Community Nature Connection,

Director of Operations

1 month ago
Employment type
Los Angeles
Closing date

About this organization

Community Nature Connection (CNC) is a non-profit organization and a leader in the efforts to increase outdoor equity across Los Angeles County. Our work is centered on dismantling some of the major barriers to accessing the outdoors. These barriers are an issue of equity and are directly addressed through our efforts to connect communities to nature, advocate for equitable access, advance diversity in park careers, and collaborate with community based organizations. As we strive to have a staff that is representative of the diverse communities we serve, we encourage applicants who identify as black, indigenous, people of color, people with disabilities, women and LGBTQAI people.

Why work for us? We value accessibility, community, equity, inclusivity, justice, and shared leadership. Working for us also means a commitment to personal and professional growth. You will have the opportunity to develop your potential through professional development, shaping programs, and working towards a future where all communities in Los Angeles County have access to public lands, are included in programming, and are represented in outdoor careers and political decision making.

About this job

Our team is seeking an experienced Program Manager to assist in its work of increasing access to the outdoors for communities impacted by racial, socio-economic, and disability injustices. The Program Manager will manage and deliver community-centered programming for our Emerging Naturalists Youth Leadership Program, and Continuing Connections Alumni program. The Program Manager must be able to engage with partners, develop and deliver programs, mentor and supervise volunteers and staff, and carry out critical administrative tasks. The Program Manager will gain knowledge of flora, fauna, ecology, and geology of the Santa Monica Mountains and L.A. area. The Program Manager will also gain a deeper understanding of climate change, environmental justice, and the cultural history of

the Los Angeles area with an emphasis on the Chumash, Tataviam, and Gabrieleno Tongva. This position requires a Tuesday through Saturday schedule with occasional evenings, overnight, and weekend work. The Program Manager reports directly to the Director of Programs.

An Ideal Candidate Will Be:

● Self-motivated and capable of working independently after training and transition.

● Confident in seeking support and/or asking questions.

● Willing to collaborate with other team members, partners, and stakeholders in work leading to cross-collaborative endeavors and projects.

● Experienced at managing programs and projects.

● Experienced at designing & delivering interpretive programs, trainings, and program outlines.

● Eager to provide professional support to program teams and other colleagues.

● Candidate must be skilled in writing (if reports are going to be required of this position) and add working with youth and volunteers.

Roles & responsibilities

Primary Responsibilities

● Directly responsible for the management and implementation of the Emerging Naturalists, Continuing Connections Alumni program, and development and coordination with partners;

● Responsible for the development of a program delivery work plan;

● Collaborate with the Training Institute Manager to deliver training content to staff, program participants, alumni, and the general public;

● Monitor and review programming to ensure that standards and guidelines are met and adhered to;

● Responsible for the development of successful outreach plans for participant recruitment;

● Design, advance, deliver, and lead programs and provide support on programs and special events;

● Review program agreements and maintain accurate records;

● Produce needed monthly, quarterly, yearly, and final reports in a timely fashion;

● Evaluate existing programming through the co-development and implementation of an evaluation plan;

● Document and record accurate records of program data, successes, lessons learned, incidents, injuries, and group behavior;

● Manage fiscal budgets and reporting for assigned programs.

● Respond to inquiries from the public pertaining to CNC programs with accurate information and in a timely manner;

● Attend CNC team meetings and maintain positive, punctual, and clear communication with all staff regarding updates including but not limited to trainings, schedule changes, and upcoming events;

● Ability to substitute for CNC team members and provide support when needed;

● Represent CNC at meetings, conferences, and other industry-related events in a professional manner;

● Maintain professional relationships and communication with community partners, government partners, vendors, volunteers, program participants, and the public at large;

● Perform administrative duties in a timely fashion and according to CNC protocol; and

● Perform other duties as assigned.


Position Requirements:

● At least 18 years of age.

● Ability to relate to people of diverse backgrounds and experience.

● A commitment to CNC’s mission, vision, and values.

● Ability to speak, write, and deliver programs in Spanish, Mandarin, ASL, or other high need language preferred.

● 3-5 years related experience managing projects or programs for government agencies, non-profit organizations, or in the private sector.

● Experience teaching, leading, mentoring, and/or managing a team.

● Experience facilitating youth leadership and youth development programs.

● Experience with community engagement and relationship building.

● Experience with lesson planning and executing established curriculum. Knowledge of Next

Generation Science Standards NGSS, Project Wet/WILD, Project Learning Tree, and BEETLES curriculum is a plus.

● Experience with and knowledge of best practices in environmental education.

● Naturalist and interpretive program experience and training.

● Possess a current Pediatric/Child/Adult CPR, First Aid, and AED certification or ability to obtain within 3 months of hiring date.

● Certified Interpretive Guide training, willingness to complete training after hire.

● California Naturalist training, willingness to complete training after hire.

● Reliable transportation for travel to various program sites (including rideshare and public transportation accepted). Note that not all job sites are accessible via public transportation.

● Flexibility to work occasional evenings, weekends, overnights, and some holidays and flexibility with assignments.

● Transport program participants in agency vehicles.

● Ability to pass a background check including fingerprinting; Reference checks will be conducted.

● Must pass a drug test.

● Must have a valid California Driver's License.

● Ability to prepare a project and program scope of work, budget, and timeline.

● A general understanding and knowledge of ecosystems, climate change, and environmental justice. Possessing knowledge on the flora, fauna, ecology, and geology of the Santa Monica

Mountains and L.A. area, or a willingness to learn.

● A general understanding and knowledge of land acknowledgements and the cultural history of the Los Angeles area with an emphasis on the Chumash, Tataviam, and Gabrieleno Tongva or a willingness to learn.

● Must be proficient in Google Suite and using a computer for assignments.

● Must be able to work independently and cooperatively as part of a team.

● Excellent time management and task prioritization skills.

● Good judgment and decision-making when working with the public, youth, and children.

● Experience facilitating group and risk management techniques for groups of various sizes and backgrounds on and off the trail.

To apply

Please email the following in PDF form: a cover letter, resume, and a list of 3 references to In the subject line, please write “Program Manager Job Application.”

What to Expect After Applying:

Applicants will receive an email confirming receipt of their materials. The CNC team will review applications on a rolling basis. Candidates moving forward in the interview process will be contacted by email regarding an interview. Qualified candidates will be notified to join a virtual interview. This position will remain open until filled and may close at any time.

We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.

Compensation & Benefits:

$28 hourly. Benefits package includes paid holidays, paid sick and annual leave. Health insurance is provided after the 30 day introductory period. Employee only contribution retirement plan available.

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