Eastern Program Manager

Job Information

  • Location: Asheville, NC
  • Close Date: 03/06/2020
  • Hiring Organization: SouthWings
  • Contact Name: SouthWings Hiring Committee
  • Contact Email: apply@southwings.org
  • Job Website

Description

Since 1996, SouthWings has provided a network of volunteer pilots to advocate for the restoration and protection of the ecosystems and biodiversity of the Southeast through a flight. Conservation groups working to halt destructive resource extraction and use practices, to identify and eliminate pollution sources and events, or to permanently protect ecologically valuable lands use SouthWings volunteer flights to become better informed about natural assets while collecting valuable data, including photo and video documentation, for their campaigns. Our flights also inform business leaders, key legislators, landowners, community members, and media representatives who can then influence desired private, legislative, and agency action.

SouthWings operates throughout the 11 southeastern states and the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Its central office is located in Asheville, NC, with a satellite office located in New Orleans, LA. The Eastern Program territory includes the Chesapeake Bay and the eastern portions of the Southeast (from the Southern Appalachian Mountains to the Atlantic Coast). Covering wide geography, this position requires frequent travel. Within this range exist many of SouthWings’ most-established partnerships, a vast spread of volunteer pilots, and some of our most committed and long-standing donors. Geographically and historically, this region is the heart and core of SouthWings’ mission.

Responsibilities

The Eastern Program Manager will be based in SouthWings’ Asheville, NC office but will require frequent travel (up to 25% of the time) throughout neighboring states.

The Eastern Program Manager will be responsible for collaborating with partners across the region to initiate flight opportunities with our volunteers that advance conservation goals across a variety of issue areas. Key responsibilities will include:

Program Administration
• Reviewing requests for flights from our conservation partners
• Coordinating with volunteers to schedule flight opportunities
• Gathering passenger information and overseeing paperwork collection
• Providing pre-flight preparation information to flight partners

Outreach
• Maintaining and growing the organization’s relationships with environmental conservation partners in the region
• Researching opportunities to expand our network of flight partners
• Participating in collaborative regional and issue-based coalition groups
• Attending conferences and promoting SouthWings at events
• Developing promotional materials and resources for prospective partners

Evaluation and Reporting
• Conducting routine follow-up with partners to track flight outcomes and report successes that SouthWings volunteer flights have helped enable
• Researching and identifying new opportunities for SouthWings involvement in emerging issues in the region
• Participating in the development of strategic priorities and programmatic goals
• Compiling annual and midyear reports that highlight program accomplishments
• Contributing program knowledge to grant writing and related reporting

Volunteer Recruitment
• Supporting volunteer pilot recruitment and retention efforts
• Contributing a program component to the onboarding of new volunteer pilots

Support
• Supporting fundraising efforts from a program perspective
• Providing program-related content for social media and website material

Qualifications

• Minimum of 3 years of continuous professional experience in a position related to project management, outreach, or other positions that match the responsibilities outlined above
• Exceptional written and verbal communication skills
• Strong collaborative and interpersonal skills and experience working with diverse communities
• Excellent organizational skills
• Creative problem-solver, flexible and capable of adapting to changing priorities
• Strategic thinker, capable of moving an organization to new levels
• Self-motivated and able to work both independently and as part of a team
• Familiarity with new technological trends and applications
• Experience working with volunteers
• An interest in environmental issues in the Southeast
• An interest in or some familiarity with aviation
• A commitment to professional integrity and desire to be part of a mission-oriented organization
• Willing and able to make a long-term commitment (5+ years) to serving the organization
• Bachelor’s Degree strongly preferred

Salary/Benefits

Please include salary requirements in your letter of interest.

Benefits
• Generous paid time off: 15 days of flexible paid time off granted at hire (increases with years of service), 7 annual paid holidays, 1 day per quarter for Volunteer Time Off, 1 day per quarter for Professional Development, and 12 weeks of fully paid parental leave
• Retirement contribution (determined annually by the Board of Directors, typically 5% of gross salary)
• Variety of subscriptions and pro deals, primarily for outdoor gear

Application Instructions

Review of applications will begin February 10, 2020, and continue on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

To apply, please send a letter of interest and resume via email only to:

SouthWings Hiring Committee
apply@southwings.org

Please, no phone calls.

SouthWings is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to recruiting from a broadly diverse pool of qualified candidates for the position.

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