Jobs at EPI
Our dedicated staff is a creative group that strives to make a positive difference in our world – in the office, in the field, and in their daily lives. These individuals bring EPI’s vision to communities around the world.
Staff turnover is typically low, although our needs continue to evolve as our programs grow. As year-round positions become available, we will announce them here. Please contact us if you have any questions about our organization or how you can become involved.
MEXICO PROGRAM MANAGER
The Mexico Program Manager is responsible for the oversight of all aspects of EPI’s Mexico Program. Primary responsibilities include: program leadership; communication between the field site and main office; planning, management, evaluation, and improvement of the field courses, outreach activities, and EPI Campus; supervision of in-country staff; risk management; budget administration; development of relations and collaboration with in-country foundations, partners and vendors. The Program Manager works with the Programs Operations Director and other senior staff to ensure a fiscally (recruitment and fundraising) and legally sound program.
The Mexico Program Manager will directly supervise up to four Mexico office staff members. The position is based in La Paz, Mexico with some travel necessary. The Program Manager is responsible to the Program Operation Director (POD).
• Oversee and manage EPI’s Mexico Programs from La Paz, Mexico with occasional travel, to EPI’s field programs and the EPI Main office in Missoula, Montana;
• Ensure high quality, safety and effectiveness of program content and delivery while striving for operational efficiency;
• Manage in-country human resources; Recruit, hire, inspire, train, develop, guide and supervise program personnel, and ensure collaboration and proper coordination with the rest of the staff; identify, prioritize and pursue professional-development opportunities that produce highest return for resources spent;
• Build, strengthen, and leverage key strategic partnerships with local, regional, and international non-profit organizations and government agencies to achieve EPI’s mission and goals;
• Develop budget forecasts; monitor spending and oversee program accounting month to month; ensure the timely negotiations and execution of client contracts;
• Work with other staff to develop effective strategies for fundraising, student recruitment, pricing, promotions and program content; help identify potential fee- and income-producing opportunities, and cost-cutting opportunities;
• Ensure program activities fulfill EPI’s vision, mission, and strategic goals; stay fluent in “best practices” as they apply to regional conservation and environmental education;
• Evaluate existing and potentially new education and program offerings; ensure that program content is aligned with current proficiency requirements when appropriate;
• Oversee any special projects assigned by senior staff and designated as high priority;
• Maintain good humor and apply professional, common-sense solutions to everyday challenges.
Leadership and Communication:
• Provide leadership for Mexico office staff, instructors, and participants;
• Represent EPI to partners, vendors, schools, government officials and within the local community and region;
• Make professional and good judgments;
• Work with Executive Director and outside council to ensure legal compliance in-country serve as legal representative if necessary;
• Serve as primary contact for in-country staff, partners, and vendors;
• Serve as primary contact for staff from EPI Main office in Missoula, Montana;
• Coordinate and share resources with program staff at other EPI program sites;
Staff management and supervision:
• Understand and stay abreast of in-country human resource policies and practices;
• Hire and train program Associates/Coordinators; support this process for assistants, instructors and interns;
• Supervise, motivate and inspire program staff, provide positive and constructive feedback, and conduct semi-annual reviews of key staff.
• Develop program budget and forecasts;
• Supervise Administrative Coordinator (AC);
• Review monthly spending forecast for field season;
• Review account ledgers and staff payroll summaries;
• Oversee in-country finances;
• Oversee in-country accountant and ensure fiduciary compliance in Mexico;
• Complete vendor contracts or Memorandums of Understanding and request payments.
• Identify and cultivate potential funding sources;
• Identify local donors and serve as primary in-country contact for foundations and potential/existing donors, including adult trip participants and campus visitors;
• Assist with grant writing and reporting;
• Enhance U.S. and International student recruitment efforts;
• Maximize local student tuition and other earned income revenue as appropriate.
Program planning, evaluation, and improvement:
• Ensure each course fulfills EPI’s educational, conservation, and cultural goals;
• Maximize relationships and public education in the communities where we operate;
• Contribute to regional awareness and support of EPI programming;
• Maintain relationships with EPI’s partners and vendors before, during, and after program season, establish MOUs and agreements;
• Oversee season schedule;
• Evaluate appropriateness of current logistics; work to improve efficiency, participant experience, and cost-benefit.
• Maximize safe learning environment for students during field and other activities;
• Ensure that decisions regarding program delivery account for EPI’s risk management policies;
• Play key role in administrative emergency response system.
Five years or more experience in relevant positions, supervising staff, providing financial oversight, developing and executing programs
Fluency in Spanish and English
Ability and desire to live/work in Mexico
Salary is competitive commensurate with experience plus benefits and paid vacation.
Applications will be accepted through July 1, 2013 or until a suitable candidate can be identified. Early applications are encouraged and applications will be considered as they are received.
Complete your application and submit your cover letter and resume at: https://ecologyproject.submittable.com/submit