Resourceful Communities Program, Associate Directo
Company: The Conservation Fund
Location: Chapel Hill
Posted on: July 31, 2022
Job Description TITLE: Associate DirectorLINE OF
BUSINESS/DIVISION: Conservation Services/Resourceful Communities
ProgramFLSA STATUS: ExemptREPORTS TO: Program DirectorNUMBER OF
POSITIONS REPORTING TO THIS POSITION: approximately 5 (Operations
Director, Faith and Food Coordinators, Healthy Communities/Healthy
Economies Coordinators, and occasional
Interns/Consultants)LOCATION: Chapel Hill, NC office THE
CONSERVATION FUNDThe Conservation Fund ("TCF" or the "Fund") is a
nonprofit conservation organization dedicated to the dual mission
of protecting America's most important land, water, and natural
resources while also supporting economic growth in communities.
Top-ranked for efficiency and effectiveness, we have worked in all
50 states to protect over 8.5 million acres of land since 1985. To
learn more about TCF, visit www.conservationfund.org. Established
in 1991, TCF's Resourceful Communities (RC) program works with
economically-/socially-distressed rural communities, particularly
BIPOC communities, to strengthen capacity to achieve locally-driven
solutions to community challenges. We support a network of 500
grassroots and community organizations through direct technical
assistance, networking and financial support. Our balanced 'triple
bottom line' approach generates economic, environmental and social
justice benefits. Visit
to learn more. Must have received or be willing to receive the
COVID-19 vaccination by date of hire to be considered. Proof of
vaccination required. POSITION SUMMARYThis position includes
program management and oversight of RCP's day-to-day operations in
North Carolina, including, but not limited to, staff supervision,
service delivery, small grant oversight, cultivation of resources,
elevation of program profile, and other activities as assigned.
RESPONSIBLITIES & SCOPE To perform this job successfully, an
individual must be able to perform each essential duty
satisfactorily. Reasonable Accommodations may be made to enable
qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential
functions. Program Management and Delivery. Management of
day-to-day operations, program design/development, including, but
not limited to:
- Project Management. Oversee two primary initiatives: Faith and
Food, which engages rural churches, especially rural United
Methodist churches, in local food economies, more effective use of
church resources, and authentic community partnerships; and Healthy
Communities, Healthy Economies, a western NC-focused initiative to
address social determinants of health, particularly healthy local
food access, economic development, and outdoor engagement. Project
management includes supervision of four program staff; oversight of
funder deliverables/ reporting; coordination of network activities,
including opportunities to grow RCP network of community and
resource partners and capacity building.
- CNEF Grants Program. Collaboratively supervise and coordinate
small grant activities with Program Director, including partner
capacity building, grant review and decision-making, evaluation and
reporting to funders on results, outreach and utilization of funds;
supervision of Operation Director who manages grants administration
(scheduling; documentation including grant agreements, payments;
internal/external communication). Leadership/Cultivation of Program
Resources and Partnerships. Responsibilities include, but are not
- Perform required reporting/ funding renewals for existing
supporters and provide documentation to TCF Development, Finance
- Research/identify prospective funders; perform
outreach/cultivation, proposal development, evaluation, reporting,
and on-going communication with existing and potential
- Identify and cultivate key partnerships at local/state/national
levels, including resource groups that might support network
participants/program mission, professional development, etc.
- Co-develop program and project budgets, including oversight of
project budgets and quarterly cash flow review, with Program
- Elevate program profile by representing TCF and RCP at public
events, conferences, classes, etc. to promote unique triple bottom
line approaches, opportunities to advance partnerships, etc.
- Along with leadership team, coordinate and oversee RCP Advisory
Board meetings and relationships, including rotating facilitation
assignments. Human Resource Management.
- Coordinate and develop assignments for -5 staff, professional
consultants and interns involved in program service delivery in
North Carolina, including special initiatives, demonstration
projects, training programs, technical assistance provision,
program evaluation, and related RCP efforts tied to mission/funding
- With leadership team, recruit, interview, hire, train and
supervise North Carolina RCP program staff and occasional
interns/consultants as appropriate.
- Ensure that new hires/supervisees receive orientation and
adequate professional development opportunities to perform assigned
- Supervise -5 staff and occasional interns/consultants,
providing direction and performance assessments.
- Provide guidance to program staff as needed on talking points,
materials and messaging goals. General. Provide professional
services and general staff support to advance The Conservation
Fund's work in North Carolina, including but not limited to:
- Participate in national, regional and program work groups and
ad hoc committees as assigned.
- Prepare time sheets, expense reports and perform other
administrative duties as required. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
- Two to five years of experience managing programs/projects,
including staff supervision, meeting grant deliverables,
maintaining relationships with funders, messaging, and tracking
- Understanding of, and experience with, issues affecting
limited-resource and rural communities and communities of color,
including economic development, social justice, environmental
issues and limited access to resources and opportunities.
- Strong oral and written communication skills.
- Ability to communicate effectively with a wide range of
stakeholders (of varied class, race, age, ethnicity, etc.).
- Ability to multi-task and demonstrate flexibility in adapting
plans and approaches.
- Knowledge of capacity building topics, including project
management and evaluation, partnership building/collaboration and
other community-centered skillsets.
- Basic Microsoft Office proficiency and ability to utilize
virtual presentation platforms.
- Commitment to the Fund's mission. PREFERRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS &
- Bachelor's degree in related field.
- Knowledge of popular education, adult learning and experiential
- Familiarity with resources in North Carolina that support
effective programming in rural communities, including funding,
training and curriculum. PHYSICAL DEMANDS
- Ability to lift up to ten pounds.
- Ability to drive to and perform non-rigorous site visits in
rural NC, including travel to and from remote locations. WORK
- Local travel by car required (average 0-2 trips per week within
a 200-mile radius).
- Occasional evening/weekend work required.
- Work is primarily performed in an office setting, with some
outdoor field visits (in varied settings and weather) required.
COMPENSATION and BENEFITSThis position offers a competitive salary,
opportunities to earn performance-based bonus compensation and a
highly competitive package of benefits including employer
contributions for health care, paid holidays, vacation and
personal/sick leave, retirement plan and more. This job description
is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of
activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the
employee. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change or new
ones may be assigned at any time, with or without notice. To learn
more about The Conservation Fund, visit
https://www.conservationfund.org. The Conservation Fund, a
nonprofit corporation, is an Equal Opportunity Employer that fully
and actively supports equal access for all people regardless of
Race, Color, Religion, Gender, Age, National Origin, Veteran
Status, Disability, Genetic Information or Testing, Family and
Medical Leave status, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity or
Expression. The Fund prohibits retaliation against individuals who
bring forth any complaint, orally or in writing, to the employer or
the government, or against any individuals who assist or
participate in the investigation of any complaint, or otherwise
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