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Northern Arizona University
  • Position Number: 2999878
  • Location: Flagstaff, AZ
  • Position Type: Agriculture - Environmental Science, Ecology & Forestry

Program Director

Location: Ecological Restoration Inst.
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Job ID: 606186
Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Workplace Culture

NAU is a community devoted to student success and sustained by an unshakable commitment to our shared mission, vision, and values. We-faculty, staff, and administrators-thrive by combining our efforts and working side by side to further NAU's culture of excellence.

Special Information

  • Position is subject to funding.
  • Incumbent is not eligible for layoff or recall status.
  • Must be able to travel to Washington DC, Colorado, New Mexico, etc.


While it is preferred that the incumbent be housed at NAU's Flagstaff Campus, the New NAU Workplace policy outlines NAU's hybrid/remote/flexible work policy and practices and remote options will be assessed on a case-by-case basis, with considerations given to demonstrated ability to work hybrid/remote/flexible, need for in-person services, staff schedules and job functions, individual performance, technology needs and availability, etc.

Job Description

The Ecological Restoration Institute (ERI) at Northern Arizona University, in coordination with our sister institutes - the Colorado Forest Restoration Institute (CFRI) at Colorado State University (CSU), and the New Mexico Forest and Watershed Restoration Institute (NMFWRI) at New Mexico Highlands University (NMHU) - is seeking to recruit a Southwest Ecological Restoration Institutes (SWERI) Program Director of Cross-Boundary Fire and Fuel Treatment Assessment and Application to lead a multi-year, national project funded through the bipartisan "Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act" (IIJA) of 2021. The program of work, as specified in the IIJA, includes compiling and managing geospatial data for federally-funded fuels treatment projects and wildfires occurring across jurisdictions; coordinating and facilitating use of these data in assessing, planning, and monitoring fuel treatment interactions with wildfires; and reporting fuel treatment effectiveness to Congress and affected entities. The specific language authorizing the SWERI for this project in the IIJA can be viewed here.

The program director will be the driving force behind this high-profile, multi-institutional project, and will direct the development, function, implementation, coordination, communications, and success of this unprecedented program.

Essential Functions

Leadership & Program Planning - 30%
  • Provide advanced functional and/or technical direction in accordance with program goals and objectives.
  • Work with the SWERI Directors to provide direction and integrative coordination in the planning, development, and implementation of project-related work.
  • Support the SWERI Directors in all decision making related to the project.
  • Assure effective progress towards program goals in a timely manner.

Program & Partner Coordinaton - 55%
  • Report on program deliverables and outcomes to a board of directors across the three SWERI institutes.
  • Work with and engage the U.S. Departments of the Interior and Agriculture, National Wildfire Coordinating Group, individual state forestry and wildfire agencies, tribes, and other land management agencies that utilize federal funds to carry out hazardous fuel reduction or wildfire prevention treatments.
  • Work with affected entities and partners to ensure that efforts both support and enhance existing efforts to map fuel treatments and wildfires, such as current efforts from federal and state agencies as well as private consulting firms and other organizations.
  • Add capacity where needed to facilitate the communication, use, and application of these cross-boundary data as outlined in the IIJA.

Financial Oversight & Program Compliance - 10%
  • Advise funding allocation decisions across functional areas and institutional organizations; oversee budget management and finance
  • Coordinate and communicate all aspects of the project-related work with the SWERI Directors.
  • Develop annual budgets for the program and perform periodic cost and productivity analyses.
  • Supervise efforts of a unit specialist dedicated to program support and coordination.
  • Oversee all facets of the daily operations of the program, ensuring compliance with university, state, and federal laws, policies, and regulations.

Other - 5%
  • Apply advanced ability in work design, project management, financial planning, and goal development and remain knowledgeable and up-to-date to develop and maintain efficient program operations.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

  • A Bachelor's degree in natural resource science (e.g. forestry, natural resource management, biology, geography); or project management or a business administration-related field with experience addressing natural resource-related issues.
  • 3 - 5 years of professional work experience in program management developing, implementing, and overseeing multi-jurisdictional or interdisciplinary projects in natural resource management.
  • 5 - 7 years of relevant experience in work design, project management, financial planning and oversight, coordination and communication, and goal development.
  • Any combination of relevant education and experience may be substituted for the educational requirement on a year-for-year basis.

