The Calaveras County Resource Conservation District (CCRCD or the district) is a non-regulatory special district dedicated to implementing conservation priorities in partnership with Calaveras County landowners. In 2016, Calaveras County voters approved the formation of CCRCD to assist the county’s landowners with educational programs and field projects that enhance private lands. In addition, CCRCD works with other resource agencies to plan and implement conservation practices on public lands when those activities would improve resource conditions in Calaveras County.
CCRCD is seeking a strong leader with a passion for natural resource conservation and land stewardship. Preference will be given to candidates local to, or with knowledge of, Calaveras, Amador, and Tuolumne Counties. The Executive Director position offers an exciting opportunity to advance the mission of CCRCD in a leadership role comprising of administration, programmatic development, and collaborative stakeholder engagement. The Executive Director is the lead staff member of CCRCD and reports to the district’s 7-member Board of Directors.
Organizational and Program Development
- Expand and develop CCRCD’s grant-funded programs and projects to address the needs of local landowners and the conservation of natural resources.
- Develop and implement a strategic plan, in partnership with CCRCD’s Board of Directors and staff.
- Maintain thorough knowledge of current and newly emerging issues, laws, and policies affecting natural resources and agriculture at the federal, state, and local levels.
Community Outreach, Partner, and Stakeholder Engagement
- Host and participate in education and outreach activities including workshops, conferences, and community events.
- Serve as the primary spokesperson for CCRCD, effectively representing the district’s programs and points of view to the public while increasing the overall visibility of CCRCD.
- Maintain, enhance, and foster strong working relationships with natural resource and agriculture agencies and organizations, landowners, regional and statewide associations, funders, and businesses.
- Work with appropriate officials at the county, state, regional, and federal levels to promote the needs and objectives of CCRCD.
- Develop and distribute a CCRCD Annual Report to stakeholders and the public.
- Maintain communication and work closely with CCRCD’s Board President and ad hoc/standing committees.
- Lead CCRCD’s staff by developing workflows, processes, and staff policies consistent with the district’s overall strategic development and priorities.
- Oversee the recruitment and retention of staff and promote a positive workplace culture.
- Ensure personnel policies and performance are regularly reviewed.
Grant & Contract Management
- Assist in developing funding agreements, procurement documents, contracts for professional services and materials, memoranda of understanding and interagency agreements.
- Manage grant projects to ensure deliverables are fulfilled.
- Oversee and maintain CCRCD compliance and consistency with funding, contracting, and procurement rules, laws, and policies.
Fund Development and Administrative Management:
- Actively seek out funding and write grant proposals that maintain and expand the work of CCRCD.
- Diversify CCRCD’s revenue streams and plan for the long-term financial sustainability of the district.
- Provide sound financial management including monitoring of cash flow, overall budget performance, financial forecasting, and preparation for the annual audit, in collaboration with CCRCD’s Financial Manager, legal counsel, and independent auditor.
Qualifications & Experience
- Undergraduate degree in Resource Management, Natural or Applied Science, Public or Business Administration, or equivalent education and experience.
- Knowledge of natural resource conservation, forestry, wildfire mitigation, native plant and animal species, agriculture and ranching practices, or some combination of the above.
- Proven experience generating and managing funding sources, including grant writing, fundraising, and project and contract management.
- Strong interpersonal skills and ability to positively interact with a diverse group of stakeholders, staff, and board members.
- Ability to analyze data and make sound decisions to deliver high-quality and meaningful services to the community and funders.
- Experience in administration, planning, budgeting, and fiscal management.
- Strong computer skills and familiarity with Microsoft Office products and mapping software.
- Ability to interpret and make decisions in accordance with local, state, and federal laws.
- Ability to develop effective and comprehensive reports, correspondence, and other written materials.
- Strong public speaking ability to represent CCRCD compellingly and professionally.
- Valid California driver’s license, clean driving record, and automobile insurance.
The CCRCD Office is located at 423 E. St Charles St., San Andreas, CA 95249. The Executive Director enjoys a flexible work environment and much of the position’s responsibilities may be completed in a remote office; however, the position does require regular in-person office attendance to lead and guide the team as well as site visits to project locations. Occasional evening and weekend work is required, including mandatory attendance at all Board of Directors meetings.
The physical requirements described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Position may require manual labor. Ability to lift up to 35 lbs.; ability to sit, walk and stand for intermittent periods of time and on a frequent basis; strength, dexterity, coordination; ability to climb, bend, stoop, squat, and reach on a frequent basis; ability to communicate on a telephone, via email, and in person; ability to properly prepare for long hours exposed to the elements. Calaveras County ranges from 20 to 8,100 feet in elevation. Summer temperatures can be over 100 degrees at lower elevations and snow can accumulate above 3,000 feet during winter months. Operations will allow for exposure to conditions such as dust, fumes, noise, heat, cold, rain, snow, and/or odors.
$45-$60 per hour, dependent on experience, for up to 20 hours per week to start. Additional hours, including up to 40 hours per week, could be available in the future contingent on funding.
Sick days accrued according to state EDD office and SDMRA with paid holidays & time off.
Please send resume, cover letter, a brief writing sample, and two references to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.