Environmental Health Program Manager (Toxic Free Kids)

  • Location: Durham, NC
  • Close Date: February 18, 2019
  • Hiring Organization: Toxic Free NC
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Job Description

Founded in 1986, Toxic Free NC is the leading pesticide outreach and advocacy organization in the state. We envision North Carolina as an integral member of a just, global community where human and environmental health is valued, respected, and enjoyed by all. We aim to improve the health and well being of North Carolina’s people and the environment by reducing exposures to toxic chemicals used in agriculture and in our daily lives. Through policy advocacy, engagement, and programs (“Just and Sustainable Agriculture” and “Toxic Free Kids”) our focus is to serve communities across the state, especially farmworkers,  children, and vulnerable groups most impacted by pesticide pollution. Come join our small and mighty team!

Toxic Free Kids Program
The goal of the Toxic Free Kids program is to reduce, and ultimately eliminate, children ’s exposure to harmful pesticides and persistent toxicants where they live, learn and play. In
2006, Toxic Free NC was instrumental in the passage of the NC Schoolchildren’s Health Act,  which mandated safer pest management policies in every school district across the state.
Our goal is to extend similar safeguards to protect an even more vulnerable age group:  children under five. We are the only state-licensed provider of a pest-management training for childcare educators that offers tools and resources to reduce toxic chemicals used in these facilities.

Position Description
The program manager will be responsible for all aspects of the Toxic Free Kids program by assuring the effective implementation of initiatives to meet program goals. They will also support programmatic initiatives of the Just and Sustainable Agriculture program. In 2019,  they will have the opportunity to participate in the final stages of strategic plan development that will inform the shape and direction of programmatic initiatives and will work collaboratively with the Executive Director to design and refine program activities to ensure meaningful and measurable impact. While toxic pesticides and other poorly regulated chemicals threaten the health of children across North Carolina, low-resourced communities and communities of color are at highest risk because of systemic inequities based on income, race, and ethnicity.

The ideal candidate will have a deep understanding of health disparities and a commitment to addressing those disparities through meaningful and effective program delivery. The program manager will stay up to date on the best available science and will be a strong communicator able to distill complex principles of chemistry into simple and persuasive written and conversational language for a variety of audiences. Reports to: Executive Director.


• Ensure effective and timely implementation of programs to meet organizational strategic goals.
• Interpret the best available science to inform program delivery and provide relevant and up-to-date information to stakeholders and the community.
• Coordinate monitoring and evaluation of Toxic Free Kids program to ensure impact and sustainability.
• Serve as the lead staff expert on children’s environmental health and Toxic Free NC’s programmatic efforts to reduce pesticides in children’s environments, and facilitate presentations and trainings for varied audiences.
• Develop strong working relationships and serve as a liaison with public health professionals, key partners, and stakeholders in the childcare community.
• Support the sustainability and growth of the Toxic Free Kids Program by researching and writing grants, and working with other staff to support fundraising efforts.
• Administer grant requirements, including reporting, and ensure deliverables are met through implementation and/or team support.
• Collaborate with and support members of the Toxic Free NC staff on advocacy, engagement, and organizational initiatives to increase the breadth of impact and advance the mission of the organization.
• Support team communications such as the development of educational materials, newsletters, and appeal campaigns.
• Participate in team meetings, and offer ideas for continuous improvement of programs, initiatives, and campaigns.


Training and/or professional experience in environmental health science, public health, environmental science, toxicology, chemistry, or a related field.
• Essential: must be a strong written and verbal communicator, able to synthesize and convey highly technical information, including principles of chemistry, to any audience.
• High level of comfort with public speaking and presentation delivery.
• Teaching, training, or facilitation experience, with knowledge of popular education methods, preferred.
• Experience independently managing projects or programs with successful and measurable results.
• Strategic, dynamic, and solutions-oriented thinker who is able to problem-solve.
• Embodies Toxic Free NC’s mission and values, including a commitment to addressing systemic inequity.
• Other essential skills and traits: flexibility, kindness, organization, motivation, time management.
• Digital presentation or media skills a plus.
• Spanish (or other language skills) a plus.
• Understanding of issues related to sustainable food systems, pest management, farming, or organic agriculture a plus.
• Grant writing experience a big plus.

Salary / Compensation

This is a full-time position (40 hours/week) with paid vacation, holidays, and health benefits. The salary range, commensurate with education and experience, is $40-45,000 annually. The job is based at our office in downtown Durham and requires access to a vehicle for occasional travel around the Triangle and the state.

Applications Instructions

Submit all application materials via email to jobs@toxicfreenc.org with “Toxic Free Kids Program Manager” in the subject line. Applications are due February 18, 2019. Please include a cover letter describing your interest and fit for the position, a current résumé, an original writing sample that demonstrates your ability to convey scientific information in a compelling and straightforward manner, and a list of three professional references. Word docs or PDFs only. No phone calls, please.

Toxic Free NC is an equal-opportunity employer. Candidates of color, women, and those from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.