Job Details

Program Director

SOLVE, Portland

Job - Non-Profit

Close Date: 02/21/2020

AN OPPORTUNITY TO EXCEL: SOLVE is seeking a highly motivated, strategic Program Director with a proven track record of successfully managing large-scale, statewide environmental programs to join our dedicated, high functioning team. Leading the program activities of the organization, the ideal candidate will excel in both internal management and external engagement. They will thrive in a small shop and contribute to a collaborative, productive and harmonious work environment. The Program Director has the primary responsibility for developing and implementing strategies to engage nearly 33,000 volunteers in environmental stewardship across Oregon. Ideal candidates will be creative, autonomous, motivating, forward-thinking and have a solid background in program and team management.

TITLE: Program Director
REPORTS TO: Chief Executive Officer
SUPERVISES: Program Manager, Program Coordinator, and Program Assistant
SALARY: $65,000 based on experience
BENEFITS: Comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental, and vacation
COMMITMENT: Full-time (40 hours per week). Flexible schedule. Some nights/weekends as needed
TO APPLY: Submit your cover letter and resume in one PDF attachment via email to Kris Carico at No phone calls please.


Program Oversight (50%)
• Ensure program success and alignment with mission, vision, goals and strategies
• Work with Program Staff to establish and meet program goals and measurable outcomes
• Work with Program Staff to assure accurate and reportable data tracking
• Coordinate, manage and track programs as relates to:
o Property owner/manager relations and permissions
o Event coordinator relations, activities and trainings
o Site plans
o Sponsor relations and involvement
o Outreach and media relations
o Placement and coordination of volunteers at project sites
o Support delivery and distribution of supplies
o Arrange for services needed at program sites
o Provide advanced data management
• Maintain and analyze data through the Salesforce CRM

Staff Management (30%)
• Motivate and manage a team of five mission-focused and dedicated staff
• Mentor and engage staff to produce high-quality environmental programs
• Oversee and support efforts of all program staff to ensure that programs are in alignment with strategic plan

Financial Management (10%)
• Create and monitor statewide program budgets
• Track and approve expenses to ensure budget goals are met
Team Collaboration (10%)
• Support the CEO in maintaining relationships with statewide partners
• Participate in fundraising activities, including grant writing and contract negotiations, as needed
• Identify and cultivate prospective donors among SOLVE Program contacts and solicit in-kind donations for SOLVE Programs
• Work with Development Staff to deliver necessary supporting materials for funding and proof-of-performance reports
• Attend and present status reports to Board members at Executive Committee, Board and Program Committee meetings.
• Attend internal Leadership Team meetings

• Minimum four years progressive experience managing a successful program team
• Nonprofit experience
• Big picture thinker with experience creating and managing programs that engage volunteers appeal to funders
• Solid record of achieving revenue goals and building a pipeline of financially beneficial relationships
• Self-starter exhibiting sound judgement, decision-making and creative problem-solving acumen
• Ability to juggle multiple priorities and achieve ambitious goals in a fast-paced small shop
• Proven track record developing and executing successful environmental stewardship programs, corporate proposals, annual campaigns, events and multi-year funding proposals
• Capacity to engage authentically with the public and connect the dots between the state’s environmental needs and SOLVE’s mission
• Excellent written and verbal communicator with the ability to professionally represent the organization in diverse public settings and facilitate productive internal and external communications
• Knowledge of research and targeted marketing strategies to reach a variety of constituents
• Experience managing staff and contractors, and working respectfully with volunteers
• Natural collaborator with the innate ability to know when to lead and when to support
• Comfortable operating independently and as part of a team in a casual yet dynamic work environment

Successful candidates will:
• Possess personal qualities of integrity, credibility and resourcefulness to SOLVE’s mission
• Exhibit commitment to racial, ethnic and cultural equity
• Enthusiastically embrace working in a collaborative environment with many moving parts
• Understand the geography of Oregon and engage in its preservation
• Be willing to volunteer, participate and engage in the work of SOLVE
• Be able to lift 30 pounds
• Have a valid Oregon Driver’s License