Preferred Qualifications

  • A Master's degree in natural resource science (e.g. forestry, natural resource management, biology, geography); or project management or a business administration-related field with experience addressing natural resource-related issues.
  • Experience successfully communicating to diverse audiences and applying advanced interpersonal skills.
  • Experience in working with issues pertaining to cross-boundary spatial data management, assessment, and application; public land management; restoration-based hazardous fuel reduction treatments utilized to accelerate forest restoration and reduce wildfire hazard.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

  • Demonstrable success in program development and execution; budget execution; and strong organizational and project management.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrated ability in work design, project management, financial planning and oversight, coordination and communication, and goal development.
  • Knowledge in managing complex budgets and accounting principles.
  • Excellent communication skills to convey complex information to technical and non-technical audiences.
  • Demonstrated skills in coordination of activities, evaluating data, establishing priorities and managing timelines and deliverables.
  • Demonstrated skills in developing and implementing new strategies and re-engineering operations and procedures to ensure successful project outcomes.
  • Ability to work equally well independently and in a team setting
  • Demonstrated ability to provide functional and/or technical guidance and leadership and to articulate and implement short and long-term goals.
  • Skills in promoting a diverse, inclusive environment.

COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement

As of 12/10/21, the Safer Federal Workforce employee vaccination requirement is currently suspended pending the outcome of a federal court-issued injunction. This injunction has suspended the recent executive order issued by President Biden requiring all employees of federal contractors to receive COVID-19 vaccinations. For current status of the vaccine requirement and/or questions, please visit FAQs for Employee Vaccination Requirement.

Background Information

This position has been identified as a safety/security sensitive position. Therefore, per AZ Revised Statute, Northern Arizona University requires satisfactory results for the following: a criminal background investigation, employment history investigation, degree verification (in some cases) and fingerprinting. If you are applying for a job that requires a CDL, you will be required to register with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse and adhere to the clearinghouse requirements. Additionally, as an employer in the state of Arizona, NAU is required to participate in the federal E-Verify program that assists employers with verifying new employees' right to work in the United States. Finally, each year Northern Arizona University releases an Annual Security Report. The report is a result of a federal law known as the Clery Act. The report includes Clery reportable crime statistics for the three most recent completed calendar years and discloses procedures, practices and programs NAU uses to keep students and employees safe including how to report crimes or other emergencies occurring on campus. In addition, the Fire Safety Report is combined with the Annual Security Report for the NAU Flagstaff Mountain Campus as this campus has on-campus student housing. This report discloses fire safety policies and procedures related to on-campus student housing and statistics for fires that occurred in those facilities. If you would like a free paper copy of the report, please contact the NAUPD Records Department at (928) 523-8884 or by visiting the department at 525 E. Pine Knoll Drive in Flagstaff.


Salary range begins at $72,445. Annual salary commensurate with candidate's qualifications and related experience.

FLSA Status

This position is exempt from the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and therefore will not earn overtime or compensatory time for additional time worked.


This is a Service Professional (SPF) position. NAU offers an excellent benefit package including generous health, dental and vision insurance; participation in the Arizona State Retirement System or the Optional Retirement Program; 22 days of vacation and 10 holidays per year; and tuition reduction for employees and qualified dependents. More information on benefits at NAU is available on the Human Resources benefits website. NAU is a tobacco and smoke-free campus. Service Professionals are hired on a contract basis, renewable each 6 months according to terms of the Conditions of Professional Service. Employees offered a position will be eligible for state health plans (including NAU's BCBS Plan). New employees are eligible for benefits on the first day of the pay period following their enrollment, after their employment date. Employees will have 31 days from their start date to enroll in benefits. If a new employee chooses the ASRS retirement option, participation in the Arizona State Retirement System, and the long-term disability coverage that accompanies it, will begin on the first of the pay period following 6 months after the new employee's start date. New employees who choose to participate in the Optional Retirement Plan (ORP), which is an alternative to the ASRS plan for faculty and other appointed staff, will begin to participate on the first day of employment. Additionally, the long-term disability plan that accompanies the ORP will begin on the first day of employment.

Learning and Development

Your career at Northern Arizona University includes the opportunity for professional development. New employee on-boarding training includes courses to be completed within the first 30 days. If your position includes the supervision of a benefit-eligible employee, we offer the NAU Supervisors Academy for you to complete within your first 2 years.

Immigration Suppt/Sponsorship

NAU will not provide any U.S. immigration support or sponsorship for this position.

Application Deadline

May 2, 2022 at 11:59 p.m.

How to Apply

To apply for this position, please click on the "Apply" button on this page. You must submit your application by clicking on the "Submit" button by midnight of the application deadline. If you need assistance completing your application there are instructions available on the Human Resources website or in person in the Human Resources Department located in Building 91 on the NAU Campus - on the corner of Beaver and DuPont Streets.

If you are an individual with a disability and need reasonable accommodation to participate in the hiring process please contact the Office of Equity and Access at: 928-523-3312/TDD - 928-523-1006 or PO Box 4083, Flagstaff AZ 86011.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Northern Arizona University is a committed Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. NAU is responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

EEO is the Law Poster and Supplements

NAU is an Employer of National Service. AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other National Service alumni are encouraged to apply.

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