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Sustainable Cities Initiative Program Manager - Archive
Community Service Center

Posting: 10252AB
Location: Eugene
Closes: 2010-09-07

Program Manager (two positions)
Sustainable Cities Initiative
University of Oregon

The Sustainable Cities Initiative (SCI) seeks two highly motivated, organized, and action-oriented individuals to help manage and grow the Sustainable Cities Initiative. One position will be to primarily manage the Sustainable City Year program and the other will be to help manage other SCI efforts.

The Sustainable Cities Initiative (SCI) is a cross-disciplinary effort that integrates research, education, service, and public outreach to impact the design and development of cities and to serve as a model of sustainable city design for the nation. SCI works at a variety of scales from geographic regions to individual buildings and connects this work to students, scholars, funders, project partners, and policy makers. Service learning is a key aspect of this work. Currently, the departments of planning, architecture, landscape architecture, public policy, business, law, journalism, and arts administration are all actively involved in this effort, although SCI is based within the School of Architecture and Allied Arts.

SCI operates several programs at this time, including:
* Sustainable City Year (SCY) program - this is a significant and ground-breaking service learning-based program that directs existing courses across disciplines to serve a single city during an entire academic year. During the 2009-10 academic year, 20+ courses, 15 faculty, 6 disciplines, and about 100,000 hours of effort have gone into working with the City of Gresham. The City of Salem has been selected as the 2010-2011 SCY city and we are planning on directing 25 courses toward that effort.
* Research - Many of SCI's members are national experts on issues of livability and sustainable cities. SCI is interested in developing more integrated and truly collaborative research, including relationships that span campuses. SCI intends to foster more of these 'real' collaborations through building on our core strengths in the topics of: Transportation Livability Metrics, Sustainable Suburbs, Active Transportation, and Urban Ecology / Ecological Design.
* Policy Advising - Issues of sustainable city design and livability address significant national priorities of climate change, obesity, and general quality of life. SCI has been involved in the policy arena in multiple ways and seeks to strengthen its role in helping guide policy at state and national levels.
* Experts-in-Residence (EIR) - This is an effort to bring national experts to Oregon for multi-day engagements with faculty, students, and the community on issues of critical importance. In 2009, Bill Wilkinson, one of the nation's experts in bicycle and pedestrian policy came to Oregon, and in May 2010, Professor Jonathan Levine from the University of Michigan came to Oregon to talk about transportation, land use, and zoning.

Essential Job Functions
Examples of duties include some portion of, but may not be limited to, the items below. Division of duties and responsibilities will be dependent on the skill sets and interests of the successful candidates.

1. Manage the Sustainable Cities Year program:
a. Develop and maintain relations with various Oregon communities
b. Coordinate the application and selection process for SCY communities
c. Serve as the main point of contact for the selected SCY city and for the professors involved in the program
d. Develop documents, maps, descriptions, etc, to support the SCY program
e. Oversee student workers who prepare and compile reports as part of the SCY-identified projects.
f. Responsible for formatting and compiling reports for submission to the city, along with handling communication regarding SCY contracts.
g. Work with the UO library for SCY support documents and archiving of project generated work
h. Prepare and submit budgets for the SCY program
i. Track and produce necessary paperwork for reimbursements, equipment and supply acquisition related to SCY
j. Supervise SCY student staff (may include a Graduate Teaching Fellow and other hourly or volunteer student workers)
2. State and national policy engagement: track and evaluate current, forthcoming, and embryonic national legislation related to sustainable cities; draft policy white papers; develop relationships with policy makers and agency staff; work with SCI Law fellow on legislative analysis
3. Grant writing: Coordinate the funding development for SCI through identification and writing of appropriate grant proposals to foundations, private sector organizations, and state and federal government sources.
4. Event Planning: researcher retreats, public events, press conferences, public talks, etc.
5. Conference applications and awards: Coordinate, prepare, and submit various conference and award proposals; and coordinate attendance of various SCI faculty for award and conference sessions.
6. General office administration, including working on program materials, outreach, and general inquiries.
7. Plan and lead weekly SCI staff and faculty meetings, including developing the agenda and support materials.
8. Supervise some fiscal operations such as reimbursement paperwork for all functions of SCI, purchase and maintenance of office equipment and supply acquisition
9. Supervision and direction of student staff - Graduate Research Fellows, Law Fellows, and hourly employees) to assist carrying out the above tasks
10. Assist the other Program Manager when needed
11. Serve as main administrative contact point to the Community Service Center at the UO

Level of Appointment: 1.0 F.T.E
Term of Contract: one-year renewable contract; initial contract dates: 9/1/10 - 6/30/11; 12-month renewal thereafter dependent on need and funding

Salary Range: $35,000 - $50,000 (12 month annual rate); commensurate with relevant experience and education. The University of Oregon also offers a generous package of health and retirement benefits.

Qualifications:
Required:
* Minimum three years program management experience
* Minimum one year personnel supervision experience
* Experience with service learning activities
* Master's degree from an accredited institution in planning, architecture, landscape architecture, business, law or other field related to sustainable cities and the built environment
* Outstanding organizational skills and ability to manage several activities at once
* Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills
* Evidence of ability to work with varied audiences, including faculty, students, elected officials, city staff, and funding agencies
* Self-motivated, ability to work independently as well as part of a team
* Energetic, passionate, and professional
* Work history in related fields and which demonstrates increasing levels of administrative and/or supervisory responsibilities
* Ability to travel within Oregon and occasionally elsewhere in the United States (i.e. Washington DC)
* Ability to present work at national conferences
* Proficient user of Microsoft Office Suite

Preferred:
* Experience managing service learning activities
* History of successful grant writing
* Experience working with members of Congress and/or federal agencies
* Budgeting experience
* Experience with project management software
* Knowledge of MS Project; working knowledge of graphic and layout software (Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign etc.) software

Candidates who promote and enhance diversity are strongly desired.

Application Procedure:
Each applicant must submit
1. Letter of introduction addressing how and why the candidate is qualified for the position.
2. Resume of educational and professional work experience
3. Two names of references (letters of recommendation not required, but will be accepted)

Applications must be submitted electronically by email (preferably in PDF format) to lindaw@uoregon.edu

This posting will remain open until filled; however, to be considered for the first round of review, applications must be received by 5PM PST on Tuesday, August 10, 2010.

The position is expected to start as early as possible in September.

Inquiries about the position should be directed to SCI Faculty Co-Directors Marc Schlossberg (schlossb@uoregon.edu) and Nico Larco (nlarco@uoregon.edu).