Climate Smart Commodities – Project & Grant Coordinator – New England Forestry Foundation
The New England Forestry Foundation (NEFF) stands at a pivotal moment of opportunity for advancing cutting edge forest-based climate solutions across New England and beyond. NEFF is an advocate for forest-climate solutions, a generator of new information and science on how Exemplary Forestry can advance the integrated goals of ecological health, forest carbon, and a dynamic bioeconomy, a conservation landowner that actively manages forest land, and an active collaborator in support of ecologically aligned forestry.
This position posting comes in the context of a significant period of growth for NEFF focused on how climate-smart forestry can be implemented across New England and as a national and international model for climate-smart forestry on private lands. The USDA recently awarded NEFF a $30 million grant under their Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities(CSC) program for the New England Climate Smart Commodities Partnership project. This program represents an unprecedented opportunity to pilot scalable, carbon-saving forest management practices as part of a systems approach including forestland protection, wildland preservation and building with wood to store carbon and displace carbon-intensive materials. Through this program, NEFF will define and implement a groundbreaking and nationally relevant pilot program in New England to build a climate-smart forest-based economy as a powerful tool for climate action.
The CSC Project & Grants Coordinator will support the project team in their on-the-ground implementation of the program. Work will include the following elements and will also be integrated with the ongoing work of NEFF’s Exemplary Forestry Center. Location is flexible across the New England region, but there is a preference for a physical presence in NEFF’s main office located in Littleton, Massachusetts.
Duties & Responsibilities
- Manage all grant administration for the CSC program and other relevant NEFF programs, including all interface with the USDA.
- Manage all contracting with sub-awardees, partners, contractors etc.
- Manage project finances under the direct supervision of NEFF’s Director of Finance & Administration.
- Coordinate and project implementation within NEFF and across project contractors and partners through development and use of project management software.
- Provide support to project team for scheduling of meetings and other tasks as needed.
Experience & Requirements
- At least three years’ experience providing administration/support to complex multi-faceted projects.
- Grants management experience with a particular focus on federal grant administration.
- Excellent financial and accounting skills.
- Experience creating and administering project sub-contracts.
- Experience with effective use of project management software.
- Demonstrated ability to coordinate a large multi-part project.
- Ability to work in a fast-paced dynamic environment, including a combination of remote and in-person communications. Patience, humor, and positive approach are essential.
- A passion for forest conservation, forestry, and climate change action.
- Ability to work collaboratively with NEFF staff, project partners, and outside stakeholders.
Compensation, Location & Other Information
- Salary for this position is $55,000 – $70,000 commensurate with experience.
- New England Forestry Foundation offers a comprehensive benefits package for full-time employees including health/dental/vision insurances, paid time off, parental leave, retirement plan with employer match and vesting and a congenial and flexible working environment.
- Location for this position is flexible within the New England region. It will require travel to the organization’s Prouty Woods headquarters in Littleton, Massachusetts.
New England Forestry Foundation is an equal employment opportunity employer that does not discriminate on the basis of actual or perceived race, creed, color, religion, alienage or national origin, ancestry, age, disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local laws. NEFF commits to respecting and learning from different perspectives, reflecting the diverse citizens and communities of New England. In hiring, mentoring, and managing staff, the organization seeks to maintain a diverse, supportive, friendly, and discrimination-free workplace.
To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and writing sample via email to Kim Doherty at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please use CSC Project & Grants Coordinator as the subject line of your submission. Positions will be filled on a rolling basis.