Education & Community Programs Manager Application

Salary Range:  $57,500 to $89,500 Full Time Equivalent 
Job Classification:  Regular, Exempt   
Benefits:  Competitive Benefits Package Offered   
Minimum Hours:  36 Hours Per Week 
Supervisor:  Executive Director 
Supervises:  Education and Community Program Staff

The Education and Community Programs Manager develops, implements, and oversees field and classroom-based environmental education, community paddle programs, and volunteer programs to meet the Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership’s purpose, principles, community engagement, racial equity, and climate resiliency goals. Working closely with the Community Programs Director, this manager position oversees program development, planning, and execution. The Manager will lead a growing Community Programs Team on expanding the quality and reach of programs, fostering innovation, and forming and strengthening authentic partnerships with the communities we wish to serve.

All Estuary Partnership employees build and strengthen partnerships and foster collaboration with a variety of viewpoints and diverse interests to serve all communities and give people parity and equal engagement with and in the protections of natural resources. Employees in this position regularly deal with sensitive issues, including financial information and human resource issues that require confidentiality, tact, and diplomacy.

This position is based in the Estuary Partnership office in Portland, Oregon and is primarily office based with semi-regular field work, including occasional weekend events and meetings. The Estuary Partnership anticipates continuing to provide some limited work from home opportunities to staff. 

Find the full position description here.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Affirmation 

The Estuary Partnership is committed to increasing diversity in the environmental field by providing supportive career development opportunities for people of color. People from communities of color, underserved communities, and low-income communities are strongly encouraged to apply. We place a priority on applications from people who come from or have experience with diverse populations and underserved communities, including communities of color and low-income communities. 

Non-Discrimination Statement 

The Estuary Partnership is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, religion, marital status, national origin, age, disability, physical appearance or genetic information, cultural, socio-economic status, or military or veteran status. The Estuary Partnership is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and values the hiring of protected veterans or individuals with veteran status. Discrimination is not tolerated at the Estuary Partnership. 

Application Instructions 

The Estuary Partnership will only accept online applications for this position.  

To apply, please compile the application materials described below into a single PDF or Microsoft Word document, and upload your application packet on this webform.  

Applications must include the following, or they will not be accepted:  

  • Cover Letter:  Your letter should discuss your specific experience relevant to the job description.  

  • Detailed Resume:  Your resume should provide dates and specific duties of current and past employment. 

  • Professional References:  Provide the names, organizations, and titles of three professional references. References will not be contacted without your prior permission.  

  • Question Response:  Submit written answers of between 200 and 450 words to the following questions. If a question has multiple parts, please try to respond to each portion unless the question directs otherwise.  

  1. Describe how your experiences, interests, culture, and/or outlook can contribute to our goal of serving a more diverse community. How have you engaged with and built collaborative relationships with BIPOC and other marginalized communities? 

  2. This position will require leadership and management of a well-established team within a multifunctional team environment. Please describe your experience leading a team of this type. In your response describe your approach to team management; describe a time when you were truly visionary or creative in your leadership; how you create opportunities for collaboration; and, how you use collaborative decision making and consensus. Discuss your experience and approach to leading and managing a well-established team within a multi-functional team environment. Describe a time when you were truly creative or visionary in your leadership. Discuss how you create opportunities for collaboration and work to avoid functional silos within a multi-team organization. Describe how you will model and implement collaborative decision making.  

  3. What is your experience developing watershed-specific outdoor science curriculum and evaluating outdoor science programs for success? 

  4. Describe how you give and receive growth feedback? Describe specific examples and outcomes of giving and receiving growth feedback.