Regional Director, San Joaquin Valley


Sustainable Conservation seeks an exceptional Regional Director to expand our impact and presence in the San Joaquin Valley. The Regional Director will lead the effort to find and implement a regional solution(s) to addressing the environmental impact of dairies. The successful candidate will partner with staff on promoting on-farm practices to reduce dairies’ groundwater contamination and contribution to air pollution. In addition, the Regional Director will partner with the Director of Restoration on Private Lands on expanding the groundwater recharge initiative in the San Joaquin Valley. The Regional Director reports directly to the Managing Director of Programs.
  • Evaluate new ideas, technologies and business models that reduce the environmental impact of California dairies while providing profitable revenue streams and/or avoiding costs at a regional scale in areas of high concentrations of dairies. (Please see dairy summit for opportunities being evaluated).
  • Build strategic partnerships with key stakeholders, including dairy industry, dairy industry trade associations, dairy consultants, federal, state and local regulatory and technical agencies, environmental and environmental justice organizations and other key influential stakeholders to build support for a regional strategy(ies) to address the environmental and health impacts of dairies.
  • Identify and pursue role for Sustainable Conservation in implementing selected strategies.
  • Oversee and partner with staff on program strategy to promote broad adoption of on-farm practices and technologies to reduce dairy industry pollution of groundwater supplies and air quality.
  • Partner with Director for Restoration on Private Lands and staff on groundwater recharge initiative in the Kings River basin to support expansion program on existing crop land.
  • Manage and support program staff in the Modesto office to achieve program and professional development goals; share coaching responsibilities with Senior Program Manager.
  • Assist with communication outreach strategy to increase Sustainable Conservation’s visibility in the San Joaquin Valley in order to benefit programs and fundraising efforts.
  • Help develop and prepare grant proposals and reports in partnership with foundation and government grants staff members.
  • 10+ years experience in a leadership role or equivalent; significant knowledge of the California agriculture sector and agricultural systems. Background in new business development and agricultural finance a plus.
  • MBA or advanced degree in a relevant field
  • Intellectual agility and ability to analyze, think critically and strategically, both for short-term project goals and for long-range strategic planning.
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills with the ability to share and impart knowledge to others; ability to actively listen, synthesize information, and ask good questions.
  • Team management experience and a demonstrated ability to lead, motivate, and inspire others.
  • Experience working collaboratively and building effective partnerships with a variety of stakeholders, both externally and internally.
  • Demonstrated success in program development, evaluation, and management.
  • Demonstrated ability to solve problems and propose innovative solutions.
  • Good organizational skills and time management practices, with a demonstrated ability to meet deadlines for both internal and external deliverables.
  • Demonstrated project management skills, including ability to develop workplans to execute program goals, oversee budgets, contractors and invoicing.
To be considered for this position, interested candidates must follow this link to submit a resume, cover letter, and salary requirements. CEA Recruiting is assisting Sustainable Conservation with this search. Please direct all applications and inquiries to CEA Recruiting. This position will remain open until filled.

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