Employment Opportunities

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Vice President & Director of Programs

Applications are now being accepted for the Conservancy’s next Vice President & Director of Programs.  This experienced, results-oriented individual will have an extensive conservation background to plan, develop, and implement a variety of partnership-based, shared-resource programs focused on protecting, interpreting, and enjoying the natural and cultural heritage resources associated with the Chesapeake’s national parks and trails, primarily the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail.

A strong, senior-level leader with exceptional interpersonal skills, the Vice President & Director of Programs will routinely display energy and professionalism in a collaborative manner, develop and lead park-based resource conservation, recreational/heritage tourism, and drive educational and interpretive programming in close coordination with partners in the Chesapeake region, including the National Park Service, the Conservancy’s primary partner on the development of the trail.

Candidates must have at least five or more years of program management experience, with proven success in employee and program development.  A consensus-builder leadership style is essential, with a successful track record of creating and fostering a team environment.

The ideal candidate will have a master’s degree preferably in natural resources management; recreation or conservation planning; historic preservation; or similarly related field.  Special consideration will be given to candidates who also have a master’s degree or equivalent knowledge in business, economic development, and/or environmental policy.  Specific experience in at least two of the following areas is a plus:

  • Cultural or heritage tourism
  • Natural resources management and conservation
  • Historic preservation
  • Community and economic development
  • Outdoor recreation planning
  • Outreach and interpretation

Successful candidates will have demonstrated experience coordinating partnerships with state or federal agencies, and the proven ability to interact with executive directors, program directors, development staff, funders, and boards of directors.  Experience with Cooperative Associations or Friends Groups (associated with national parks or related public land agencies), or in a leadership role within a formal partnership with a state or federal agency is considered a plus.

Candidates must be able to manage multiple projects simultaneously, develop and articulate strategic direction, create programs aimed at strengthening critical partnerships, and develop and nurture successful relationships as an effective ambassador for the Conservancy, and the Chesapeake’s national parks and trails.

Candidates should have a high degree of integrity, honesty, and loyalty with a solid track record of programmatic and supervisory skills and experience. Essential functions will include, but are not limited to:

  • Leadership for the development and implementation of conservation, interpretation, and recreation focused programs across the Chesapeake region, working with partners including the National Park Service.
  • Ongoing collaboration and partnership building with other Chesapeake conservation stakeholders, including state and federal agencies; non-governmental and historic preservation organizations; and recreational user groups.
  • Champion for innovative approaches to programmatic work within a non-traditional park framework, over a large geography in multiple states.
  • Financial and administrative management of project budgets, cooperative agreements, contracts, and work plans.
  • Content and budget development for grants, helping to identify funding resources to support park-based programming.
  • Collaboration with communications staff to ensure program work is effectively marketed through online, social, print, and other media as defined.
  • Supervision and leadership of program team, including work plan development, mentoring, performance evaluation, training, and motivation.
  • Analytical, strategic, and systematic thinking, to set priorities and anticipate outcomes through executable solutions to complex problems.
  • Working as a member of a team of professionals dedicated to the conservation and protection of the Chesapeake Bay’s great rivers and special places.

How to Apply:

Candidates interested in applying for this opportunity should send a resume and cover letter, including salary requirements and one writing sample to Sarah Elder via email to [email protected].  Please include “Vice President & Director of Programs” in the subject line.  Review of candidates will begin immediately.

The Chesapeake Conservancy is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate against applicants for employment or employees on the basis of race, religion, national origin, color, age, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, or any other classification protected by federal, state, or local law.