Policy and Technical Project Manager – Citizens for a Healthy Bay (CHB)

The purpose of CHB’s policy and technical program is to further sound science and public policy for the cleanup, protection and restoration of Commencement Bay, its surrounding waters and natural habitat. This position is key to advancing CHB’s mission. Reporting to and working closely with the Executive Director, the Policy and Technical Project Manager will staff CHB’s Policy and Technical Advisory Committee (PTAC), a volunteer group of advisors comprised of experts in biology, chemistry, oceanography, hydrogeology, environmental monitoring, sustainability and law. The Manager will develop and implement projects and campaigns, assist in developing tactics and work plans, coordinate with external partners, perform research and other analysis, and prepare presentations and grant applications. The Manager will interface with CHB’s diverse community partners in the policy and technical priority area and will be responsible for developing and sustaining partnerships with stakeholders, policy decision-makers and funders.

Diversity, equity and inclusion are core values for Citizens for a Healthy Bay. We welcome and value a diversity of people, experiences and perspectives. We embrace and actively encourage participation of people with differences in age, race, gender identity and expression, socioeconomic status, ethnicity, language, national origin, family or marital status, veteran status, physical and mental ability, sexual orientation, religion and/or political affiliation.

The percentage of time for tasks for the Manager will be approximately:

  • 65% Policy and technical program projects
  • 25% Grant writing, management and reporting
  • 10% Administrative and other tasks as assigned

Duties and Responsibilities:

The Manager will develop and manage the policy and technical program in alignment with CHB’s strategic plan and organizational needs, which requires the Manager to:

  • Lead and advance CHB’s policy campaigns, including conducting research and analysis, writing comment letters and policy reports, testifying at public meetings, preparing and delivering presentations and actively participating in key meetings
  • Assist the PTAC chair in coordinating, facilitating and engaging PTAC, including organizing topics, creating agendas and recruiting guest speakers
  • Maintain and advance policy and technical-related partnerships at the local, state and federal level
  • Work to dismantle systems of oppression and increase the racial, cultural and socioeconomic diversity within CHB’s internal composition and external networks
  • Represent CHB at community forums, events and initiatives
  • Prepare grant proposals for CHB’s core programs
  • Prepare program performance, financial reports, and grant reports associated with areas of responsibility and assist in producing newsletter articles, press releases and other written materials
  • Contribute to CHB’s communications and fundraising efforts
  • Recruit and supervise the work of interns as necessary
  • Undertake special projects as requested by the Executive Director

Strengths and Qualifications

 The following are a wish list for the ideal candidate – it is not necessary to have all to apply.

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills and comfort with public speaking; ability to communicate effectively with diverse audiences
  • Exceptional writing, research and analytical skills
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and meet deadlines; strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Strong background in and understanding of environmental sciences
  • Ability to work independently and function well with a diverse team
  • Experience with community advocacy, public policy and environmental science. Experience developing, executing, measuring and reporting success of advocacy campaigns
  • Experience fundraising, including grant writing and management
  • Ability to learn quickly, take initiative and exercise sound judgement in making decisions and completing projects
  • Proven record of inclusive engagement; demonstrated competency working with diverse cultures; ability to build trust and create authentic relationships with a diverse range of people; ability to deal respectfully and constructively with people of divergent opinions


The Policy and Technical Project Manager is a full-time FLSA exempt position with a salary range of $40,000-$55,000 commensurate with experience. As a full-time employee, the Policy and Technical Project Manager is eligible for benefits described in the CHB Employee Handbook, including paid holidays, sick leave, and health and dental insurance.

To Apply:

If you are sincerely interested in the position, please email a cover letter stating your suitability for this position and resume demonstrating your qualifications to current CHB Policy and Technical Project Manager, Karen Gogins, at kgogins [at] healthybay.org or mail physical copies to the CHB office at 535 Dock Street, Suite 213, Tacoma, WA 98402. Please include the position title in the email subject.

Review of applicants will be conducted on a rolling basis. As the position is open until filled, it is highly recommended to apply by February 12th. Please note: questions about the position via email or phone are unlikely to receive a timely response, if any.