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The James River Association (JRA) is seeking a Program Director to be based in their headquarters office at Rocketts Landing in Richmond, Virginia.

Position Summary

JRA works through its five core program areas to pursue its mission:

  • River Advocacy - serving as the voice for the river on important policy and legal matters. 
  • James Riverkeepers – acting as the eyes and ears of the river, monitoring its conditions, identifying problems as they arise and ensuring that solutions are executed properly. 
  • Watershed Restoration - working with diverse partners to implement innovative programs and hands-on projects that highlight practical solutions to protecting the river and its tributaries. 
  • Education - preparing the next generation of James River guardians by giving students and teachers the opportunity to enjoy, learn and care about the James River
  • Outreach – connecting communities to America’s Founding River through public events, river access projects, and recreation and conservation initiatives.

JRA seeks a dynamic and experienced leader to strengthen its management team as Program Director.  The Program Director plays a vital role in the organization working with the CEO and Board of Directors in shaping the strategic direction and with program managers to execute the day-to-day activities to protect and restore the James River.  The Program Director works with program managers to implement all aspects of JRA programmatic operations toward the strategic plan, including goal setting, annual workplans, budgets, program evaluation, reporting and staff development. The Program Director reports to the CEO and manages six program managers: Upper James Riverkeeper, Lower James Riverkeeper, Watershed Restoration Manager, Policy Specialist and Education and Outreach Managers. 

Responsibilities will include:

  • Directing program managers in implementation of initiatives to protect and restore the river through policy making, enforcement, monitoring, education, restoration and individual actions.
  • Guiding efforts to engage a variety of audiences including the general public, students, landowners, business leaders and policy makers about the James River.
  • Building a strong team within JRA programs and facilitating integration across programs.
  • Assisting program managers in developing relationships with strategic partner organizations in the region on efforts related to river health.
  • Working with CEO and Board of Directors to establish strategic direction of JRA programs to effectively advance the mission.
  • Managing program operations including budgets, reporting, metric tracking and personnel management.
  • Working with JRA development team and program managers to identify potential funding sources, ensure proposals and reports are completed in a timely fashion and produce grant specific financial reports   
  • Assessing and evaluating programs based on their contribution to the mission of JRA

Professional Qualifications

  1. Must have a deep commitment to environmental and conservation issues, especially as related to the James River.
  2. Must have thorough knowledge of the James River and its watershed including its ecology, culture and issues affecting its health.
  3. Must have experience managing staff and building an effective team, as well as an ability to form strong relationships with other directors and CEO.
  4. Must have strong written and oral communication skills and ability to interact effectively with Board members, funders, policy makers, community leaders and volunteers.
  5. Must be able to manage multiple projects concurrently, including schedules, budgets and reports.
  6. Should be an experienced and effective advocate and educator with demonstrated success working on conservation issues.  A strong understanding and experience in non-profit organizations and advocacy work is also essential.
  7. Should have at least ten years of work experience in a related field and a minimum of a Bachelors Degree in environmental policy, natural resources management or a related field.  Strong working knowledge of federal, state and local environmental laws, particularly associated with water quality, is required.

Compensation: JRA offers a dynamic and flexible work environment and a competitive benefits package, including 20 days of paid time off in Year 1, health, vision, life and dental insurance, and a matching program for tax deferred retirement accounts. Salary will be commensurate with experience.  JRA is an equal opportunity employer.

To apply for this position, please submit your resume and cover letter with salary history by email to jbostic@jrava.org or by mail to:

Jennie Bostic
James River Association
4833 Old Main Street
Richmond, VA 23231

The position will remain open until filled, but priority will be given to resumes received by August 17, 2014.

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