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Project & Operations Director Posted Dec 19, 2016
Blue Heron Nature Preserve , Atlanta, GA
Blue Heron Nature Preserve seeks an engaging, self-motivated individual who is excited to be a key part of an environmental organization determined to find a place for nature in an urban setting. 

The Project & Operations Director:

o Manages systematic and routine maintenance of and improvements to the Preserve’s building and grounds
o Assists the Executive Director and Board in pursuing grant and foundation funding opportunities consistent with the Preserve’s Master Plan and Strategic Plan
o Assists in developing grant proposals, and plans, implements, manages and documents grant required activities and expenditures
o Serves as a liaison with community volunteer and material resource organizations, secures volunteers and organizes and directs all volunteer activities. 

As part of these responsibilities you will work closely with the Executive Director, Staff and Board to establish the organization’s vision and plan for the future.


Community Activities:

o Works with community organizations to secure volunteers and materials needed to support project work at the Preserve
o Coordinates volunteer activities, including scheduling, publicizing, developing an agenda for the day, providing welcome and orientation, assigning and supervising work tasks and cleanup
o Manages and maintains all BHNP tools and equipment
o Manages field intern work, developing areas of study and supervising activities
o Provides guidance and oversees Scout leadership projects (Eagle Scout, Girl Scout Bronze, Silver and Gold Award)

Facilities Management:

o Responsible for selection and management of a property management firm which will carry out the maintenance and upkeep of the building and Preserve grounds.
o Oversees management of the systemic and routine maintenance of the building’s security, HVAC, electrical, and plumbing systems as carried out by a Property Management firm
o Manages the technology infrastructure needed for the operations of the Preserve; interfaces with vendors for installation, setup and billing, and troubleshooting
o Oversees volunteer efforts to manage the Community Garden serving as liason between the Community Garden members and the Nature Preserve.


o Assists the Executive Director in pursuing grant and foundation funding opportunities; meets with grantor.
o Assists with developing successful grant proposals and writing grant applications and determining grant proposal budgets related to capital improvement and other project work.
o Documents work tasks and expenses and completes all reports to meet grant requirements.
o Responsible for carrying out grant work related to capital improvements and other on the ground project work including managing the project, tracking expenses and any grant reporting required.


o Works with the Executive Director and Board to define, maintain, and implement the Blue Heron Master Plan
o Works with the Executive Director and Board to formulate a Strategic Plan and monitors progress against the Plan objectives
o Assists the Executive Director to prepare agendas for, reports activities to and participates in regular Board meetings
o Works with Project and Facilities Committee Chair to lead Committee activities
o Manages the donor database, including coordinating data entry and reporting, compiling donor mailing list for various purposes, including annual fundraising campaign


o Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent required, preferably with environmental focus
o Five years working in an environmentally-oriented organization, managing maintenance and capital projects and volunteers
o Grant writing experience required
o Experience with basic business management, office technology, accounting, budgeting and finance a plus


o Salary up to $40k commensurate with experience
o 15 paid vacation days annually
o 10 paid holidays annually
o 8 paid sick days annually
o Continuing education and professional development
o Flexible work schedule with occasional weekend or evening hours
o Opportunities for increased responsibilities and professional advancement
o Organizational culture that highly values the contributions and character of its employees

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