EPA is seeking to fill two vacancies in it's Smart Growth program.
The vacancies were announced on July 10 and close on July 24th. Information
for interested parties is below.
Successful applicants will assist the EPA
in its work to help communities nationwide understand and implement smart
growth principles and practices. How and where growth and development
occur has impacts on the environment. The EPA seeks employees who
are interested in promoting smarter growth and more balanced, better informed
land use and
For the full vacancy announcements and more details
on job qualifications, compensation and the application process, please
see the following sites at www.USAJOBS.opm.gov,
the U. S. Government's official source of job information:
For the GS-11/12 Environmental Protection Specialist
position (salary range: $46,469 - 72,400): http://jsearch.usajobs.opm.gov/summary.asp?OPMControl=TR6850
Vacancy #: HQ-OA-DE-2002-0083
For the GS-9 Environmental Protection Specialist
position (salary range: $38,406 - 49,924):
Vacancy #: HQ-OA-DE-2002-0082
Sawmill Community Land Trust
Sawmill Community Land Trust (SCLT) is an established,
neighborhood-based, non-profit organization with a voting membership. Our
principal purpose is to acquire and hold
land for the creation and preservation of high
quality, permanently affordable ownership housing in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
SCLT seeks an executive leader to manage its
housing, community development and other
program activities. BA degree or equivalent with demonstrated excellence
and experience in one or more of the following
fields required: nonprofit management, housing
development and finance, community organizing and community development,
urban/regional planning. Ability to speak Spanish a plus!
This position requires ability to work cooperatively
with local and state government, businesses, banks and funding organizations,
neighborhood residents and a nonprofit Board
of Directors. Applicant must be a self-starter
with an entrepreneurial spirit, able to work well in a team approach.
Applications: should be submitted by August 5th.
Serious applicants should request application packet from: Sawmill Community
Land Trust, P.O. Box 25181, Albuquerque NM, 87125-5181, (505) 764-0359,
Smart Growth America
Smart Growth America (SGA) is searching for a
Policy Director. SGA is a nationwide coalition of more than 80 organizations
promoting a better way to grow: one that protects farmland and open space,
revitalizes neighborhoods, keeps housing affordable, and provides more
The Policy Director will be expected to coordinate
with SGA's Steering Committee and partner organizations to identify, develop
and advocate smart growth policies pertaining to transportation, environment,
housing, economic development, open space and farmland protection. This
will include a substantial amount coalition building with a diverse range
of organizations, from large national non-profits to community-based groups.
The Policy Director will work closely with SGA's partner organizations
to provide information on how federal programs affect states, regions and
communities, and how they can be best implemented. He or she will
also identify innovative state policies and local best practices to further
smart growth objectives. The Policy Director will be SGA's main representative
to Congress and federal agencies. He or she will have significant
public speaking responsibilities, including speaking at press conferences,
media events, conferences, workshops, and television and radio programs.
Job Qualifications *
At least five years of federal policy experience, such as Congressional
staff, federal agency, or other related experience. *
Excellent contacts with Congressional and federal agency staff who are
responsible for developing and implementing smart growth policies and programs,
especially the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Transportation,
the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the Department of
Commerce. * Significant knowledge of
federal and state laws relating to smart growth, transportation, housing,
and the environment. * Excellent communications
skills, diligence and organization. * A thorough
understanding of the federal legislative process, particularly the ability
to craft legislative ideas and advance them through enactment. *
Demonstrated ability to work with diverse coalitions to build consensus
around policies that advance smart growth. *
An open, inclusive and positive attitude toward grassroots partners. *
Leadership skills with a desire to work in teams. Supervision The Policy
Director will report directly to the Executive Director, and will work
closely with SGA's staff, Steering Committee, Federal Policy Team (policy
directors from our coalition partners), and other partners.
Compensation Commensurate with qualifications,
and competitive with positions in similar Washington, DC-based non-profit
organizations. Excellent benefits.
Starting Date This position will be open till
the right candidate is hired, hopefully by August 2002. How to Apply Smart
Growth America strongly encourages people of color to apply for this job.
We do not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin,
religion, gender, or sexual orientation. Please send a résumé
and cover letter to: Marquis Clayton, Program Coordinator Smart Growth
America 1100 17th Street, NW 10th Floor Washington, D.C. 20036 Fax:
202.466.2247 No calls, please. www.smartgrowthamerica.org.
Greenbelt Alliance seeks a full-time Sonoma-Marin
Field Representative to lead advocacy efforts to stop sprawl and encourage
smart growth in Sonoma and Marin counties (the majority of this position's
responsibilities will be in Sonoma County).
