Founded in 1994, AmeriCorps St. Louis (ACSTL) is a non-profit organization, engaging AmeriCorps National Service Volunteers in community service initiatives addressing critical unmet needs in the areas of Disaster Response, Environmental Stewardship, & Wildland Firefighting. ACSTL focuses on the training and development of the next generation of public service leaders while building the capacity of partner agencies to achieve impactful community results.
AmeriCorps Members serve within a 42-Member Corps for 11-month terms, earning a monthly living stipend and an AmeriCorps Education Award upon successful completion of their term. Through training and partnerships with conservation agencies, Members gain the personal and professional skills needed to carry out a variety of stewardship projects. More importantly, Members gain skills needed to become economically and socially self-sufficient, benefit their communities, and recognize that they can make a positive difference.
The AmeriCorps St. Louis Member year operates from September through August. ACSTL operates as many as 8 crews at a time primarily throughout Missouri, completing projects in partnership with non-profit, local, state, and federal agencies. Staff focus on program development, equipment and logistics support, and Member development.
The Program Director is integral to ACSTL’s goal of administering diverse conservation projects, as well as providing technical and fundamental training, project coordination, logistical support, and leadership to ensure a positive and meaningful experience for Members. The Program Director must have the ability to supervise and assist in personnel management of the Leadership Team – Field Coordinator, Field Supervisor, Stewardship Coordinator and Team Leads.
Most of the Program Director’s time will be focused on ensuring that program crews operate safely, efficiently, and effectively, with the greatest impacts for participants and partners. The position is based out of St. Louis with travel across the state and region. Both office and field operations are required by this position and a flexible schedule is a necessity.
- Identify and develop annual objectives to sustain and enhance the outcomes of the ACSTL mission and Strategic Plan.
- Collaborate with Leadership Team to develop strategy for programmatic sustainability.
- Demonstrate and lead the development and implementation of high-quality programming to achieve positive Member experiences and exceptional project accomplishments.
- Provide ongoing feedback, coaching, and evaluation.
- Provide administrative, logistical, and counseling support to Leadership Team.
Project and Program Development
- Plan and oversee the implementation of all ACSTL crew projects and programming.
- Work with Leadership Team and Program Staff to coordinate comprehensive project calendar.
- Implement, maintain, and refine programmatic policies and procedures.
- Develop and maintain positive partnerships with community and project partners.
- Direct the execution of pre-site visits, project specification, reporting, partner evaluations, and understand the required performance measures for all agreements.
- Manage budget, purchasing, fleet, and equipment needs for crews to be successful.
- Provide technical and programmatic assistance, guidance, and support to crews.
- Model risk management practices and develop further safety measures for Members in the field.
Development & Training
- Assist the program staff to develop and implement technical and fundamental training.
- Provide mentorship and supervision to Team Leads throughout the program year.
- Assist Members with resources and support in handling difficult or complex problems.
- Supervise Members to ensure adherence to quality standards, policies and procedures, and provide timely and relevant coaching as needed.
- Support updates and improvement of applicable training manuals, educational materials, policies and procedures and other resources in collaboration with ACSTL staff.
- Minimum of three years of supervisory experience in outdoor development or conservation field.
- Exhibits the ability to effectively work on diverse teams or with a variety of populations.
- Flexibility, adaptability, and capacity to work in a fluid, changing work environment.
- Ability to carry out assigned work independently or with minimal supervision.
- Ability to communicate effectively, manage complexity, cultivate innovation, and influence positive results of oneself and others.
- Ability to multi-task and be flexible with responsibilities.
- Demonstrate good judgement and problem solving in emergency situations.
- Excellent written/verbal communication skills for internal personnel management and external outreach.
- Familiarity with AmeriCorps and local, state and federal natural resource agencies.
- Experience with Microsoft Office and Google Suite applications.
- Experience with chain sawing with ability to attain B or C Faller certifications.
- Must meet minimum physical requirements and successfully pass annual Work Capacity
- Experience with prescribed fire and ability to attain NWCG Wildland FFT1 Certification.
- Technical conservation experience including chainsaws and/or crosscut saws; trail layout, design, construction, and maintenance; fence and bridge construction and maintenance; project estimation, implementation, and management; herbicide application; small engine and hand tool maintenance and repair.
- Demonstrated experience in coordinating and facilitating trainings.
- Valid driver’s license and insurable driving record.
- Must be able to pass organization’s criminal history background check requirements.
- Bachelor’s Degree and/or equivalent work experience in relevant field.
- Relevant medical certification (WFR, WEMT, EMT)
- Working knowledge of natural resource project management such as trail construction, watershed restoration, forest/prairie management, and wildlife habitat improvement.
Periodic overnight and non-traditional work hours, inclusive of weekend and evening hours. To successfully perform essential functions this position is required to sit, stand, walk, speak, and hear. This position may be required to climb, balance, stop, kneel, crouch or crawl on an infrequent basis. They must be able to operate office equipment, telephone, and computer. The ability to drive an organizational vehicle is also required. Reasonable accommodations may be made for qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
- 10 Vacation Days
- 6 Personal/Sick Days
- 5 Federal Holidays
- 14 Day – Program Winter Break
- Professional Development Opportunities
- Healthcare/Dental/Vision Reimbursement
- Disability/Life Insurance
- Simple IRA Retirement with Employer Contribution
ACSTL is committed to building a culturally diverse faculty and fostering an environment of respect and inclusiveness amongst all individuals regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, pregnancy, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital/civil union status, ancestry, place of birth, age, citizenship status, veteran status, political affiliation, genetic information, or disability, as defined and required by state and federal laws.
While this position description describes the general nature and level of work being performed, it is not an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required. All positions at ACSTL may require duties outside of normal responsibilities.
- Send Cover Letter, Resume, and Contact Information for 3 Professional References to Kelley Hower – (email@example.com) subject line “Program Director – Applicant.”
- Cover Letter should include a response to the following: Share an experience of serving effectively with diverse communities to accomplish successful projects, in a professional or volunteer role.