Employment Opportunities

The Wolf River Conservancy is currently seeking qualified candidates for two positions: Wolf River Greenway Project Leader and Chief Financial Officer.  Job descriptions are below.  
Applications will only be accepted via email.
Please send your information to Barbara Kabakoff, Barbara.Kabakoff@wolfriver.org.
 
1) Wolf River Greenway Project Leader

Background

   The Wolf River Conservancy (WRC) is a nonprofit corporation organized in 1985.  Its mission is the protection and enhancement of the Wolf River corridor and watershed as a sustainable natural resource.  Through the cooperation of landowners and the generosity of the local community, the WRC has protected over 16,000 acres of sensitive wetlands which provide habitats for a variety of plants, trees, grasses and flowers and a rich wildlife population.  Lands have been protected by means of direct purchases, donations and conservation easements.

General Position Summary

   The Wolf River Conservancy is actively seeking a Wolf River Greenway Project Manager with a mix of construction management, engineering, business development, and client service experience for immediate employment in the Greater Memphis Area. The appropriately qualified applicant should demonstrate successful experience in  public infrastructure and/or multi-modal transportation projects or other similar construction projects.

   The Project Manager will coordinate and oversee the design and construction of the Wolf River Greenway Trail project, also acting as the Wolf River Conservancy’s liaison with Alta Planning + Design, lead landscape architect and engineer for the project. Specific responsibilities will include managing all aspects of project implementation to ensure the Wolf River Greenway Trail project is completed on time and within scope and budget.

   This position will be responsible for resource management, scheduling, budgeting, and coordinating with external design partners, vendors, and construction contractors. This position will monitor progress and performance against the adopted plan, troubleshoot and recommend or resolve operational problems to minimize delays.

   Additional responsibilities will include:

   Working with local government agencies to implement the project;

   Applying federal and state project development process requirements in collaborative, multi-disciplinary settings, as needed;

   Identifying and facilitating real estate transactions, which includes conducting site assessments, land planning, and natural resource inventories; assisting with drafting and negotiating conservation easements, contracts, options, and purchase and sale agreements; arranging for appraisals, surveys, title and legal reviews, and environmental assessments;

   Assisting with strategic conservation planning efforts, landowner database management and participating in and/or leading certain outreach programs;

   Other duties, as assigned by the WRC Executive Director.

Position Status               

   Full-time

Reports to 

   Executive Director

Minimum Qualifications

   Bachelor's degree in Landscape Architecture, Civil Engineering, Engineering Management, Business/Real Estate, or related discipline;

   5+ years of experience (with at least 2 Years as a Project Manager or Design Manager on a significant transportation infrastructure project or other similar construction);

   Understanding of project management principles;

   Thorough knowledge of the landscape architecture, civil engineering and contract delivery process (including planning and feasibility analysis, preliminary engineering, and final design) for roadway and/or linear structure related projects;

   Familiarity with marketing and business development principles and strategies;

   Excellent communications skills;

   Proficient in the design of transportation projects with significant roadway components for municipal, regional, and/or state transportation agencies;

   Adept at interacting with senior agency management and technical counterparts;

   Ability to oversee the preparation, compilation, and delivery of Plans, Specifications, and Estimate (PSE) design document packages and other technical deliverables;

   Capacity to manage multi-disciplinary technical team Demonstrated success in project delivery (scope, schedule, budget, and change management).

Preferred Qualifications

   Masters degree in Landscape Architecture, Civil Engineering, Engineering Management, Business/Real Estate, or related discipline;

   7+ years professional experience in transportation planning, landscape architecture and civil engineering for multi-modal transportation projects.

Physical Requirements*

Standing and/or sitting for long periods of time.

Continuous verbal communication, visual activity to effectively work with others.

Continuous manual dexterity to type, operate a computer, operate a phone. 

Occasional reaching, lifting, pushing and/or pulling up to 50 pounds.

Outdoor work generally involves site walks to inspect construction activities in all types of weather, visits to properties where good physical condition, vision and hearing are required to walk long distances over difficult terrain and construction conditions, and interpret landscapes and natural features.  Properties may or may not have developed trail systems and can consist of steep terrain.

Driving to sites requires use of personal vehicle (Note: mileage reimbursed).

