Grants Program Manager

The application period for this position ended on September 15th, 2021. Applications will be reviewed and applicants will be notified as the review process proceeds.

We are currently seeking a Grants Program Manager to join the EMSWCD team. This is a full-time position regularly based in our North Williams neighborhood offices in Portland, Oregon.

With stable tax funding, a dedicated and highly professional staff, and a track record of delivering conservation programs in urban and rural areas, EMSWCD is in an excellent position to create strong and sustained benefit for our community and the environment. The new Grants Program Manager will be joining EMSWCD at an exciting time for the organization. As we embark on strategic planning for the organization, there is an opportunity to look at the past accomplishments and help shape the future direction of the Grants Program. Staff and Board are looking to build on the current foundation by integrating issues and opportunities related to climate change, diversity, equity, and inclusion into EMSWCD’s work.

Position Overview

This position manages and administers EMSWCD’s Grants Program with a total annual budget of more than $1,000,000. The work of this position supports EMSWCD’s conservation mission through the development and management of grants that provide financial and programmatic assistance to partner organizations, non-profit organizations, community organizations, governments, Tribes, and educational institutions.

Responsibilities include working closely with the Grants Committee of the Board of Directors and the Program Supervisor to build and implement an effective program. The Grants Program Manager will formulate and refine policies and procedures, ensure compliance with the terms of grant agreements, maintain fiscal responsibility, and provide exceptional customer service to the public and grantees. The position will work closely with all grantees, but particularly under-resourced non-profit organizations and communities that have been historically marginalized, to support the development and successful implementation of grant projects.

Experience with and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and an ability to embrace differing perspectives from their own, are important for this position. The successful candidate will have skills to listen and adjust their own professional methods based on a growing understanding of diversity, equity, and inclusion best practices.

A full understanding of grant-making operations, EMSWCD’s priority funding areas, and program evaluation, along with strong interpersonal skills, will be essential to effectively managing and implementing the Grants Program.

The Grants Program Manager position is primarily responsible for two grant programs:

  • Partners in Conservation (PIC) – $5,000-$100,000 grants awarded annually to non-profit organizations, governments, Tribes, and educational institutions. This program awards approximately $600,000/yr.
  • Small Projects and Community Events (SPACE) – Up to $2,000 awards available monthly to support conservation projects, environmental education, and community events that promote natural resource conservation. This program awards approximately $62,000/yr.

The Grants Program Manager also provides guidance, administrative support, and fiscal oversight to EMSWCD’s other grants awarded on a non-competitive basis.

Download a full job description and qualification requirements for this position here (PDF).

Studies have shown that women and BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) are less likely to apply for jobs unless they believe they meet every one of the qualifications as described in a job description. We are most interested in finding the best candidate for the job, and that candidate may be one who comes from a less traditional background. If you are interested in applying, we encourage you to think broadly about your background and qualifications for the role.

We offer a generous benefits package. Please click here for a comprehensive list of EMSWCD’s benefits and eligibility criteria.

Wage Range: $67,467 – $97,590

Application Instructions

Interested candidates should submit a resume and cover letter to: Please specify the position title in your submission.
Are you a “Veteran” as defined under Oregon law (ORS 408.225(f)) or a “Disabled Veteran” as defined under Oregon law (ORS 408.225(c))? EMSWCD complies with the Oregon Veteran’s Preference law. Applicants must identify their eligibility for veteran’s preference when submitting their resume and cover letter for consideration, and supply supporting documents if they wish to receive preference.

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Application Deadline

The deadline for submissions was Wednesday, September 15th, 2021 by 5:00 pm. Applications will no longer be accepted. All responses are reviewed following the deadline, not on a rolling basis.

Organization Overview

The East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District (EMSWCD) is a non-regulatory unit of local government that serves Multnomah County east of the Willamette River centerline. The mission of EMSWCD is to help people care for land and water. The vision is that our lands and waters are healthy and sustain farms, forests, wildlife, and communities.

EMSWCD works with private landowners, community organizations, and government agencies to provide education, grant funding, technical assistance, and other resources that support conservation practices and stewardship within our district. EMSWCD is funded by a property tax base and is organized into four programmatic areas: Rural Lands Program, Urban Lands Program, Conservation Legacy Program, and Finance and Operations.

EMSWCD recognizes that communities and workplaces are strengthened by diversity and that more inclusive conservation efforts are necessary to ensure lasting and equitable outcomes. We acknowledge the historical and ongoing disparities that BIPOC and other marginalized communities disproportionately experience in income, education, and health in our communities. We also understand that these disparities can impact who has access to healthy land and water. For these reasons, our staff and board are committed to making meaningful changes in the work we do so that all communities can benefit from our programs.

EMSWCD prohibits discrimination in all of its programs and activities based on race, color, gender identity national origin, age, disability, sex, marital status, familial status, parental status, religion, sexual and romantic orientation, genetic information, political beliefs, reprisals, or because all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program. EMSWCD is an equal opportunity provider and employer. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication or program information should contact the EMSWCD Office at (503) 222-7645 or Veterans are encouraged to apply for positions at EMSWCD.