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National Parks Conservation Association 777 6th Street Northwest, Washington, DC, United States
May 25, 2017
Full time
National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA), the nation’s leading national park advocacy organization, seeks an Office Manager.  The Office Manager will be responsible for ensuring the smooth operation of the office and administrative services for NPCA’s Washington, DC headquarters.  Must have a minimum of four (4) years related experience.  Previous supervisory experience is also required.  Please visit our website at for a full job description.  Qualified applicants please submit your resume and cover letter directly online to No phone calls please. NPCA is an EOE.
National Wildlife Federation Denver, CO, United States
May 25, 2017
Full time
The National Wildlife Federation has a longstanding commitment to the support of programs that help children spend time in and develop a lasting connection with nature and the outdoors. Children with ongoing experiences playing and learning in nature are more inclined to become nature lovers and supporters as adults and experience multiple health and developmental benefits.  We are seeking an ECHO Design Manager to join a creative team to implement an initiative with the following vision: All Colorado young children have daily access to quality outdoor learning environments (OLEs) where play and learning support development across all domains'cognitive, physical, social, and emotional .         To realize this vision, NWF will work with partners Qualistar Colorado and North Carolina State University's Natural Learning Initiative (NLI) to implement a systems change strategy that will include: 1) improving outdoor learning environments directly benefiting 10% of children enrolled in licensed Colorado early childhood education (ECE) centers, 2) developing opportunities to reach 'family, friend and neighbor' caregivers, 3) positively influencing ECE policies and institutional best practices to support quality outdoor spaces and 4) establishing robust professional networks that will support broad implementation of high-quality OLEs by care providers and landscape designers across the state. The Design Manager will coordinate the Early Childhood Health Outdoors (ECHO) design team in tasks related to designing outdoor environments for young children to promote play, learning, and healthy development. The Design Manager will work collaboratively with the Program Director to create ECHO design standards and systems. The Design Manager will oversee design project workflow and delivery, create project schedules, manage the ECHO design team staff, supervise the creation of site base plans, schematic designs, planting plans, cost opinions, phasing plans, and presentations on naturalized play and learning environments at child care centers and other site contexts (parks, community centers, neighborhood open spaces, etc.). The ECHO program design work will focus on spaces where children and families spend time on a daily basis: primarily licensed child care centers, but also community spaces to serve family caregivers. The Design Manager will guide the ECHO design team in creating developmentally-appropriate, custom design solutions driven by the programmatic needs of the clients and site users. The Design Manager will be responsible for tracking short and long term progress towards design delivery for dozens of sites as a part of a multi-year program. The candidate will be expected to master understanding of evidence-based best practice design principles specific to outdoor play and learning environments, and guide the design team in best practice application in a variety of site contexts. In this position, you will: Manage the ECHO design team work flow, schedule, and project timelines. Communicate with clients, including scheduling of meetings, design reviews, and design delivery presentations. Create office systems and standards for ECHO design team collaboration. Oversee, coordinate, and create base maps, sketches, schematic designs, and renderings of children's play and learning environments. Train and mentor ECHO design team staff. Oversee design work developed by the design team. Coordinate, prepare for, and facilitate participatory design workshops. Organize and conduct site visits with the design team staff, perform site analysis, site measurements and photo documentation. Establish systems for tracking progress towards design delivery timelines and goals. Assist Program Director with grant reporting and program deliverable tracking. Create and maintain archival systems for photographs and other design components. Oversee the compilation of plant lists and other technical resources for children's environments to be used both locally and nationally. Create flyers, posters, and presentations. Coordinate teacher trainings. Lead the development of print and web resources to disseminate outdoor learning environment best practices. Develop strategies to increase design team workflow efficiency. Provide on-site and on-call installation technical assistance to child care centers and other site managers working to naturalize play environments. Conduct in-service training for design staff, and annual evaluations. Minimum education/experience: Master's degree in landscape architecture, horticultural science, or related field. 3-5 years of professional experience in a landscape architecture or design build firm, or related experience. Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively in a team environment and develop positive working relationships. Strong knowledge of Colorado native plants and landscape materials. Microsoft Office, AutoCAD, Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign) proficiency. ArcGIS knowledge Strong oral and written communication skills. Strong work ethic. Ability to communicate effectively across disciplines. Demonstrated ability to create effective design solutions at a variety of scales and contexts. Proven ability to learn quickly. The selected applicant's workplace actions are expected to reflect the staff values of the National Wildlife Federation: collaboration, mindfulness, empowerment, inclusivity, and mission focus.   Preferred experience: Registered landscape architect or working towards professional licensure. Management or leadership experience in a professional design firm. Developed understanding of, or interest in, the needs of young children and accompanying adults as users of the built environment. Demonstrated interest in or past experience designing landscapes for young children and/or families. Demonstrated interest in the conservation or restoration of native ecological systems and the connection of children and/or families to those environments. Demonstrated interest in working with underserved communities. Graphic design capabilities are a plus. This position will be located in the Denver office, and monthly travel (mostly day trips) within the state of Colorado will be required. A background check will be conducted on the selected candidate. Interested candidates should submit both a cover letter and resume.  We offer excellent benefits, competitive compensation, and a flexible work environment.  The National Wildlife Federation is committed to building a diverse team and strongly encourages candidates from all backgrounds to apply.  If you meet more than 75% of the qualifications of this description, we encourage you to submit an application.
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