NRPA is a national, nonprofit with a mission to “advance parks, recreation, and environmental conservation efforts that enhance the quality of life for all people.” NRPA has an extensive nation-wide reach that represents a network of over 60,000 park and recreation professionals. The majority of our membership consists of employees of local park and recreation agencies across the country, through which a wide distribution of the population is served.
As the trusted leader for parks and recreation, NRPA is leading the movement to educate and empower professionals across the country to increase the quantity and quality of parks accessible to the public within a 10-minute walk. In October NRPA along with two other national organizations, will launch the 10-Minute Walk Campaign, a national campaign to ensure all Americans have access to a high-quality park within a half mile of home.
To support the campaign NRPA’s Health and Wellness team is accepting applications for a Program Specialist to support the program manager to organize trainings, manage grants, and develop content for the 10-Minute Walk Campaign.
At NRPA you will be part of the team instrumental in developing education and professional development content and opportunities for park and recreation and allied professionals (planners, developers, landscape architects etc.) to achieve the campaign goals. You will support the project manager and work with a group of passionate, creative, and fun leaders that are working to create more equitable, healthy, and resilient communities through parks.
In this position, you will:
Write and source content for blogs, magazines, and newsletters that focus on subjects such as equitable access to parks, parks and displacement, environmental justice, and sustainable communities;
Support the program manager to provide and coordinate technical assistance for park and recreation agencies selected to receive grants to support local planning efforts;
Organize community engagement trainings and develop a guide focused on planning and design, maintenance, and programming of parks to facilitate engagement of under-represented communities and address topics such as park equity, gentrification, and health equity;
Present at and assist in organizing webinars, conference sessions, and videos;
Participate in partner meetings and help to maintain and establish new partnerships with national organizations;
Develop and compile grantee and evaluation data to write reports for funders; and
Complete special projects and assignments, as directed.
Discover the Benefits at NRPA
NRPA boasts a warm professional environment, with a relaxing and peaceful view of nature at its finest! At NRPA we are committed to promoting an environment of work-life balance. In the office you will have access to a fitness room with access to showers, walking and running trails, and indoor and outdoor eating areas. To promote healthy lifestyles, at work and away, we have established programs like Teleworking, Flextime Schedules, 37.5 hour work-week, Employee Assistance Programs, Educational Assistance Programs, Lunch-and-Learn sessions and more. Full time staff enjoy a very rich benefit package that includes:
403(b) matched at 6% and fully vested upon hire;
Group Health, Dental, and Vision for employee and family paid 80+% by NRPA;
Life insurance, Short Term Disability and Long Term Disability paid 100% by NRPA;
26 Paid days off per year plus 13 paid holidays, eligibility in the first month of employment;
Length of Service Awards and much more.
Initial phone interviews will begin after October 9th and will continue until the position is filled. The anticipated start date is November 1st but the position will remain open until filled.
Salary: $40,000 - $45,000 range.
All applications must be received through the online system in order to be considered for the position. If you are being referred by a current NRPA employee, please be sure to add their name in the "Notes" section.
NRPA is an EQUAL OPPORTUNITY employer with a COMMITMENT to DIVERSITY. Women and ethnic minorities ENCOURAGED to apply.
Passionate or highly motivated to impact park equity, environmental justice, health equity, equitable planning, community organizing, and/or green infrastructure
Strong presentation and writing skills
Ability to work individually, as well as part of a team
The National Recreation and Park AssociationNRPA is a national, non-profit service organization devoted to advancing park, recreation and conservation efforts that enhance the quality of life for all Americans. The Association works to extend the social, health, cultural, and economic benefits of parks and recreation. Through its network of over 50,000 recreation and park professionals, NRPA encou...rages recreation initiatives for youths in high-risk environments, the promotion of healthy lifestyles, and the conservation of natural and cultural resources. NRPA works closely with national, state and local recreation and park agencies, corporations and citizen groups in carrying out its vision.NRPA is committed to improving public understanding of leisure's significance in a full and meaningful life. Its long-range plan embraces the following goals.To promote public awareness and support for recreation, park and leisure services, the constructive use of leisure, and the physical and mental health of the individual. NRPA also strives to promote public awareness of the environmental and natural resource management aspects of recreation and leisure services.To facilitate adoption of socially progressive and environmentally appropriate public policy for recreation and leisure services.To strengthen professional and citizen skills and effectiveness, thus enhancing services to the public.For more information, contact NRPA headquarters at phone: 703-858-0784, fax: 703-858-0794 or e-mail: email@example.com.