Boise Front Coordinator
National Forest Foundation (NFF) is pleased to offer a regular, full-time, and exempt position that will provide facilitation and coordination of collaborative forest stewardship efforts, with an initial focus on the Boise Front Project and Southern Idaho Wildfire Crisis Landscape in Idaho, as well as support for NFF’s Conservation Connect program’s other national efforts to foster collaborative forest stewardship.
About the NFF: The NFF works with communities and organizations to conserve and enhance the watersheds, wildlife habitat, wild places, and recreational opportunities across the 193-million-acre National Forest System. The NFF seeks to engage all Americans in this work.
Position Function: The Boise Front Program Coordinator reports directly to the Conservation Connect Director to provide facilitation, project management, and program development support for collaborative forest stewardship efforts. The incumbent is responsible for designing, convening, facilitating, and coordinating collaborative processes that may involve the U.S. Forest Service, other government agencies, tribal entities, multiple landowners, communities, non-profit organizations, and private sector partners.
A key focus of the position is on convening and facilitating a new collaborative effort to restore forest resilience in Southern Idaho, in and around the Boise and Payette National Forests, working closely with the NFF’s Intermountain Region field team.
Position Duties and Responsibilities: The Boise Front Program Coordinator is responsible for managing the Southern Idaho collaborative effort and providing support as needed to Conservation Connect programs and projects across the nation that foster collaborative forest stewardship.
Duties related to Southern Idaho and other collaborative efforts include:
- Drafting and revising meeting agendas and facilitation-related meeting materials.
- Facilitating meetings impartially and ensuring timely delivery of meeting summaries.
- Liaising with partners, stakeholders, and agency executives in between meetings to advance and build consensus for work products.
- Leading collaborative development of strategies and work plans.
- Ensuring coordination across multiple project teams and committees.
- Structuring and facilitating joint fact-finding and interest-based mediation as needed.
- Strategizing and providing recommendations for how to address difficulties in the process.
- Overseeing and reviewing the work of staff providing administrative support such as meeting notes, website updates, action item tracking, and scheduling.
- Conducting stakeholder assessments, drafting, and developing agreements on collaborative group charters, and convening collaborative efforts.
- Coordinating public engagement efforts including facilitating development of public engagement plans and drafting external-facing communications materials, with support from partner organizations’ communications and public affairs departments.
- Serving as a point of contact for queries from other government agencies, public audiences, and the press and media.
Duties related to supporting the Conservation Connect program of work and collaborative forest stewardship include:
- Supporting implementation of NFF’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Plan, including strategies related to collaborative stewardship and peer learning.
- Identifying and documenting best practices and lessons that can be shared through the NFF’s online Collaboration & Conservation Toolbox and peer learning efforts.
- Maintaining a breadth of knowledge about current trends, emerging issues, policy interventions, and innovations in the field of collaborative conservation to enhance the NFF’s strategic efficacy.
- In coordination with the Conservation Connect Director, proactively identifying new potential projects that meet the NFF’s collaborative and conservation goals.
Education and Qualifications: NFF expects the Boise Front Program Coordinator to possess the following educational and experiential qualifications:
- Minimum of an undergraduate degree in natural resource conservation, planning, environmental science, or related field, or equivalent experience.
- A minimum of three years of experience with proven results in collaborative project coordination, community outreach, and partnership development.
- Experience facilitating, building consensus, and securing agreements in interagency and stakeholder processes that involve the U.S. Forest Service or other federal, state, and local public land management agencies.
- Experience developing and implementing public outreach and engagement strategies and plans.
- A strong understanding of natural resource issues.
- Knowledge of and experience in U.S. Forest Service land management policies, procedures, and regulations.
- Experience in managing grants and contracts, and preferably experience in writing and applying for grants.
- Commitment to the mission of the NFF.
- Excellent writing, communication, interpersonal, organizational, and administrative skills.
Abilities and Skills: In addition, NFF expects the Boise Front Program Coordinator to possess the following abilities and skills:
- Ability to work with a wide range of people with differing and sometimes conflicting opinions, and to always maintain neutrality.
- Ability and willingness to travel regularly and participate in occasional weekend and evening events.
- Ability to work well and be flexible in a team-oriented environment.
- Ability to represent the NFF in a clear and professional manner through excellent written and oral communication and interpersonal skills.
- A strong attention to detail, with skill in working in a timely and well-organized fashion.
- A valid U.S. Driver’s License.
Location: The location for this position is a work from home position within 1-2 hours driving distance from Boise, Idaho. Candidates must be able to travel regularly for meetings in Southern Idaho and across the nation for additional program activities. This position is a remote/work from home position and requires reliable internet access.
Compensation: The NFF offers competitive compensation commensurate with candidate skills, experience, and location. Total rewards at NFF, beyond salary, include generous paid time off, employer contributions to health savings accounts, matching funds for retirement, and more. NFF has recently (August 2022) implemented a new compensation program with grade levels as part of our commitment to transparency. The salary range for this position will be in the $56,000 to $75,600 range. Please note that the indicated salary range describes the full range for an incumbent in this position. Most new staff generally start at the beginning of the range percentile to ensure internal salary equity.
To Apply: Applicants must include both a cover letter and resume. Incomplete packages will not be considered. Position is open until September 24th. Please visit our careers site to apply online.
The National Forest Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes a diverse pool of candidates in this search. For more information about the National Forest Foundation, visit the website at: www.nationalforests.org.