Cool Green Trees Program Manager - Posted 7/1/24

Cool Green Trees (CGT) is a fast-growing program of Cawaco RC&D Council, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. CGT is seeking a full-time, mission-driven Program Manager to take the organization to the next level that may include separate non-profit status. CGT is dedicated to planting and preserving Jefferson County’s urban tree canopy. The Program Manager, in collaboration with Cawaco RC&D Council, will be responsible for fulfilling the organization’s mission with a special focus on the current priorities to:

  • Increase awareness of the organization in the community,
  • Ensure a sustainable future for the organization through diverse funding streams
  • Explore the viability of becoming a separate non-profit
  • Cultivate partnerships that advance CGT’s mission and mutually benefit our partners and community.

Successful candidates must have demonstrated abilities across a broad range of managerial functions including fundraising, fiscal management, program planning and development, marketing, and public relations. The ideal candidate can manage multiple priorities and work effectively with diverse constituencies (staff, volunteers, donors, media, city and county partners, other nonprofits, and funding resources). This person should be passionate about the mission and able to effectively communicate and promote the work of Cool Green Trees to the community, resulting in increased partnerships and funds raised.

Birmingham, Alabama. Requires in person meetings. When appropriate, employees can work from home at the Executive Director’s discretion. Some overnight may be required to attend training courses or meetings.


Provides leadership in the implementation of strategic plans and short-term goals. Demonstrates initiative, adaptability, and a proactive, solutions-oriented approach to opportunities and challenges.

Financial Management
Works with the Cawaco’s Executive Director to develop the annual budget for the CGT program.

Works with the Volunteer Coordinator to plan and execute all fundraising and development activities. Will also be responsible for meeting with individuals, corporations, and foundations to build ongoing financial support and mutually beneficial partnerships.

Works with city, county and state governments, other nonprofits and community groups to facilitate programs and projects.

Program Management
Works with the Program Arborist and Volunteer Coordinator to design, implement, and assess planting and volunteer programs.

Effectively conveys Cool Green Trees vision to staff, board, volunteers, donors, and stakeholders. Develops and implements an advocacy, awareness and engagement campaign through multi-channel strategies.

Creates a positive learning culture that encourages the introduction of innovative ideas, approaches, and methods from staff and volunteers to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of programs and operations.


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent skills and 5+ years of relevant professional work experience
  • Passionate about CGT’s mission
  • Positive attitude, strong work ethic, creativity and flexibility
  • Ability to present complex information in an impactful and succinct manner through presentations, written reports, grant narratives, social media, press, newsletters, and other interactions
  • Ability to work effectively with diverse and disparate constituencies
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities, both independently and as the leader of a team
  • Demonstrated ability to work and communicate effectively with local and state governments, philanthropies, and community stakeholders
  • Experience working with Boards to achieve strategic objectives
  • Experience in fundraising and community development
  • Experience working in the non-profit sector, especially in the operation of a conservation, friends, or similar organizations, is strongly preferred
  • Experience hiring, managing, and supervising staff
  • Experience developing and executing mission-oriented programming
  • Experience with community outreach, volunteers, and partnerships
  • Candidate must be available to work occasionally on weekends
  • Candidate must be physically able to participate in tree planting activities and other programming initiatives
  • Strong interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills
  • Communications experience including social media, press, and newsletters


    • Salary: Competitive salary commensurate with experience. Range 55,000-60,000.
    • Benefits: Cawaco offers employees access to health, dental, and vision insurance (or stipend) and matches retirement contributions up to 3%.

The benefits of this position include a flexible schedule (must be available during standard working hours between 8am – 5pm) and a generous time-off schedule (vacation, sick-leave, personal). Employees will be expected to follow Cawaco’s policies and procedures as described in the Personnel Manual.

How to Apply
Applicants should submit a letter of interest and a current resume by August 30, 2024, here:

Cawaco RC&D Council is an equal-opportunity employer.