The Stewardship Director manages and coordinates WR field stewardship, including our restoration, monitoring and youth education programs, in line with the organization’s mission and targeted impact. The position advances WR’s vision for landscape-scale restoration and rural community revitalization in northeast Oregon. The Stewardship Director designs and advocates for high-performing and forward-looking partnerships, strategies, and policies that establish the pre-conditions for healthy and resilient habitats, secure and sustainable working lands, diversified economic opportunities, and resolution of resource-based conflicts.
The Director oversees and hires Stewardship Program staff, manages inter-program relations, engages regularly with partner organizations, agencies, and contractors, and provides oversight to program fundraising and financial management. The position serves as a key member of the WR’s Management Team. As part of this team, the position plays an important role in developing and executing strategic and work plans, and ensuring achievement of organizational goals and outcomes.
ESSENTIAL JOB DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Serves as WR’s lead staff, technical expert, strategist, and planner for forest, range and watershed restoration and stewardship across private and public land in Northeast Oregon.
Conveys direct technical assistance to staff and partners in drafting strategic action plans, restoration strategies, and permit submittals. Interprets and integrates new science, technologies, and policies.
Works with diverse public and private partners to develop new programs, policies, and funding for long-term protection of working lands and capturing their full range of values. Maintains strong and effective relationships with WR partners including landowners, non-profit organizations, tribes, conservation groups, state and federal agency personnel, and elected officials and staff.
Serves on the WR Management Team. Participates in organizational strategy development, assists programs and project planning, and offers advice on program decisions and systems. May serve occasionally as Acting Executive Director as needed.
Develops, updates, and implements work planning tools and templates for program managers to record current plans and funding, explore new project opportunities, and complete organizational budgets and performance evaluations.
Tracks Stewardship Program budgets ($1,000,000+) and expenditures to anticipate and initiate proactive targeted and joint fundraising to meet program-specific funding needs and ensure timely completion of grant deliverables.
Helps create communications strategies and materials that effectively promote and sustain support for all aspects of the Stewardship Program. Responsible for all contracts, agreements, and associated statements of work with contractors and subcontractors.
Coordinates hiring, management, and performance evaluations of program staff, interns, and contractors as appropriate. Supervises staff and performs supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization’s policies and applicable laws.
Hosts a Program Manager's meeting at least monthly.
Reports regularly to the Executive Director on program work.
A Master’s degree in a natural resources field, or relevant equivalent experience, is required.
A valid Oregon Driver’s License and an acceptable driving record according to WR’s auto liability policy requirements.
The ability to pass a pre-employment background check.
5 years of experience working in watershed restoration, preferably in senior level positions. The experience must reflect strong knowledge of the standards and practices of watershed systems and restoration strategies, working lands management and operations, landscape-scale planning, and federal, state, and local watershed-related programs and policies.
5 years of experience in a management level and/or leadership position, with direct experience managing staff, organizational operations and administration, and finances and budgets.
Familiarity with Native Americans and tribal issues.
Familiarity with forest/range/watershed management and monitoring practices, and associated programs and policies, and with natural resource education and extension.
Demonstrated experience and training in conflict resolution, facilitation, negotiation, strategic planning, and collaborative processes.
Proven success developing lasting partnerships and coalitions in a rural context, including private landowners.
Proven track record of managing multiple programs or projects of strategic importance to achieve appropriate milestones and tangible outcomes.
Demonstrated experience and skills raising funds from foundations, government, and private donors.
Exemplary written and oral communication skills.
Must consistently demonstrate teamwork and positive day-to-day work relationships and interactions with staff, board members, members of the public, and community stakeholders.
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