Job Posting: Program Director, Sustainability and Health Engagement

Program Director, Sustainability and Health Engagement

National Civic League

Job Description

About Us
The National Civic League is a 124-year old nonpartisan, nonprofit organization whose mission is to advance civic engagement to build equitable, thriving communities. We achieve these goals through the All-America City Awards program, the National Civic Review, Model City Charter, Civic Index, and one-on-one community assistance. The League applies civic engagement principles through several key programs: Racial Equity, Education and Youth, Environmental Sustainability and Health Equity.

Description of Job
This position will direct activities of the National Civic League in implementing a contract that promotes the use of solar energy, as well as other activities that advance environmental sustainability and community health through civic engagement. The position will also provide support for other programs and services of the National Civic League, like the civic index, National Civic Review, All-America City awards, racial equity and community strategic planning, among others. As one of NCL’s four program directors, this position reports directly to the League President.

The National Civic League is a subcontractor for a U.S. Dept of Energy program called Solsmart, in which we are part of a team that is encouraging communities nationwide to change policies and regulations to facilitate residents and businesses installation of solar energy panels. As the lead staff on this contract, the program director will communicate regularly with other Solsmart team members, review applications submitted by communities and participate in various program activities.

In addition, this program director will help to research and design partnerships and grant proposals that encourage communities to use civic engagement to advance environmental sustainability and community health. One such program is an existing grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, under which we solicit applications and issue an annual award to individuals who are working to achieve greater health equity in their community. Another example is the All-America City awards, which will focus on community health for the next two years.

This is an exempt, at-will, salaried position with full benefits and a performance-based pay plan. Benefits include 20 days of paid time-off in the first two years, eleven holidays, fully-covered health insurance (for the employee only), life insurance, disability insurance and a matching 403b savings account.

Pay Range: $45,000-$55,000.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in public administration, political science, public policy, public health, environmental studies, communications, sociology, or a field of study related to the work assignment; AND

At least two years of responsible professional experience in a nonprofit, government agency or equivalent working in community to create, and implement program strategies related to civic engagement, environmental sustainability or community health.

Preferred Qualifications

The following supplemental experience, competencies and abilities are highly desirable for this position and will be considered in selecting the successful candidate:

  • Proven expertise in nonprofit or government program development and implementation, particularly related to environmental sustainability and community health;
  • Graduate degree in a related field;
  • Demonstrated ability to establish collaborative partnerships and effective working relationships with a variety of internal and external customers and diverse stakeholders;
  • Outstanding skills and abilities in verbal and written communications; ability to adapt a style to fit audiences of varying technical levels, and at various levels within an organization, in large groups and individual settings;
  • Excellent skills in consensus-building, persuasion, negotiation and influence, including the ability to navigate in a complex political environment; ability to inspire trust in others and use influence and social capital to drive initiatives;
  • Ability to work well with constituents and partners regardless of position and authority, contribute to governing boards and committees, and adhere to clear lines of responsibility and accountability;
  • Outstanding ability to connect with, engage and work with people from all backgrounds;
  • Excellent skills in project management and facilitation, including establishing goals and timetables, tactical plans, securing and coordinating resources, monitoring progress, engaging and working with other personnel or teams, measuring results, developing contingencies, and reporting out;
  • Financial management abilities in order to manage project budgets and help with reporting and invoicing.
  • Ability and motivation to develop creative solutions to complex, interpersonal, process, and systemic challenges;
  • Excellent judgment and decision-making skills; makes decisions in accordance with upper management’s philosophy, values and goals; perceives items and issues that are of great importance and initiates action proactively and within appropriate boundaries;
  • Ability to collect, organize, analyze, and interpret data and information;
  • Ability to adapt work behavior and methods in response to new information, changing conditions, or unexpected obstacles.

Conditions of Employment
The successful candidate in this position will be willing to submit to and able to successfully pass a criminal background check, possess and maintain a valid Colorado driver’s license and be able to travel up to 25% of the work time throughout the U.S. and be willing and able to perform work in excess of 40 hours per week as work dictates.

To Apply:

Please send a résumé with cover letter to Doug Linkhart at or by mail to National Civic League, Attn: Doug Linkhart, 190 East 9th Ave. Suite 200, Denver, CO 80203.

Deadline for applications is Friday, October 5, 2018. Please feel free to contact us with any questions.

NCL is an equal opportunity employer.

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