Green Infrastructure Project Manager at Eastside Community Network


Title:                                     Green Infrastructure Project Manager
Reports To:                         Director of Economic Development
Position Terms:                Full Time, Exempt

Position Summary:
  The Green Infrastructure Project Manager will be responsible for developing and managing ECN’s Greening the Eastside Together campaign. The campaign is an evolving set of green infrastructure initiatives created to support economic growth; enhance community health and safety; and provide recreation, wildlife, and other communal and economic benefits within target residential and commercial corridors on Detroit’s lower eastside.


The successful applicant will join the Economic Development team and be responsible for coordinating and implementing a variety of projects that currently includes an outdoor learning lab for residents and youth, the creation of a green infrastructure maintenance crew, and the development of landscapes that foster productive and/or alternative uses in target neighborhoods and corridors.

ECN’s portfolio of projects is constantly growing thus the ability to work on multiple projects and to be flexible in the effective administration of such is an important aspect of this position. Projects are grant driven and the ability to complete projects in a timely manner and within budget are essential.

The Green Infrastructure Project Manager must be a self-starter, prepared to immediately begin leading projects that are already underway. The position requires extensive community engagement, some local and regional travel for meetings and trainings (when applicable) and work in the field.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in environmental planning, landscape architecture, natural resources, or related fields OR 2-3 years of related work experience
  • Superior understanding of environment issues affecting urban communities
  • Familiarity with the management of project plans, scopes, contracts, budgets, schedules, inspections, and/or contractor supervision

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience in one or more of the following areas – green infrastructure and stormwater management, community outreach and collaboration, construction project management, habitat restoration, program management
  • Self-motivated and ability to work independently as well as in a team
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to communicate clearly about complex issues in a way that is clear and engaging to a broad audience. Experience in social and visual media communications desired.
  • Experience working with municipal, state, and federal officials and agencies, as well as design professionals, and diverse stakeholder groups
  • Willingness to participate in training in specific competencies related to this position
  • Familiarity with relevant computer programs beyond basic Office suite, such as Arc GIS


Position Responsibilities:

  • Identify and assess vacant land for green development within target neighborhoods
  • Develop and manage annual programming for outdoor learning lab
  • Steward community engagement, planning, and/or training efforts in partnership with residents, businesses and local organizations surrounding green infrastructure (when applicable)
  • Adapt and/or develop green infrastructure educational and marketing materials for respective projects and programs, including managing online media (when applicable)
  • Coordinate outreach and recruitment with the Resident Outreach Corps and manage volunteers to implement projects (when applicable)
  • Manage application process and support residents in completing applications for mini-grants, when applicable
  • Interact with experts in the field to design, construct and manage green infrastructure projects
  • Produce reports and present recommendations to steering committees, organizational leadership, and partner organizations, when applicable
  • Participate in community forums, as available, including the Detroit Environmental Agenda, the Blue/Green Workgroup, the Open Space Stakeholder Meeting, and others, as appropriate
  • Assist in the planning and hosting of bi-monthly Stakeholder Advisory Group (SAG) Meetings, monthly Blight Advisory Committee Meetings

Common Organizational Job Responsibilities:

  • Maintain positive and productive working relationships with all ECN staff members. This includes providing and receiving constructive feedback;
  • Participate in building productive relationships with Stakeholder Advisory Group members, Blight Advisory group members, and Lower Eastside Action Plan (LEAP) members, external partners, policy makers, and the general public;
  • Participate in organizational meetings and activities as requested, such as monthly staff meetings, trainings, and ad hoc workshops and planning committees;
  • Complete all administrative work on time, such as time sheets, purchase orders, project reports and planning documents.


To apply for this position, please submit a cover letter and resume to Andrea Benson at: by January 2, 2018. Upon submission, please ensure the subject title of the email reads: GI Program Manager Position.


Eastside Community Network Is an Equal Opportunity Employer