Nature and Health Program Manager (Part-Time)

  • EarthLab
  • Seattle, Washington
  • May 10, 2023
Part time Administrative Project Manager Equity Manager

Job Description

Nature and Health is an initiative within EARTHLAB at the University of Washington (UW) that seeks to understand the benefits of nature contact to human health and well-being. A group of scientists, practitioners, and community members, we promote research, programs, and policies that align with our mission and vision. Through establishing partnerships with both the local Seattle community and across the US, we offer our expertise, guidance, and support to grow the current body of knowledge around this topic and contribute to the design of health-care, educational, and community settings that benefit all people. We use funds to build pilot projects, establish networks and collaborations, and pursue project specific funding.

EARTHLAB is a visionary institute that pushes boundaries to address our most pressing environmental challenges, with a focus on climate and its intersection with social justice. EARTHLAB does this by connecting faculty, students and researchers at the University of Washington (UW) to community collaborators in businesses, non-profits, public agencies, Tribal nations and others to co-produce actionable research that generates solutions and strategies for local and global impact. EARTHLAB’s vision, an equitable, just and sustainable world where people and planet thrive, supports one of the University’s biggest goals. As a Carnegie- classified Community Engagement University, the UW aspires to be the #1 university in the world as measured by impact. EARTHLAB is inspired by and committed to this challenge.

Diversity Equity and Inclusion:
EARTHLAB and Nature & Health acknowledges the systemic racism that exists in the environmental sector and within environmentalism. We believe every member on our team enriches our diversity by exposing us to a broad range of ways to understand and engage with the world, identify challenges, and to discover, design and deliver solutions. We are seeking candidates who are committed to creating an equitable, diverse and inclusive work environment where all voices are considered and valued.

Nature and Health is recruiting for a part-time, 50% FTE Program Manager to help develop and run this exciting cross-cutting initiative.  The Program Manager will have a range of responsibilities including helping to manage projects, plan, and organize meetings and events, recruit and manage partners, manage research networks and project program communications, assist with grant writing, and manage and track records and documents.

The Program Manager will report to the Director but will also work closely with the Associate Director and the Nature and Health leadership team.  The Program Manager will also be called on to work closely with the College of the Environment Advancement team and the EARTHLAB staff.

The Nature and Health Program Manager position will require someone with a broad range of skills and a great deal of flexibility. The successful candidate will embrace the mission of Nature and Health and will value and appreciate human interaction, work well in a collaborative environment, and welcome new ways to work to improve the performance of the initiative.

This position requires an ability to think strategically, direct and manage multiple priorities, and track many moving parts. Exceptional organizational, people, and communication skills are central to this position.


70% - Program Implementation and Management:  

  • Manage Nature and Health programs.
  • Plan, organize, and execute symposia, webinars, and community gatherings.
  • Build and coordinate partnerships across campus, and external to the UW.
  • Contribute to strategic planning.
  • Identify and support opportunities for public outreach to highlight Nature and Health activities and achievements.

    20% - Program Operations:
  • Plan, organize, and document team meetings.
  • Manage communications including website updates.

    10% - Grant-writing Support:
  • Support faculty and researchers with grant writing.
  • Coordinate closely with Department and School offices as well as College
  • Advancement to facilitate grant submissions.

  • Bachelor’s degree in Public Health, Environment, Conservation, or a related field.
  • At least 2 years of work experience related to program administration, operations management, or related field of work.

    Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.

  • Proficiency in the use of Google drive/docs/sheets, Zoom, Microsoft Office applications and willingness to learn other applications/programs as necessary.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Proven accuracy and attention to detail.
  • Strong orientation toward providing excellent service to members of the initiative.
  • Some experience managing project budgets.

  • Experience managing partnerships.
  • Experience working in the field of public health.
  • Prior experience in research program support in a large academic institution.
  • Grant writing experience.
  • Self-motivated and able to work independently, as well as collaboratively
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to exercise independent judgement and manage competing priorities using strong organizational skills.
  • Ability to quickly analyze and prioritize multiple demands, work well under pressure, and meet critical deadlines.
  • Flexible in the face of changing priorities.

Additional Application Instructions:

At EARTHLAB and Nature and Health, we focus on equity and justice in all that we do. In your cover letter, please include your experience, lived or professional, in the area of justice, equity, diversity and inclusion.


Program Management, Project Management



50% of $5,500-$6,100 per month