Employment

 

If hard, rewarding work is calling you …

Join our team to help protect and preserve Virginia’s most vital resource. Our staff works hard to nurture the James, enjoy the James, and restore the river we love.

Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountains and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books.

John Lubbock

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Director of Operations

Position Summary:

The James River Association (JRA) is seeking a Director of Operations to strengthen its internal operations so that its programs can be the most effective possible. The position will oversee JRA’s financial systems, office systems, human resource policies, and safety procedures. A successful candidate will have strong interpersonal skills, demonstrated project management abilities, experience with managing financial systems, including familiarity with nonprofit finances and federal government
audits, and working knowledge of human resource management. The candidate will also have an overall interest in issues affecting the James River.

Duties and Responsibilities:
Essential duties and responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to:

  • Financial System:
    • Oversee JRA’s financial systems, prepare and assist with yearly operating and programmatic budgets.
    • Supervise the Administrative Assistant and Bookkeeper position in executing and recording transactions in Quickbooks.
    • Track financial performance regularly and prepare monthly internal financial reports and quarterly financial reports for the Board of Directors.
    • Prepare for annual audit and work with auditors to produce annual financial statements and 990 tax form.
  • Human Resources:
    • Manage and implement our human resources functions, which include compensation matters, interpretation of our Personnel Policies, new employee orientations, staff training needs, oversight of financial policies and procedures, etc.
    • Consult with JRA’s insurance broker, attorneys, and other outside resources to stay up-to-date on employment-related policies, worker’s compensation, and any other policies that many affect employees at JRA.
  • Office Systems:
    • Manage the office systems of the JRA headquarters in Richmond and our regional offices and facilities (Lynchburg, Williamsburg, Presquile, and Scottsville), by assisting with any issues that may arise and providing advice and support as needed.
    • Ensure that information and communications systems are functioning and meeting staff needs and engage and direct IT contractor as needed.
      o Supervise Administrative Assistant and Bookkeeper position to ensure offices supplies and other materials are available.
  •  Safety Policies and Procedures:
    • Oversee JRA’s Fleet and Facility maintenance and operations procedures and communicate necessary information to staff. 
    • Oversee JRA’s Safety Program and ensure that safety rules and policies are being followed and documented. Ensure that JRA’s safety manual is up to date and is being distributed to all employees. 
    • Working with JRA’s insurance broker, ensure that risks are appropriately managed and that insurance coverage is sufficient. 
    • Supervise Safety, Fleet, and Facilities Manager position.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of human resource management, personnel issues and employment practices with at least 4 years of experience in this field.
  • At least 5 years of experience managing financial systems (preferably Quickbooks), with solid working knowledge of nonprofit accounting and reporting, grant tracking and reporting and federal A133 audit procedures.
  •  Must possess leadership skills and the ability to resolve conflicts and help with troubleshooting.
  • Demonstrated success in project management, problem solving, meeting deadlines and schedules, and ability to manage contractors.
  • Strong communications, analytical skills, teamwork, integrity, and reliability
  • College degree with at least 7 years of combined experience in human resources and financial systems.

Compensation:

JRA offers a dynamic and flexible work environment with a generous and comprehensive benefits package. Salary will be commensurate with experience. JRA is an equal opportunity employer. To apply for this position, please submit your resume and cover letter, with salary history, by email to admin@thejamesriver.org or by mail to:

James River Association
Attn: Chelsea Tickle
211 Rocketts Way, Suite 200
Richmond, VA 23231

Resumes will be reviewed as they are received.  The position will remain open until filled, but interviews will be scheduled with qualified candidates starting November 8, 2019. Otherwise, no calls or visits, please.

Marketing and Communications Manager

Position Summary:

JRA is seeking a Marketing and Communication Manager to raise awareness of the organization among target audiences, increase its membership and coordinate external communications, including media outlets. This position will help plan, develop, implement, and monitor all communications and marketing endeavors for the organization. The Marketing & Communications Manager will also be responsible for ensuring a consistent message and brand are communicated through all of JRA’s programs and activities. A successful candidate will have strong communication and interpersonal skills, demonstrated project management abilities and a personal interest in issues affecting the James River. The ideal candidate will be an enthusiastic, creative, and flexible team player who embraces challenges and works proactively.

Duties and Responsibilities:
Essential duties and responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to:

  • Develop and execute strategic marketing plan and complete tasks set forth to increase awareness of JRA and assist JRA in achieving its mission and goals.
  • Work with Director of Development to manage the organization’s new brand and create clear marketing messages to a variety of audiences.
  • Plan, develop, implement, and produce various advertising/outreach materials and content to promote JRA.
  • Prepare content for marketing and communication purposes, including event promotion, news releases, email messaging, etc.
  • Manage marketing campaigns and special initiatives, including liaising with outside partners and contractors.
  • Manage JRA Cause-Marketing partnerships to meet goals for both awareness and fundraising.
  • Work closely with our Membership and Digital Marketing Manager to develop and implement targeted social media strategies to increase and build presence.
  • Oversee the supply and production of marketing and communication collateral; working with graphics designer, as well as printing companies.
  • Design and edit effective Powerpoint presentations (for trainings, sponsor/partner meetings, etc.).
  • Ensure that JRA’s new brand is expressed consistently, comprehensively, and with the highest quality.
  • Other duties as assigned, including those related to business development.

    Qualifications:

    • Bachelor’s degree in marketing, communications, public relations, business, or related field 
    • Minimum of five years of experience in marketing, communications, public relationships-building skills
    • Exceptional interpersonal and verbal communication, with effective relationship-building skills
    • Excellent writing and copyediting skills
    • Superior organizational skills with high level of detail-orientation
    • Highly computer savvy with familiarity with graphic design programs
    • Positive, collaborative, roll-up-your sleeves, can-do attitude
    • Sound judgement, decision-making skills and discretion
    • Strong time management skills with the ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment
    • Willingness to travel between JRA’s offices– the Marketing and Communications Manager will work out of the organizations office located in Richmond, VA, but will need to travel to our Lynchburg and Williamsburg offices as well.

    Compensation:

    JRA offers a dynamic and flexible work environment with a generous and comprehensive benefits package. Salary will be commensurate with experience. JRA is an equal opportunity employer. To apply for this position, please submit your resume and cover letter, with salary history, by email to admin@thejamesriver.org or by mail to:

    JRA Marketing and Communication Manager Search

    Attn: Chelsea Tickle
    211 Rocketts Way, Suite 200
    Richmond, VA 23231

    Resumes will be reviewed as they are received.  The position will remain open until filled, but interviews will be scheduled with qualified candidates starting November 8, 2019. Otherwise, no calls or visits, please.