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Program Associate, Healthy Communities and Collaborative Ecosystem Stewardship

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RESOLVE
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Published 18 days ago

RESOLVE, a non-profit organization in Washington, D.C., is seeking a Program Associate to support our Healthy Communities and Collaborative Ecosystem Stewardship Teams. The Program Associate will provide a wide range of support in project planning and management, fundraising and communications, research and analysis, writing, and general program activities. We are particularly interested in candidates who have a passion for working on complex public health, social, environmental, and/or sustainability challenges and who understand the interplay between these issues.

Organization Overview

RESOLVE is an independent organization focused on forging sustainable solutions to critical social, health, and environmental challenges by creating innovative partnerships where they are least likely and most needed. We are a team of collaborative leaders, mediators, policy experts, strategists, scientists, and facilitators. We bring a unique combination of expertise to our work: mediation and process design; solutions-focused strategies and programs; and a capacity to create and launch self-sustaining social enterprise. As a nonpartisan, nongovernmental organization (NGO), we work across sectors, borders, and political lines to engage with business, government, foundation, NGO, and community leaders. Our projects focus on healthy communities, conservation, and sustainable resources.

The majority of our team is based in our Washington, D.C., headquarters, with some senior staff and partners across the U.S., as well as in Africa, Canada, Europe, and Latin America. We work on local, regional, national, and international projects.

The Associate Role

As a member of our Healthy Communities and Collaborative Ecosystem Stewardship teams, the Associate will work across a range of programmatic and organizational projects, with an initial focus on the following:

  • The Missouri River Recovery Implementation Committee, which is developing an adaptive management plan that balances the needs of endangered species and the social, cultural, and economic needs of basin stakeholders;
  • The Lead-Free Communities Initiative, a partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to aid communities across the country in eliminating lead exposure hazards; and
  • Other emerging work focused on natural resource stewardship, public health and wellbeing, and community resilience.

Associates are a critical part of project teams at RESOLVE. They are directly engaged and visible in all project aspects, from organizing meetings with all the details that set up multi-stakeholder initiatives for success; to participating in dialogues and summarizing key questions and decisions; to contributing to concept papers and proposals that advance new projects. We ask them to research and analyze issues, assess stakeholder dynamics, and develop concepts and options for collaborative action. Associates keep their eyes on the project as a whole and track detailed progress toward key milestones, coordinating with team members to help us meet objectives. They work on fundraising, communications, and social media for programs and the organization. They, like the rest of the RESOLVE team, pitch in where needed to help support the organization. 

Our website says, “We RESOLVE to… be open and curious, challenge ourselves and others, tackle challenges head on, [and] create solutions.” We are looking for someone who embraces our values, who loves to learn on and off the job, and who shares our passion for for issues such as community resiliency, health and wellbeing, environmental conservation, renewable energy, sustainability in development, and community engagement in natural resource planning.

RESOLVE is committed to supporting professional development at all levels, and we have a good track record of growing our associates into senior staff. We have low turnover because staff feel inspired by our work and each other, empowered to grow and contribute at all levels, and trusted to work hard with the necessary flexibility to have a life outside of the office.

Competencies

We are looking for an individual with a commitment to RESOLVE’s independent, solutions-focused orientation to issues and demonstrated interest in the natural resources and sustainability field, including knowledge, skills, personal characteristics, and referrals that attest to the following:

Knowledge and Experience

The ideal candidate will bring some understanding of public health issues, systems, and determinants (e.g., issues like health equity, social determinants of health, environmental justice, linkages between planetary health and human health) and/or environmental, energy, and natural resource issues (e.g., issues like ecosystem health and restoration, environmental policies like NEPA, adaptive management, climate stabilization). Familiarity with technical aspects, policy instruments, and the role of different groups in agenda setting, advocacy, and problem solving in these areas will be an asset. Beyond existing knowledge, we highly value the ability to learn quickly and adeptly about new subjects.

It is essential that candidates have experience with project strategy, planning, and coordination. Familiarity with consensus building theories and practices is helpful, but not required.

