Project Specialist, Green Infrastructure


Number of Vacancies: 1

Area of Consideration: Open To The Public

Position Status: Full-Time, Regular

Pay Plan, Series & Grade: DS0058/8

Salary Range: $54,075-$72,727

Closing Date: Open Until Filled

Location: 4200 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

Brief Description of Duties

The Project Specialist, Green Infrastructure, of the College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences (CAUSES) of the University of the District of Columbia (UDC) reports directly to the Director of the Center for Resilience, Innovation, and Infrastructure. Key areas of responsibility include creating, planning, developing, implementing, and monitoring projects and programs that lead to a quantifiable reduction in non-point sources of pollution and advancing the state of practice in building design and construction, promoting sustainable design and innovation, becoming a recognized knowledge-based node in the global network of infrastructure experts, and the assisting and leading with the integration of academic and community education programs within CAUSES. The incumbent understands green infrastructure practices and programs and building mechanical and ecological (ecosystems-based) systems. Work is oriented towards short-term and multi-year projects. The incumbent must be a team player, work effectively and efficiently with diverse internal and external constituencies, perform all duties with a high degree of independence and initiative, communicate effectively, work well under pressure of deadlines and be familiar (or familiarize themselves) with the rules, regulations, policies and procedures of the college, the university, and program sponsors.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
  • Develop and establish applied research foci and expertise in line with the strategic direction of the program. Also develops and manages partnerships with industry stakeholders and solicit research funding from government agencies and industry stakeholders, and provide industry services;
  • Establish and manage a performance monitoring framework with clear-cut goals, outcomes, outputs, inputs, processes, indicators, data needs and sources, and reporting formats and frequency, for effective monitoring, reporting and updating progress of CAUSES programs and projects in different sectors;
  • Develop and deliver community education programs including, but not limited to Workforce Development, Certificate and Community Education Programs and program assessments; that are effective and outcomes-oriented and support the mission, reach and effectiveness of CAUSES and foster regional, national and international recognition;
  • Supervise staff and interns in the furtherance of the position objectives;
  • Teaches one course per term in an applicable academic program of CAUSES or the equivalent in community education programs (extension services);
  • Assists the Center Director in setting up research priorities;
  • Assists the Center Director in preparing operational budgets;
  • Actively engage in scholarly activities and produce publications;
  • Coordinates closely with the partner administrations for data planning, identification of data sources, and collection of data for monitoring purposes;
  • Coordinates maintenance plan, data collection for monitoring/evaluation and upgrades of existing Green Infrastructure Projects at Urban Food Hubs to meet stormwater compliance, in partnership with University Facilities;
  • Monitors and following up progress on various proposals, meetings, reports, working papers etc. with concerned authorities;
  • Performs other duties as assigned including special assignments related to his/her areas of responsibility as well as the needs of the college.
Minimum Job Requirement
  • The incumbent is required to hold a Master’s degree (doctoral degree preferred) in landscape architecture, agriculture, natural resources, watershed science or community resource or economic development or a related field and the responsibilities and duties outlined in this position description.
  • Must be legally able to work in the United States.
  • Demonstrated leadership and management abilities with evidence of being able to work well with volunteers and diverse clientele.
  • Personal transportation and valid driver’s license.
  • Must be willing to travel throughout the District as needed.
Knowledge and use of computer technology for educational programming and management.
  • Outstanding project management skills.
  • Evidence of excellent teaching & communication skills.
  • Demonstrated success in writing research proposals and securing research funding.
  • Proven ability to produce quality publications in the field of specialization.
Information to Applicant

Collective Bargaining Unit (Union): This position is not part of the collective bargaining unit.

Employment Benefits: Selectee will be eligible for health and life insurance, annual (vacation) and sick leave and will be covered under the University of the District of Columbia' s retirement plan (TIAA).

Equal Opportunity Employer: The District of Columbia Government is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, family responsibilities, matriculation, physical handicap, or political affiliation.

Notice of Non-Discrimination: In accordance with the D.C. Human Rights Act of 1977, as amended, D.C. Official Code, Section 2-1401.01 et. seq., (Act) the University of the District of Columbia does not discriminate on the basis of actual or perceived actual race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, family responsibilities, matriculation, political affiliation, marital status, personal appearance, genetic information, familial status, source of income, status as a victim of an intrafamily offense, place of residence or business, or status as a covered veteran, as provided for and to the extent required by District and Federal statutes and regulations. Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination which is also prohibited by the Act. In addition, harassment based on any of the above protected categories is prohibited by the Act. Discrimination in violation of the Act will not be tolerated. Violators will be subject to disciplinary action.

Veterans Preference: Applicants claiming veterans preference must submit official proof at the time of application.

Visa Sponsorship: At this time, the University of the District of Columbia does not provide sponsorship for visas (e.g. H-1B). This position is also ineligible for Optional Practical Training (OPT).

Residency Preference: A person applying for a position who is a bona fide District resident at the time of application for the position, may be awarded a 10-point residency preference over non-District applicants, unless the person declines the preference points. If selected, the person shall be required to present no less than 8 proofs of bona fide District residency on or before the effective date of the appointment and maintain such residency for 7 consecutive years from the effective date of the appointment. Failure to maintain bona fide District residency for the 7-year period will result in forfeiture of employment.

Drug-Free Workplace: Pursuant to the requirements of the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988, the individual selected to fill this position will, as a condition of employment, be required to notify his/her immediate supervisor, in writing, not later than five (5) days after conviction of any criminal drug statute occurring in the workplace.

Background Investigation: Employment with the University of the District of Columbia is contingent upon a satisfactory background investigation. The determination of a 'satisfactory background investigation' is made at the sole discretion of the University of the District of Columbia. The University may refuse to hire a finalist, rescind an offer of employment to a finalist or review and may terminate the employment of a current employee based on the results of a background investigation.

Disposition of Resume: Resumes received outside the area of consideration and/or after the closing date will not be given consideration. You must resubmit your resume to receive consideration for any subsequent advertised position vacancies. For the purpose of employment, resumes are not considered job applications. Therefore, if selected for employment a UDC application will be required.

Job Offers: Official Job Offers are made by the University of the District of Columbia, Office of Human Resources only.

Contact Information: All inquiries related to employment and job applications should be directed to UDC Office of Human Resources at (202) 274-5380.

The University of the District of Columbia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action institution. Minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For a full version of the University’s EO Policy Statement, please visit: .

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