Southeast Alaska Conservation Council is hiring! I
Who We Are:
The Southeast Alaska Conservation Council (SEACC) is a small grassroots nonprofit based out of Juneau, Alaska, in the Tongass National Forest. For 50 years SEACC has been a regional conservation watchdog defending the remaining intact old-growth stands of the Tongass National Forest and the waters of the Inside Passage. We partner with local communities, Tribes, fishermen, businesses, and visitors to advocate for the conservation and sustainable use of our region’s natural resources, and preserve a uniquely Southeast Alaskan way of life. We mix policy and technical expertise with grassroots organizing and communication skills to engage the public, advance new policy, and maintain existing protections, that we ensure the interconnected whole of Southeast Alaska exists for future generations.
SEACC is committed to justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion and is currently developing an organizational statement jointly developed by board and staff that expresses our internal commitments, priorities, and pathways for advancing this work. This work is being undertaken by the organization as a whole and the effort around it is interwoven in all our programs and departments. Any future team member should share these values and priorities and be willing and interested in contributing to this ongoing internal work.
Inside Passage Waters Program Manager:
SEACC is seeking a Program Manager for our Inside Passage Waters Program. The Program Manager will report to the Science and Policy Director and directly supervises 1-2 staff. The Inside Passage Waters Program Manager is responsible for leading and guiding all of the water quality and mining related program work at SEACC. The Inside Passage Waters Program seeks to protect the waters of Southeast Alaska by: monitoring and watchdogging existing and planned regional and transboundary mining projects and policy; advocating for more stringent clean water policies, regulations, legislation and enforcement; and working with Southeast communities and water users to build local, grassroots capacity for stewardship, advocacy, and engagement in public processes around water quality. Organizationally, SEACC employs strategies including policy development and advocacy, grassroots outreach to communities and our members, lobbying and liaising with local, state and federal government representatives, and collaboration with Indigenous partners and environmental nonprofits, among others.
The Inside Passage Waters Program Manager will lead SEACC’s mining and clean water program. This includes working with the Science and Policy Director, Executive Director, and our staff to continually refine our strategy to defend the integrity of Southeast Alaska’s waterways by identifying emerging threats to Southeast Alaska’s waters. It also includes taking a close look at potential water quality impacts due to ocean acidification and climate change, cruise ship air and water pollution, potentially problematic local, state, and federal legislation, and evaluating these and other issues that the public may raise for our consideration. The Inside Passage Waters Program Manager will report to SEACC’s new Science and Policy Director, but will work closely with our Tongass Forest Program Manager, Indigenous Engagement Lead, Communications Lead and campaign staff.
Who You Are:
A successful Inside Passage Waters Program Manager will be highly self-motivated, a true “people person” who enjoys interacting with and meeting new people and engaging them in our work. Confidence stepping into a public-facing leadership role while working with both grassroots community members and grasstops partners will be an asset, as will previous work experience collaborating in partnership with and in support of Indigenous communities. Our ideal candidate will have experience working on or studying mining policy, mine development, advocacy around mining developments, etc, given the prominent role that mining plays in our water quality work.
• Work with existing SEACC staff to revamp and update our existing program strategy in light of new national political developments and regional and state threats. Identify and advance strategic goals that specifically address potential threats from: continued mine expansion and new mine development, specific transboundary mine proposals, and the weakening of state and municipal mining policies through Southeast;
• Work with SEACC staff to advocate for beneficial and against detrimental water-related legislation and identify opportunities to advance strategic litigation on Inside Passage Waters program issues;
• Develop and execute a public engagement strategy that educates and engages decision-makers and the public on the issues around mining and clean water;
• Advocate for water protections at the local, state, and federal level by preparing position papers, written comments and testimony, speaking at events and hearings, and meeting with government officials;
• Participate in regional and statewide coordination meetings with other environmental nonprofit groups.
Highly Desired Qualifications:
• Experience working in or studying mining, mine development, advocacy around mining and mining-related environmental threats, etc. Monitoring, commenting on, and engaging with existing and proposed mines both here in Alaska and across the border in Canada is a key component of this role.
