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Interim Project Manager

Vital Communities

About Vital Communities

Founded in 1993, Vital Communities cultivates the civic, environmental, and economic vitality of the Upper Connecticut River Valley of Vermont and New Hampshire. We bring people together, bridging boundaries and engaging our whole community to create positive change.  Climate change mitigation and adaptation are at the heart of our work. Vital Communities helped create and now coordinates the nation’s first rural Transportation Management Association to reduce vehicle miles traveled in our region. Our energy team has a 10-year track record of reducing energy use and expanding renewable energy generation across all sectors. In 2017 we stepped forward to coordinate the Upper Valley Adaptation Workgroup, seeking to expand our role as a regional and national leader in developing community-based climate solutions.


Vital Communities, a regional nonprofit located in White River Junction, VT, seeks an interim full time (32-40 hr/wk) Project Manager to lead projects focused on marketing climate-friendly farming practices and farmer technical assistance. The interim Project Manager will be responsible for leading the launch of a project that creates Climate Farmer Stories to increase awareness of the importance of farms in addressing climate change while increasing marketing skills of Upper Valley farmers through targeted technical assistance and other viability projects. 

Seeking candidates with experience supporting farm success, knowledge of marketing, strong organizational skills, strong communications skills, and experience working with contracted consultants. This interim position will run January-September 2022. Full job description at https://vitalcommunities.org/about/join-our-team/  Email resume and cover letter to hr@vitalcommunities.org. Vital Communities will begin reviewing applications on December 3, 2021. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. 

Requirements:

Desired Skills and Experience:   

  • A passion for Vital Communities’ mission and a commitment to equitable community-based approaches to regional issues   

  • Proven track record of working with farmers   

  • Familiarity with artist community 

  • Marketing experience  

  • A flexible and creative approach to working with diverse audiences and situations   

  • Detail oriented with strong organizational skills 

  • Experience managing large projects 

  • Strong verbal, written, and visual communication skills 

  • Able to prioritize and manage multiple responsibilities effectively on deadline  

  • Ability to work on projects with a great deal of personal autonomy, yet also ready and willing to collaborate on team projects 

  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and Sharepoint, and Google Workspace (Docs, Sheets, Drive)  

  • Outstanding interpersonal skills 

  • Flexibility and willingness to adapt in response to emerging needs and priorities 

  • Ability to work with a great deal of personal autonomy as well as in a team setting  

  • Access to personal transportation  

  • Willingness to work occasional nights and weekends (when required for public engagement, stakeholder meetings, etc.)  

  • A sense of humor  

Responsibilities:
  • Thoughtfully incorporate principles of justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion into all aspects of project implementation  

  • Establish project management systems and implementation plan and timeline 

  • Oversee and coordinate all aspect of the project including creation and sharing of farmer stories, farmer marketing technical support, community educational events for first year of project 

  • Develop consistent and transparent partner relationships and communications  

  • Create RFPs for and/or contracts with creative advisor, marketing consultant, audio story creator, and farm marketing technical assistance provider  

  • Oversee all contractors associated with the projects. 

  • Coordinate outreach and communications with Vital Communities’ Communications team 

  • Engage farmers to join peer cohort and facilitate cohort meetings and communications 

  • Administer farmer grants and stipends 

  • Create system for collecting grant deliverable metrics and conduct regular project evaluation 

  • Produce reports on projects as needed 

  • Coordinate with other Vital Communities initiatives  

  • Track project expenses to ensure adherence to budget. 

  • Create and distribute digital marketing toolkit 

How to Apply:

Email resume and cover letter to hr@vitalcommunities.org

Salary Range:

$21.15 - $26.50

Job Location:

White River Jct, VT

Date Added: November 24, 2021

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