Program Director, Volunteer Relations
Harpers Ferry, WV (HQ) or ATC Regional Office
Senior Director of Conservation
The Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s mission is to preserve and manage the Appalachian Trail – ensuring that its vast natural beauty and priceless cultural heritage can be shared and enjoyed today, tomorrow, and for centuries to come.
This position is key to the sustainability and longevity of the Appalachian Trail’s volunteer management tradition, currently engaging more than 6,000 volunteers in trail maintenance, education, outreach, corridor stewardship, natural resources protection, and other Appalachian Trail (A.T.) management programs. The Program Director, Volunteer Resources works collaboratively with 31 affiliated A.T. clubs, agency partners, board and committee members and Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) staff to support the overall volunteer program for the A.T.
The Program Director is ATC’s point person and organizational expert on National Park Service (NPS) and U.S. Forest Service (USFS) volunteer policies, standards and guidelines, and reporting. He/ She ensures that ATC and affiliated A.T. clubs meet obligations associated with the NPS and USFS under each agency’s respective Volunteer in Parks and Volunteer in Forests programs and fosters cooperative and collaborative communications among all A.T. management partners. This position works closely with NPS, as the lead agency for the A.T., through a Cooperative Agreement to administer the A.T. volunteer program and build volunteer capacity.
The Program Director fosters and supports an effective working partnership among all ATC staff, programs, and A.T. volunteer clubs. He/She ensures proactive communication and collaborative problem solving.
By instituting best practices in volunteer program support, the incumbent will ensure that ATC and agency partners realize an engaged and sustained network of volunteer partners to maintain and protect the Trail. The selected candidate will have demonstrated leadership experience as well as the ability to work both independently with minimal supervision and cooperatively as a team.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
- ●Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience required. A degree or certificate in volunteer administration is preferred.
- ●Minimum of three years of successful volunteer management experience.
- ●Knowledge of service-learning.
- ●Excellent persuasive writing skills.
- ●Excellent interpersonal communication skills
- ●Strong competence with word processing, spreadsheet and database skills.
- ●Ability to problem-solve and meet multiple deadlines.
- ●High degree of initiative and a team player.
- ●Demonstrable familiarity with recreation resource management.
- ●Ability to communicate with individuals by phone, email and in person.
- ●Some travel will be required.
- ●Working on the phone or computer for prolonged periods.
- ●Visits to high-profile volunteer project sites may entail hiking, but is not required.
Moderate noise level due to an office environment with a high level of activity on the phone, computers and printers.
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