Now Hiring: Blue Ridge Forever Director

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POSITION HIRING ANNOUNCEMENT

Blue Ridge Forever (BRF) is a coalition of nine land trusts in Western North Carolina to engage the public, strengthen the land trust partners, and raise funds to safeguard land and water for present and future generations. Since 2004, through this shared effort, we have helped build public support for conservation, solidify the partner land trusts’ institutional capacity for the long term, and raise dollars supporting the protection of more than 80,000 acres in the mountains. We are seeking a Director to support BRF’s current goals of constituency building and advocacy, enhancing professionalism, and collective grant-seeking to help protect another 20,000 acres by 2020.

Description: 30 hours/week, with benefits. The Blue Ridge Forever Director implements the goals of BRF in the following areas: (1) Operations and administration; (2) Outreach to elected officials to strengthen government support for conservation; (3) Collective grant-seeking; (4) peer sharing and learning to enhance professionalism of our conservation work; and (5) Public relations and outreach to build constituency for the land trust partners and their mission.

In fulfilling these responsibilities, the Director is based in the SAHC office in Asheville. The SAHC Associate Director is the direct day-to-day supervisor, with guidance and oversight from a leadership committee composed of Blue Ridge Forever partners.

Responsibilities: The Director is primarily responsible for the following activities:

  • Operations and administration. Serve as communications hub for BRF and its partners, and ensure that BRF partners provide necessary elements of agreed-upon BRF deliverables. Plan and schedule periodic meetings of the partners and committees by telephone and in person. Record and circulate minutes of decisions. Facilitate orderly operations of BRF and troubleshoot operational and administrative questions that arise.
  • Collective grant-seeking and grant administration. Develop and pursue opportunities for collective grants, which we have a higher chance for success in receiving than individual partner land trusts would have applying for alone. Administer complex collective grants from agencies and philanthropic foundations in order to enable grant funds to flow to partner projects, and provide timely grant reporting.
  • Outreach to elected officials to strengthen government support for conservation. Support the state-wide Land for Tomorrow funding initiative and NC conservation trust funds, and position the Partnership to benefit from federal conservation funding programs. Encourage county and municipal conservation funding initiatives.
  • Peer sharing and learning to enhance professionalism of our conservation work. Facilitate opportunities for information sharing through the BRF Conservation Committee and other means. Facilitate organizational development activities among BRF partners such as AmeriCorps Project Conserve workdays, trail and conservation planning meetings, and meetings between boards and/or staff of neighboring land trusts.
  • Public relations and outreach to build constituency for the land trust partners and their mission. Seek and implement joint media opportunities through both traditional media outlets and social media, to increase public awareness of land conservation and the importance and effectiveness of land trusts in addressing community needs.

Qualifications:

  • BA/BS or Associate degree in related field and 2 years related experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Commitment to land conservation and stewardship.
  • Experience and aptitude in developing work plans and project budgets, and managing projects. Close attention to detail and accuracy, with strong organizational abilities. Ability to complete projects within deadline and established budget.
  • Professional experience with non-profit administration preferred, including working collaboratively with board members and other organizational representatives.
  • Self-motivated with the ability to see what needs to be done, set and achieve benchmarks, work independently with little supervision and meet deadlines.
  • Grant-seeking professional experience and skill.
  • Computer literacy (PC and Mac platforms), including competency in word processing, spreadsheets, and Powerpoint.
  • Tact and strong diplomacy skills. Talent for maintaining forward momentum in delicate situations.
  • Persistence, sense of humor, and entrepreneurial spirit. Ability to balance and pursue multiple projects simultaneously. High tolerance for meeting competing demands efficiently, without becoming flustered.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, including public speaking. Ability to communicate effectively with people, organizations, and agencies. Negotiation skill and experience preferred.
  • Desire and talent for working as part of a team. Enthusiastic, creative, self-motivated individual able to work independently and with coworkers and volunteers, and to motivate these colleagues.
  • Ability and commitment to maintain confidentiality.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this position. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required. All personnel may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time, as needed.

Job Category: Part-time Exempt (30 hours/week)

Salary: Commensurate with experience and skills. SAHC provides a competitive salary and benefits package to full-time employees.

To Apply: Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, resume with salary history or salary requirements, and 3 professional references to Kristy Urquhart – kristy@appalachian.org. Please include “Blue Ridge Forever Director” in subject line. No phone calls please. Open until filled. SAHC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

SAHC works with a population that is diverse in terms of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status.  We believe in the need for and the value of this diversity as part of any society.  It is the policy of SAHC to work actively to build and maintain an organization that reflects this belief.  We strongly encourage applicants from traditionally marginalized groups to apply.

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