POSITION AVAILABLE – PROGRAM MANAGER FOR LONG ISLAND NITROGEN ACTION PLAN
The Long Island Regional Planning Council (LIRPC) is seeking to retain the part-time services of a qualified individual to serve as its Program Manager for New York State’s Long Island Nitrogen Action Plan.
The LIRPC in partnership with the New York State Department of Environment Conservation (NYSDEC) has developed and is implementing the Long Island Nitrogen Action Plan (LINAP) to protect Long Island’s ground and surface waters from further degradation from the discharge of nitrogen-containing compounds. The New York State funded multiyear effort will: a) identify sources of nitrogen to the various waters of Long Island, b) identify ecological endpoints, c) establish embayment or estuarine-specific nitrogen loading targets, and d) take actions that will reduce nitrogen loads to Long Island’s groundwater and surface waters. Numerous other governmental and non-governmental entities are engaged in the effort including both Long Island counties, the Suffolk and Nassau Counties, US Geological Survey, Environmental Protection Agency (specifically the Long Island Sound Study), Stony Brook University, and others.
The LINAP Program Manager (PM) provides overall program coordination, administration and short and long-term planning for LINAP in cooperation with the LINAP Project Management Team (LIRPC, NYSDEC Central Office and Region 1, Suffolk and Nassau Counties). In coordination with NYSDEC, the PM will interact with representatives of local, state and federal governments, elected officials, businesses, members of the local news media, universities and environmental and economic development organizations and others. The PM will help develop and implement initiatives in coordination with and as prioritized by the LINAP Project Management Team with a focus on those that will reduce nitrogen loads from stormwater, fertilizer, and wastewater.
The PM will be assisted by the LIRPC’s Deputy Executive Director and will be overseen by the Executive Director and ultimately the LIRPC’s members and chair. The PM will work closely with the NYSDEC LINAP staff.
Leverage program resources by providing technical and program assistance to LINAP partners and key stakeholders to support informed, science-based decision-making
Enhance collaboration and coordination among agencies and organizations at federal, state, and local levels
Promote integration of environmental, economic, and social agendas and constituencies
Stimulate discussion on pertinent issues and enhance knowledge and skills to address them through workshops, forums, reports, and training
Assist the Project Management Team identify technical experts as needed
Prepare Requests for Proposals for technical assistance as needed by the Project Management Team
Establish proposal review teams as needed and collaborate with the LIRPC Executive Director in the procurement and contracting processes
Manage contracts in collaboration with the LIRPC Executive Director including review and approval of all deliverables and payment requests
Lead and manage existing and future technical workgroups
Organize and facilitate public meetings, intergovernmental workshops and conferences in coordination with LINAP partners to maximize information transfer and technical and public engagement
Oversee production of print and electronic publications including technical reports, outreach materials, press releases, and newsletters
Support the Project Management Team and technical subcommittees in the implementation of the program
A graduate degree in science, engineering, or public policy (with a background in science or engineering)
At least five years of progressively responsible full-time technical or professional experience in the sciences, engineering or public policy
Ability to work both independently and as part of a team
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with diverse groups
Ability to exercise tact and diplomacy and to mediate disparate opinions
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
PREFERRED TECHNICAL BACKGROUND
Budget preparation, grant writing, and contract management
Biological, chemical, and physical water quality indicators
Land use and water quality relationships, and natural resource management
State and federal environmental laws and regulations
Legislation and programs related to LINAP
Public policy and government relations
Project management experience
Ability to facilitate technical workgroups and large group meetings
Effective leadership and management skills
TIME / ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS
The position is part-time with an estimated time commitment of 1500 hours per year with the ability to create your own schedule. Funding for the position is available for at least three years. Duties are performed largely in an office setting, with an option to work remotely. Frequent meetings will be required throughout Nassau and Suffolk County for which private means of transportation must be available. Transportation will be reimbursed at a rate of ¢.535/mile.
Telecommuting is allowed.
About Long Island Regional Planning Council
The Long Island Regional Planning Council (LIRPC) is established to build productive linkages between communities, provide focus on issues best handled on a broad geographic scale and foster the development of regional comprehensive planning.
In furtherance of these goals, the LIRPC shall conduct research, surveys and studies which address regional needs, issues and opportunities. It serves as a forum for discourse and debate and focuses on Long Island’s economy, equity, tax and governance, environment and infrastructure. The LIRPC uses its inherent powers to effectuate positive change and implement the Region’s long range planning goals and strategies.