Chautauqua Institution is a not-for-profit global convener of dialogue on the most significant issues of the day through engagement across four pillars of the arts, education, religion, and recreation. The Chautauqua community is located on the shores of Chautauqua Lake in southwestern New York State and comes alive each summer with a unique mix of visual and performing arts, lectures, interfaith worship/programs, and recreational activities.
The Institution has just recently passed a strategic plan (150 Forward) that endeavors to expand its reach to year-round programming and to harness its brand for continuous impact. The strategic plan defines a cross-cutting imperative to restore Chautauqua Lake to good ecological health, including addressing current and future impacts of climate change and commits to generating support and philanthropy for this initiative.
The Project Manager, Chautauqua Lake Initiative , is a philanthropically funded position to develop, coordinate, and implement strategies to drive a comprehensive, science-based approach to improve the health and sustainability of Chautauqua Lake and elevate its conservation as the centerpiece of the region’s economic prosperity. The Project Manager will lead education, coalition building, and positive action for conservation efforts in the region and support philanthropic cultivation, operations, fiscal management, and community engagement on climate change.
This position reports to the Director, Chautauqua Climate Change Initiative with regular coordination with the Vice President of Campus Planning and Operation and the President of Chautauqua Institution.
Policy and advocacy
Education and Experience
Required education: Bachelor’s degree in Conservation Project Management, Ecology and Natural Resource Management, Environmental Science, Biology, Engineering, or a related field. Candidates with an equivalent combination of education/work experience will also be considered.
Required experience: Minimum five years of prior project management experience related to advancing environmental, ecological, natural resource, natural sciences, or land and water conservation objectives, with demonstratable achievements working with governments, corporate sectors, aid agencies, civil society, and NGOS.
Skills & Abilities
This position is based at the main campus of Chautauqua Institution, which is located in Southwestern New York (Chautauqua County).
Chautauqua Institution’s competitive benefits suite includes health insurance, dental insurance, flexible spend (or health savings) account options, vision insurance, complimentary life insurance, access to various fitness and wellness programs, and employee-paid supplemental life insurance and long-term disability options. We help our employees plan for the future through a discretionary employer pension contribution, which has recently been (10%) of gross compensation following a designated service period. The Employee Assistance Program provides virtual access to a network of free services including counseling sessions, legal counsel, financial advisors, and childcare/eldercare referrals.
Discovering Your Chautauqua Experience
There are countless ways that our talent will engage with our mission, vision, and diverse communities, and you are invited to immerse yourself in our programming as a gateway to this experience.
Employees will receive the traditional Chautauqua gate pass, which provides access to all Amphitheater programs except popular entertainment (up to two nights a week) and lawn seating for all performing arts events at the Pratt Avenue performance pavilion, a new, temporary venue for 2021. Designated popular entertainment events in the Amphitheater will require a separate ticket purchase, if tickets are available.
In addition to a traditional gate pass, employees and their families will receive full access to our current and historical programs online at CHQ Assembly.
Joining Our Talent Community
Qualified candidates should apply online at CHQ.org/employment. Interested applicants must submit a cover letter and resume, with optional portfolio documents, for consideration. You are encouraged to learn more about Chautauqua Institution at CHQ.org and the 150 Forward Strategic Plan at 150fwd.CHQ.org.
Chautauqua, NY, USA