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"Stories from the Flood" Project Manager Position Description

February 24, 2019



 “Stories from the Flood” Project Manager Position Description


The Driftless Writing Center, based in Viroqua, Wisconsin, seeks a Project Manager to oversee our “Stories from the Flood” project, an effort to help 200+ area residents record and archive their personal stories from the 2018 floods. These stories will help document local history while also contributing to more effective regional planning for future floods. The project will include story workshops in area libraries and historical societies, one-on-one story-collection efforts, online story collection, online archiving of stories, and a print publication with selected stories. 


For this part-time, limited-term position, we are seeking someone who can help us reach affected people in communities throughout the Kickapoo and Coon Creek watersheds, and manage the day-to-day administration of the project. The Project Manager will be guided by the DWC board and assisted by a team of volunteers. 


The “Stories from the Flood” Project Manager will guide the project from preproduction to completion. She or he will:


  • assist DWC’s “Stories from the Flood” committee with obtaining financial support (for example, assist with a crowdfunding campaign or grant applications);

  • assist DWC’s committee with introducing the project and raising interest for it in the community; 

  • monitor and manage media and materials;

  • assist DWC treasurer with management of money and donations;

  • help recruit, manage, and support project team, including subcontractors and volunteers;

  • coordinate activities and resources with partners such as libraries and historical societies;

  • seek additional partners who can enhance the project’s reach, depth, and quality;

  • represent DWC and its partners in the community;

  • connect with flood-affected communities and individuals;

  • work with DWC’s committee to refine the project scope, objectives, and deliverables as needed;

  • ensure project’s objectives and deliverables are met within timeline and budget constraints or consult with DWC’s committee to modify those constraints when conditions change;

  • maintain scrupulous records of communications, contacts, and financial transactions;

  • regularly communicate about the project and its progress with stakeholders, including the DWC committee and board;

  • and evaluate and assess the project’s outcome.


Education & Experience

  • Experience as an effective project manager

Required Competencies 

  • Written and oral communication

  • Community organizing

  • Critical thinking and problem solving

  • Decision-making and leadership capabilities

  • Adaptability

  • Able to tolerate stress

  • Empathy


Preferred Competencies


  • Project management and collaboration software expertise

  • Familiarity with audio recording hardware and audio editing software

  • Familiarity with oral history collection and archiving


Compensation: This is a consultant position (independent contractor) to be paid a very competitive hourly rate dependent on experience.


To apply: Please email your resume and a cover letter describing your relevant experience and explaining your interest in this position and the “Stories from the Flood” project to the attention of Jennifer Morales at Applications are due by 11 March 2019.

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