Position Announcement: Watershed Resource Center Manager

Application Deadline: Open until filledSW Watershed Resource Center logo
First review: May 26, 2017  


Since 1999, the Southwest Watershed Resource Center (WRC) has inspired awareness and action on behalf of watershed health in SW Portland.  The WRC is a program of Southwest Neighborhoods, Inc., with funding from the City of Portland Bureau of Environmental Services, West Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District, and other grant programs, and works extensively with many community partner organizations.

Southwest Neighborhoods, Inc. (www.SWNI.org) is a coalition of 17 neighborhood associations working to enhance livability in SW Portland. SWNI is an equal opportunity employer committed to equity and inclusion with respect to race, color, gender identity, sexual orientation, ability, age, citizenship, nationality, religion and all other identities protected by law. We encourage applications from people of color, other underrepresented groups, and others who share our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.


Position Summary

Watershed-wide enhancement efforts require extensive partnership and outreach strategy development. Under the guidance of Bureau of Environmental Services staff and the SWNI Executive Director, the SW Watershed Resource Center Manager will oversee and innovate WRC programs, projects and overall capacity toward increasing watershed health, with an eye to equity and community benefit.


Essential Functions

  • In cooperation with the Bureau of Environmental Services and other key community partners, determine program goals, offerings and target outcomes within the areas of watershed education/outreach and water quality/habitat enhancement.
  • Write grant proposals, community partner and landowner agreements; manage contracts, budgets, and grant-funded staff in order to complete projects as proposed.
  • Assess, develop, monitor, track outcomes and report on projects using Excel, Fulcrum geodatabase, and ArcGIS.
  • Present educational programs and workshops as lead or assistant instructor, and assess outcomes to improve and innovate.
  • Produce or oversee monthly WRC communications, including newspaper articles, flyers, electronic newsletter, social media.
  • Respond to inquiries for referrals, information on best practices, tool loans, data, and mapping from residents and community partners.
  • Assist SW Portland stewardship groups, SWNI Equity and Watershed Committees, and community partner coalitions with organizational development needs.


Other Duties and Responsibilities

  • Manager must be highly self-directed and lead collaborative team projects.
  • Participate in SWNI staff meetings and WRC staff check-ins to coordinate work.
  • Staff 2-4 weeknight committee meetings and/or weekend events per month.
  • Perform work in conditions that include a shared office space with frequent interruptions, standing and walking outdoors for up to 3 hours in adverse weather and steep terrain conditions, lifting up to 40 lbs, and sitting/standing at a computer.
  • Maintain positive, cooperative relationships with staff and public. Conduct work responsibilities in a professional manner, inclusive of diverse audiences.
  • Complete other duties as assigned.


Required Qualifications

  • Ability to manage multiple programs and projects simultaneously, including grant writing, outcome tracking, budgets, and reports, with strong attention to detail.
  • Basic knowledge of PNW native and invasive plants, stormwater and related topics.
  • Ability to interpret maps and data for others.
  • Experience building long-term partnerships within marginalized communities or culturally specific organizations, demonstrating competence in communication, rapport and inclusion.
  • Excellent written and spoken communication skills in English. Knowledge of additional languages is preferred.
  • Proficiency with Adobe InDesign.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Prior experience as a program/project manager, including delegating and supervising work to others; ability to anticipate challenges and manage risk.
  • Intermediate or greater knowledge of plants, stormwater and hydrology sufficient to assess site challenges, recommend a course of action that utilizes best practices to enhance watershed health metrics, and recommend native plants appropriate to site conditions.
  • ArcGIS and additional Adobe Creative Suite proficiency.
  • Experience writing articles, developing educational materials, and delivering workshops or other programs.


Classification: Regular, exempt 0.9 FTE position.

Compensation: $41,184-$44,928 DOE. Benefits include 104 hours paid sick leave and 80 hours paid vacation leave annually (available after 6 months), 10 paid holidays, 2% employer retirement contribution, and flexible work schedule; eligible for the SWNI health plan on the first day of the calendar month following 30 days of service.


To apply:  send cover letter, resume and writing sample to jobs@swni.org with “WRC Manager” in subject line.