Local recruitment: Program Manager (Babbitt Center)

Lincoln Institute of Land Policy

Phoenix, AZ, USA 🇺🇸

Our Mission

The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy seeks to improve quality of life through the effective use, taxation, and stewardship of land. A nonprofit private operating foundation whose origins date to 1946, the Lincoln Institute researches and recommends creative approaches to land as a solution to economic, social, and environmental challenges. Through education, training, publications, and events, we integrate theory and practice to inform public policy decisions worldwide. With locations in Cambridge, Massachusetts; Washington, DC; Phoenix; and Beijing, we organize our work around six goals: low-carbon, climate-resilient communities and regions; efficient and equitable tax systems; reduced poverty and spatial inequality; fiscally healthy communities and regions; sustainably managed land and water resources; and functional land markets and reduced informality. 

The Babbitt Center

The Babbitt Center for Land and Water Policy, a center of the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, seeks to advance the integration of land and water management to meet the current and future water needs of Colorado River Basin communities, economies, and the environment. We develop tools and best practices to guide decisions through research, training, and partnerships for sustainable management of land and water resources in the Colorado Basin and beyond.

Position Overview

The Babbitt Center for Land and Water Policy is looking for a Program Manager in Phoenix, Arizona. The individual in this position is expected to conduct research, develop and support partnerships and networks, manage contracts with partners, and disseminate the results of Babbitt Center work. The Program Manger will also be expected to take a leadership role on several Babbitt Center initiatives and to provide other support as assigned for both the Babbitt Center and for the larger Lincoln Institute of Land Policy.

This is a full-time position in the Phoenix, AZ office, COVID permitting, at 37.5 hours/week that reports to the Associate Director of Practice and Partnerships within the Babbitt Center for Land and Water Policy. This role requires up to 10% travel, primarily throughout the western U.S. with occasional national and international travel. 

What You’ll Do

  • Conduct research, policy analysis and program evaluations, which may include: (a) the advancement of planning tools and strategies to support smart land and water integration in planning, decision making, and land and water management; (b) techniques for addressing uncertainty, including adaptive management approaches; (c) evaluating resilient futures for water, food, and agriculture; (d) new approaches to identify the local, state, regional, and federal actions that will enable communities, including Tribal, to effectively address challenges and opportunities; and (e) tracking Colorado River Basin conditions to illustrate needs and opportunities through periodic state of the basin assessments 
  • Author and edit reports, working papers and other publications, including public information documents
  • Manage contracts for research, training, or demonstration projects 
  • Run expert and practitioner advisory groups and meetings, and facilitate multi-day community workshops and regional dialogues to collaborate across watersheds
  • Present at conferences and workshops the lessons learned from your work and more generally on behalf of the Babbitt Center
  • Represent the Babbitt Center on regional and national groups, such as the Alliance for Water Efficiency (AWE), the American Water Resources Association (AWRA) and the American Planning Association (APA) Water and Planning Network 
  • Regularly attend local, regional, and national conferences, workshops, and meetings to represent the Babbitt Center and serve on Lincoln Institute staff committees
  • Coordinate development and dissemination of social media / website content. Including content for the Lincoln Institute’s website, Lincoln Institute Facebook posts and tweets and newsletters. 
  • Perform other ad hoc tasks as requested

What You’ll Need

  • 3-5 years’ experience working on land or water policy and management or related fields. Public agency/practitioner experience preferred. 
  • Bachelor’s degree required. Graduate degree in natural resources management, planning, geography, sustainability, public policy, or related field preferred
  • Demonstrated ability to contribute to advancing water policy and land use integration 
  • Demonstrated outstanding writing, research, and presentation skills
  • Highly organized; strong project management and problem-solving skills
  • Sensitivity of the needs of practitioners, researchers, government agencies, public and elected officials, nongovernmental organizations, and private sector interests 
  • Ability to discern and communicate important knowledge in useful formats
  • Self-starter; able to work independently, prioritize and multi-task; focus on delivering results
  • Strong communication, collaboration, and interpersonal skills 

Our Benefits

Benefits highlights include but are not limited to (a) 3x employer contribution towards retirement matching your employee contribution up to 15%, (b) health insurance, (c) dental insurance, (d) vision insurance, (e) 100% reimbursement of the health care deductible through a health reimbursement account, (f) short-term disability coverage, (g) long term disability coverage, (h) paid parental leave, (i) voluntary insurances such as accident insurance, (j) health care flexible spending, (k) dependent care flexible spending, (l) paid time off for holidays, vacation, personal, sick, bereavement, and jury duty, (m) office closure between December 24 – Jan 1 each calendar year, (n) flexible schedule and option for a compressed 4 day workweek, (o) tuition and staff development reimbursement, (p) pet insurance, and (q) Employee Assistance Program. 

Our Values

We support a culture of forthright feedback, initiative, cooperation and teamwork, diversity, equity, and inclusion, and accepting responsibility.

Equal Opportunity Employer

The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy is dedicated to creating an inclusive work environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Individuals seeking employment at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy are considered without regards to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), ancestry, citizenship status, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital or domestic/civil partnership status, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.





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