Health insurance, 13 paid federal holidays, Minimum of 2 weeks of vacation with increase every two years of employment, Two week sick leave per year, Dental insurance, 403(b) up to 5%, Vision insurance, Flexible schedule, Life insurance, Flexible spending account, Parental leave, Professional development assistance
4 Year Degree
Telecommuting is allowed.
Position Description: The National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) is seeking a Director of Conservation Programs that will be responsible for providing oversight of the organization’s portfolio of grants, agreements, and contracts. This position will develop funding opportunities, design and administer grant programs, and work closely with our partners. They will also provide leadership to achieve all stated outcomes and ensure overall compliance.
Provide oversight of NACD’s grant/project portfolio, as well as leadership and guidance to staff, partners, and contractors
Lead development and implementation of project programming; ensuring that programs and projects are:
Equitable, accessible, and inclusive
Compliant with all requirements (e.g., milestones are completed on-time, outcomes/deliverables meet or exceed quality standards)
Identify opportunities to promote NACD programs; collaborate with staff (e.g., Communications Team, Region Reps), subgrant recipients, and funding partners to develop and promulgate success stories and other communications
Develop and maintain partnerships with a diverse group of stakeholders
Lead lifecycle administration of NACD’s grant and contract portfolio, such as:
Monitor NACD performance, progress, budgets, and spend (including subawardees)
Review and submit required reports (e.g., quarterly and final performance reports; SF-425; requests for payments or advances)
Proactively grant expiration dates and progress towards meeting requirements; initiate and process amendments
Support audit and close-out activities
Guide development and implementation of all subaward (pass-through) grant activities including, but not limited to:
Solicitation and evaluation strategies
Outreach strategies and activities that promote grant programs to potential recipients, partners, and other stakeholders (e.g., solicitations, webinars, FAQs, communications)
Develop processes, standards, and templates for solicitations, subawards/MOUs, processing amendments, and close-out
Processes and systems to monitor subawardee progress, budgets, and cash flow needs; correspond with subawardees regarding performance or other issues
Lead process for subawardee reports (e.g., provide subawardees guidance; develop or update reporting requirements and submission portal; review reports to ensure compliance with NACD reporting requirements; aggregate subawardee reports to develop NACD reports
Support development and marketing activities including, but not limited to:
Track and identify funding opportunities; disseminate relevant opportunities to members (e.g., maintain information hubs) and establish process for issuing reminders for deadlines
Engage with potential partners to understand their goals and requirements, budgets, etc.
Coordinate proposal workstreams and milestones to ensure timely submission
Support proposal preparation process, including development of the technical approach and budgets, review of the entire package to ensure quality and compliance with funder requirements, and submission
Support negotiation of deliverables, outcomes and metrics, and other terms and conditions
Collaborate with NACD’s operations to develop and implement financial policies, procedures, and processes; support financial audits as requested
Develop and implement risk management procedures, ensuring that NACD’s programs and initiatives are in compliance with sponsor/funder requirements and federal regulations, laws, and policies
Monitor appropriateness of expenditures on awards and subawards
Support NACD’s Board of Directors, Committees, affiliates, and other stakeholder groups
Supervise four full-time FTEs
Other duties as assigned
Location: This position is a telework/remote position and reports directly to the Chief Program Officer.
To apply: Email resume, cover letter, portfolio and two writing samples to the attention of NACD HR with ‘Director of Conservation Programs’ in the subject line to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than Friday, November 24, 2023, to receive priority consideration.
Bachelor’s degree in related field, advance degree is preferred
At least eight (8) years of relevant experience
Experienced in staff leadership and management
Understanding of 2 CFR and administering federal grant and cooperative agreements
Experience managing subgrant programs
Excellent oral and written communication skills
Excellent organizational skills and attention to details
Ability to develop and track budgets using Excel and other tools
Strong leadership skills and ability to coordinate large-scale projects
Strong fiscal management skills, such as budget development and management, and maintaining internal controls
Travel required (up to 30%)
Experience with and/or knowledge of conservation districts, agriculture, or environmental issues
Experience developing and responding to funding opportunities
About National Association of Conservation Districts
The National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) is the nonprofit organization that represents America’s 3,000 conservation districts and the 17,000 men and women who serve on their governing boards. Conservation districts are local units of government established under state law to carry out natural resource management programs at the local level. Districts work with millions of cooperating landowners and operators to help them manage and protect land and water resources on all private lands and many public lands in the United States.
NACD's mission is to serve conservation districts by providing national leadership and a unified voice for natural resource conservation.