Monday, January 30, 2012

Help Wanted: Western PA Conservancy VP For Watershed Conservation

Western Pennsylvania Conservancy has an exciting opening for an experienced conservation leader to manage its Watershed Conservation program.  This position is a key member of the Conservancy’s leadership team and reports directly to WPC’s President and Chief Executive Officer. 
            The deadline for applications is March 1. 
            Under the direction of the President and C.E.O. and in partnership with executive management and the Board of Directors, the Associate Vice President is responsible for developing and leading Western Pennsylvania Conservancy’s overall strategic direction for watershed conservation, which includes implementing and managing watershed assistance program projects, securing program funding and resources, and building and maintaining partnerships with like-minded organizations, and local, state, regional and federal agencies.
            The position is based primarily in Indiana, PA, with some time in the Pittsburgh, PA office.  
            The successful candidate will demonstrate broad-based thinking about conservation, particularly watershed conservation and restoration, conservation science and energy impacts on watersheds.  The Conservancy is seeking a collaborative, dynamic, proven leader who is able to build on a very successful program and take it to the next level.  The position may also entail leadership over the Conservancy’s Conservation Services program.
            WPC is looking for the following experience, education and competencies:
-- Masters degree or equivalent in watershed science, stream ecology, wetlands ecology or bio-hydrology, or other equivalent and relevant degrees such as conservation, policy, etc.;
-- 5 plus years in a watershed project management experience including managing projects to remediate watershed problems caused by non-point source pollution from mine or agriculture impacts, or equivalent and relevant experience in other conservation related fields;
-- 5 years management experience; some senior-level management experience strongly preferred;
-- Outstanding interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills and the ability to work effectively with others to achieve goals;
-- A proven track record with partnership-building and successful fund raising;
-- Strong strategic planning and management skills; skill in financial and budget management;
-- Skill in examining and re-engineering operations and procedures, formulating policy, and developing and implementing new strategies;
-- Ability to analyze complex problems, interpret operational needs, and develop integrated, creative solutions; ability to think creatively and proactively; and 
-- Organizational planning, structuring, and staffing skills; employee development and performance management skills.
            To apply, send a cover letter, resume, and professional references to: and list AVP in the subject line of the email.

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