Program Manager (Middle & Upper Delaware River)

National Parks Conservation Association

Stroudsburg, PA, US


The Program Manager builds and sustains a diverse, effective and engaged network of advocates to protect and enhance our national parks, collaborating daily with rural and suburban community leaders to protect the values of the national parks along the middle and upper Delaware River. A key part of this work is leading NPCA’s engagement in the “Scenic, Wild Delaware River” Geotourism initiative, collaborating with a volunteer Geotourism Council to advance this initiative’s goals of connecting this valuable region to the protection of its natural, cultural and historic resources, and visitor destinations that depend on healthy waters and land. The Program Manager works and travels throughout the middle and upper Delaware watershed, a region anchored by Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area and Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:                                                                                                   % of Time

  1. Strategic Campaigning and Community Organizing:                                                    60%
  • Work collaboratively with Geotourism leaders to advance specific project goals, including policies and activities that promote sustainability and the region’s ecological vitality.
  • Collaboratively design and implement strategies to leverage the park presence in the watershed, advance NPCA goals and objectives, build effective political support for park protection at every level, and foster productive park-community relationships. Generate and share ideas and concepts for effective strategies for consideration by the team.
  • Equip, empower and engage local influencers, activists and community members in priority park-specific campaigns as well as systemic campaigns as appropriate.
  • Support productive relationships among business and other community leaders, tourism and economic development professionals, local elected officials and other decision makers, public lands partners, recreation enthusiasts and the National Park Service.
  • Catalyze, support, and lead activities to enhance and promote enjoyment of the national parks and the values they protect, such as educational events and restoration projects.
  • Be a spokesperson for NPCA and for the Geotourism initiative.
  • Update and develop concepts for website, powerpoint presentations and publications to reflect program goals, and provide timely internal and external communications.
  • Identify immediate or impending threats to the national parks that require response by NPCA and/or local stakeholders. Ensure follow through and develop strategies that employ NPCA’s park protection tools in multiple departments and HQ staff/other regions.
2. Relationships with Decision Makers:                                                                                      20%
  • Cultivate working relationships with agency and elected officials at all levels of government in Pennsylvania and with NPS staff in the Delaware River watershed.
  • Be a source of information for, and actively educate decision makers and their staff about, issues related to national parks of the Delaware River, and actions they can take to help the parks and to promote the Scenic, Wild Delaware River initiative. 

3. Development:                                                                                                                             10%

  • Prepare written materials for foundations, program donors and prospective donors.
  • Participate in regular communications with foundations and major donors as agreed among an interdisciplinary NPCA team. Participate as appropriate in strategy meetings.

4. Other Functions:                                                                                                                        10%

  • Participate in developing program goals and plans, staff meetings, training programs and other meetings and seminars as determined with the Regional Director.
  • Keep excellent records, and share as appropriate with the team.
  • Perform other related duties as required and assigned.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Total 100%


Respect employees regardless of their position or background. Participates in developing department goals, objectives, and systems. Participates in administrative staff meetings, organization-wide meetings, staff committee meetings, training programs, and attends other meetings and seminars as designated by the supervisor. Assists in evaluation of reports, decisions, and results of department in relation to established goals. This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee in this position. 

MINIMUM WORK SCHEDULE: Minimum hours are 8:30 to 5:00, Monday – Friday, with some evening and weekend work, and compensatory time off. 37.5 hour work week

MINIMUM SCOPE OF POSITION: Position currently is based in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, and works collaboratively with the Pennsylvania & Delaware Program Manager, Northeast regional staff, other NPCA staff and external stakeholders. Significant travel in the region required.


  • BA/BS or equivalent experience in relevant field required, with graduate degree or equivalent experience preferred.
  • Minimum four years of experience, including some leadership experience, in conservation/preservation advocacy or related field, with productive experience working in community outreach, organizing and the media.
  • Demonstrated ability to be part of, add value to and provide leadership in highly-motivated, effective teams advocating to protect America’s national parks, and promoting a regional Geotourism initiative that works to sustain the region’s economy anchored in clean water, outdoor enjoyment, and scenic beauty.
  • Demonstrated ability to build advocacy for the middle and upper Delaware River in the region anchored by four national parks.
  • Motivated, organized self-starter who works independently, who also understands the demands inherent in working in a larger organization.
  • Demonstrated ability to build and work effectively in cross-disciplinary coalitions and teams to determine and implement strategies and tactics, and to drive towards achieving a shared goal.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of policies affecting the Delaware River watershed, state and federal legislative and administrative policy-making processes, and ability to influence those policies.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including oral communications in a variety of settings.
  • Proven strong writing, research and editing skills.
  • Proven creative and strategic thinking skills.
  • Competent with broadly-used computer programs and functions.
  • Ability to travel extensively within the region and work some evenings and weekends.
  • Demonstrated ability to set and observe priorities, to respect deadlines, and to be flexible.
  • Demonstrates an awareness and sensitivity to the needs and concerns of individuals from diverse cultures, backgrounds and orientations. Contributes to the creation of a diverse, equitable and inclusive work culture that encourages and celebrates differences.


Live, honor and own NPCA’s Core Values:

  • Commitment. We are passionate about NPCA and dedicated to achieving excellence through our work and mission. We seek to improve our performance by taking opportunities for professional and personal development, and encouraging reasonable risk-taking and innovation.
  • Inclusion. We value diversity of thought, background, experience, and opinion. We create a culture of empowerment by welcoming and encouraging meaningful participation from all people and promoting an environment that embraces different perspectives.
  • Integrity. We hold ourselves accountable to each other, our members and partners, and our mission. We evaluate the impact of our work and strive for honesty and transparency across the organization. We operate ethically in the organization’s best interests.
  • Respect. We collaborate in results-oriented teams based on trust and consideration for each other. We promote harmony between our work and our personal lives. We foster a healthy and positive workplace culture and work collaboratively with external partners.

PHYSICAL EFFORT AND DEXTERITY: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; talk or hear; taste or smell. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus. Employee must be capable of independent travel locally and nationally.

PHYSICAL ENVIRONMENT:  Single-person field office

EMPLOYER’S RIGHTS: NPCA reserves the right to revise this position description at any time. The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position. The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the NPCA and employee and is subject to change by the NPCA as the needs of the NPCA and requirements of the job change. The above is in no way an exhaustive list of the requirements for the position. NPCA is committed to diversity among its employees and hiring practices.  All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply.

PREPARED BY: Joy M. Oakes, January 24, 2017