JOB TITLE: Conservation Corps Director
LOCATION: AYW Headquarters, Austin, TX
DEPARTMENT: Conservation Corps
POSITION REPORTS TO: Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer
POSITION SUPERVISES: All Conservation Corps Staff in Austin, Houston, and Baton Rouge
The Conservation Corps Director is responsible for the overall program development and quality components related to education, leadership and technical skills development, counseling, workforce training, and other wrap-around-services needed to deliver high quality, intentionally inclusive and racially equitable, multi-state conservation corps program. The Director will also develop and maintain overall program strategic planning documents, goals, protocols and processes, budgets, grants, and contracts. They will also work closely with the CEO on community and partner cultivation, and as a member of the Executive Team, they will collaborate and contribute to the direction and overall goals of the agency. The Director will work with staff and program participants to maintain a culture of inclusivity, collaboration and teamwork, safety and risk management, quality projects and programming, continuous improvement, and sustainability.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND BASIC DUTIES:
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions and basic tasks.
Under limited to no supervision and minimal direction from the CEO and COO, The Conservation Corps Director will perform the following duties:
1. Supervise the overall Conservation Corps programs;
2. In collaboration with other key staff, coordinate relevant training and staff development activities;
3. Manage the Program contracts and budget, including all grant reporting and data tracking per grant or contract requirement, and monitor expenditures;
4. Develop and manage, Memorandums of Understanding (MOU), Contractual Agreements, Grants, and other key collaborations;
5. Complete and submit persuasive grant applications in an organized, methodical, and concise manner.
6. Ensure accurate and timely reporting of all projects and ensure the project is meeting program outcomes and partner expectations;
7. Develop systems and program operations in conjunction with key agency and program staff with a focus on continuous quality improvement;
8. Participate in program funding committees, training opportunities, and events as needed, and ensure continuous improvement;
9. Working with the Chief Development Officer, support the planning and implementation of ongoing fund-raising efforts for the program;
10. Participate in and attend meetings related to, and for agency initiatives.
11. Other duties as assigned.
1. Viewed as a trusted advisor to the executive team over matters of workforce development, project development, matters related to conservation, and the personal and professional development of program participants;
2. Provide day-to-day leadership and management to a service organization that mirrors the adopted mission and core values of the organization;
3. Advise the CEO and other key members of management on policy and department budget matters as they related to the Conservation Corps Programs,
4. In collaboration with the CEO and Director of Finance, coordinate and execute the annual budget process;
5. Collaborate with the Executive Management Team to review and update the succession plan and ensure it is measurable;
6. Provide leadership in building trust and commitment throughout the organization; uses critical thinking and influencing skills to create organizational harmony when confronting divergent positions;
7. Works with peers to develop and implement employee best practices and methodologies benefitting the entire organization.
1. Foster a success-oriented, accountable environment within the organization;
2. Contribute to the development of American YouthWorks strategic goals and objectives, and ensure that American YouthWorks is adhering to the strategic plan;
3. Spearhead the development, coordination, communication, and implementation of effective growth strategies and processes, as they relate to the department;
4. Promote a culture of high performance and continuous improvement that values learning and a commitment to quality;
5. Responsible for the measurement and effectiveness of all grant reporting metrics, internally and externally;
6. Upgrade and implement an appropriate system of policies, internal controls, standards, and procedures as they relate to the department;
7. Maintain continuous lines of communication, keeping the CEO and COO informed of all critical and emerging issues;
8. Stays abreast of current industry and community trends and shares insights with AYW leadership in the context of program direction, financial sustainability, and risk management;
9. Ensures Organization complies with all grantor, funder, federal, state, and local requirements;
10. Coordinates with the CEO and COO on compliance issues and, or matters related to legal problems or lawsuits;
11. Manage special projects and teams as requested by the Chief Executive Officer;
12. Assist the agency in managing risk for the entire organization as it relates to the department.
1. Establish and monitor staff performance and development goals, assign accountabilities, set objectives, establish priorities, conduct annual performance appraisals, and administer salary adjustments;
2. Ensure managers of the department are establishing and monitoring staff performance and development goals, assigning accountabilities, setting objectives, establishing priorities, conducting annual performance appraisals, and administering salary adjustments.
RACIAL EQUITY, DIVERSITY, INCLUSION & BELONGING (REDIB)
Promote continued organization support of Racial Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging initiatives. Seek to remove systemic barriers for underrepresented populations within the agency and our partnerships
EDUCATION/CERTIFICATION: Master’s Degree in Business Administration; Management; Environmental Science; CPR / First Aid / WFR Certification; Herbicide Applicator; Wildland Fire Training; GIS Training;
EXPERIENCE: Ten years experience with AmeriCorps or conservation corps programming; working with academically and socially at-risk opportunity youth and young adults with criminal records and a variety of lifestyles, behaviors, cultural and spiritual practices, employment training and, or AmeriCorps model;
EDUCATION / CERTIFICATION: Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Administration, Management, Conservation, or related field;
EXPERIENCE: Five years of senior leadership experience in nonprofit/corps operations; Five years’ experience managing program budgets, grants, and/or contracts and staff; Three years’ experience in Corps or youth development; Three years of previous related experience in conservation and/or ecology; Prior experience with strategic planning, board-level, and media and outreach communications;
EQUIVALENT EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE: Bachelor’s degree in the specified or field of study and four years of the specified work experience;
High school diploma or GED, and eight years of the specified work experience.