The Sonoma-Marin Field Representative will run
Greenbelt Alliance's Santa Rosa office as the local center for land use
advocacy. The Sonoma-Marin Field Representative will provide leadership
on our critical efforts to protect farmlands and open space, encourage
affordable infill development, and invest in effective transportation solutions
in Sonoma and Marin counties.
The Sonoma-Marin Field Representative will report
to the Field Director and work closely with the entire Greenbelt Alliance
team, including central staff in San Francisco, field representatives throughout
the Bay Area, and volunteers in Sonoma and Marin counties.
The ideal candidate will have proven experience
in grassroots organizing, political campaigns, volunteer coordination,
and land use policy.
Advocacy: Lead local campaign efforts to secure
permanent protection of open space, creation of smart growth housing opportunities,
and enhancement of the quality of life in Sonoma and Marin counties. Key
strategies include coalition building, direct lobbying, and media outreach.
Organizing: Recruit and coordinate activists for
specific campaigns and for long term political effectiveness.
Outreach: Coordinate efforts to increase awareness
of Greenbelt Alliance issues; make presentations to
wide variety of community groups.
Media: Build relationships with local press, serve
as key spokesperson for local land use issues, develop
media campaigns with Communications Director,
write opinion pieces, and organize media events.
Management: Run the Sonoma-Marin Field Office;
manage volunteers, interns, and staff.
The Sonoma-Marin Field Representative will be
enthusiastic and self-motivated with some combination of the following
skills: grassroots organizing, political strategizing, campaign management,
land use planning, public speaking, persuasive writing, and media relations.
Car and flexible schedule required.
Most importantly, the Sonoma-Marin Field Representative
will be committed to protecting the Bay Area's greenbelt and quality of
life for this and future generations.
Salary and Benefits
Greenbelt Alliance is committed to a rewarding
work environment. We offer a competitive salary, $30,000 - $34,000; a good
medical, dental, vacation, and comp time benefits package; and opportunities
for skills development and professional growth.
How to Apply
Candidates should apply by sending a cover letter
and resume to:
Sonoma-Marin Field Representative Search
530 Bush Street, Suite 303
San Francisco, CA 94108
Greenbelt Alliance values a diverse workplace
and is an equal opportunity employer.
Metropolitan Planning Council
Urban Development Associate
The Metropolitan Planning Council seeks an associate-level
person to work with the vice president of external relations on urban planning
issues in northeastern Illinois with a near-term emphasis on Chicago's
historic zoning re-write effort.
· Manage a community planning effort
that will assist in the zoning re-mapping of all Chicago neighborhoods
as part of a broader zoning reform project.
· Work closely with, and coordinate the
work of, a team of advisors and community organizations during the community
· Use the neighborhood plans and separate
input on other zoning issues to draft citywide zoning vision.
· Continue advocacy of MPC zoning reform
· Organize public events and committee
meetings related to MPC's mission and annual work program.
· Represent MPC in other planning and
community redevelopment efforts.
· Write reports, newsletter and web articles,
and conduct research.
· Assist in broader smart growth policy
agenda of MPC.
Qualifications & Skills:
Familiarity with community economic development,
housing, urban planning, and zoning issues, in the Chicago region
Two years related work experience
Strong writing, interpersonal communications,
computer, and organizational skills
Graduate degree in urban planning, public administration,
or related fields
Three or more years related work experience
Knowledge of legislative processes and governmental
Founded in 1934, the Metropolitan Planning Council
(MPC) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan group of business and civic leaders committed
to serving the public interest through the promotion and implementation
of sensible planning and development policies necessary for a world-class
Chicago region. MPC conducts policy analysis, outreach and advocacy in
partnership with public officials and community leaders to improve equity
of opportunity and quality of life throughout metropolitan Chicago. (Visit
for more information.) MPC is an equal opportunity employer.
Send cover letter, 2-5 page writing sample, and
resume to Angie Leyva, Metropolitan Planning Council, firstname.lastname@example.org,
or mail to, 25 E. Washington St., Suite 1600, Chicago IL 60602; or fax
to 312-922-5619. No phone calls.
