Staff: Program Manager - Philadelphia

The Student Conservation Association

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Job Type Permanent
Salary Details $56 - 65K annually
Required Experience 2 - 6 years

Requisition #: 1018

Position Summary  

The Student Conservation Association provides an array of community programming across the country.  The Program Manager - Philadelphia is responsible for the safe, complete and accurate execution of SCA’s various programs across the Philadelphia metro area in accordance with the uniform practices and procedures established by the National Manager, Community Programs and the organization at large. Program work will be focused in the Philadelphia metro area and Reading, PA. This person helps ensure the Philadelphia area Program Staff as well as crew leaders and members are equipped for the program delivery work scheduled, comply with curriculum/funder mandates, safety controls, logistical service/program delivery needs, and mandatory internal record-keeping and administrative requirements. This position reports to the National Program Manager - Community. This is a full-time, salaried position with a salary range of $56 -65K annually. 

Roles and Responsibilities  

External Engagement:  

  • Represent the Philadelphia Community Programs on calls / at SCA and other events and build relationships with community organizations and land partners on a local level. 
  • Support the SCA’s Philanthropy and Partnership teams to secure existing and new funds for local programming and assist with grant proposals and management as needed. 
  • Work with partner organizations in the Philadelphia metro region and Reading, PA to develop projects, monitor program outcomes, and ensure wraparound services when applicable. 
  • Engage the community and local alumni in collaboration with SCA’s Advancement/Events team and SCA’s Alumni Director.  

Recruiting & Onboarding:  

  • Responsible for effectively orienting crew leaders to the teams work ahead of them. 
  • Responsible for ensuring leaders and members are readily equipped with or have access to necessary supplies and other logistical requirements. 
  • Assist HR and Program Coordinators with the recruitment and enrollment of staff, leaders and members, including attending recruitment events outside of normal work hours.  
  • Ensure complete and accurate member onboarding documents prior to start dates, including member enrollment documents and criminal history check documents. 

Program Planning & Delivery:  

  • Create service execution plans that are in line with standardized program models. 
  • Monitor program delivery for successful education and training, safety outcomes, and administrative compliance. 
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and manage a team composed of individuals with diverse skills and backgrounds. 
  • Plan and organize project logistics prior to program, in coordination with agency partners. 
  • Ensure timesheets are completed weekly by all program participants and leaders, program reports/summaries are submitted on time, receipts are properly submitted, coded and approved, and that all other SCA administrative requirements are met by Coordinators and crew leaders. 
  • Report, track and respond to incidents in accordance with SCA policies and procedures. 
  • Assist SCA’s Training Department with member, leader, and staff training.  
  • Work with the National Program Manager to develop and monitor program budgets. 
  • Responsible for ongoing field support and rotating emergency responder. 
  • Responsible for modeling, facilitating, and building an inclusive community.  
  • Support SCA’s Alumni department in building and maintaining relationships with Community Program alumni.  

Experience and Qualifications  

  • Bachelor’s Degree in related field preferred or relevant coursework/ work experience related to the specific field preferred. 
  • 5-7 years of progressively responsible experience including skills related to the position such as program coordination, leadership in an outdoor setting, experience working with programmatic partners, and grant/budget management. 
  • Strong communication skills when working with various external and internal partners. 
  • Strong organizational and time management skills with exceptional attention to detail. 
  • Experience working with youth and young adults from racially and socioeconomically diverse backgrounds. 
  • Wilderness First Aid and Adult CPR certifications or ability to obtain before start date. 
  • Experience working in conservation and strong technical outdoor skills (experience as a former Crew Leader is a plus). 
  • Highly resourceful team-player, with the ability to be effective independently. 
  • Proven ability to handle confidential information with discretion, be adaptable to various competing demands, and demonstrate the highest level of customer/client service and response. 
  • Demonstrated ability to achieve high performance goals and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment. 
  • Experience using Microsoft Office Suite, Google products, Salesforce, Volunteer/Customer Relationship Management Software or willingness to learn new software. 
  • Experience with Environmental Education, Environmental Justice, and/or urban forestry or community agriculture is highly preferred. 

Travel Requirements 

  • Must possess a valid driver’s license and have a Motor Vehicle Record that meets SCA standards. 
  • Excellent driving record and ability to drive in a variety of conditions including city driving and/or use of four-wheel drive as well as standard transmission as needed.   
  • The ability to travel for extended periods of time outside and over a variety of terrain. 
  • Some weekend and overnight travel will be required. 
  • Regular travel to support programs based in Reading, PA will be required.  
  • Access to personal vehicles highly preferred (mileage reimbursement available). 

Supervisory responsibilities 

This position manages other employees and is responsible for the performance management and adequate hiring of those employees. 

AAP/EEO Statement  

SCA strives to cultivate a work environment that encourages fairness, teamwork, and respect among all staff members. It is firmly committed to maintaining a work atmosphere in which people of diverse backgrounds and lifestyles may grow personally and professionally. 

Other Duties 

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.  


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