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Current Positions Open

Policy and Advocacy Manager

Reports to: MWA Executive Director 

Employment Classification: Full-time, exempt, benefits-eligible 

 

Profile

The Policy and Advocacy Manager has responsibility for researching, creating and advocating strong policies that positively impact and further our mission and work, consistent with MWA’s Strategic Plan and at the direction of the Executive Director. The Policy and Advocacy Manager will secure and manage projects and grants to advance MWA’s mission. Working directly with federal, state & local officials and indirectly via partners, members and the communities as appropriate, the Policy and Advocacy Manager is passionate about protecting the Musconetcong Watershed, experienced and strategic, and is a collaborative leader who will build upon MWA’s accomplishments.

 

RESPONSIBILITIES

Policy

  1. Stay abreast of challenges and opportunities within the Watershed. Maintain a working knowledge of significant developments and trends in watershed protection.

  2. Develop careful analysis of policy perspectives and ensure alignment and support for action plans from the Policy Committee and Board at the direction of the Executive Director.

  3. Assist the Executive Director in the development of MWA’s annual goals & objectives in support of the organization’s mission and Board-approved strategic plan.

  4. Provide staff support to the Musconetcong River Management Council and the Executive Director who serves as River Administrator for this body, helping to ensure an effective partnership with the National Park Service and successful implementation of the Musconetcong River Management Plan.

 

Advocacy

  1. Where appropriate, and in close coordination with the Executive Director, develop/leverage partner organization relationships to achieve our goals with the efficiency and impact that comes from a united approach.

  2. Develop and manage effective working relationships with local officials and partnerships with key stakeholders.

  3. Develop written comments / response letters on rulemakings, pending development applications or other local/regulatory decisions.

  4. As needed, prepare organizational position statements that create internal communications alignment and which can be shared to membership/the public.

 

Grants

  1. Identify new grant opportunities, secure grants and manage grants to successful completion.

  2. Write compelling, accurate and executable grant applications that are aligned with the MWA strategy for policy and advocacy. Support staff in proposal development where appropriate.

  3. As project manager for policy and advocacy grants, track program goals and outcomes.

  4. Ensure the production and submission of on-time, accurate and effective grant reports.

  1. Work closely with the Finance Manager to coordinate project grants and forecast and ensure management of funding consistent with the Strategic Plan.

  2. Other tasks as assigned by the Executive Director.

 

REQUIREMENTS/QUALIFICATIONS 

  1. Master’s degree in Public Policy. Environmental science background preferred.

  2. 5 years of policy experience and successfully advocating for organizational positions and coalition participation/facilitation.

  3. 1-3 years of grant-writing and grant management experience.

  4. Ability to advocate for incremental change with broader long-term goals in sight.

  5. Ability to work well with decision makers of all political parties and a willingness to develop deep relationships.

  1. Very strong communicator – to the point, persuasive and adaptable to audience. Should be effective in person and in writing; able to distill complex topics to manageable and actionable conversations. 

  2. Strong interpersonal skills, with strong ability to listen and build trust.

  3. A track record of crafting compelling grant applications that are successful and then maintaining appropriate oversight of grants that supports repeat funding from the grantee.

  4. Experience with recreational, wildlife, natural, cultural, and/or historic resources, such as those listed in a River Management Plan.

 

 

Supervisory Responsibilities:

Supervise consultants as well as staff and interns as needed.

 

Special Requirements:

• Some weekend and evening work required.

• Outdoor work required (~10%). Physical ability to work outdoors.

• Requires use of personal vehicle and cell phone; mileage to be reimbursed at most current IRS

rate.

 

Salary Range: $55,000 - $70,000

Health and dental benefits. Generous personal time off policy for work life balance.

 

Email your resume and cover letter to info@musconetcong.org or mail to Musconetcong Watershed Association, 10 Maple Avenue, PO Box 113, Asbury, NJ 08802.

Assistant Camp Counselor

Reports to: MWA Camp Counselor

Employment Classification: non-exempt/temporary/part- or full-time

Hourly Rate: $17/hour

 

Job Purpose

In order to build a broad base of support for its mission, the MWA maintains a strong focus on education through outreach events to people of all ages as well as in-school educational programs and a summer camp for children.

 

The five-week Camp Musky summer program is the MWA’s largest educational initiative of the year, reaching dozens of students of various ages and from different geographic areas. The Assistant Camp Counselor, under the supervision of the MWA Camp Counselor, is responsible for supporting the Camp Counselor in the implementation of Camp Musky, which prioritizes outdoor educational activities along the MWA’s Educational Trail as well as in the Musconetcong River. In particular, the Assistant Camp Counselor will assist the Camp Counselor in ensuring the safety of campers, delivering instructions for activities, and leading activities/lessons in a limited capacity, with the support of the Camp Counselor. Overall, the Assistant Camp Counselor will work with the Camp Counselor to enhance campers’ understanding of and appreciation for the natural environment—specifically, the Musconetcong River and its surrounding watershed.

 

The position will begin on Monday, July 1st for onboarding, with camp operating five weeks from July 8th through August 9th.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • ​​Camp Musky Planning and Implementation

    • Provides support for Camp Counselor in explaining instructions for and implementing camp activities

    • Supports the Camp Counselor in accommodating individual campers’ personal health needs, including allergies and/or dietary restrictions as needed (e.g., providing safe distance from other campers and their food)

    • Ensures safety of campers by understanding and, if needed, assisting the Camp Counselor with implementing emergency protocols related to Camp Musky

    • Under the direction of the Camp Counselor, monitors campers to ensure they are following safety precautions when on the MWA Educational Trail and in the River

    • Assists the Camp Counselor in monitoring the weather forecast before and throughout each day and alerts the Camp Counselor of potentially inclement weather

    • Alerts Camp Counselor of disputes between campers and assists in addresses dangerous and/or disrespectful behavior by individual campers

    • Maintains working condition of any camp materials and alerts the Camp Counselor of any emerging needs regarding such materials Revised 1/2/2024

    • Occasionally watches over campers to provide a break for the Camp Counselor (e.g., during lunch)

    • Enforces COVID-related health and safety protocols, should they be required during Camp

    • Works with Camp Counselor and/or Camp Director (currently, Community Engagement Manager) to learn about the process of preparing and implementing educational lessons

  • Other duties as required.

Knowledge and Skills Required

  • A combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully manage the duties assigned

  • Prior experience working with children in outdoor settings

  • Ability to work collaboratively with other MWA staff, camp counselors, and/or volunteers

  • Strong interpersonal and relationship skills; demonstrated ability to communicate, motivate, and relate effectively to children aged 5 - 12

  • Ability to patiently and respectfully resolve conflict between children

  • Ability to lift and carry up to 20 pounds down to river access point (~0.1 miles)

  • Knowledge of potential hazards related to outdoor exploration preferred, including, but not limited to: identification of ticks, poison ivy, hornet nests

  • First Aid and CPR certifications required (by time of first week of Camp Musky)

To apply, email your resume and cover letter to info@musconetcong.org. Applications will be accepted until a candidate is selected.

The Musconetcong Watershed Association is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.

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