Research Associate Program Manager: Reno, NV

Great Basin Institute
Reno, NV
Job Category
Full time Positions
$51,453-65,563 annually, DOE
Start Date
Last Date to Apply
The Great Basin Institute (GBI), based in Reno, NV, is a non-profit organization that promotes environmental education, research, and conservation throughout the West. The Institute advances ecological literacy, professional development, and natural/cultural/recreation resource management through educational outreach and direct service programs. GBI’s Research Associate (RA) Program seeks a Manager to cooperatively administer program systems, operations and logistics, and to actively support RAs in Nevada and other western states. GBI RAs, numbering approximately 200 annually, work with federal, state and local land management agencies on a wide variety of field-based projects including wildlife monitoring, invasive plant inventories, recreation use surveys, resource mapping, restoration, wilderness monitoring and inventories, travel management inventories, as well as other resource management initiatives. In coordination with other program support staff, the RA Program Manager recruits and manages Research Associates, supports project logistics, coordinates scheduling. Other responsibilities include conducting biweekly payroll, and monthly expense-report and invoice reviews; performing other routine administrative operations; maintaining and improving operational systems; and ensuring compliance with grant and agency rules and regulations. This office-based position operates in a dynamic, team-based setting. The RA Program Manager will encounter a variety of opportunities for professional development, including gaining insight to the operational policies and procedures of a mid-sized environmental non-profit organization, exposure to a spectrum of environmental resource management positions and approaches for supporting them, strengthening interactive skills through communication with diverse professional staff, and ability to effectively support the success of a mission-driven enterprise. Duties: • Manage recruitment and logistical planning for new and existing RA projects/positions by understanding scopes of work, reviewing applications, conducting interviews, procuring equipment, and supporting orientation/training; • Communicate regularly with Research Associates and agency partners via phone and written correspondence regarding position status, performance, work satisfaction, and administration; • Maintain databases for tracking program participants, project deliverables, and performance measures; • Gather, manage and process data needed to satisfy quarterly and annual agency reporting requirements; • Develop, adapt and apply systems that enhance the success and satisfaction of RAs in the program; • Collect, review and process GBI administrative forms, including timesheets (biweekly), expense reports (monthly), and time-off requests; • Manage budget-to-actual tracking and review monthly invoices; • Update, maintain, and adhere to standard operating policies and procedures for program administration and best practices; • Collaborate extensively and assist program staff with program operations, maintenance and expansion; • Support developmental opportunities for the program; • Collaborate with and assist other GBI programs as required; • Follow and enforce policies detailed in the GBI Personnel Handbook; and • Other duties as assigned. Location: Based at GBI offices in Reno, NV. The city sits in a high desert at ca. 4,500 feet in elevation, at the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountains, along the Truckee River as it flows from Lake Tahoe to Pyramid Lake. Reno offers easy access to world-class outdoor recreation in the Lake Tahoe Basin and Sierras to the west; Yosemite and Death Valley National Parks, the Pacific Ocean, and California redwood forests are a 3-5-hour drive away. For more, visit Time frame: • Annual appointment starting when available; renewable pending performance and funding. • Full time, 40 hours per week; available to occasionally work a varied schedule as needed, including some weekends, evenings and/or holidays. Compensation: • Total Compensation Package: $58,208-$72,882 annually, DOE • Salary: $51,453-65,563 annually, DOE • Health insurance coverage • Up to 4% annual salary 401K-plan matching contribution • Paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays
• Minimum: Bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline plus post-degree experience directly applicable to duties of the position; • Familiarity and alignment with mission-driven nonprofit organizations strongly preferred; • Experience (2 years minimum) in project management, including recruitment and retention, training, logistics, personnel management, systems and compliance auditing, and/or reporting; • Experience working with federal land management agencies, members of the public, • and/or non-profit organizations; • Strong interest in and appreciation of land/resource management and/or environmental policy; • Ability to learn new database systems and follow procedural documents (e.g., payroll review procedures); • Experience in compliance with agency administrative policies and requirements; • Attention to detail, and ability to audit extensive data systems; • Proficiency in the Microsoft Office suite of programs to manage, present and track program information; • Ability to communicate effectively, both written and verbal, with diverse audiences; • Strongly expressed organizational skills and an ability to follow simultaneous, multi-phasic projects to completion are required; • Willingness to travel occasionally to conduct site visits at RA service locations; • Willingness and ability to work in a fast-paced, dynamic office environment, and to consistently enact high performance standards and a strong work and team ethic in support of the goals and objectives of the RA Program and the mission of GBI; • Effective problem solving skills and ability to share skills and knowledge with others. Ability to read and write checklists, reports, and correspondence. Ability to read and comprehend complex instructions, memos, etc.; • Ability to analyze and perform complex computations with reasonable speed and accuracy; • Ability to apply common-sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, verbal, or diagram form. • Valid, state-issued driver’s license and familiarity with safe-driving practices, preferred; and • Ability to pass an FBI criminal background and National Sex Offender Public Registry (NSOPR) check.
Contact Person
Lynn Zimmerman
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