Environmental Program Manager via Indeed

Alice Ferguson Foundation

Waldorf, MD, USA 🇺🇸

Job Description

JOB TITLE: Program Manager
REPORTS TO: Executive Director
LEVEL: Program Manager

Responsible for programmatic management and supervision of staff for the Hard Bargain Farm
Environmental Education Center (HBF), Bridging the Watershed (BTW) and Trash Free Potomac Watershed
Initiative (TFI).

Works in close collaboration with the Director to manage program activities and program staff including: staff development, implementation of existing programs, evaluation of program outcomes, grant reporting and writing, partner management, curriculum development, and oversight of financials and budgets.

Provides leadership in keeping AFF abreast of current changes in environmental education and environmental literacy as well as efforts related to litter prevention in the watershed. Provides external leadership for the organization in relevant fields.

The Program Manager will support the implementation of the Litter Prevention Campaign, the Trash Free
Schools program, the Annual Potomac Watershed Cleanup, and cross programing between Hard Bargain
Farm (HBF), Bridging the Watershed (BTW), and the Trash Free Potomac Watershed Initiative (TFI).

Primary Role(s):

  • Manage AFF programs and programmatic staff o Provides leadership and supervision of programmatic staff, including regular check-ins, ongoing support, feedback as needed and annual reviews. o Ensures appropriate planning, implementation, and evaluation of all programs. o Ensures alignment of AFF education programs with theFoundation’s strategic plan and mission, as well as national, state, and local curriculum standards, environmental literacy standards, and best management practices in environmental education. o Supervises development of and manages program andproject budgets, including grant budgets, with the support of Program Coordinators, and the Development Team. o Track project expenses and support preparation of annual budgets. o Manages projects to ensure they are on time and on budget for deliverables. Manage content for grant proposal and grant reporting. o Manage staff timesheets and expense sheets, and tracking for grant deliverables. o Foster professional development opportunities and lead training for staff. o Lead coordination of any hiring or out-processingof staff or interns. o Responsible for strategic planning, defining quantifiable outputs and outcomes, day-to-day activities, database development, and partner management. . o Supervise field staff as duties relate to field studies.
  • Maintains relationships with strategic partners and stakeholders o Maintains, identifies, and develops partnerships with key stakeholders and external partners such as school systems, National Park Service, Project Green Classrooms, local governments,

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corporations, and others, with the goal of better serving existing audiences and expanding and diversifying audiences.

  • Collaborate with Senior Management Team and other departments within AFF o Responsible for strategic planning and coordination with other members of the Senior

Management Team including planning of staff meetingsand other activities with organizational impact. o Work with the communication/development team on program website updates, flyers, etc. o Collaborate with Senior Management team for communication with the Board of Directors

Secondary role(s):

  • Support Trash Free Potomac Watershed Initiative and other AFF programming o Work with local groups, residents, businesses, schools, and community leaders through one-on-one meetings, presentations, tabling events, and other activities in a supporting manner. o Provide support to the logistical coordination, communication, and coordination of the

Annual Cleanup. o Provide support to coordinator leading Green Teams in the implementation of the Trash
Free Schools program. o Work with coordinators to update and enhance the programs as indicated by evaluation and research.

  • Support fundraising and development o Contributes to grant applications by planning projects for proposal, recruiting and managing partnerships, as well as technical writing, editing, and budgeting.
  • Assist with other AFF activities o Participates in special events: Pinot on the Potomac, members’ events, and other

AFF-sponsored events as needed. o Participates in staff development, including staffmeetings and AFF STANDARDS OF CONDUCT

Professional Standards of Conduct

  • Exhibit teamwork and cooperation by sharing knowledge, coordinating duties with other staff, and demonstrating the willingness to assist others as needed.
  • Exhibit leadership by taking initiative, mentoring and problem-solving.
  • Dress appropriately, both in the office and in the field.
  • Use time wisely and meet deadlines.
  • Treat staff members, students, teachers, partners and visitors with courtesy and respect.
  • Initiate and respond positively to suggestions for improving service.
  • Maintain AFF facilities and educational equipment, including inventories and equipment stored offsite in parks or elsewhere.
  • Communicate effectively orally and in writing, including field study reports, data collection, newsletter articles, website and other documents. Assist in documenting AFF activities via digital images and video.
  • Maintain confidentiality of privileged and sensitive information.
  • Promote and support the values and mission of AFF in all outreach and visitor contact.


  • Ability to manage people effectively, solve problems, plan programs and events, and envision and implement the interrelationships between staff, programs, and external partners.
  • Ability to speak, hear, see, and lift small objects up to 10 lbs.

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  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Demonstrated ability to excel at multitasking while keeping focus on the “big picture.”
  • Demonstrated collaborative skills in working with communities and partners in a wide range of business and cultural contexts.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a team-based structure, with flexibility under shifting deadlines.
  • Demonstrated ability to network in order to acquire a variety partners.


  • Bachelor’s Degree or relevant experience in a related field such as environmental science, education, or environmental policy.
  • 2 to 3 years of program coordination experience across a range of activities.
  • Able to work both independently in the field and as part of a team, as well as be flexible and comfortable working in a fast-paced work environment.
  • Ability to communicate clearly, both verbally and through writing, and strong interpersonal skills.
  • Access to a reliable vehicle with the ability to travel locally and/or regionally


  • At least three years experience in non-formal education or environmental programming.
  • At least one year supervisory experience.
  • Basic environmental knowledge and familiarity with Potomac River Watershed area.
  • Comfortable working in natural, outdoor settings.
  • Basic software experience including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Google document suite.


  • Full-time, non-exempt position, working 40 hours per week.
  • Flexible schedule that allows for frequent ability to work from home
  • Generous benefits that include 401(k) match, medical, dental, short- and long-term disability.
  • Benefits include annual leave, plus paid holidays and paid sick days.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the individual(s) assigned to this position. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, and skills required. Management reserves the right to modify, add, or remove duties and to assign other duties as necessary. In addition, reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position.

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Job Types: Full-time, Contract

Pay: $45,000.00 – $52,000.00 per year


  • 401(k) matching
  • Dental insurance
  • Employee assistance program
  • Health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Parental leave
  • Retirement plan
  • Vision insurance


  • 8 hour shift
  • Monday to Friday

COVID-19 considerations: All staff are expected to be vaccinated.


  • Bachelor’s (Preferred)


  • equivalent: 3 years (Preferred)

Work Location:

  • One location

Work Remotely:

  • No