The San Juan Bay Estuary Program (Estuario) is seeking qualified applications for an experienced full-time PROJECT OFFICER responsible for overseeing the successful project management and operations of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) projects, including but not limited to water quality restoration, and blue/green infrastructure, and climate/coastal resilience.
The PROJECT OFFICER will work with the administrative and technical staff to ensure that all work related to BIL funding is completed per the approved work plan and ensure day-to-day operations related to the projects are completed in compliance with funding requirements. The position will work with all internal staff and contractors, and will handle stakeholders’ inquiries related to BIL projects and serve as a point of contact.
This position will directly report to the Grants and Compliance Manager. They will closely with the Senior Program Manager in the day-to-day implementation of their specific projects and activities. They will support the recruitment and contracting processes and facilitating internal communication in relation to BIL activities and will be responsible for resolving or escalating any issues or anomalies to ensure ongoing stewardship of resources in keeping with the policies and procedures that the Estuario establishes.
- Responsible for day-to-day operations of projects funded by BIL
- Ensure compliance with BIL-specific requirements
- Ensure projects are aligned with BIL funding priorities, specifically focusing on environmental justice aspects
- Develop project contracts, including a detailed scope of work, specific tasks, project deliverables and project budget.
- Oversee contractor performance by examining invoices, supporting documentation, and determining compliance with terms of the contract to assure that contracts for projects are properly executed and being conducted in a timely fashion.
- Develop, implement, and review operational policies and procedures.
- Review Estuario financial assistance applications and ensure compliance from award phase to closing
- Perform project feasibility and financial evaluations.
- Present project evaluation results to the SJBE Board.
- Monitor project progress and perform inspections.
- Review and approve project reimbursement requests.
- Maintain project management database on a regular basis.
- Participate in development of annual work plans and budgets.
- Review, edit and approve all reports submitted by contractors
- Assists with Estuario efforts to secure supplemental funding for programs and projects.
- Performs related work as assigned.
- Provide inspired leadership for the organization.
- Make important policy, planning, and strategy decisions.
- Assist HR and staff with recruiting when necessary.
- Help promote an organizational culture that encourages top performance and high morale.
- Oversee budgeting, reporting, planning, and auditing for BIL projects
- Work with senior stakeholders
- Identify and address problems and opportunities for the organization.
- Build alliances and partnerships with other organizations.
- Support worker communication with the management team.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
- Bachelor’s Degree required in Urban Planning, Public Policy, Environmental/Marine/Biological Sciences, Engineering, or related fields
- Over 5 years of experience in environmental or urban planning, environmental conservation, or similar areas, preferably in non-profits
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
- Have in-depth knowledge of their specific area of job responsibility.
- Have an awareness of the activities and positions of other agencies and groups related to their assigned responsibilities with the Estuario.
- Be effective at facilitating groups of scientists, educators, resource managers, and public representatives.
- Possess an ability to guide these groups to consensus-based decisions.
- Strong interpersonal skills and a high degree of awareness and knowledge related to the responsibilities and position assigned by the Program Director.
- Ability to communicate technical information to a broad range of stakeholders
- Willingness to seek collaborative solutions to complex environmental challenges
- Strong oral, written, and graphic communication skills.
- Ability to collect, compile, analyze, and evaluate a complex set of inputs and present the findings and conclusions clearly and effectively.
- Demonstrated ability to oversee and collaborate with other team members
- Availability for evening or weekend work to attend meetings and events as required.
- Computer literacy in Microsoft Office, cloud-based data access and share software such as Google Drive, and other software such as Adobe, etc required.
Be available to start by March 1, 2023
Commensurate with experience.
Fully bilingual in English and Spanish.
HOW TO APPLY:
Interested candidates please submit a cover letter and resume/CV by email. The email must be directed to Brenda Torres, Executive Director, and must specify in the subject the title of the position, «BIL PROJECT OFFICER».
Source of funding: Bipartisan Infrastructure Law funding
The San Juan Bay Estuary Program (Estuario) is a private non-profit organization that designs, implements, and provides restorative maintenance in order to improve the water quality and ecosystems within its eight municipalities. Estuario’s mission is to restore and conserve the water quality in the Estuario de la Bahía de San Juan ecosystem as a sustainable hub of social and economic development.
Estuario is the only tropical estuary in the National Estuary Program, providing not only environmental and resiliency programs, but also educational and recreational activities that support thriving communities.
The Estuario’s work is guided by the development and implementation of the Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan (CCMP). In collaboration with local, state, and federal agencies, NGOs, academic, and business leaders, the Estuario works to restore and conserve water quality in the San Juan Bay Estuary ecosystem. The Estuario works to build partnerships and leverage federal funding for regional-scale restoration, water quality improvement, and resilience-building projects.
The Corporation for the Conservation of the SJBE provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability or genetics. MBE/WBE and other certified minorities and small businesses are encouraged to apply.