Program Director - Young Adult Field Crews

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Deadline to Apply:

Friday, September 16, 2016, 5:00pm


Saint Paul, MN
United States

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Conservation Corps Minnesota & Iowa is a 501(c)(3) that provides hands-on environmental stewardship and service-learning opportunities to youth and young adults while accomplishing conservation, natural resource management and emergency response work. Our goals are to help young people become more connected to the environment, engaged in conservation, involved in the community and prepared for future employment. AmeriCorps members (ages 18-25) in the Field Crew Program receive on-the-job training to learn natural resources management skills and put those skills into practice completing habitat restoration projects on public lands throughout the Midwest. Field Crews complete projects such as exotic species management, tree planting, trail construction, stream bank stabilization, prescribed burning, wildland fire fighting and emergency response.


-- Location: Saint Paul, MN
-- Position type: regular, exempt full-time position, with the expectation that the person will work the hours necessary to complete assigned tasks.
-- Benefits: Corps-sponsored health, dental, life and disability insurance, generous time-off benefits, and a 401(k) Safe Harbor Retirement Savings Plan


This position is responsible for overseeing the effective planning, management, development, sustainability, and growth for all aspects of the AmeriCorps Field Crew Program. The Program Director oversees program staff for AmeriCorps Field Crews in Minnesota and Iowa and directly supervises Program/District Managers based in Duluth, Brainerd, Saint Paul, Mankato and Ames. Currently, these programs enroll more than 200 AmeriCorps members each year.


-- Administer, supervise, assign, and implement multi-site operations ensuring that administration of all activities and personnel complies with current policies and is consistent.
-- Lead the collaborative development and implementation of program direction, including program planning, changes, growth, service activities, policy, public relations, partnerships, etc.
-- Evaluate and enhance programs to ensure high quality programs meet the needs of communities, project partners, and young adult participants.
-- Interview, hire, train, assign, support, evaluate, reward, and/or discipline personnel so that an efficient, orderly, and effective program is maintained at all times.
-- Develop and implement standardized training so that staff and corpsmembers receive training and education to assist them in their professional development.
-- Oversee program safety policies and procedures so that personnel injuries, lost time, workers
compensation costs, and vehicle/equipment accidents are minimized.
-- Oversee contracts, agreements and response efforts pertaining to wildfire deployment and other associated local/state/national disaster assignments.
-- Advise and assist Senior Director of Programs on budget matters affecting program operations so that objectives are realized and funds are invested effectively.
-- Serve as member of the Corps’ Strategic Leadership Team.


-- Administer AmeriCorps program.
-- Oversee AmeriCorps Field Crews internal and external communications.
-- Oversee management of program tracking and reporting of program accomplishments.
-- Oversee development and implementation of program orientation and training components.
-- Administer contracts and grants.
-- Work with other program directors to ensure consistency of key policies and operations.
-- Provide sound fiscal management of resources.
-- Attend Conservation Corps Board Meetings as required.


-- Experience commensurate with at least 3 years of progressive leadership experience in non-profits, preferably with a conservation service corps or related entity.
-- Supervisory experience, preferably with the young adult age group, and demonstrated human relations skills.
-- Leadership skills, characterized by the ability to gain respect, supervise, mentor, delegate authority, and positively influence others and the ability to work cooperatively in an interconnected, team environment in order to achieve results.
-- Ability to effectively interact and communicate with people from diverse cultural, socioeconomic, and ethnic backgrounds and experience in workforce development.
-- Thorough understanding of the Corps’ mission and be able to articulate the organization to others.
-- Four-year degree in a related field is preferred.
-- Initiative and ability to act independently with minimal supervision, multi-task and be flexible with responsibilities.
-- Considerable knowledge of natural resource development and preventative maintenance projects such as trail and campground development, wildlife management, timber stand improvement, etc., to prioritize, accurately estimate cost, and evaluate corps potential for the project.
-- Considerable knowledge of young adult programming, with special focus on service learning, workforce development, and national service.
-- Thorough knowledge of human relations - ability to effectively hire, train, delegate to, supervise, and provide guidance to personnel.
-- Thorough knowledge of project solicitation and partnership development.
-- Working knowledge of corps management, construction, mechanics, tools, equipment, and safety (OSHA).
-- Working knowledge of AmeriCorps programming, policies and procedures.
-- Working knowledge of grant application, management, and reporting.
-- Considerable knowledge of fiscal and budget procedures, contract management, and procurement of equipment and supplies.
-- Ability to initiate and provide training.
-- Communication skills – both verbal for public presentations and written for development of reports, manuals and other correspondence.
-- Valid driver’s license for required travel in monitoring work projects and visiting personnel.
-- Substantial amount of problem solving and organizing ability.
-- Ability to respond competently to a variety of unforeseeable events and situations.

This program is available to all, without regard to disability, race, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation or political affiliation. Reasonable accommodations provided upon request.

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How to Apply:

DEADLINE: COB on Friday September 16, 2016

TO APPLY: Submit a cover letter and resume to: with “Program Director” in subject line.

Questions? Contact Senior Director of Programs Eric Antonson at 651.209.9900 x 11.


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Contact Name:

Kellie Lager

Contact Phone:

651-209-9900 x31

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