PIRGIM Land Use Advocate
PIRGIM (Public Interest Research Group in
Michigan) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan citizen advocacy organization.
With 10,000 members across the state, PIRGIM has been advocating for and
organizing on public interest issues for nearly three decades.
PIRGIM's Land Use Advocate will identify and
expose problems where special interest influence is greatest, focusing
on threats to public health and the environment. The advocate will then
develop public interest solutions and build political support for those
solutions, using research, the media, the legislative process, and grassroots
work to turn practical ideas into the law of the land.
The Land Use Advocate will play the following
Issue Expert: Develop our approach to
problems within a broader political context, and develop a comprehensive
platform for solving them.
Political Strategist: Frame the problem,
the public interest solution, the strategy, and the tactics for protecting
the public interest. Identify allies and enemies. Formulate the campaign
strategy and create an action plan.
Researcher: Document problems and our
solutions. Write comprehensive reports, fact sheets and white papers for
release to the media and public.
Legislative Drafter: Craft policy options
that turn the solution into law.
Advocate: Lobby for and testify on behalf
of the public interest before decisionmakers at the local, state, and national
Media Liaison: Organize media events,
releasing reports and publicizing problems. Write media releases, provide
material to reporters, meet with editorial boards and reporters.
Political Organizer: Broaden the base
of support for our efforts. Involve these supporters -- individuals and
groups -- in our campaigns.
Organization Builder: Do grantseeking
and other work to generate financial resources for the organization, recruit
new staff and volunteers to help build PIRGIM.
Location: Ann Arbor, MI
Qualified applicants have a strong commitment
to public interest issues, excellent verbal, writing and analytical skills,
the ability to debate and speak persuasively in a charged atmosphere, and
enthusiasm for the work. Candidates for this position should have three
to eight years of relevant professional experience, post college. Relevant
experience includes (but is not limited to) working in political, policy,
legal, journalistic, or government settings. Advanced degrees, including
a JD or masters in related fields, may count toward a candidate's professional
experience. If you have less experience than the years listed above, please
or review other positions under www.pirg.org/jobs/experienced.
Salary & Benefits:
Salary for this position ranges from $26,000
to $35,000, depending on the quality of the applicant and past work experience.
An outstanding benefits package includes health care coverage, educational
loan assistance, a retirement plan, paid vacation and sick days, parental
leave, and a dependent care assistance program. Opportunities for advancement,
travel, and additional training are available. North Central Lakes and
Collar County Organizer
1000 Friends of Minnesota (1000 FOM) is
a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to addressing the important
connections between our development patterns and the health of our communities
and the environment. 1000 FOM is seeking a full-time employee
to develop, monitor, evaluate, and advocate for sustainable land use and
community development in the North Central Lakes Region and the Collar
County Region of the Twin Cities metropolitan area.
The Organizer will proactively work to influence
public and policy debates on related issues in the collar counties of the
Twin Cities Region and the North Central Lakes Region. We are seeking an
energetic and motivated individual with the values and passion that match
environmental and social justice organization.
Candidates must possess the following experience
-Degree in land use planning or related discipline
or demonstrated experience
-Knowledge of land conservation and land use
-Experience working effectively with concerned
local government officials, activists, and government
-History managing complex projects and working
with a collaborative team
-Demonstrated ability to critically assess and
evaluate land use
-Excellent writing and speaking skills
-Solid computer skills (including spreadsheets,
-Willingness to work occasional evenings
-Reliable car and willingness to travel
Preferred additional skills/qualifications:
-Experience working in rural communities and
with rural governments
-Knowledge of groups working on land use issues
-Experience in downtown revitalization and brownfield
-Experience in farmland/forestry land being converted
-Demonstrated experience working with regional
-Public relations experience
-Grassroots organizing experience
-Public speaking and group facilitation experience
Full-time position with a salary range from low
to mid thirties depending on experience. Excellent benefits
package. This position will be housed in the Lakes or Collar County
Region and share an office with another local organization to be determined.
This person will
spend one day a week in our St. Paul office.
