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Sustainable Enterprise Manager (PUSH Blue)

Company: People United for Sustainable Housing (PUSH Buffal
Location: Buffalo
Posted on: January 24, 2023

Job Description:

Hiring: Sustainable Enterprise Manager (PUSH Blue) -About the Sustainable Enterprise Manager (PUSH Blue) PositionPeople United for Sustainable Housing (PUSH Buffalo) seeks a Sustainable Enterprise Manager that is responsible for PUSH Buffalo's green infrastructure, stormwater management and sustainable landscaping program/social justice enterprise business, known as PUSH Blue. -About PUSH BuffaloPUSH Buffalo is a community-based non-profit located on Buffalo's West Side. The organization was founded in 2005 as a membership organization that would combine community development and community organizing activities to address displacement and improve Buffalo's West Side. Our mission today is to mobilize residents to create strong neighborhoods with quality affordable housing; to expand local hiring opportunities; and to advance social, economic and environmental justice in Buffalo.At PUSH we know that our current systems are not designed for the sustainable, regenerative future we need in our neighborhoods, cities, regions, states, and country. By design, they put people over corporate profit, and fail to address the disproportionate marginalization of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC), and poor and working-class communities. At PUSH, we build community power for a Just Transition by organizing people and money to secure housing, climate, and environmental justice campaign victories that lead to transformative, structural change. At the same time, we work to develop and implement community-based solutions on the ground in our neighborhood.About the StrategyIn 2013, PUSH launched PUSH Blue to create a variety of storm water retention interventions throughout PUSH's twenty-five block Green Development Zone. Capital investments in stormwater infrastructure provide a unique opportunity for green job creation at a neighborhood scale. Significant investments have been made by many lakefront cities, like Buffalo, to meet the labor demand of the rising green economy. PUSH aims to capture some of that job growth and wealth creation for low-income residents by providing extensive training and experience in landscaping and stormwater management techniques, a growing and necessary part of the green economy.Such efforts are part of PUSH's overall community jobs pipeline strategy of engaging low-income communities of color and disconnected workers in the struggle to create an equitable community-controlled green economy. PUSH has had significant success in training and employing workers in both the stormwater and energy retrofit sector. Such work builds the region's capacity to continue building and maintaining this infrastructure. Additionally, the strategy combines conventional workforce development activities - recruitment, referral, job development, and job placement - with opportunities for community building and leadership development.About the PositionCritical to that success is the PUSH Blue Sustainable Enterprise Manager (EM) who will oversee the development of PUSH Blue's expanding green infrastructure, stormwater management, and sustainable landscaping social justice enterprise business. The EM will be responsible for managing all related projects including existing stormwater management projects, creation of educational material surrounding best practices, supervision of internal and external landscaping/GI projects, and development of new lines of business.The EM also facilitates resource development opportunities, including the identification of, and submittal of applications to, potential funders and partners. The EM also ensures that the programs and projects are compliant with the terms of PUSH Buffalo's contractual agreements with federal, state, city and other funding sources.This is a full-time, exempt and salaried position with a pay range of $50,000 - $60,000 annually depending on experience. The position is located in Buffalo, NYKey Duties and Responsibilities

