FEMC Program Operations Manager

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FEMC Program Operations Manager

Diversity Statement:

The University is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the institution. Applicants are required to include in their cover letter information about how they will further this goal.

Posting Summary:

The Forest Ecosystem Monitoring Cooperative (FEMC) is a long-term forest health and environmental monitoring program formed by a partnership of natural resource agencies in New York and New England, The University of Vermont, and the USDA Forest Service. The FEMC provides monitoring, coordination and data management services to cooperators across the Northeast.

The FEMC Program Operations Manager oversees the delivery of the FEMC program which includes data analytics and tools, monitoring programs and partner engagement activities that support a greater understanding of the trends and conditions of forests in the Northeast grounded in solid science. These programs are driven by the evolving needs of FEMC cooperators with the goal of understanding, tracking and responding to forest ecosystem health issues.

Working with guidance from the FEMC Director and the FEMC Principal Investigator, the Program Operations Manager will be responsible for translating project outlines into scientifically reasonable implementation plans; developing project work plans (including staffing requirements, research/data analysis approaches, interpretation and check-ins); engaging key stakeholder groups in execution of the projects; and, oversight and execution of the project plan with topical experts on staff and in the Cooperative. In addition, the Program Operations Manager will develop and track budgets and expenditures, develop funding narratives to support the program, manage grants supporting the program and lead development of any required fiscal and grant reporting.

The Program Operations Manager will provide functional supervision to classified staff and administrative and functional supervision to temporary hourly employees, student employees and/or contractors as needed by individual projects. The Program Operations Manager will oversee multiple projects at a time ranging in focus from climate change impacts on various forest systems to patterns of pest and disease damage in forests to assembling indicators of forest condition from a range of sources. In addition, the Program Operations Manager will assist in the preparation of presentations at program and professional meetings, planning of the FEMC Annual Conference, and related technical, administrative, and outreach duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications (or equivalent combination of education and experience):

Master’s degree or higher in a related field related to natural sciences and three to five years relevant experience to include experience in project management or program administration required. Experience in grant management required, including experience with federal awards, reporting, budget and expenditure tracking, and tracking cost-share.Experience supervising full-time employees and providing team leadership.Demonstrated familiarity with basic research principles and methods, general applied statistics, data acquisition and sampling methods required.Effective written and oral communication skills, proven experience in managing multiple complex projects, and the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships both remotely and in person are required.

Desirable Qualifications:

Knowledge of ecological systems and environmental issues of the Northeast preferred but not required.

Special Conditions:

Bargaining unit position, A probationary period may be required, Contingent on continued funding



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