Program Associate, Udall Foundation

location negotiable

Job Title: Program Associate

Organization: Morris K. Udall Scholarship and Excellence in National Environmental Policy Foundation 

Location: Location negotiable

Position Overview: Reporting to the Director or Deputy Director of the John S. McCain III National Center for Environmental Conflict Resolution (National Center), the Program Associate (PA) supports National Center projects by working with Project and Program Managers on case management assessment, contracting, client and stakeholder communications. meeting planning, and logistics. Services often are complex and contentious, requiring independent thought and coordination.
The PA will work on the Missouri River Recovery Implementation Committee (MRRIC), a nearly 70-member collaborative body representing a diverse group of Tribal, State, Local and Federal interests, in addition to other National Center projects. Regular MRRIC meetings provide a forum for stakeholders to develop a collaborative recovery plan to replace lost habitat and protect threatened and endangered species.


  • Under the supervision of the Director or Deputy Director, and the direction of Project or Program Managers, independently perform general information intake; support the management of the National Center’s role in the contracting process for neutral 3rd party contractor selection; and support the management of the neutral 3rd party contract, often for multiple projects simultaneously.
  • With assistance and direction from Senior Program Associates, and often under the direction of Project or Program Managers, draft Scopes of Work (SOW) and prepare both routine and complex budgets for projects and programmatic efforts for review, editing, and approval by the Project or Program Managers. Budgets should reflect appropriate estimation of tasks, level of effort, timeliness, costs, and milestones.
  • Assist Project or Program Managers with case/conflict assessments by arranging interviews and summarizing the assessment interviews in order to draft findings and develop draft recommendations and reports.
  • Under the supervision of the Director or Deputy Director and the direction of Project or Program Managers, plan and facilitate small group discussions and caucuses as part of National Center projects.
  • Summarize meeting discussions succinctly and accurately and provide such summaries in a timely manner as directed after meetings.
  • Manage logistics for large complex conflict resolution projects.
  • Accurately implement Federal and Udall Foundation policies related to records management, personnel policies, data base management, and project administration requirements.
  • Draft communications to be transmitted to contractors and project participants about meeting schedules, results, and follow up steps on a regular basis.
  • Effectively lead and serve on internal and external teams.
  • Enforce appropriate internal controls and ensure that programs adhere to the laws, rules, regulations, and policies of the Federal Government and the Udall Foundation.
  • Foster a mission-focused culture that reflects the Udall Foundation’s values of Civility, Integrity, and Consensus.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
  • The PA to the Director or Deputy Director of the National Center and participates in all aspects of National Center program and staff activities. A significant (up to 25%) amount of travel may be required.
  • The PA position is equivalent to a GS-9 General Schedule position with a salary range beginning at $53,433 depending on experience, education, and duty station.
  • A remote duty station is required for the position. Relocation expenses are not authorized.


  • Demonstrated experience with organizational, administrative, financial, or project coordination.
  • Demonstrated flexibility and ability to work independently, while also being capable of working collaboratively with a team to develop and carry out an overall program.
  • Excellent collaborative interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to ensure administrative tasks and processes are completed in a timely manner.
  • Proficiency with databases, spreadsheets, research tools, and online collaboration tools.
  • Ability to develop and track project budgets.
  • Demonstrated excellence in both oral and written communication. (A writing sample is required.)
  • At least a Bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline or equivalent experience; and
  • At least two (2) years’ experience in environmental, natural resources, or land use law, science, policy, or planning related to complex public policy issues, and demonstrable experience assisting with environmental project management, public policy negotiations, collaborative processes, or consensus seeking processes; and
  • At least one (1) year of facilitation or conflict resolution experience or equivalent educational experience.

Salary/pay: $53,433 – $84,732 per year

Application Deadline: December 13

How to apply: Please send the following documents to Olivia Montes:(1) Cover letter; (2) resume; (3) a recent writing sample; and (4) contact information for three professional references. Current Federal employees should also send (5) a copy of their current SF-50.