The Coastal Conservation League is a nonprofit conservation organization that works with communities, elected officials, businesses, and citizen groups to protect the natural landscapes, abundant wildlife, clean air and water, and quality of life along the South Carolina coast. We are a group of 36 passionate individuals and tackle issues such as flooding, offshore drilling, improving transportation, and smart growth along the coast of South Carolina. We have offices in Charleston, Georgetown, Beaufort, and Columbia as well as operating a food hub in the Charleston area called GrowFood Carolina.
The Coastal Conservation League is searching for a full-time Director for the North Coast office. The North Coast Office Director oversees all program and development work related to environmental resources, the community, and the quality of life in the Pee Dee region, including Georgetown, Horry, and Williamsburg Counties. The Director works closely with the Charleston program staff on project strategy and the development staff on funding opportunities. This position requires excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal skills and an interest in understanding environmental issues including land use and conservation, air and water quality, transportation policy, energy and recycling, and sustainable agriculture.
The ideal candidate must be a self-starter and a team player with a track record of demonstrated initiative. The Director must be able to succeed in a dynamic, fast-paced environment and capable of identifying and managing diverse projects in a high-pressure setting. This position reports to the Executive Director.
Principal Responsibilities and Duties
- Representing the Conservation League in the community
- Leading and overseeing North Coast program work (planning, policy, implementation, and grassroots advocacy projects)
- Developing and advocating for legislative policy relevant to North Coast issues
- Writing media pieces, grants, and other publications
- Developing and creating communication materials, including:
- Social media and web based communications
- Traditional media
- Managing the North Coast Office budget
- Speaking comfortably and effectively at conferences, public hearings, and events
- Working with a diverse set of interest groups
- Thinking critically and strategically about complex policy and regulatory issues
- Organizing public opposition and support at the community and state level
- Developing relationships with Conservation League Board members, donors, and members
- Supporting GrowFood Carolina and other Conservation League initiatives in the North Coast as needed
- Staying current on local news by reading and engaging in community outreach
- Developing and implementing an effective strategy for each project, while distinguishing between the elements that should be discussed with the Chief Strategy Officer and/or Executive Director
- Other duties as assigned
The North Coast Director plans and executes diverse projects under multiple deadlines, manages internal and external relationships, and makes decisions in a variety of situations.
The Director operates in a professional office environment. This role requires a working knowledge of computers, projectors, and conference lines. Additionally, this position requires working with local communities and attending meetings, lunches, dinners, and events.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, sit, use hands, and climb stairs. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.
This employee travels occasionally to Columbia and to the Charleston office, as well as to conferences and meetings, as needed.
- Written and oral communication proficiency
- Demonstrated ability to effectively express and convey programmatic issues at Board meetings, conferences, legislative and regulatory hearings, and events
- Attention to detail
- Organizational skills
- Strong Analytical skills
- Working knowledge of Microsoft Office programs
- Ability to maintain confidentiality
- Ability to multi-task
- Ability to act in a professional and friendly manner
- Adaptable to changing priorities
- Ability to complete tasks individually and function as part of a team
Required Education and Experience
- Bachelor’s degree in related field
- Three years of relevant work or volunteer experience
- Willingness and ability to attend events beyond work hours
- Experience with grassroots advocacy campaigns
- Demonstrated writing skills
Preferred Education and Experience
- Advanced degree (MBA, MEM, JD, MA, etc.)
- At least five years of experience in land use or related field
Please send your resume and cover letter to [email protected] with “North Coast Office Director” in the subject line. Only candidates who submit cover letters along with resumes will be considered for this position. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.