1000 FOM is an equal opportunity employer. This position will remain open
To apply send resume, cover letter and references
to: Lee Ronning, 1000 Friends of Minnesota, 370 Selby Avenue, Suite
300, St. Paul, MN 55102. Phone: 651/312-1000 Fax: 651/312-0012 E-mail:
Washington Regional Network
The Washington Regional Network for Livable Communities
(WRN) seeks an Executive Director to fulfill WRN’s goal to create a network
of walkable communities linked by quality transit, laced with parks, and
surrounded by greenspace, with the District of Columbia as the hub of the
region. This position will offer the candidate the opportunity to
work directly on implementing smart growth on the local level and to build
the capacity of a small but expanding organization with an already successful
emerging redevelopment program. Send cover letter, resume, and writing
sample to Cassie Seiple at WRN: email@example.com, 1777 Church
St, NW Washington DC 20036, fax (during business hours) 202/667-4491.
Position open until filled.
The WRN Executive Director is responsible for
the managing WRN’s programs, communicating our message, and raising financial
support for our projects. Specifically, responsibilities will include:
Manage a variety of ongoing programs – Redevelopment,
Transit-oriented development, Affordable Housing, pedestrian/bicycle/transit
advocacy, among others – that are largely staffed by WRN’s Board, 1-2 part
time staff persons, and volunteers. Responsibilities will include:
policy analysis, communicating the programs’ importance to elected officials,
government administrators, civic leaders and the general public, and supervising
the programs’ progress and development.
Write WRN’s monthly electronic newsletter, Intersect.
Through policy papers, Op-Eds and Letters-to-the-Editors, and presentations,
aggressively promote WRN’s agenda. This will include working strategically
with all of the different stakeholders involved with growth in the region:
private developers, government administrators, elected officials and civic
and neighborhood associations. Ideally the candidate will have some
web design experience and can make our website a more useful communications
A significant part of this job will entail raising
money for WRN’s programs. This will include: writing foundation
grants and managing the proposals; pro-actively meeting with prospective
funders; cultivation of individual donors; seeking out new and innovative
ways to raise financial support for WRN’s continued sustainability.
Commitment to WRN’s mission and purpose.
Familiarity with fundraising, especially working
Excellent organizational skills.
Ability to work efficiently with little supervision.
Knowledge of Windows and the MS Office suite
Strong ability to communicate through both writing
Experience and knowledge with issues related
to smart growth, urban affairs, and social justice such as: transit-oriented
development, affordable housing, transportation, pedestrian/bicycle policy,
and community design among others. Community organizing experience
a plus. The candidate should have an advanced degree in a relevant
field or equivalent experience, and several years of professional experience.
Ability to work well with a variety of people
and institutions – from neighborhood associations to government administrators
and elected officials.
This position will require some evening and weekend
Compensation, Administration & Supervision
This will be a Full-time position (40-50 hours).
Wage or salary to commensurate with experience with a contribution toward
health insurance. WRN shares a townhouse office building near Dupont
Circle with the Coalition for Smarter Growth and the Washington Chapter
of the American Institute of Architects. Direct supervision will
be provided by the President of the WRN board.
Created in 1991 as an informal association of
individuals and organizations assembled by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation,
WRN incorporated in the District of Columbia as a 501c(3) non-profit in
1996. WRN advocates transportation investments, land use policies,
and community designs that enhance existing communities and the environment
of the National Capital Region. WRN’s goal is create a network of walkable,
bikeable communities linked by quality transit, laced with parks, and surrounded
by greenspace, with the District of Columbia as the hub of the region.
WRN works in the following program areas: education and networking, redevelopment
and transit-oriented development, affordable housing, transportation advocacy,
and fiscal policy reform. Our targeted education is directed toward
neighborhood activists (particularly those living near Metro stations),
private-sector and government planners, elected officials, businesses,
and the media. WRN accomplishes its educational and policy advocacy
activities largely through the volunteer time of its 15 member Board of
Directors, volunteer members, and one-and-a-half full time staff.
To apply send cover letter, resume, and two
writing samples to:
WRN Executive Director
1777 Church Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036
Tel. (202) 667-5445 Fax (202) 667-4491
Shaw EcoVillage is seeking a full-time Program
Director for the EcoDesign Corps, a dynamic urban environmental leadership
program that Washington, DC high school youth how to address real-life
issues within their community. The Program Director will be responsible
for the management and evaluation of program, teaching and facilitating
workshops for high school students, and collaborating with community based
organizations. Candidates should have a minimum of 3 years experience in
urban community planning, environment and sustainability and youth development.
For full job description contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call
202.265.8899. See www.shawecovillage.com for more information. $28-34,000,
four weeks vacation, federal holidays, health benefits.