Who We Are
Community Nature Connection (CNC) is a non-profit organization and a leader in the efforts to increase outdoor equity across Los Angeles County. Our work is centered on dismantling some of the major barriers to accessing the outdoors. These barriers are an issue of equity and are directly addressed through our efforts to connect communities to nature, advocate for equitable access, advance diversity in park careers, and collaborate with community based organizations. We believe that communities we serve must be centered in the work that we do, and that these communities have been disproportionately hurt by systems of oppression - including black, indigenous, people of color, people from working class backgrounds, people with disabilities, women and LGBTQAI people. As we strive to have a staff that is representative of the diverse communities we serve, we encourage applicants of any race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status. Why work for us? We value accessibility, community, equity, inclusivity, justice, and shared leadership. Working for us also means a commitment to personal and professional growth. You will have the opportunity to develop your potential through professional development, shaping programs, and working towards a future where all communities in Los Angeles County have access to public lands, are included in programming, and are represented in outdoor careers and political decision making.
Community Nature Connection’s (CNC) Director of Programs is responsible for the development and oversight of CNC programs ensuring that all programs are conducted in accordance with established protocols and policies. The Director of Programs advances these programs from pre-concept to implementation and reporting. The Program Director works closely with staff, partners, park agencies, elected officials, funders and consultants to advance the mission of CNC. This position requires a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and occasional evenings, overnights, and weekend work. The Director of Programs supervises program managers, program coordinators, lead naturalists, and volunteers and reports directly to the Executive Director and is given a high level of autonomy and accountability.
NON-EXEMPT / FULL-TIME
An Ideal Candidate Will Be:
- Experienced at providing professional mentorship and support to direct reports, program participants, and colleagues.
- Experienced at managing programs and teams and experienced at designing & delivering interpretive programs.
- Able to speak, read, and/or write in Spanish, Mandarin, ASL, or other high need language.
Primary Responsibilities - Management & Leadership (80%)
- Lead, mentor, and supervise the Programs Team in developing programs, setting program goals and milestones, and in the day to day implementation of CNC programs;
- Foster a culture that promotes collaboration and professional growth while establishing clear performance goals and standards for program staff;
- Oversee the development of standard operating procedure manuals for all CNC programs;
- Maintain full knowledge of current risk management standards and best practices in the outdoor education and recreation professions;
- Establish, implement, and ensure compliance with risk management policies, standards, and protocols in all program areas and ensures staff properly document incidents and near misses;
- Monitor and analyze adult/participant ratios to ensure proper staffing policies are enforced;
- Collaborate with the Executive Director and other key staff to develop and implement a comprehensive evaluation plan that measures and assesses the impacts of all programs on program participants;
- Support the effective recording of grant deliverables, report deadlines, and defined outcomes and indicators for each programmatic grant received;
- Produce needed grant reports and train staff on how to write similar reports;
- Manage program budgets and maintain accurate records;
- Research and develop a variety of interpretive programs for specialized audiences and the general public which demonstrate the best practices of interpretation, education, and engagement;
- Lead performance reviews annually for the programs team;
- Attend CNC team meetings and maintain positive, punctual, and clear communication with all staff regarding updates and announcements;
- Collaborate with the Training Institute Manager to deliver training content to staff, community partners, and/or the general public on topics like risk management, outdoor skills, leadership, and JEDI to ensure staff are appropriately trained;
- Perform administrative duties in a timely fashion and according to CNC protocol;
- Fill in for program staff and their tasks when needed; and
- Perform related duties as required.
Primary Responsibilities - Impact & Development (20%)
- Work closely with the Executive Director to research and identify funding sources for the continuance of CNC programs;
- Work closely with program staff to strategize, design, write, edit and submit grant proposals to foundations, corporations, individuals and other organizations;
- Support other writing projects as needed including impact reports, annual reports, and development campaigns; and
- Perform related duties as required.
- At least 21 years of age.
- At least 5 years related experience managing teams and programs for government agencies, non-profit organizations, or in the private sector.
- Experience with community engagement and relationship building and ability to relate to people of diverse backgrounds and experience.
- Ability to prepare a project scope of work, budget, and timeline.
- Experience with program planning and executing established curriculum/outlines.
- Knowledge of Next Generation Science Standards NGSS, Project Wet/WILD, Project Learning Tree, BEETLES AND knowledge of ecosystems, climate change, environmental justice, flora, fauna, ecology, and geology of the Santa Monica Mountains and L.A. area AND knowledge of land acknowledgements and the cultural history of the Los Angeles area with an emphasis on the Chumash, Tataviam, and Tongva/Kizh/Gabrielino.
- Possess a current Pediatric/Child/Adult CPR, First Aid, and AED certification or ability to obtain prior to hiring date.
- Must receive Class B Driver's License with a passenger endorsement within the first 6 months of hiring.
- Advanced computer proficiency in Google Suite and Microsoft Suite.
- Ability to adapt to changing circumstances and work in ambiguous environments, excellent time management and task prioritization skills.
- Excellent written, communication, and facilitation skills and knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
- Good judgment and decision-making when working with the staff, volunteers, public, youth, and children.
- Demonstrates program management and supervisory experience
- Experience facilitating group and risk management techniques for groups of various sizes and backgrounds on and off the trail.
- Reliable transportation for travel to various program sites (rideshare and public transportation accepted). Note that not all job sites are accessible via public transportation.
- Flexibility to work occasional evenings, weekends, overnights, and some holidays and flexibility with assignments.
- Ability to pass a background check including fingerprinting; Reference checks will be conducted.
- Must pass a physical examination including a drug test.
- Must have a valid California Driver's License; occasionally required to drive a work vehicle.
- A commitment to CNC’s mission, vision, and values.
What to Expect After Applying:
Applicants will receive an email confirming receipt of their materials. The CNC team will review applications on a rolling basis. Candidates moving forward in the interview process will be contacted by email regarding an interview. 1st Interviews are scheduled for October 14, 2021 between 9am - 5pm and 2nd interviews are scheduled for October 18, 2021 between 9am - 5pm.
This position will remain open until filled and may close at any time.
We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.