Program Manager - StreamNet

Job Close Date: 
September 27, 2013 (All day)

Position/Project Specifics:

The position is a management position within the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission. The role of this position is Program Manager of the StreamNet project. This position provides a leadership role in data services. StreamNet is a multi-state effort to document, compile and provide a wide range of anadromous fish, resident fish, and aquatic data/information to the Columbia River Basin Fish and Wildlife Program and receives the majority of its funding from the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA).

Essential Functions:

  • Provides regional management and oversight for the StreamNet project.
  • Serves as liaison among all entities involved in the StreamNet project, specifically state, tribal, and federal fish and wildlife management agencies.
  • Serves as Chair of the StreamNet Steering Committee.
  • Manages subcontracts to state, tribal and federal agencies to acquire and standardize data.
  • Manages the regional StreamNet data center, and provides administrative supervision and guidance for 3 to 5 StreamNet professional/technical staff.
  • Prepares and monitors schedule, budget, project phase/task status, and facilitates the cooperative efforts needed to implement and maintain StreamNet.
  • Prepares and coordinates the completion and timely submittal of various contractually required documents.
  • Prepares, provides, and coordinates efforts to deliver StreamNet information.
  • Participates and communicates with other PSMFC staff, as needed for information sharing and problem resolution on issues affecting all data management programs.
  • Serves as PSMFC and StreamNet representative on committees, groups, and at meetings that relate to StreamNet and its mission.

***This position requires a valid driver’s license and all offers of employment will be contingent upon passing a driving record check.

Knowledge Required by the Position:

  • Knowledge of principles, methods, techniques, and systems of program management. This includes the ability to provide leadership in the areas of: fiscal management, budgeting, human resources management, contracting, grants administration, and risk (liability) management for a limited number of programs or projects.
  • Ability to apply a sound, independent judgment in the solution of organizational and operational problems in a timely, economical fashion.
  • Ability to establish program objectives and performance goals and assess progress toward their achievement.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with all levels of management and staff within PSMFC, government agencies, and private concerns. This requires the exercise of tact, ingenuity, and resourcefulness in representing and gaining support for programs and goals.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, in both written and oral form, with individuals and groups having diverse backgrounds and technical expertise.
  • Ability to select, develop, and direct a subordinate or contractor staff.
  • Ability to plan and manage long-term (3-5 year) budgets.
  • Ability to plan and manage long-term (3-5 year) work plans.

Additional Mandatory Knowledge:

  • Knowledge of aquatic biological science, including behavior, physiology, pathology, competitive (nuisance) species.
  • Knowledge of fisheries stock identification programs and marking issues.
  • Knowledge of relational database design and development.
  • Knowledge of database management including data acquisition, validation, standardization, formatting, storage, retrieval, exchange, and report generation.

Supervisory Controls:

Administrative and policy direction are received in terms of broadly defined missions or goals for the organization. The employee establishes long-term objectives and plans, interprets policies, and carries out the work to be done in light of program and project goals and objectives. The employee proceeds independently, guided by experience and knowledge. Consultation with the Executive Director, Fiscal Manager, and the Human Resources Manager during project and program implementation is required.


Within broad guidelines, the employee uses judgment, initiative, and resourcefulness to resolve complex issues and problems, research trends, develop new methods, and propose new standards and practices.

Assignments address substantive, interrelated technical issues or problems characterized by complexity and/or sensitivity. As issues arise, the employee defines and weighs the facts of the situation including unique and unusual circumstances, determines the most effective approach to meet customer requirements, identifies way to improve or enhance services, identifies appropriate courses of action, and works to reconcile conflicting points of view. The complexity of the work requires originality and imagination.

Scope and Effect:

The purpose of the work is to promote scientific management of regional fisheries resources; develop and maintain funding for Commission projects and personnel; and provide prompt, reliable services, fisheries information, and statistics to a variety of agencies, industry, and the public. Decisions made by the Program Manager are critical to the management and allocation of highly valued fisheries resources.

Personal Contacts:

Contacts within PSMFC are at all levels of the organization. Outside the Commission, contacts include consultants, contractors, and management and staff of state, federal and tribal organizations. Contacts are relatively unstructured, and the employee must learn the role and authority of each party during the course of interaction. Contacts frequently require a great deal of diplomacy and the ability to negotiate with individuals and agencies in order to arrive at mutually acceptable solutions.

Purpose of Contacts:
Internal contacts are to obtain or provide information; to supervise programs; and to resolve program issues or problems. External contacts are to exchange data; provide user support; provide technical coordination; resolve fiscal/budget issues; negotiate, persuade, and build consensus for programs; and provide contractor oversight/direction.

Physical Demands:
The work is sedentary and requires a great amount of concentration and attention to detail. Work involves extensive use of video display terminals and computers. Public speaking requirements in formal and informal settings may involve lengthy periods of standing and talking.

Work Environment:
The work is performed in an office setting, with adequate heating, lighting, and ventilation. There is some privacy for concentration and phone conversations. Travel for meetings is required. Occasional evening or weekend work is required.

PSMFC is an EEO/AAP employer. We maintain a drug free workplace.'

Minimum Qualification Requirements:
Five years of Program Management experience is preferred.

In addition to presenting the required Program Management experience, all candidates must have demonstrated in their work experience or training that they possess, or have the potential to develop, the qualities of successful supervision and multi-agency project coordination

To apply go to the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission Career Center at