Employment Opportunities

DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT

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

Summary of Responsibilities

The Director of Development will manage JRA’s fund development efforts by strengthening and expanding its major donor support from individuals, corporations and foundations. Working with the CEO and the Board of Directors, the position will manage, identify and implement strategies for developing relationships with a diverse base of major funders in support of current and future needs.  The Director of Development will oversee the grants manager and serve on the JRA management team along with the CEO, Director of Marketing and Membership and the Program Director.  


The Director of Development will contribute to the development and implementation of the JRA vision, create and implement long- and short-term advancement plans, staff appropriate Board and non-board committees and serve as the senior advisor to CEO and Board on all matters related to fund development initiatives.  The position reports to the CEO and supports strategic initiatives by engaging development efforts to increase the assets of JRA.

Specific Responsibilities Include:

1. Planning

Ensure that James River Association fund development activities are consistent with and complementary to the overall direction of the James River Association. Born out of JRA’s strategic plan, the Director of Development will have responsibility for generating an annual Development Plan. The Development Plan will be tactical in nature and include measurable outcomes that focus on the basic five (5) I’s of a comprehensive development program: identification, interest, information, involvement and investment.   The plan will assure that JRA maintains strong support through grants and focuses on growing major gifts.

2. Fund Development

Oversee, identify and implement strategies for the identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of a diverse base of major funders in support of current and future needs.  Assure a donor-centered orientation to all communication and contact with donors and prospective donors.  The donor experience should be the driving value in determining staff assignments, policies and procedures and communication.  

  1. Achieve fund development goals within established timelines and approved expense budgets.
  2. Monitor status of grants assuring good coordination through the Grants Manager and Program Director positions.   
  3. Focus on expanding JRA’s major donor program by growing individual, corporate and foundation donors. Assure that the right person (staff and/or volunteer) contacts the right prospective donor-investor (determine relationships) in the right manner (face to face, writtenproposal)with the right ask (project and amount) at the right time (as defined by the donor versus JRA).
  4. Plan major donor oriented special events to both raise funds and cultivate donors.  Identify and help secure major sponsors and develop and implement strategies to utilize special events for donor cultivation.
  5. Create and implement a planned giving program to build an endowment through a combination of outright, life-income and deferred gifts.
3. Board/Board Committees

Assume primary responsibility for developing a systematic and disciplined approach to engaging each Board member in the development process.  Respecting individual Board member preferences, the Director of Development will partner with the Fund Development Committee in the goal of 100% participation by the Board with time, talent and treasure.

Plan and oversee preparation for staffing the Fund Development Committee meetings.

4. Budget Management

Develop annual income/expense budgets for fund development.  Monitor expenditures and operate within budget.

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 December 1, 2014.


EDUCATION MANAGER

The James River Association is seeking an Education Manager to be based in its headquarters office at Rocketts Landing in Richmond, Virginia.

JRA Education Program:
JRA’s education team consists of 2 full-time staff, and 1 ten-month seasonal intern responsible for program coordination and on-the-ground implementation of JRA’s education programs.  JRA’s education programs shape the next generation of stewards of the James River through meaningful river-based learning experiences that inspire confidence, ecological understanding, nature appreciation, and conservation action.  These programs annually serve over 2,500 youth in 5th – 12th grade classrooms and extra-curriculum youth groups with day-long and multi-day educational experiences through:

  • The James River Ecology School on Presquile National Wildlife Refuge:  A partnership between the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and JRA in which JRA hosts both multi-day residential and one-day environmental education programs at the island education center on Presquile National Wildlife Refuge.
  • James River Expeditions: An 8-day down-river environmental learning adventure for rising 10th & 11th grade students in the James River watershed.
  • Youth Environmental Leadership Program (YELP):  A year-long intensive leadership program designed to engage, train, and develop rising 11th grade students who show a passionate interest in the future health of our natural resources.
  • James River Explorations:  A one day on-the-water program based on canoes or JRA’s education boat.
  • General Education:   Youth programs and activities at JRA events, classroom presentations, and other specialized service projects.

Position Summary:
JRA is seeking an experienced educator, excellent communicator and enthusiastic leader to manage JRA’s new and existing education programs.  The Education Manager will ensure success and high standards of excellence for all JRA environmental education programming through the oversight and managerial support of JRA education programs and staff. The Education Manager will report to JRA’s Program Director.

Responsibilities:

  • Working with JRA staff and partners to develop and sustain new and existing education initiatives to further JRA’s mission and vision for a healthy James River.
  • Facilitating a supportive, positive, team environment that prioritizes an inclusive community needs-based approach to program development, planning, and analysis.
  • Mentoring and supporting education staff in program development, coordination, and implementation.
  • Grant proposal writing and quarterly reporting to secure necessary financial support for education program implementation.
  • Managing the education program budget and progress towards annual work plan deliverables and metrics.
  • Booking, scheduling, and coordinating education programs with teachers and JRA education program staff, boat captains and crew.
  • At times, leading field-based educational programming including weekend, overnight, and extended field programs that can last up to 8-days in length.
  • Maintaining strong communication with partners including boat captains and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service staff.
  • Building and sustaining strong relationships with school administrative staff, teachers, youth groups and organizational partners to strengthen programming outcomes and ensure high retention of participation in JRA education programs.
  • Leading outreach to schools and youth groups to recruit teacher and student participation in JRA education programs.
  • Overseeing seasonal and annual maintenance and upkeep for the James River Ecology School facilities and education vessel.
  • Engaging with national, state, and regional environmental education networks to strengthen overall impact, effectiveness, and support for environmental education efforts in the James River watershed.
  • Assisting with organization-wide initiatives including grass-roots campaigns, large-scale restoration projects, and special fundraising and community awareness events.

Professional Qualifications:

  • Must have a deep commitment to environmental and conservation issues, especially as related to the James River.
  • Must have at least 4 years of experience in the field of environmental, outdoor, and/or experiential education, and a minimum of a Bachelors Degree in environmental science, science education, or a related field.  Strong working knowledge of best practices in providing environmental education experience for secondary school-aged youth is required.
  • Must have thorough knowledge of watershed systems and water quality issues.  James River specific knowledge highly preferred.
  • Must have experience managing staff and building an effective team.   Two or more years of management experience preferred.
  • Must have strong written and oral communication skills and be able to effectively convey JRA’s mission and vision with diverse audiences of youth, educators, donors, partners, and the general public.
  • Must have the ability to build and sustain strong relationships with program partners and volunteers.
  • Must be able to manage multiple projects concurrently, including schedules, budgets and reports.
  • Must be able to take initiative and work independently in a deadline-driven environment, with attention to detail.
  • Must be willing to travel throughout the James River watershed to implement projects as well as flexibility to work nights and weekends as programming requires.
  • Should have experience with residential environmental education programs.
  • Should have experience leading camping and canoeing trips with children and/or adults.
  • Should have experience with lesson plans that are in accordance with Virginia Standards of Learning.

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 December 22, 2014.

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