Project Director

March 21, 2018 1:10 PM | Anonymous member

Organizaton: The Mill Creek Alliance

The Mill Creek Alliance (the Alliance) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation formed in March 2018 through the merger of two successful conservation organizations; The Mill Creek Watershed Council of Communities and Groundwork Cincinnati-Mill Creek. The mission of the Alliance is to empower Mill Creek communities to protect and enhance the value of the Mill Creek, its tributaries, and watershed. Through inclusive, meaningful community engagement and collaborative action, the Alliance strives to create a Mill Creek watershed that is a healthy ecosystem where thriving people and communities live, work, and play.

The Alliance’s wide-ranging skill sets allow it to provide holistic solutions to many of the problems faced by our constituent communities. Our multi-faceted approach includes watershed action planning, project implementation, watershed-scale research and monitoring, and creating opportunities to explore the watershed through recreation and volunteer events. In addition, the Alliance recognizes that environmental justice work requires a special focus on underserved communities. In those communities, the Alliance focuses on uplifting our communities’ youth, environmental education, restoration of the river and its natural resources, planting trees and edible gardens, building trails, and providing a source of Green Jobs. The Alliance seeks to transform neglected land and waterways into assets that underserved neighborhoods need to be healthy and resilient while building community capacity.  

The Project Director supports the Alliance’s mission by successfully managing Watershed improvement projects; building relationships among Watershed communities, businesses, residents, and regulatory agencies; and furthering public awareness and stewardship in the Mill Creek Watershed.


The Project Director, in collaboration with the Alliance Executive Director and staff, identifies and evaluates opportunities for watershed improvement projects; builds relationships and partnerships with communities and funders to enable projects; develops project concepts (alone or with a consultant, as appropriate); conducts site assessments; applies for grant funding; provides technical assistance and construction oversight to communities considering or engaged in improvement projects; advises on long-term project maintenance and monitoring; performs post-construction project inspections; and develops content for project-specific fact sheets, websites and outreach materials.



·      Establish effective working partnerships with a wide range of watershed stakeholders

·      Effectively balance multiple priorities

·      Communicate in a positive and respectful manner

·      Demonstrate flexibility and cooperative attitude when faced with change

·      Demonstrate strong multi-tasking abilities

·      Work independently with minimal supervision

·      Actively manage and motivate project teams to meet milestone schedules



·      Identify, develop, and seek funding for projects and activities that improve the Mill Creek and its tributaries

o   Identify, evaluate and recommend project proposals in partnership with Watershed communities, business owners, local regulatory agency staff, and other project partners as applicable

o   Research grant and funding opportunities and make appropriate application including project concepts, and design and construction budgets

o   Oversee project implementation including design, construction, and establishment

o   Develop project schedules and actively manage the project team to meet project milestones.

o   Assist communities and landowners with project implementation and on-going project maintenance

o   Maintain project records in an organized fashion including schedules, cost estimates, meeting notes, records of decisions, project photos, design and construction contracts, drawings, specifications, and change orders

o   Maintain project budgets and provide timely grant reporting in collaboration with the Operations Director

o   Enable and support pre and post-construction water quality and quantity monitoring in collaboration with the Program and Outreach Director

o   Support implementation of the Alliance’s Watershed education and outreach programs through development of project-specific technical materials

o   Support successful execution of outreach activities including but not limited to planting, maintenance weeding, canoe floats, and during and post-construction site tours for elected officials, technical and research professionals, public works personnel, and state and Federal agency staff

·      Support the mission of the  Alliance  in the course of interacting with businesses, residents, and local, regional, and national governmental organizations and agencies in the Mill Creek Watershed

o   Work with state and Federal agencies, local municipalities and business owners to advance the Alliance’s goals and mission

o   Facilitate cooperation among civic groups, governmental agencies, and environmental organizations interested in watershed issues

o   Communicate with member communities when issues of concern or opportunity arise, particularly as they relate to project implementation and maintenance

·      Work closely with local communities and local, state, and Federal stakeholders to foster partnerships and to help attain Alliance goals

·      Performs all other related duties as assigned by the Executive Director, Alliance Chair and Board of Trustees



Laptop computer; Microsoft Office, ArcGIS, and Adobe software; printers; copier and scanner; mobile telephone; personal office.


The employee must occasionally lift and / or move up to 50 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these essential functions.


The duties of this job are performed both inside a climate-controlled office setting and outside, and at times in inclement weather.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.


Education / Work Experience:

·         Bachelor’s Degree in Civil or Environmental Engineering, Natural Resources or Environmental Science, Landscape Architecture, Agriculture, Urban or Regional Planning, or related area of study

·         2-3 years of experience with project development, project management, and implementation in a related field

·         Demonstrated leadership ability and grant writing experience

·         Experience in group organization and facilitation

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with watershed stakeholders, colleagues, supervisors, elected officials and the public
  • Ability to work independently on several on-going projects setting incremental milestones while keeping sight of long-term objectives
  • Ability to effectively balance multiple priorities in a dynamic and fast-paced environment
  • Excellent written, verbal, and computer-based communication skills, including the ability to deliver presentations to a variety of audiences
  • Ability to maintain organized project records including schedules, cost estimates, meeting notes, records of decisions, project photos, design and construction contracts, drawings, specifications, and change orders
  • Ability to track project finances for grant reporting and Alliance budgeting purposes
  • Ability to articulate and present a positive professional image in person, on the telephone, and in electronic communications
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Proficient in ArcGIS and Adobe Creative Suite
  • Valid Ohio Drivers’ License and access to a vehicle


This is a full-time (40 hours per week) grant-funded exempt position. Office hours are flexible between 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.  Occasional evening and weekend hours are required.  We offer a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package including paid vacation, holidays and sick leave; tuition reimbursement; health insurance, flexible spending account, and optional SIMPLE IRA retirement program. 


Applicants must submit cover letter, resume, writing sample and three professional references to David J. Schmitt at by March 31, 2018.  Several candidates will be selected for interviews based on the written materials submitted.  Final selection is based on the most qualified applicant as determined by one or more in-person interviews. The position is available immediately.


The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.  If applicant meets all requirements and characteristics as indicated in the job description, hiring may be contingent upon successful completion of drug and alcohol test, background check,  and physical.

All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, creed, national origin, genetic information, ancestry, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identification, or disability as defined in the Americans with Disabilities Act.  The Alliance is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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