TreePeople is an environmental nonprofit organization that is mobilizing people, business, philanthropists, and public agencies to work together to create green, resilient communities by planting trees, capturing rainwater, greening schools, and providing fun environmental educational activities. We inspire, engage, and support the community to increase the urban tree canopy and address climate threats and environmental justice in Los Angeles and across the region.
We seek an energetic, passionate, highly-organized Program Manager to oversee the Natural Connections program. The Natural Connections program connects thousands of community members and young people from underserved communities to the beauty, wonder and awe of our natural world. The program centers on green spaces within communities and also farther away natural open space lands.
The Program Manager of Outdoor Access will be a key part of TreePeople’s environmental education team, partnering with the Director of Education and Outdoor Equity and the Senior Manager of Outdoor Access to support and facilitate the Natural Connections program.
- Support the Senior Manager of Outdoor Equity to execute the vision, goals and deliverables of our current Natural Connections access program.
- Develop innovative, creative and inspiring educational programming that educates youth and families on natural systems relevant to their community watershed and how it all connects to other watersheds and the ocean.
- Build partnerships with youth and families from the Inglewood, Hawthorne, Gardena, Torrance, Wilmington, Carson, and San Fernando Valley communities to foster activities and experiences that promote stewardship of natural resources through education, exposure, and hands-on learning.
- Build and implement a strong outreach plan to reach as many schools and community members centered in our targeted programming regions.
- Work with the Director of Education and Outdoor Equity and Senior Manager of Outdoor Equity to develop strategic objectives that are centered around growing TreePeople’s outdoor access program work.
- Assist with updating our programs and toolkits focused on healthy watersheds and ocean protection to inspire and engage people while also aligning to relevant education standards.
- Assist with assessing our programs to ensure they intentionally integrate equity, inclusion and cultural relevance.
- Assist in writing reports and communicating with our funders on various deliverables that are being met via our grants.
- Represent TreePeople in the community.
- Other duties as assigned.
- Experience managing educational programs that are innovative and creative.
- Recent, proven experience working with schools and community members, ideally on environmental projects.
- Community-oriented individual who is adept at mobilizing and prioritizing the needs of a community.
- Should have an understanding of equity, inclusion and cultural relevancy.
- Commitment to improving the environment through education. Requires some background in educational theory and methodology. Some background in the Next Generation Science Standards is a plus.
- An understanding of ecological systems and awareness of current environmental issues, including the impacts of urban development and green solutions.
- Knowledge of local watersheds and their connection to the ocean is a plus.
- The ability and willingness to visit school sites across L.A. County and communicate with school district personnel, administrators, educators, and youth via telephone, email and fax.
- Proven project management skills such as accountability, time management, prioritizing tasks, and meeting high-pressure deadlines.
- Demonstrated ability to manage a team.
- Experience with fundraising and writing grants is a plus.
- Must be able to work well both independently and on a team.
- Strong communication skills that include professional writing, public speaking, and intra-personal communication.
- High computer literacy, including familiarity with Microsoft Suite, Google Suite, and other internet-based programs.
- Bilingual English/Spanish.
- Valid California Driver License and reliable transportation is mandatory.
- While performing the duties of this job, this position requires standing (mostly as a presenter), walking, driving, as well as the ability to lift 15 pounds.