  • Uphold PUSH Core Values-Member Involvement, Inclusiveness, Ownership, Results Oriented, Relevant, Justice
  • Identify and successfully bid on public and private sector contracting and procurement opportunities as a means of generating earned revenue for the organization and employment opportunities for low-income and Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) members of the community.
  • Perform job duties in ways that will promote and uphold our organization's mission.
  • Actively participate in visioning and strategizing about PUSH Blue goals and priorities, including new lines of business, client development, and growth planning.
  • Coordinate planning and development of all aspects of the PUSH Blue social justice enterprise business in coordination with Senior Leadership and relevant staff.
  • Lead implementation of PUSH Blue residential stormwater management programs
  • Develop and evaluate a qualified residential stormwater management program applicant pool
  • Develop and manage project budgets (including preparing requisitions and tracking), contractors and billing, in coordination with Senior Leadership and relevant staff.
  • Manage the design, construction, and maintenance of PUSH Blue-owned green infrastructure projects
  • Monitor the maintenance and performance of PUSH Blue-led and partner-led projects
  • Report on project performance to Senior Leadership and related agencies
  • Process draw and payment requests
  • Develop and implement best practices in green infrastructure and vacant land management
  • Consult with colleagues working on green infrastructure and vacant land management in other cities
  • Develop funding applications and financial partnerships to support green infrastructure programs
  • Lead the hiring process for all PUSH Blue positions, including landscape coordinators, seasonal staff.
  • Provide project management during site installation phase and assure timely close-out of projects.
  • Assist with labor on projects as needed and carry out site visits to ensure quality control on projects.
  • Supervise and ensure quality control and protocol adherences for all sustainable landscaping work.
  • Assist Development Team with related grant applications, narrative, budget, tracking, and reporting
  • Provide staffing support to relevant boards and committees. Coordinate and carry out various aspects of grant applications and reporting for project research and grow new sustainable landscaping and green infrastructure techniques
  • Develop and deliver educational materials reflecting best practices in the GI/sustainable landscaping fields.
  • Arrange for and deliver NGICP certification trainings
  • Other duties as assignedSkills
    • Familiarity with and interest in community development, green infrastructure, sustainable landscaping, and water management.
    • Excellent business acumen
    • Experience with small business operations or demonstrated entrepreneurship skills
    • Alignment with PUSH's mission for intersectional approaches to social, economic, and environmental justice;
    • Alignment with PUSH's vision for operating within the PUSH's theory of change and uphold the values and structures for a Just Transition;
    • Strong organization skills, including good attention to detail and follow through;
    • Strong writing skills; Strong Excel and budget skills;
    • Skilled at establishing priorities and managing multi-project workload;
    • Team player, creative, innovative, flexible & enthusiastic self-starter who can work independently;
    • Ability to engage and empower diverse team members, focusing on their personal and professional growth
    • Willingness to participate in non-PUSH Blue related organizational initiatives a plus;
    • Cooperative & sustainable business skills or development a plusQualificationsThe ideal candidate will possess:
      • Minimum 3 years' experience in water management, landscaping, construction, horticulture, entrepreneurship, or related field required
      • Demonstrated project management experience required
      • Demonstrated management experience preferred
      • NGICP certification and Trainer certification will be required to be pursued immediately and maintained throughout entire employment; PUSH will arrange for both to take place after employee is hired
      • Experience working in and with Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC), immigrant communities, and/or people whose first or only language is other than English is highlyPhysical RequirementsThe physical demands are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions: -
        • Frequent local, regional and state travel for contract leads
        • Maintain a high energy level; comfortable performing multi-faceted projects in conjunction with day-to-day activities
        • Regularly required to speak clearly; hear the spoken word and highly articulate in written communications
        • Light physical effort in an office environment
        • Moderate physical effort in an outdoor environment with uncertain terrain
        • Frequent phone and computer use/data entrySubmission InstructionsHow to Apply Proposals will be accepted until the position is filled and will be considered on a rolling basis. Proposals should include a letter of application (i.e. a short letter introducing yourself and your interest in the position), resume, and contact information for two professional references.
          Proposals will only be accepted by email, and should be sent to: PUSH recruits, employs, trains, compensates and promotes regardless of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, veteran status, and other protected status as required by applicable law.At PUSH, we have a clear vision: to be the place where a diverse mix of talented people want to come, to stay and do their best work. Our organization runs on the hard work and dedication of our passionate and creative employees. Copyright 2022 People United for Sustainable Housing Buffalo

Keywords: People United for Sustainable Housing (PUSH Buffal, Buffalo , Sustainable Enterprise Manager (PUSH Blue), Executive , Buffalo, New York

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