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Cumberland River Compact

Root Nashville Program Manager

Cumberland River Compact


Job Summary


We are hiring again! Cumberland River Compact is pleased to announce open applications for the Root Nashville Program Manager position as we keep pace with the growing field of urban forestry.

The Root Nashville Program Manager reports to the Cumberland River Compact’s Executive Director and works closely with Metro Water Services to manage the Root Nashville campaign operations.  This role includes facilitating tree planting on private property; administering small grants to other non-profits that are planting trees on private property; engaging partners, neighborhoods, and supporters; monitoring progress; managing the Root Nashville Program Coordinator; and coordinating between tree recipients and Cumberland River Compact staff.  

The Cumberland River Compact is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that seeks to enhance the health and enjoyment of the Cumberland River and its tributaries through education, collaboration, and action.

Root Nashville is a public-private partnership between the Cumberland River Compact and the city of Nashville to plant 500,000 trees in Davidson County by 2050. The campaign aims to increase the county’s tree canopy and create a more equitable distribution of the health and sustainability benefits of trees across all communities in Nashville. Davidson County’s urban tree canopy is a public utility that improves air quality, manages stormwater, supports public health, and improves the quality of life for Nashville residents. 

Job Responsibilities

  • Facilitate private property tree plantings (in yards, churches, businesses, and more) for Nashville residents.
  • Oversee daily delivery instructions to the Cumberland River Compact field team.
  • Play a leadership role in executing the mission of the Root Nashville campaign.
  • Manage communications with tree recipients in the community.
  • Build and strengthen ongoing relationships with stakeholders, neighborhood and community leaders, and campaign partners.
  • Work with Compact leadership and campaign Advisory Board to further the campaign’s outreach goals
  • Develop marketing campaigns and strategies with the Cumberland River Compact’s Communication team.
  • Track and log annual metrics and progress toward the goal of 500,000 trees as well as campaign milestones.
  • Produce annual reports to be reviewed by the Root Nashville campaign Advisory Board 


This role is primarily a Monday – Friday office-based position. Some weekend and evening work will be required.


  • Minimum of 3 years of successful management, supervisory, program development, and administrative experience, especially in outcome measurement and analyzing collected data.
  • Familiarity with urban tree canopy, urban sustainability, and general environmental issues.
  • Experience developing public support and participation from a representative cross-section of residents.
  • Excellence in Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) and G Suite (Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, etc) and comfortability with multiple platforms including Salesforce.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to build relationships with stakeholders, including staff, external partners, and community members. 
  • Must be able to work cooperatively and effectively with others to set goals, resolve problems, and make decisions that enhance project effectiveness.
  • Well-organized, detail-oriented, and resourceful, with the ability to meet deadlines and manage multiple tasks, assignments, and priorities within a fast-paced environment.
  • Experience and comfort speaking to and educating large groups of people

Additional Information


  • Salary: Commensurate with experience. Program Manager positions at the Cumberland River Compact start at $45,000 annually.
  • 401(k) with employer match
  • Eleven paid holidays and earned ETO totaling 22 days per year as a combination of sick and paid time off. 
  • Medical benefits
  • Eligible for performance-based bonuses of up to 8%. 

How to Apply

Contact Information and Application Instructions

Please email a resume and cover letter to info@cumberlandrivercompact.org. Please do not call regarding this position.


  • Date Posted: March 14, 2024
  • Type: Full-Time
  • Job Function: Administrative
  • Service Area: Environment
  • Start Date: 05/02/2024
  • Salary Range: Starting at $45,000
  • Working Hours: M-F with some evening and weekend work