Confluence Fellows Program Director (.5 FTE)

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organization:Confluence Environmental Center
position summary:

The Confluence Fellows Program is a new program designed to build capacity, expand leadership, and increase conservation efforts in the Lents-Foster region of Southeast Portland. The program will support nodes of community organizations that do critical work but lack the infrastructure to grow.

The Confluence Fellows Program will consist of a Program Director, an AmeriCorps Team Leader, and three Fellows (AmeriCorps Members in 2015) who will build capacity in Green Lents, Foster Green EcoDistrict, and the Livable Lents Initiative. The Fellows Program Director will implement the pilot, guide program design, planning, partnership management, and oversee Fellows. Fellows will serve 11 months, injecting a 5-day/week energy to magnify current capacity. Ideally, a second cohort in Lents-Foster will focus on collaborative projects between organizations. The Program Director will also pursue the larger vision of creating a replicable program to build capacity in small organizations. Funding has been secured for 2015. The Program Director will play a role in fundraising for future cohorts of Fellows.

Program Director Essential Functions
• Manage the Confluence Fellows Program: shape and implements program design, ensure success of capacity-building and leadership development, provide impactful and rewarding Fellow experiences, and adapt program to maximize impact
• Ensure smooth operation of the program: timelines, Fellows recruitment, training, mentoring, problem solving, facilitation, compliance with AmeriCorps policies, and reporting
• Manage relationships with program partners and community organizations
• Manage program budget and record keeping
• Work with the Board of Directors to raise funds to continue the program
• Manage program budget, fiscal oversight, and record keeping
• Supervises and mentors Fellows Team Leader, whose role is to mentor Fellows and assist in project development
• Supervises and evaluates Fellows with the assistance of the Team Leader
• Resolves conflict, and solves problems with Fellows and community partners

Key Relationships:
• Leaders of volunteer-driven organizations
• Fellows and Fellows Team Leader
• Potential funders
• Staff of larger organizations and government agencies
• Fellows Program Advisory Group (Confluence, partner, and subject matter experts)

Salary / Pay Rate:19,000-22,500 plus pro-rated benefits
Apply by:November 15, 2014
Required Skills and Abilities:• Experience in conservation, sustainability, community involvement, and/or organizational development • Ability to participate in fundraising, develop key relationships, and/or write grant proposals • Experience working with low-income and/or racially diverse communities • Creative thinking • Works collaboratively in a small office
Qualifications:• Experience with the dynamics of small organizations • Knowledge of capacity building and proven ability to shape, deliver, and refine interventions to strengthen organizations • Experience in mentoring and supervising Fellows, AmeriCorps Members, staff, interns, or similar • Proven ability to translate vision into plans, action, and operations • Ability to manage a new program operating in a fluid environment • Passion for strengthening communities, a healthy environment, and building leadership • Combined patience, nuance, tact, drive, and communication skills to manage complex relationships • Personal vehicle for travel within the Portland region (mileage reimbursed) • Ability to work a somewhat flexible schedule, including some evenings and weekends • Successfully pass a fingerprint criminal history background check through the State of Oregon Clearinghouse, FBI criminal identification systems, and the National Sex Offender Registry
Education Required:College degree
Other:Equal Opportunity Employer