Able to work periodically in harsh environments as needed including, but not limited to cold, damp, icy and snowy conditions, hot humid conditions, exposure to hazardous plants and animals such as poison ivy, venomous snakes, biting insects, and other natural hazards

*The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the person assigned to this position. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required. All personnel may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time, as needed.                                                                     

 

2) Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

Background

The Wolf River Conservancy (WRC) is a nonprofit corporation organized in 1985.  Its mission is the protection and enhancement of the Wolf River corridor and watershed as a sustainable natural resource. Through the cooperation of landowners and the generosity of the local community, the WRC has protected over 16,000 acres of sensitive wetlands which provide habitats for a variety of plants, trees, grasses and flowers and a rich wildlife population.  Lands have been protected by means of direct purchases, donations and conservation easements.

General Position Summary

   The Chief Financial Officer [CFO] will be a strategic thought-partner, and report to the Executive Director and the Board of Directors. The successful candidate will be a hands-on and participative manager and will lead and develop an internal team to support the following areas: finance, business planning and budgeting, human resources, administration, and IT.

   The CFO will play a critical role in partnering with the senior leadership team in strategic decision making and operations as WRC continues to enhance its quality programming and build capacity. This is a tremendous opportunity for a finance and operations leader to maximize and strengthen the internal capacity of a well-respected, high-impact organization.

Position Status  

Part-time

Reports to                         

Executive Director and Board of Directors

Essential Functions

Financial Management

  •    Analyze and present financial reports in an accurate and timely manner; clearly communicate monthly and annual financial statements; collate financial reporting materials for all donor segments, and oversee all financial, project/program and grants accounting.
  •    Coordinate and lead the annual audit process, liaise with external auditors and the finance committee of the board of directors; assess any changes necessary.
  •    Oversee and lead annual budgeting and planning process; administer and review all financial plans and budgets; monitor progress and changes and keep senior leadership team abreast of the organization’s financial status.
  •    Manage organizational cash flow and forecasting.
  •    Implement a robust contracts management and financial management/ reporting system; ensure that the contract billing and collection schedule is adhered to and that financial data and cash flow are steady and support operational requirements.
  •    Update and implement all necessary business policies and accounting practices in accordance with the Land Trust Alliance Standards & Practices; improve the finance department’s overall policy and procedure manual.
  •    Effectively communicate and present the critical financial matters to the board of directors.

Human Resources, Technology and Administration

  •    Further develop WRC’s human resources and administration, enhancing professional development, compensation and benefits, performance evaluation, training and recruiting.
  •    Ensure that recruiting processes are consistent and streamlined.
  •    Work closely and transparently with all external partners including third-party vendors and consultants.
  •    Oversee administrative functions as well as facilities to ensure efficient and consistent operations as the organization scales.
Required Background and Experience
  •    Minimum of a B.A., ideally with an MBA/CPA or related degree
  •    At least 7-10 years of overall professional experience; ideally 6+ years of broad financial and operations management experience
  •    The ideal candidate has experience of final responsibility for the quality and content of all financial data, reporting and audit coordination for either a division or significant program area, and has preferably overseen a human resources function previously
  •    Ability to translate financial concepts to – and to effectively collaborate with -- programmatic and fundraising colleagues who do not necessarily have finance backgrounds
  •    A track record in grants management
  •    Technology savvy with experience selecting and overseeing software installations and managing relationships with software vendors; knowledge of accounting and reporting software
  •    Commitment to training programs that maximize individual and organization goals across the organization including best practices in human resources activities
  •    A successful track record in setting priorities; keen analytic, organization and problem solving skills which support and enable sound decision making
  •    Excellent communication and relationship building skills with an ability to prioritize, negotiate, and work with a variety of internal and external stakeholders
  •    A multi-tasker with the ability to wear many hats in a fast-paced environment
  •    Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and dedication to the mission of the WRC
Physical Requirements*
  •    Standing and/or sitting for long periods of time.
  •    Continuous verbal communication, visual activity to effectively manage others.
  •    Continuous manual dexterity to type, operate a computer, operate a phone. 
  •    Occasional reaching, lifting, pushing and/or pulling up to 50 pounds.
  •    Occasional outdoor work to visit properties where good physical condition, vision and hearing are required to walk. Properties may or may not have developed trail systems and can consist of steep terrain.
  •    Driving to sites requires use of personal vehicle (Note: mileage reimbursed).
  •    Must be capable of working periodically in harsh environments as needed including, but not limited to cold, damp conditions, hot humid conditions, exposure to hazardous plants and animals such as poison ivy, venomous snakes, biting insects, and other natural hazards

*The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the person assigned to this position. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required. All personnel may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time, as needed.