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Project Managers (two positions)

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 two full-time project managers with passion and experience in one or more specific issue areas (climate change, community-scale economic development, clean energy, and agriculture) who are excited about working collaboratively at the community level to support equitable, inclusive, transformational, community-scale, community-led change in the Upper Connecticut River Valley of Vermont and New Hampshire.

The two new project managers will collaborate on a portfolio of current projects and develop new community-based projects (from concept to implementation and evaluation) as part of Vital Communities’ 12-person projects team. Successful candidates will demonstrate experience in collaborative project design and management, excellent facilitation and collaboration skills, capacity for clear written and verbal communication, dedication to working at the community level to build lasting vitality and community resilience, and openness to learning and growing on the job.

Full job description at vitalcommunities.org/join-our-team. Email resume and cover letter to hr@vitalcommunities.org. Vital Communities will begin reviewing applications on May 11. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. 

Requirements:

Project management (including organization, attention to detail, prioritization across multiple projects, delegation, and flexibility in response to emerging priorities)
• Facilitation (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 in community engagement/organizing, including experience engaging those who are traditionally marginalized or excluded)
• Research (identify, seek, and synthesize needed information)
• Ability to build collaborative relationships and foster teamwork
• Desire to learn by doing and continually improve one’s knowledge and skills
• Ability to work on individual projects with a great deal of personal autonomy, yet also ready and willing to collaborate on team projects
• 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.)

Responsibilities:

Support our region’s 40+ municipal energy committees, connecting them with one another, related efforts, and resources, and hosting an annual region-wide gathering.
• Support, connect, and coordinate grassroots food action groups working on regional food security and food access.
• Lead design and implementation of annual Climate Change Leadership Academy and related alumni engagement, in coordination with alumni and partners.
• Provide backbone support for the Upper Valley Adaptation Workgroup, supporting Workgroup Chairs in running meetings, hosting events, and aligning the group’s efforts with their strategic vision.
• Connect youth with climate leadership programs and local mentors, resulting in community-based service-learning projects that promote climate resilience.
• Coordinate farmer cohorts focused on climate change resilience, including peer-to-peer learning opportunities and links to existing agricultural- and climate-focused networks.
• Coordinate programs to help farmers access affordable, climate-friendly farm supplies and technical assistance.
• Explore and expand models for solar generation on farms that increase farm viability and clean energy generation.
• Manage and expand Local First “buy local” programming to support thriving, locally owned businesses through business networking, collective marketing, and coordinated technical assistance

How to Apply:

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

Salary Range:

$23-$26

Job Location:

White River Junction, VT

Date Added: April 28, 2022

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