Skills
  1. Writing and editing, quickly, clearly and concisely, including an ability to integrate policy, technical issues, and/or stakeholder views, and develop solid drafts of high-level policy and strategy documents
  2. Fundraising and project development, such as drafting project concepts or proposals, researching and identifying potential project resources, developing other collateral for external communications and fundraising, and writing and submitting proposals
  3. Research, analysis, and incisive briefings on technical and policy issues for staff, clients, partners, and potential funders
  4. Organizational, project management, and logistical planning, with high attention to detail
  5. Ability to take initiative, “manage up,” and show leadership on projects
  6. Balancing multiple projects and priorities simultaneously, while closely tracking and managing various project activities, timelines, and deliverables
  7. Relationship and communication skills such as listening, building trust, empathizing, developing rapport, and both giving and receiving constructive criticism
  8. Proficiency with use of collaborative technologies, social media, AV equipment, and web development
  9. Proficiency in a second language, especially French or Spanish, is a plus
Personal Characteristics
  1. Intellectual curiosity, with a keen interest in subject matter, including applying existing knowledge and diving into new topics with enthusiasm
  2. Strong values and ethics
  3. Energy, drive, and commitment to excellence
  4. Professionalism
  5. Enjoys working as part of a team, sharing successes, and collaboratively owning and addressing challenges
  6. Self-motivation, self-discipline, and capacity to organize, prioritize, and self-direct work with at times limited day-to-day supervision or structure
  7. Courage and confidence in communicating effectively and respectfully with a wide range of colleagues, clients, and partners—senior executives, government officials, community stakeholders, etc.
  8. Willingness to respond to a sometimes-irregular work schedule, due to the nature of RESOLVE’s projects and the time zones and needs of our partners.
Education and Experience

Applicants must have a Bachelor’s degree; an advanced degree is not required but may be an asset. Applicants must have a minimum of two years of work experience relating to sustainable development, natural resource management, corporate social responsibility, public policy, or conflict resolution. 

Inclusion

Inclusion is fundamental to RESOLVE’s mission. In all our work, we strive to promote respectful engagement across diverse perspectives and backgrounds. Our 40+ year record demonstrates that diversity of voices – and inclusion of those who have often been excluded – drives innovation and development of lasting and equitable solutions to critical social, health, and environmental challenges.

RESOLVE takes a broad view of diversity, recognizing that our differences – whether visible or not – contribute to strength. We are also conscious of gaps in our own composition, and we are resolute in our commitment to actively and intentionally cultivating an environment where equal opportunities for employment, advancement, and influence are available to all. 

RESOLVE, a non-profit organization in Washington, D.C., is seeking a Program Associate to support our Healthy Communities and Collaborative Ecosystem Stewardship Teams. The Program Associate will provide a wide range of support in project…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Job Type
    Contract
  • Application Deadline
    January 17, 2022
  • Education
    4-Year Degree Required
Salary
USD $48,000 - USD $57,000
/ year

Benefits

RESOLVE offers excellent benefits, including: medical and dental insurance; retirement contributions (after 1 year, RESOLVE contributes 6% of salary, with an additional 3% employee matching option); generous family, vacation, and sick leave; and long-term disability.

RESOLVE offers excellent benefits, including: medical and dental insurance; retirement contributions (after 1 year, RESOLVE contributes 6% of salary, with an additional 3% employee…

Level of Language Proficiency

Fluent English is essential. Proficiency in a second language, especially French or Spanish, is a plus.

Fluent English is essential. Proficiency in a second language, especially French or Spanish, is a plus.

Location

Temporarily Remote
Work must be performed in or near Washington, DC
Associated Location
Washington, DC, USA

How to Apply

Please email your resume and cover letter to jobs@resolve.ngo. Please do not email staff or inquire about opportunities by phone. Applications sent via other means or platforms will not be evaluated.

Please email your resume and cover letter to jobs@resolve.ngo. Please do not email staff or inquire about opportunities by phone. Applications sent via other means or platforms…

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