Hybrid Brownfields Inventory Project Manager

West Virginia University

Morgantown, WV, USA 🇺🇸


West Virginia University Research Corporation is currently accepting applications for a Brownfields Inventory Manager of the WV Water Research Institute.

About the Opportunity

As the Brownfields Inventory Manager, you will be responsible for providing critical support in the development and management of projects, programs, and staff associated with the Northern West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Center (NBAC).  This includes the timeliness and cost-effectiveness of all deliverables. The incumbent will assist with proposal development, site development support, assisting in the creation of project funding strategies, facilitating meetings with project stakeholders, day-to-day tasks of the NBAC, and will work with communities on Brownfield-related issues. The incumbent will manage the NBAC’s Brownfield Site Inventory and serve as the manager for all inventory-related services and programs. Through support for the redevelopment of industrial legacy sites, this position will help communities establish sustainable economic development initiatives that will enhance the well-being and quality of life of community stakeholders, attract investment to communities, and maximize resources.
This position provides program, as well as direct internal and external client support services. Responds to inquiries and independently resolves matters of moderate complexity. Responsibilities require some judgment, resourcefulness, and originality, but diverse guides and precedents are usually available to apply or adapt to the circumstances. Work effort has considerable impact on client services, program, and project image, with potential legal liabilities.

At WVU Research Corporation, we strongly believe in work-life balance and keeping time for things we love outside our work. WVU Research Corporation offers a comprehensive benefits package with a variety of options to suit your needs.:

  • 13 paid holidays (staff holiday calendar)
  • PTO 
  • 403(b) retirement savings with a fully vested 3% employee contribution match, (Employees have the option of contributing an additional 1-3% of their earnings to the plan, which is also matched by the WVURC) 
  • A range of health insurance and other benefits 
  • Dependent Education Scholarship
  • WVU Perks
  • And More!!

What you’ll do:

Responsibilities are functional in nature and performed under general supervision.  Specific tasks include, but are not limited to:

  • Coordinates program implementation of technical assistance programs, including state and regional initiatives.
  • Manages projects associated with technical assistance programs, with specific focus on supporting local, regional, and statewide site inventories.
  • Leads research efforts in the identification and mapping of brownfield property/site characteristics including ownership, parcel/tax info, topography, and other landscape features. 
  • Assembles and maintains Brownfield Site Inventory and project information to be used for marketing and outreach, analysis for program, project, and funding decision-making, and to support policy and law initiatives.  
  • Develops and maintains online mapping portals and applications, to display site, project, and program information.
  • Oversees assigned projects by ensuring partners conform to statements of work, and schedules. 
  • Assists in the development of proposal and grant applications for funding community Brownfields projects in response to solicited and unsolicited Requests for Proposals (RFPs) issued by federal, state, and private agencies. 
  • Collaborates with external partners and stakeholders on project tasks. 
  • Travels within West Virginia and out-of-state as needed for single day or multi-day periods. Meets via face-to-face, video conference, and by telephone with representatives from various federal, state, community, and private organizations regarding progress of funded projects and for promoting the Center’s services. 
  • Promotes the projects and mission of the Center by preparing and delivering presentations utilizing PowerPoint and other multimedia tools consistent with guidance of the Center Director. 
  • Consistent with guidance of the Center Director, educates West Virginia communities about the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection’s (WVDEP’s) Brownfields program and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (USEPA’s) Brownfields program by performing research and developing appropriate information and giving presentations. 
  • Prepares project summaries and reports detailing project tasks, progress, and accomplishments to the NBAC Director and other WVWRI and WVU administrators as requested.
  • Develops resources for distribution to communities and placement on the NBAC web pages. 

Supervisory/Lead Role            
Reports to the Director of the Northern WV Brownfields Assistance Center. Normally receives minimal instructions on routine work, and general instructions on new assignments. Supervision of full-time project staff and students may be required; sharing of knowledge with others and team participation is expected in the role. Program, project, or activity lead responsibilities will occur or be assigned in this position.

Work Environment           
This position works in a normal office environment with shared space and equipment with moderate noise levels. Local and statewide travel to various locations for meetings and to accomplish position objectives is regularly required. Regional and national travel is required infrequently and with advanced notice. Incumbent is responsible to know and comply with all safety procedures.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Geography, Environmental Studies, Landscape Design, Planning, Public Administration, or related disciplines, or an equivalent combination of education and directly related experience. Master’s Degree in said disciplines preferred.
  • A minimum of four (4) years of experience or familiarity with Google Earth, GIS, geo-spatial analysis, ArcView, and/or similar programs.
  • A minimum of three (3) years of experience managing projects or programs, including timelines, budgets, and deliverables. 
  • Project management skills including the ability to keep multiple projects on schedule.
  • Organizational skills with a demonstrated ability to plan work activities and independently maintain progress for timelines, recordkeeping of program and project documents and files, and reporting deadlines. 
  • Ability to manage subordinates to successfully complete assigned work tasks accurately and in a timely manner.
  • Skilled at timeline development.
  • Proactive outreach skills for contacting communities and resource organizations. 
  • Excellent communication skills including a high proficiency in English grammar, composition, and verbal communication. 
  • Proficiency with computer software including MS Office suite, ArcGIS, and AutoCAD.
  • Ability to be flexible in working with diverse personalities. 
  • Ability to write progress/final reports, case histories, newsletters, and information briefs. 
  • Ability to interface with state, federal, university, and community representatives on project tasks, budgets, and schedules. 
  • Ability to lead meetings, give presentations to sponsoring agencies, community meetings, workshops, and conferences. 
  • Ability to travel independently via car, air, or public transportation to communities and project sites. 
  • Ability to work independently with minimal managerial oversight. 
  • Ability to critique project deliverables and ascertain whether they meet work plan objectives. 
  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret maps, design documents, technical procedure documents, and governmental regulations. 
  • Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical solutions. 
  • Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. 
  • Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form. 

Preferred Qualifications & Credentials

  • Familiarity with property searches, plats, and Arcview.
  • Knowledge of Brownfields funding sources, technical resources, environmental impacts, and federal and state regulations.
  • Community outreach experience interacting with a wide variety of individuals such as the public, researchers, business personnel, state and federal agency personnel, and others.
  • Proficiency with analyzing and creating maps and project documents.


  • Valid U.S. driver’s license. 


  • Graduate certificate in Geographic Information Systems and Spatial Analysis.

About Research Corporation

The WVURC was created as a not-for-profit corporation in 1985 to support research (R1) at West Virginia University. We provide evaluation, development, patenting, management, and marketing services for inventions of the faculty, staff and students of the University.

The WVURC receives and administers funds awarded by external agencies for research and other activities and is responsible for helping protect intellectual property through patents, copyrights and licensing agreements for start-up companies based on University research.

Creating an inclusive, engaged, and dynamic environment is core to WVURC’s mission. We welcome candidates who can contribute a range of ideas, approaches and experiences.

West Virginia University Research Corporation is proud to be an Equal Opportunity employer. We value diversity among its employees and invites applications from all qualified applicants regardless of race, ethnicity, color, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, nationality, genetics, disability, or Veteran status.  

Job Posting: Dec 22, 2022

Posting Classification: Research Corporation

Exemption Status: Exempt

Benefits Eligible: Yes

Schedule: Full-time





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