Senior Program Manager


TITLE: NEIWPCC – Senior Program Manager Narragansett Bay Estuary Program (NBEP)

EMPLOYER: New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission (NEIWPCC), 650 Suffolk Street, Suite 410, Lowell, MA 01854

LOCATION: This position will work full-time in a location in the Providence, Rhode Island area. SALARY: Salary Range is $65,000 to $92,000

Grade and Step dependent upon level of experience and qualifications

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Benefits provided but not included in salary range: vacation, personal and sick leave, health, dental, disability and life insurance, and retirement plan. This position requires the incumbent to work five days a week, 7 1/2 hours per day, except for approved compensatory time; with the possibility for some night and weekend work.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION: The Narragansett Bay Estuary Program (NBEP) is seeking a senior program manager. The Narragansett Bay Estuary Program is one of 28 national estuary programs established pursuant to the federal Clean Water Act. Created in 1987, the program has worked to protect and restore Narragansett Bay and its bi-state watershed, which is shared by Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

The New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission serves as a forum for interstate communication and coordination on water-related pollution control efforts among all the New England States and New York State and is the NBEP program host. NEIWPCC serves as financial administrator and program advisor to the NBEP and employs the program staff. NEIWPCC is hiring a senior program manager for NBEP.

SUPERVISORY CONTROLS: Incumbent operates with substantial independence of action and delegation of professional decisions within his or her area of activity. Direction provided by the NBEP Management Committee and Executive Committee on programmatic matters and the NEIWPCC supervisor on administrative matters (Lowell, MA). The NEIWPCC supervisor evaluates job performance with input and concurrence from the NBEP Executive Committee.

The Senior Program Manager will have primary supervision for 2 – 4 NBEP NEIWPCC employees located in the Providence, Rhode Island area. The program may also periodically retain and supervise seasonal employees or interns on an as needed basis. Supervisory responsibilities include, but are not limited to, assigning work and mentoring, conducting performance evaluations, approving annual leave, providing support and securing appropriate resources for the position, and working with the Lowell, MA staff for any personnel-related actions.

JOB SUMMARY: The Senior Program Manager of the NBEP oversees and manages the NBEP’s operations, including short and long-term planning. The incumbent will provide overall program leadership, coordination, administration, and planning in cooperation, where appropriate, with the EPA Project Officer, NBEP Management Committee and Executive Committee, and NEIWPCC’s Lowell, MA office.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Duties involve administration of a federal program designed to protect and preserve Narragansett Bay and its bi-state watershed through partnerships that conserve and restore natural resources, promote the use of sound science to support Narragansett Bay management, enhance water quality, and promote community involvement and stewardship. Extensive interaction may occur with the public and with representatives of federal, state, and local governments, watershed groups and environmental organizations, universities, and others. The NBEP Senior Program Manager will be the lead for developing and implementing initiatives and partnerships that support the implementation of the Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan (CCMP)the guiding document for the NBEPincluding initiatives related to water quality/stormwater mitigation, habitat protection and restoration, local capacity building, and climate change.

The NEIWPCC ; NBEP Senior Program Manager will accomplish this by:

  • Promoting a holistic approach to protection of the Narragansett Bay watershed, recognizing its environmental, economic, and social significance and bringing together various constituencies to work together effectively towards a shared vision and mission.
  • Ensuring its program structure and activities reflect the bi-state nature of the watershed.
  • Building, strengthening and maintaining effective partnerships or working relationships with key stakeholders involved in bay stewardship.
  • Enhancing collaboration and coordination among agencies and organizations at federal, state, and local levels.
  • Promoting integration of environmental, economic, and social dimensions, agendas and constituencies, and facilitating collaboration towards common goals.
  • Emphasizing ecosystem integrity and sustainability.
  • Leveraging program resources by focusing on support of and technical assistance to partners, (e.g., outreach and educational roles) combined science, and restoration projects.
  • Working with partners to identify information needs, and to acquire, interpret, and disseminate data to support informed, science-based decision-making.
  • Working with partners to keep the public and policymakers informed about bay and watershed conditions and issues.
  • Stimulating discussion on bay issues and enhancing knowledge and skills to address them through workshops, forums, reports, and training. As Senior Program Manager, the incumbent:
    • Provides direction and leadership to the NBEP staff in the implementation of the CCMP and other program activities. As part of supervision, tracks and manages staff activities to ensure annual workplan commitments are met.
    • Supports NBEP Management and Executive Committee and technical subcommittees in the implementation of the program.
    • In cooperation with NEIWPCC’s Lowell office, is responsible for overall management of the NBEP office and supervision of the office staff.
    • Provides support and technical assistance to the NBEP partners, various agencies, and regional staff to support implementation of the CCMP Action Plan priorities.
    • Plays a strong role in synthesis of scientific information concerning bay water quality change, including development of a periodic Status and Trends Report.
    • Works with NEIWPCC Lowell office staff on the management of NBEP grants and contracts. Works with NEIWPCC Lowell office staff to seek and apply for grant funding and match documentation to support programs that carry out the priority CCMP Action Plans.
    • Develops and administers the NBEP budget with the NBEP Executive Committee and Management Committee and NEIWPCC’s Lowell, MA office. In cooperation with NEIWPCC’s Lowell office, coordinates the preparation of annual work plans and funding proposals for EPA and other funds, subject to NBEP Management Committee approval.
  • Supports the development of innovative management approaches and creative technologies and solutions on CCMP priority issues. Secures funding for implementation activities from federal, state, local, and private sources.
  • In cooperation with NEIWPCC’s Lowell office, administers NEIWPCC cooperative agreements, contracts, and amendments of NBEP projects. Oversees compilation and submission of quarterly project reports; reviews quarterly financial reports and tracking of office and project expenses.
  • Approves invoices, travel vouchers, and timesheets for payment by NEIWPCC.
  • Provides annual report on the fiscal status of the NBEP to the Executive Committee and Management Committee.
  • Completes periodic reviews as part of EPA program evaluation. Coordinates with NEIWPCC Lowell office and EPA Region 1 staff on program initiatives.
  • Coordinates planning, budgetary, and promotional activities of the NBEP.
  • Attends national meetings organized by EPA and the Association of National Estuary Programs and participates, as appropriate, in any additional meetings and conferences that support the mission of the NBEP.
  • Facilitates public meetings to maximize public participation and determine public priorities, if necessary.
  • Oversees production of reports and publications including: technical reports and white papers, outreach materials, press releases, newsletters and promotional materials
  • Serves as spokesperson to the media.
  • Oversees promotion of special events.
  • Participates in organizing intergovernmental meetings and conferences.
  • Other duties as assigned. The satisfactory performance of the above duties and responsibilities requires the incumbent to have a thorough understanding of NEIWPCC’s and NBEP’s programs, organization, and policies, to exercise initiative and resourcefulness in complicated situations, and to be able to work effectively with state and federal contacts at both staff and top management levels, and with varied professional backgrounds. The ability to organize workload, and perform tasks in an accurate, concise, and timely manner is required.



    A Graduate Degree in public administration, environmental science, engineering, or in a field related to natural resources.


    Possession of a current and valid Motor Vehicle Operator’s License.


    Applicants must have at least (A) six years of full-time, or equivalent part time, technical or professional experience, in public administration, or in a field related to natural resources, of which (B) at least five years must have been in a professional capacity and, of which (C) at least three years must have been in a supervisory, managerial, or administrative capacity or, (D) any equivalent combination of the required experience and the following substitutes.


I. An Associate’s degree with a major in any of the fields listed above may be substituted for a maximum of one year of the required (A) experience.* 

  1. A Bachelor’s degree with a major in any of the fields listed above may be substituted for a maximum of two years of the required (A) experience.*
  2. A Graduate degree from a recognized school with a major in one of the fields listed above may be substituted for a maximum of three years of the required (A) experience and one year of the required (B) experience. *Education toward such a degree will be prorated on the basis of the proportion of the requirements actually completed.

NOTE: Education substitutions will only be permitted for a maximum of one year of the required (B) experience. No substitutions will be permitted for the required (C) experience.

Preferred Knowledge and Skills

– Experience in aquatic or marine science or policy, or coastal zone management
– Knowledge of non-point source pollution, marine monitoring, habitat assessment, and stormwater management
– Knowledge of budget preparation, grants writing, and contract management
– Knowledge of planning principles and implementation techniques related to water quality protection

– Knowledge of the principles and practices of public administration and relations
– Knowledge of biological, chemical, and physical water quality indicators
– Knowledge of habitat restoration activities
– Knowledge of land use and water quality relationships
– Working knowledge of natural resources management
– Knowledge of public involvement and public participation theory and techniques
– Ability to draft proposals, press releases, budgets, contracts, cooperative agreements, and a variety of reports
– Ability to work both independently and as part of a team
– Ability to mediate disparate opinions and negotiate acceptable solutions
– Ability to exercise considerable tact and diplomacy
– Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with diverse groups
– Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing
– Effective leadership and business management skills

The following knowledge and skills would be helpful, although not a necessary requirement to qualify:
Knowledge of the legislation and programs related to NBEP resource management
– Knowledge of the organization of state government

– Knowledge and understanding of federal environmental laws and regulations Ability to identify policy needs and coordinate policy development teams Ability to facilitate large group meetings

Environmental Factors:

Duties are performed largely in an office setting, but with need for travel to adjoining states for which private means of transportation must be available. Evening and weekend duty may be necessary. Some confrontational meetings with interest groups may occur, which will require good human relations skills and an ability to practice effective public participation techniques.

To Apply:

Send cover letter, resume, and short writing sample by June 14, 2013 to NEIWPCC, 650 Suffolk Street, Suite 410, Lowell, MA 01854 or email to

Providence, Rhode Island
Narragansett Bay Estuary Program (NBEP)
Human Resources