We seek a professional in the field of sustainable design to organize funding and installation of our Dupont Tree Plaza DTP). The DTP is a Green Infrastructure (GI) project that will install shade trees and designed pedestrian space in 5,000 sq. ft. of public sidewalk where Massachusetts Avenue NW meets the west side of Dupont Circle. More on the project is at https://RestoreMassAve.org/Dupont-Tree-Plaza/ .
Restore Mass Ave is a volunteer-run non-profit that has been regrowing the canopy of shade trees that once lined both sides of Massachusetts Avenue from Dupont Circle to Wisconsin Avenue. This historic route is famous for its series of Beaux-Arts mansions, but its landscape was in decline until our group began arranging new trees in double rows more than a decade ago. Tree canopy has increased an amazing 13 % in the first decade of our program. For more see the Canopy Growth page on our web site.
But the 1900 block of Mass, which the original starting point of Embassy Row has been a notorious "heat island" for decades. Our group has advocated for refurbishment but the site is too small for normal city projects. Yet it is our highest-profile block. Thousands of pedestrians cross daily. It has one of the city’s busiest Capital Bikeshare stands. Nine Metrobus Lines and 2 MetroRail stations intersect nearby.
In the past year RMA sponsored a permit-ready Engineered Design for an active space cooled by shade trees that improves air quality and manages stormwater to help cleanse the Bay watershed. The plaza would have signage as a starting point for Mass Ave’s green restoration. City agencies and possible funders and civic groups are excited to finally beautify this orphan space.
Restore Mass Ave needs its own expert GI Project Manager to advance the project’s next phase. We seek a 5-month commitment from a professional in the field to shepherd the DTP to construction-ready by January 2021. The role may be renewed in 2021 to oversee construction, for a 17-month commitment in all.
Review and finalize the RMA Board’s draft Strategic Plan:
Consult individuals and groups who know the project, including Engineer contractor Designgreen LLC, DeepRoot, key agency contacts and Chesapeake Bay Trust.
Advance the Plan, with Board team help as needed:
Initiate and conduct meetings, follow up promptly by email and other ways.
Attend relevant events representing RMA.
Complete and submit timely high-quality grant applications
Track time and expenses per the financial requirements of grantors and Restore Mass Ave.
Suggest contractor hires when pro bono is not available.
Maintain and share with the Board lists of actions and progress.
Experience completing a stormwater GI project.
Experience with grant applications and grant award management.
Strong communicator in networking, meetings and presentations.
Articulates setbacks; able to come up with workarounds.
Open and eager to engage the diversity of stakeholders in this project. Constituents include DC Public Schools, neighborhood groups, bike advocates, farmers’ market.
Experience with DC agencies such as DOEE, DOT, OP.
Can create graphical materials including power points.
Interest in Generation Y; young students may provide DTP art & signage.
Track record with the international and diverse community of Embassy Row/Dupont.
Minimum Bachelor's (Master's preferred) in Engineering or Design or Planning professions.
Professional certifications helpful but not required (PE, RLA, CBLP, PMP, SITES AP, LEED GA).
Anticipate 4 -hours weekly from July through December 2020.
Renewal possible for 2020 when construction would take place. Candidates for longer role may be elected to our Board.
Compensation This is a volunteer position. RMA is typically advised by selected "experts" pro bono. Compensation could be based on a future grant award for the project.
Apply through https://restoremassave.org/jobs/
Covid 19Considerations. Interviews will be virtual. Please see http://restoremassave.org/jobs/ for our policy on coronavirus. Diversity: We seek new perspectives for how our work can advance environmental sustainability and human dignity. Please see http://restoremassave.org/jobs/ for our complete policy on diversity.
2500 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20008, US
Restore Mass Ave works to re-grow the canopy of major trees that made the part of Massachusetts Avenue, NW, now known as Embassy Row, a world attraction a century ago. We arrange for the planting of new trees, replacement of dying trees, and care for all new and vulnerable trees. We promote the restoration of historic landscape. "Re-greening" one of America's last Grand Avenues, reduces pollution of water and air, and brings energy efficiency to the historic Beaux Arts mansions, which include international missions, on this national landmark. We aspire to be a model community effort for urban forest renewal in historic cultural landscapes.
Community tree planting, tree watering and care, partnering with city forestry, transportation and historic preservation agencies, international outreach to embassies of Africa, Asia and Europe. Promoting energy efficiency by old growth forest preservation. Promoting historic architecture and landscape. E newsletter, events planning, speaking and testimony on urban forest policy. Many fun group activities.
Children & Youth
We'll work with your schedule.
1913 Massachusetts Avenue NWWashington, DC20036
September 15, 2020
Grant Writing / Research
Driver's License Needed
Must be at least 21
Anticipate 4-hrs average weekly commitments from July through December 2020. Renewal possible for Jan-December 2021 when construction would take place.
Required and Preferred are in Job Description above.