The Education and Certification Program Specialist, reporting to the Director of Professional Development and Certification, will assist in managing the Society’s Certified Forester and Continuing Forestry Education (CFE) Programs, by helping evaluate and determine eligibility for professional certification and recertification, and assess and assign CFEs to continuing education activities. This individual reviews all applications to ensure documentation is correct and complete. The Program Specialist is responsible for general correspondence, information requests, billing, and general clerical duties. The goal for this position is to enhance timely customer responses and implement time efficient and streamlined processes. This individual interacts with vendors and consultants as they relate to certification and continuing education services.
This individual will eventually be responsible for quality control and consistency in all required components of the certification and continuing education programs, and ensure compliance for all certified individuals.
Roles and Responsibilities
Certified Forester Program
Process, review, and approve applications
Produce and mail certificates
Process candidate licensure approval from state boards and manage 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
Participate in the review and approval for continuing education credits (provider pre- and individual post-approval requests)
Support the review and update of the CFE Handbook
Assist Certified Foresters and State Licensed Foresters with CFE data for multiple recertification and renewal processes
Undergraduate degree (BA/BS)
1 – 3 years of experience in association, governmental, or other professional credentialing programs
Interest or experience in the Forestry, Natural Resources, or related field.
Demonstrated written and oral communication skills.
Excellent customer service skills.
Strong working knowledge of Word, Excel, PowerPoint
Experience with databases or websites, and the ability to quickly learn SAF’s AMS - iMIS
Individual time management skills with the ability to work in groups, and ensure deliverables are completed on schedule.
Attention to detail and ability to recommend process improvement.
Self-starter who can independently accomplish tasks; is proactive, flexible and takes initiative.
Ability to manage sensitive and confidential matters with discretion
Additional Salary Information: Additional Salary Information: Excellent benefits package including medical, dental, vision, life, AD&D, short and long-term disability, and 401(K). Telecommuting, up to 2 days/wk., may be allowed following 90 days of successful employment. To be considered, send a resume and cover letter with qualifications and salary requirement to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications without a cover letter will not be considered.
About The Society of American Foresters
The Society of American Foresters is a national professional membership organization located in Bethesda, MD. Founded in 1900 by Gifford Pinchot, it is the largest professional society for foresters and other forest management professionals and academics in the world. 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.
Copyright 2019 Colorado Society of Association Executives. This site content may not be copied, reproduced, or redistributed without the prior written permission of the Colorado Society of Association Executives.