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Place-Based Education 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 a full-time project manager with experience in and passion for Place-Based Education (PBE) to lead our Farm to School programming and to be part of a PBE team to support educators, practitioners, professional development providers, schools, students, and learners of all ages in deepening their connection to community through the history, ecology, culture, and stories of place.

This position will be part of a two-person PBE team with projects that include Farm to School, Valley Quest, and the Upper Valley Teaching Place Collaborative. The Place-Based Education team runs projects in which community members become more skillful and confident about their capacity to shape their lives in ways that will benefit themselves, their neighbors, the environment, and future generations. This learning is specifically situated in the context of the community and geography of the Upper Valley.


Successful candidates will have at least three years as a classroom educator working in K-12 schools using PBE in the curricula, project management and facilitation skills, and experience building and maintaining relationships that will create and support an integrated network of PBE and community stakeholders. Full job description at Email resume and cover letter to Vital Communities will begin reviewing applications on May 16, 2022. Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled. 


The ideal candidates will have:

·At least three years as a classroom educator working in K-12 schools utilizing PBE in the curricula, ideally in Vermont or New Hampshire.

·Can partner effectively with teachers, staff, and administrators, especially in primary and middle schools.

·Project management skills (including organization, attention to detail, prioritization across multiple projects, delegation, and flexibility in response to emerging priorities).

·Facilitation skills (confidence and experience facilitating meetings and collaborative processes with diverse participants for the purpose of relationship building, information sharing, goal setting, and action planning) 

·Communication (clear oral, written, and visual communication skills).

·Community engagement experience (experience in community engagement/organizing, including experience engaging those who are traditionally marginalized or excluded).

·Ability and passion to build and maintain relationships that will create and support an integrated network of PBE educators, professional development providers, and community stakeholders.

  • Personal and professional growth with respect to understanding and centering JEDI, willingness to continue learning, and readiness to help our entire team integrate JEDI values in our work.
  • Ability to work on individual projects with a great deal of personal autonomy, yet also ready and willing to collaborate on team projects.
  • Desire to learn by doing and continually improve one’s knowledge and skills.
  • Ability to prioritize tasks and advance multiple projects at one time.
  • Proficiency in PC computing and aptitude for quick and self-directed learning of new software programs. The team currently uses Microsoft Office, Sharepoint, WordPress, Google Suite, Alchemer, Exceed Beyond, and Toggl.
  • Access to personal transportation and willingness to work occasional nights and weekends (when required for public engagement, stakeholder meetings, etc.).

·Thoughtfully incorporate principles of justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion into all aspects of project ideation, design, implementation, and evaluation.

·Work collaboratively with internal and external partners to meet existing and emerging community visions and needs.

·When needed for new projects, work with Vital Communities’ development team to procure project funding, including management of grants, funder relationships, and contracts, with support from Vital Communities’ Development Team.

·Establish and track progress toward project goals, metrics, timelines.

  • In collaboration with supervisor and Director of Finance and Administration, draft and manage project budgets, recruit and supervise staff as needed, and ensure that projects are implemented in compliance with Vital Communities policies and procedures and with grant-specific terms.

·Carry out and/or delegate all project tasks, including but not limited to event planning, event logistics, website updates, creating/printing/compiling materials, scheduling meetings, facilitating meetings, recording meeting notes, conducting research, communicating with partners, managing database records and project files, etc. 

·Recruit, train, coordinate, and keep track of volunteers and program participants. 

·Oversee the work of any Vital Communities Project Coordinators, interns, and/or volunteers assigned to support your projects.

  • Track and articulate project outcomes, producing grant reports, partner updates, and content for Vital Communities’ print and web communications.

·Respectfully collect and share stories to illustrate key challenges and successes, in collaboration with Vital Communities’ communications team.

·Ensure all projects are coordinated and integrated with other community-based projects, whether led by Vital Communities or others.

·Build and manage community partnerships, presenting an engaging, curious, humble, and optimistic presence when interacting with the public.

·Represent Vital Communities in a range of public and collaborative settings, including meetings with funders, interviews with the media, participation in networks, stakeholder meetings, and casual interactions with community members.

·Other duties as assigned.

How to Apply:

Email resume and cover letter to Vital Communities will begin reviewing applications on May 11. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. 

Salary Range:


Job Location:

White River Junction, VT

Date Added: April 28, 2022

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