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Vice President for Programs


Posted by Montana Conservation Corps on 02/23/2021

Job Basics

Industry Sector: Outdoor

Job Categories: Management - Executive, Outdoor Education

Company Type: Association, Conservation

State: MT

City: Bozeman, Missoula, Kalispell or Helena

Country: United States

Required Experience: 5 - 7 years

Job Type: Full Time

Salary: 75,000 DOE

Required to Relocate: Yes

Required to Travel: Yes

Employee May Telecommute: No

Job Seeker Must Live Within:

Job Description & Requirements

Montana Conservation Corps is seeking a new senior leader to join our team to guide the experiences of over 400 corps participants a year. This position is for an experienced manager with an interest and passion for developing young leaders, contributing to social change, and improving our environment.

As a member of our Executive Leadership Team, this position reports directly to the CEO and supervises all MCC corps member development activities. The Vice President for Programs will ensure the continued vitality of our nationally-recognized young adult AmeriCorps conservation corps crew-based programs and our fast-growing individual placement program serving partners and communities across Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, North Dakota and South Dakota. These two programs have excellent reputations and program staff operations. Other programs the position oversees are the expanding youth programs geared to Montana high schoolers and our programs in partnership with indigenous communities. These programs are in a rebuilding phase due to a hiatus in 2020 resulting from the COVID pandemic.

Montana Conservation Corps is on the frontlines of conservation and equity in the Northern Rockies and Plains, offering transformative experiences for a new generation of young leaders. Join our team and help young people thrive with hope and purpose, and the skills to turn passion into action.


 While this position description describes the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this position, it is not an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required. All Montana Conservation Corps positions may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities.

Position Overview:

The Vice President for Programs is responsible for the oversight, management, and implementation of all MCC programming including young adult crew based, individual placement, high school youth, and indigenous programs.  The Vice President for Programs is supervised by the President/CEO and serves as the primary liaison between the Executive Management Team and program director staff.  

Primary duties include designing MCC programs, developing agency policy and curricula, overseeing the implementation of corps member and staff training, working closely with program staff to ensure high-quality implementation of all program delivery, evaluation of program effectiveness, and supporting program staff with issues of behavior, well-being, and safety of members. The Vice President for Programs will be involved in foundation grant writing and philanthropy efforts to support MCC programs.

The Vice President for Programs is also the MCC Safety Officer and oversees the functioning of the MCC Risk Management Committee. The Vice President for Programs must develop and maintain a good working relationship with MCC state and program staff, MCC board of directors, external consultants, and MCC participants.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

Programmatic Responsibilities:

      Ensure a vision for MCC programming in alignment with the mission, values, and resources of the organization and aligned with the MCC strategic plan and program identity

      Develop partnerships with indigenous nations and determine how MCC can support indigenous program models based upon local needs

      Oversee the design and development of all curriculum and programming elements including training of leaders, anti-racism and DEI training, mental health and sexual misconduct training

      Develop and ensure the implementation of agency program and risk management policies

      Convene and guide the agency Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion staff team

      Work with staff to address and respond to safety, mental health, and behavioral incidents.

      Coordinate physical and mental health consultants support for program staff and participants

      Develop and monitor member and program evaluation process, and create and monitor program tracking and reporting system

      Deliver staff and member training

      Periodically visit crews in the field to assess the quality of program implementation


Management Responsibilities:

      Participate in regular Executive Management and other team meetings

      Oversee compliance with AmeriCorps Grant performance measures and MSY enrollment

      In partnership with the VP of Finance and Operations and program directors, coordinate annual crew structure and budget planning for MCC programs

      Participate in periodic management and strategic planning efforts to inform current and long-term planning and management needs, including staffing, organizational structure, etc.

      Represent the MCC with the Governor’s Office of Community Service – AmeriCorps grant reviews, Program Directors meeting, Service Symposium planning

      Organize and facilitate the MCC Risk Management Committee

      Attend MCC Board meetings, contribute to board agendas, provide periodic reports to the board of directors, and facilitate select board committees

      Represent MCC with dignitaries, donors, political figures, and other visitors as needed

      Perform office administration duties such as phone, mail, filing, etc.

      Complete periodic AmeriCorps grant reports

      Support and advise Program Directors in the development of project partnerships and schedules

      With support from CEO and Fund Development staff, the VPP may develop and write grant proposals to support program activities


Supervision Exercised:

      Directly supervise and guide the Conservation Corps Director, Director of Individual Placement Programs, the Associate Director of Youth Programs, and Statewide Program Manager

      Directly supervise and guide Indigenous program staff who may be hired

      Develop agenda for MCC staff meetings and identify and coordinate MCC staff training needs

      Work closely with all agency personnel in a supportive, advisory or supervisory manner

      Participate in the hiring, management, and evaluation of program director staff

      Participate in hiring committees for other staff positions as needed


Qualifications & Skills:


      Bachelor's Degree (BA/BS) from a four-year college or university.

      Strong interpersonal and administrative skills. 

      Experience in corps program design, training development and delivery, education, and youth development.

      Five years of supervisory experience.

      Background or experience with organizational risk management concepts and management

      Five years of management experience.

      Able to speak effectively before groups.

      Willingness and ability to travel regularly in and out of state.

      Facility with use of MS Office, Google Suite, and electronic communications

      A valid driver’s license and ability to be insurable per MCC parameters.


MCC is an equal opportunity employer.


About Montana Conservation Corps

The project portfolio amassed by the Montana Conservation Corps documents the tremendous impact we have had on our public lands in Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, North Dakota, and South Dakota.  With more than 200 projects completed each year, our abilities are as varied as the needs of the communities and lands that have benefited from our work. The MCC legacy of project work includes a variety of activities.