfire Collaborative will complete all tasks assigned in a timely manner while maintaining deadlines.

Qualified candidates must demonstrate impeccable attention to detail, superior organizational skills, and exceptional verbal and written communication skills. In accordance with our Reimagining Work policy, the Program Manager must reside in Eagle, Garfield, Pitkin, or adjacent counties and should be willing to be in-person with colleagues a minimum of 40% of the time while having the flexibility to work remotely for the balance. In-person consists of meaningful connections with colleagues in an office, traveling to a different office or location to meet fellow staff members, at an Aspen event, at a meeting outside the office or other opportunities to meet in person with teammates and colleagues.

ANNUAL SALARY: $85,000-$100,000

LOCATION: Eagle, Garfield, Pitkin, or adjacent counties

Please note that this is a non-permanent position tied to the work of the RVFWC and is expected to last for a period of 12 months but may be extended beyond based on available funding.

The Program Manager- Roaring Fork Valley Wildfire Collaborative with supervision and direction of the Assistant Director, Climate & Environment, will:

  • Coordinate RFVWC working groups in the accomplishment of project objectives through:

    • Project management and task tracking;

    • Ensuring appropriate administration of grants and overall project funding;

    • Coordinating with RFVWC Policy Group to prioritize projects and funding;

    • Coordinate and support virtual and in-person meetings and webinars by:

      • Scheduling calls with partners;

      • Hosting/facilitating virtual and in-person meetings;

      • Managing webinar recordings and taking meeting notes;

      • Coordinating additional meeting logistics as needed;

        • Research, write, and administer capacity-building grants. This includes:

          • In coordination with the leadership of RFVWC and the Assistant Director, Climate & Environment, EEP, work to secure grant funding, managing and tracking grant revenue and expenditure, and completing grant reporting;

          • Building relationships with granting entities and exploring opportunities for private funding through donors;

          • Manage RFVWC documents by:

            • Organizing and managing an online resource library;

            • Maintaining contact and committee lists;

            • Filing and maintaining documents and records;

            • Performing other data entry;

            • Monitoring and maintaining financial information;

            • Respond to partner inquiries and/or requests;

              • Provide General Support, including:

                • Coordinating personal and partner travel logistics;

                • Providing other program assistance as assigned

                  JOB REQUIREMENTS:

                  • A strong ability and desire to learn a new subject matter; willingness to develop an understanding of wildfire mitigation best practices and programs;

                  • Ability to successfully manage many tasks simultaneously, master workflow details, and self-prioritize;

                  • Experience working with professionals as well as volunteers;

                  • Strong financial management skills, including budget preparation, analysis, and reporting;

                  • Fundraising and grant writing experience a plus;

                  • Demonstrated ability to oversee and/or collaborate with elected officials, agency executives and their staffs, the public, other boards, and governing bodies;

                  • Excellent enthusiastic communication and presentation skills;

                  • A commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion;

                  • Dynamic problem-solving, facilitation & mediation skills;

                  • Demonstrated initiative and pride in one's work;

                  • Strong writing and research skills;

                  • Must be able to read, write and speak the English language proficiently; Spanish language proficiency also desirable, but not required;

                  • Ability to track and maintain various schedules;

                  • Excellent time management skills;

                  • Ability to fulfill the essential functions of the position as described. Any combination of relevant work experience that demonstrates this ability will be considered. While not required, previous experience in forestry/ fuels management, wildland fire mitigation, and community risk reduction are desirable; and;

                  • The willingness and ability to work in-person and remotely.

                    Salary Range: $85,000-$100,000

                    Please note that this is a non-permanent position, for a period of 12-months, tied to the work of the Roaring Fork Valley Wildfire Collaborative but may be extended beyond based on available funding.

                    The Aspen Institute offers a generous benefits package including health, dental, vision, and prescription benefits, retirement benefits, and paid leave.

                    The Aspen Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer and complies with all District and federal laws. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, or protected veteran or disabled status and will not be discriminated against.

                    Individuals needing an accommodation to complete the job application can contact or call (202) 736-5800.

Keywords: The Aspen Institute, Aspen , Program Manager * Roaring Fork Valley Wildfire Collaborative, Executive , Aspen, Colorado

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