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Appalachia Program Director
Job Type: full-time permanent position
Location: West Virginia
Posting Date: 6 Feb 14
Closing Date: 28 Mar 14
The Mountain Institute (TMI) has a forty-year record of delivering practical solutions for environmental conservation, community development, and cultural preservation in Appalachia, the Himalayas, the Andes and other mountain ranges around the world. The Institute got its start with a focus on Appalachia, and has maintained a path-breaking program in environmental, watershed, and wilderness education as its core activities in the region, particularly targeting underserved mountain communities.
TMI’s Appalachia Program Director will lead and manage our regional program. S/he will be responsible for the regional organizational strategy, project implementation, coordination with headquarters, fund raising, supervising local staff, and overall program management and administration. The Director will be the public face of TMI to local government and stakeholders in Appalachia, and will have excellent communication skills and the ability to articulate our mission and capabilities. S/he will create and enhance partnerships with local communities, government, civil society organizations, and businesses to advance our work. S/he will also form part of TMI’s senior management team as we advance our mission globally through innovative and transformational projects and initiatives.
Under the oversight of TMI’s Executive Director, and in coordination with other program directors, development and communications staff, and the Finance and Administration division, the Appalachia Program Director will be responsible for:
• Continue and advance the success, growth, and positive impact of established education programs based out of TMI’s Spruce Knob Mountain Center (SKMC).
• In conjunction with SKMC and other staff, develop and manage the annual budget for the entire Appalachia Program, including the operating budget of SKMC, all grant funded programs, and targets for fundraising.
• Identify other needs within the region and establish program priorities in-line with TMI’s overall strategies, approaches, available resources, and mission.
• Oversee, support, guide, and mentor regional staff in project administration, execution, and delivery; provide regular feedback and performance evaluations.
• Maintain a strong and cohesive Appalachia team through regular staff meetings, open communications, and addressing needs to enhance performance. Foster an atmosphere of collegiality, participation, equal opportunity, and merit-based advancement.
• Provide technical and financial interim and final reporting to TMI’s headquarters; interact constructively with donors, partners, and stakeholders.
• Assume responsibility for program effectiveness; provide accountability to donors as well as to the mountain communities affected by TMI’s efforts. This will include critically measuring the effectiveness of the Appalachia Program on an ongoing basis, reporting quantitative and qualitative metrics to key audiences, and capturing lessons-learned to improve our work.
• Work with staff to assure the financial and programmatic sustainability of the Spruce Knob Mountain Center and Appalachia Program generally.
• Identify and track prospects for foundation and agency fundraising for the program in coordination with local staff and headquarters-based development staff.
• Meet potential donors, speak at fundraising and other development events, and inform donor fundraising priorities where appropriate.
• Develop and submit proposals in coordination with local staff and headquarters, in alignment with institutional priorities and guidelines, while maximizing full cost recovery.
• Explore, test and implement new fundraising and business approaches to generate revenues to advance our mission in Appalachia, particularly taking advantage of our Spruce Knob facilities.
• Provide timely reporting on the agency and foundation funding pipeline to development staff at headquarters.
• Work closely with and support the Executive Director, development staff, and Trustees to enhance TMI’s overall funding, including non-restricted support.
Partnership-Building and Liaison
• Build relationships, alliances, and coordination with local organizations in West Virginia and elsewhere in Appalachia.
• Represent TMI in relevant fora, conferences, meetings, and other venues.
• Support TMI’s efforts in global partnership building to advance the “mountain agenda” including with the Mountain Partnership, Mountain Forum, and other networks and alliances.
Outreach and Communications
• As the primary face and voice of the Appalachia Program, build organizational visibility in the region.
• Promote TMI’s institutional accomplishments and effectiveness through traditional and new media targeting key audiences in Appalachia.
• Promote needs and opportunities for mountain communities and environments to national and local government, donors, and civil society organizations through meetings, speaking engagements, media interviews, publications and general communications.
• Undertake communication and outreach in close coordination with other TMI regional programs, and in alignment with institutional strategies and branding guidelines.
• Foster open, constructive relationships and communication among TMI’s Appalachia staff, other regions, and with headquarters sharing ideas, concerns and a commitment to commonly held values and our mission.
• Respond to other institutional needs and responsibilities including participation in and support for board presentations, representation, and institution-wide planning and strategy development.
• Contribute to the establishment of TMI as the preferred place of employment for mountain-oriented professionals working in sustainable development, ecology and conservation, cultural protection, climate change adaptation, communications, and education.
• Active participation in professional societies, attending meetings, workshops, and strategy sessions so as to enhance the director’s and TMI’s voice as a credible, salient and legitimate leader on mountain issues.
• Contribute to, enlarge upon, and uphold TMI’s policies for Equal Employment Opportunities for women, minorities, and other disadvantaged groups.
Applicants with an advanced degree (PhD or MSc/MA) in a field relevant to sustainable mountain development are preferred. A minimum of five years of experience in senior non-profit management is required. Substantial proficiency in environmental education, or a related field, is highly desirable. The ideal candidate will be financially literate and familiar with, and favorably known to, the key organizations that fund environmental and education work in Appalachia. The director will be innovative and resilient in building the funding base for our work, and in contributing to positioning TMI as the “go to” NGO for and about mountains. The Director will be a strategic leader and mentor for TMI’s local staff with a track record in team management. The ideal candidate will have an inclusive, consultative management style and temperament; but also must be able to analyze critical issues, evaluate options, and implement decisions promptly and efficiently.
The home base of operations for this position will be in either West Virginia (preferred) or Virginia. This position will require a significant travel schedule. A full benefit package will be offered, and the salary will be set commensurate with experience.
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