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Air Program Training Director

Position Summary

The Northeast States for Coordinated Air Use Management (NESCAUM) seeks candidates for a full-time position as Air Program Training Director to lead the Northeast States Clean Air Academy, which provides training and professional development opportunities for state air agency staff. The Academy was established in 1998 to coordinate air quality management training among the NESCAUM states. The NESCAUM Training Director arranges courses (in-person, virtual, or hybrid), contracts with training instructors, assists in developing new courses, arranges site locations when in-person, carries out course surveys, conducts post-course evaluations, drafts periodic reports, and performs day-to-day administration of the training program. Some travel is required.


Headquartered in Boston, NESCAUM is the nonprofit association of state air quality agencies in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont. NESCAUM provides scientific, technical, analytical, and policy support to the air quality and climate programs of its member states. To accomplish this, NESCAUM participates in regional and national dialogues, conducts research, helps create regional policy solutions to shared problems, facilitates information sharing, and arranges trainings. NESCAUM has a small staff of professionals and is governed by a Board of Directors composed of the lead state air quality officials in the eight member states.

Responsibilities and Activities

This position has overall responsibility for carrying out NESCAUM’s training program under the supervision of the NESCAUM Executive Director. Activities will be performed largely in an office setting. This position requires periodic travel both regionally and nationally. Activities include:

  • Coordinating regularly with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and other organizations on training opportunities for state agencies and implementing EPA’s Air Knowledge program.
  • Surveying the NESCAUM state air agencies annually on training needs.
  • Arranging trainings, including researching venues for in-person courses, handling student registrations, responding to questions from students and instructors, supporting on-site logistical needs, and other relevant tasks for conducting courses.
  • Assuring that NESCAUM trainings are compliant with the American Disabilities Act, including, but not limited to, arranging on-site American Sign Language interpretation, Communication Realtime Translation services, wheelchair accessibility, and/or closed captioning.
  • Working with other NESCAUM program staff and outside experts in developing new training courses to address emerging state air agency training needs not met by existing courses.
  • Drafting and distributing requests for proposals with input from NESCAUM program staff when developing new courses, coordinating evaluation of received proposals, and managing contractor work for accepted proposals.
  • Under supervision of the NESCAUM Executive Director, contracting with qualified training instructors.
  • Working closely with training instructors to deliver training events remotely and in-person.
  • Providing in-person and virtual event support for trainings as needed.
  • Developing and distributing training invitations, post-course evaluation surveys, and regular training reports.
  • Reviewing and processing travel reimbursements for state staff attending training events.
  • Conducting other related duties as required.

Required Qualifications

The ideal candidate will have the necessary personal and professional qualifications to advance NESCAUM’s objectives, including:

  • A minimum of a bachelor’s degree. Relevant degree areas include business administration, public relations, events management, marketing, or related field. We will also consider interested candidates with a degree in an environmental or scientific field. Candidates with alternative qualifications or who have taken a less traditional career path may be considered if an aptitude for success and a strong willingness to learn is clearly apparent. All candidates should have a strong commitment towards supporting capacity building within state government to improve air quality and mitigate climate change.
  • Familiarity with virtual meeting platforms (e.g., Teams, Zoom, Webex, GoToMeeting).
  • Excellent writing and oral communication skills.
  • Self-motivated with strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively in a team setting.
  • Knowledge of budget preparation and contract management.
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks at once and meet deadlines.
  • Strong Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and general computer skills.

Supervisory Controls

The Training Director operates under the general supervision of the NESCAUM Executive Director who provides guidance on course development, reviews written reports, and oversees final contracts and other commitments to assure accuracy and adherence to established NESCAUM policy and requirements. The Training Director independently performs tasks in an efficient and effective manner, using good judgment. Job performance is evaluated by the Executive Director.


The position is based in downtown Boston, Massachusetts. The NESCAUM office is located near South Station and is easily accessible via public transportation.

Salary and Benefits

Starting salary for this position is commensurate with qualifications and experience, with an expected range of $60,000 - $75,000 according to experience. NESCAUM offers an excellent benefits package, including full health coverage with no employee contribution; dental and vision coverage; retirement plan; life and disability insurance; paid vacation, sick leave, and parental leave; health club membership; and commuter rail/subway pass.

How to Apply

Please send to a resume and a 1-2 page cover letter explaining your qualifications and interest in this position. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

NESCAUM is an equal opportunity employer, and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of their race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identification, marital status, physical and mental disability, ancestry, genetic information, age, political or union affiliation, pregnancy or related medical conditions, military service or application for military service, veteran status, or any other status or classification protected by applicable law. Physical or mental disabilities will be considered only as they may relate to the candidate’s ability to fulfill bona fide job requirements. This policy refers to all personnel practices including employee recruiting, hiring, transfers, promotions, training, disciplining, terminating, and all other conditions.

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