The Certification Program Specialist assists the Director of Professional Development in reviewing, evaluating and managing the Societies continuing education programs. This position is responsible for quality control and consistency in the required components of education programs. Ensures compliance for all certified activities. Works with and evaluates vendors and consultants as they relate to continuing education services.
The Society of American Foresters was founded in 1900 and has served foresters for over a century. We are looking for someone interested both in learning about the Society’s history and culture and helping us chart a path forward. The ideal candidate will embrace the challenge of developing a cohesive brand and a certification and continuing education strategy that marries our history and culture with our evolving role in more modern times.
Certified Forester Program
Process, review, and approve applications
Produce and mail certificates
Process candidate state boards of licensure approval
Manage certification and state licensure candidate communications
Remain current on state license requirements
Facilitate registrations with exam proctoring firm
Support Certification Review Board meetings and audits
Manage result notifications (pass/fail)
Support the review and update of the CF Handbook
Manage Certified Forester email inbox
Continuing Forestry Education (CFE)
Oversee CFE volunteer coordinator program and national coordinators
Participate in the review and approval (provider pre- and individual post-approval requests) for CFEs
Support the review and update of the CFE Handbook
Assist Certified Foresters and Licensed Foresters with data for multiple recertification and renewal processes
Goals for this position include:
Improving response time to members and customers
Faster and more accurate CFE input (Manage Certified Forester email inbox)
First point of contact for CF/CFE questions
Creates capacity for Director to develop new relationships and opportunities for ForestEd.
Creates capacity for Director to grow relationships with State Boards to grow financial return for administration of CFE records
Creates capacity for Director to grow the certification program for CCF, CF, and specialized credentials
Creates capacity for Director to market ForestEd and personal credential opportunities
Work Experience and Qualifications:
BS/BA education preferred
3-5 years of prior experience in the Forestry, Natural Resources, or related field.
Demonstrated written and oral communication skills.
Excellent customer service skills.
Good working knowledge of Word, Excel, PowerPoint
Comfortable with databases, websites, and able to quickly learn SAF’s association management system
Time management skills, and comfortable following up with co-workers when working in a group to ensure deliverables are completed on schedule.
Project planning/management skills and project coordination experience.
Self-starter who can independently accomplish tasks; is proactive, flexible and takes initiative.
Ability to manage sensitive and confidential matters with discretion
Telecommuting is allowed.
About Society of American Foresters
The Society of American Foresters is a national professional membership organization located in Bethesda, MD. The mission of the Society of American Foresters is to advance sustainable management of forest resources through science, education, and technology; to enhance the competency of its 11,000 members; to establish professional excellence; and to use our knowledge, skills, and conservation ethic to ensure the continued health, integrity, and use of forests to benefit society in perpetuity.