Director of Sustainable Cities Program

Founded in 1998, the Urban Ecology Institute (UEI) helps communities build healthy, safe and vibrant cities by educating urban residents about the ecology of their environment, connecting them to their neighbors, and engaging them in transforming their urban communities into places where they want to live. UEI’s Education Division offers natural science field studies curricula and high school teacher training. The Sustainable Cities Division brings together communities, municipalities, researchers, and non-profit organizations to assess and re-green urban land while promoting stewardship and the renewal of ecological health and beauty to urban neighborhoods.

POSITION DESCRIPTION: The Director of Sustainable Cities Programs will be based out of UEI’s office in Cambridge, MA, and will work under the supervision of the Executive Director. This person will be responsible for the successful coordination and implementation of the Sustainable Cities programs including CityRoots, Urban Forestry Tools, and Urban Ecological Research. He or she will also provide research, program development, and enable continued program expansion.


– Lead implementation of the CityRoots, Urban Forestry Tools and Urban Ecological Research programs and other programs as necessary

– Represent UEI to key partners, such as federal and state funders and municipal government leaders in order to provide urban re-greening planning and implementation

– Oversee outreach, recruitment and convening, particularly for CityRoots’ small scale greening projects. This includes: developing recruitment materials; working closely with local community groups; conducting outreach in a variety of media; coordinating group trainings, visioning sessions, and other events; and building and maintaining relationships with program participants

– Coordinate training and consult as part of the Urban Forestry Tools program: manage volunteer-driven tree inventories for municipalities; develop processes to effectively gather this data; compile, analyze, and map data; consult on urban forestry best practices specific to local needs; develop and write reports

– Develop and manage analytic tools and databases for supporting social and environmental ecological research, using computer program like ArcGIS, Excel, and Access

– Provide site design and plant selection coordination for all Sustainable Cities programs and facilitate urban tree-planting days

– Manage field interns, coordinators, and contractors and facilitate efforts for administrative and in-field needs of program contractors, interns and volunteers

– Coordinate and facilitate workshops, trainings and events for individuals from grass roots organizations to high level government offices in order to strengthen collaboration, and build new partnerships

– Track and coordinate program budgets, allocations, and invoices

– Support collaborative endeavors.


– Bachelor’s or Master’s degree or work experience equivalent in: urban ecology; urban planning; landscape design; urban forestry; sustainable development; or a related field

– Strong communication and presentation skills with the ability to persuasively convey the importance of environmental stewardship to diverse groups including neighborhood organizations, municipal and state officials, citizen groups, workshop participants, and other program partners

– Ability to write succinctly and clearly

– Strong organizational skills including the ability to simultaneously coordinate multiple project logistics, workshop implementation, facilitation of group meetings, and trainings

-Ability to operate within and manage/track multiple budgets

– Experience facilitating group meetings, trainings, and workshops as well as coordinating volunteers

– Ability to act independently and communicate effectively within a team

– Willingness to maintain a flexible schedule, including working on occasional evenings and weekends

– Valid driver’s license and willingness to travel to various New England cities

– Ability to conduct manual labor in New England weather during spring, summer and fall

– Experience using word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software


– Experience with layout, database, and email communication software (such as InDesign, MS Access, and Constant Contact)

– Experience with ArcGIS or other mapping software

– Plant ID and/or tree inventory experience

– Familiarity with green infrastructure and small scale landscape design


The salary is commensurate with experience. UEI provides a competitive benefits package, including health, dental, disability and life insurance.


Please mail, or email cover letter and resume to:

Urban Ecology Institute

Attention: Human Resources

3 Phillips Place

Cambridge, MA 02138


Closes 3/29/13.


Cambridge, Massachusetts
Urban Ecology Institute (UEI)
Human Resources