• At least 2 years of professional experience or study in mining science, water quality, water conservation or management, water policy, advocacy, biology, or a related field. An advanced degree is specifically not required for this position in order to solicit a wide range of potential candidates, but relevant professional or academic experience is required. This could include work for government, with industry, for Indigenous organizations, or educational or professional background working in conservation, the biological sciences, or policy;
• Experience managing at least one full-time staff member, where management included participation in hiring, doing periodic check-ins, annual reviews, advocating for direct reports, negotiating salary and evaluating compensation, etc.
• Background in, or exposure to environmental policy or advocacy work (lobbying);
• Keen interest in and desire to work with a wide variety of people throughout Southeast Alaska. SEACC’s work takes us to communities throughout Southeast Alaska, so a genuine interest in the people and places of Southeast Alaska, and the ability to sustain a high level of energy and engagement over visits lasting several days is required.
• Comfort outdoors and in communities – SEACC staff travel in small planes, skiffs, and by foot, in addition to traveling by commercial planes and ferries, and may visit remote rivers and streams when out in communities, including in inclement weather. Staff largely stay in SEACC supporters’ homes when we travel. Flexibility, adaptability, and good houseguest etiquette are key requirements for this role.
Additional Beneficial Qualifications:
• More than two years of professional experience or study in a related field;
• Experience managing program or project work including juggling multiple priorities and projects, and identifying, setting, and meeting deadlines;
• Strong written and oral communication skills;
• Background and comfort speaking on behalf of SEACC’s Water Program work, including doing media interviews;
• Experience with social media.
We know there is not one ideal candidate who has all of these traits, so if you have a mix of interests, skills, and experience related to the above – and a passion for this work – please don’t let a gap in your strengths for this role stop you from applying or reaching out. We encourage any candidates who meet 60% or more of the above criteria to apply.
What Else You Should Know:
SEACC recognizes, supports, and values all forms of diversity and inclusion in the workplace.
Compensation: This role is a full-time exempt position, and the salary range for this role is between $50,000 - $58,000, with exact salary dependent upon experience. We also offer excellent benefits, including:
• 3 weeks of paid leave your first year and 4 weeks of paid leave after one year, plus
• 11 federal and state holidays, plus
• fully paid healthcare, plus
• 12 days of medical leave annually, plus
• 2 days of community service or participation leave, plus
• a 401K plan with a 5% match after just one year of employment, and
• In addition, the Executive Director closes the office between Christmas Day and New Year’s Day each year as a thank you to the staff!
Where you will work: SEACC’s office is located in Juneau, Alaska. During the pandemic this role may work remotely if/as needed.
• Southeast Alaskan candidates who are not located in Juneau but are interested in the position
you are strongly encouraged to apply. The selected candidate must be located in Southeast but where in Southeast may be negotiable.
• Alaskan candidates who live outside of Southeast will not be required to relocate to Southeast during the midst of the pandemic but must plan to relocate to Juneau on a negotiable timeline.
• Candidates located outside Alaska may begin work remotely, given the pandemic, but must plan to relocate to Juneau on a negotiable timeline.
More about Juneau, Alaska: Juneau, known by the Tlingit people as Dzantik'i Heeni, is the ancestral home of the Auk Kwaan and Taku Kwaan. It is also the state’s capital city. The greater Juneau borough is surrounded by the Tongass National Forest and is therefore rich with access to the outdoors, including fishing, hunting, foraging, kayaking, hiking, and skiing, among other activities. We have two public swimming pools, multiple fitness clubs, many city parks and libraries, and a variety of educational options for families of all ages. The community also has a vibrant arts community with numerous visual artists, dance troupes, theatre companies, two opera companies, chamber and symphony orchestras, a jazz and classics festival, and an annual folk music festival, as well as the State Museum and Sealaska Heritage Institute. The biennial Alaska Native cultural event ‘Celebration’ is held every two years in Juneau, Alaska and is a major social and cultural event, with the next slated to occur in summer 2022.
Our city is famous for its rainy and sometimes gray coastal climate, and is only accessible by air travel or the state ferry system, which are considerations for those contemplating a relocation from the Lower 48.
Desired Start Date: As soon as possible but ideally no later than July 6.
Application Process: Applications are due Monday, May 31. SEACC will continue to accept applications until role is filled.
To Apply: Please submit your resume and a cover letter to Admin@SEACC.org
. Please put ‘Job Application – Program Manager’ and your last name in the email subject line. Applicants chosen for a second interview will be asked to provide three professional references.