• Programs Director

Programs Director


Type : Job
Date : March 14, 2024
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Mt. Adams Institute is a nonprofit organization based in the rural community of Trout Lake, Washington with a mission of strengthening the connection between people and the natural world through education, service learning, career development, and research. MAI’s annual budget supports a staff of eleven and up to 75 AmeriCorps members.

MAI’s programs serve youth, adults, veterans and families in a variety of formats that embraces equity, diversity and inclusion. MAI is working to create opportunities to connect individuals with the natural world and to support those who are historically underrepresented in the outdoor recreation and natural resource career fields.

Reporting to and in partnership with the Executive Director (ED), the Programs Director is responsible for implementing the strategic vision, mission and goals of the AmeriCorps programs: VetsWork & Land Stewards.

  • VetsWork – a career development program for military veterans interested in natural resources management/public lands careers.
  • Land Stewards – a career development program for young adults, ages 21-30, interested in natural resources management/public lands careers.
  • New Pilot Program(s) – will work with staff and partners to develop new programs that meet the mission of MAI.

This position will directly supervise the AmeriCorps Programs Manager, VetsWork Coordinator and Land Stewards Coordinator. This position requires an individual who is highly organized and detail oriented, has excellent communication and interpersonal skills, and is able to juggle many tasks and priorities simultaneously.


  • Salary: $65,938
  • Full-time – Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Non-Exempt position
  • Medical Insurance (employee / employer share the cost)
  • Simple IRA retirement plan with employer matching program (available at 90 days of employment)
  • Accrual 16 hours per month Paid Time Off (PTO).
  • 11 Paid Holidays
  • Phone Allowance
  • Home office equipment reimbursement
  • Position qualifies for reimbursement of position related expenses such as travel, communications and other miscellaneous items as approved by the Mt. Adams Institute.
  • Position contingent upon receipt of funding on an annual basis through organization revenue and grant(s).


MAI celebrates equity, diversity, and inclusiveness and does not discriminate against any person or group based on race, ethnicity, culture, age, gender, sexual orientation, expression, gender identity, ability, national origin or ancestry, veteran status, social economic class, religion, professional status, pregnancy, or parents/guardians with children. MAI is committed to a diverse workplace and to supporting our participants and staff with trainings and career development opportunities. MAI provides reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees. Applicants with disabilities may request a reasonable accommodation and/or alternative formats at any point in the employment process.


Program Oversight and Improvement

  • Direct and monitor the AmeriCorps programs.
  • Direct Program Standard Operating Procedure development and keep updated.
  • Support planning and facilitation of AmeriCorps Interns orientation and trainings, including logistics such as transportation, room/board and outside trainers/resource providers.
  • Oversee the collection, storage and retention of required program documentation, including AmeriCorps Interns paperwork, forms and other supporting records.
  • Coordinate the development and implementation of an AmeriCorps program evaluation plan.
  • Oversee processes that ensure compliance with all necessary AmeriCorps grant requirements including standards, reporting and timelines.
  • Review programs on an annual basis and adjust for improved quality and efficiency.
  • Monitor and track fiscal health of the AmeriCorps program, including budget development, partner cost structures, reconciliation and reporting.
  • Maintain relationship with AmeriCorps/CNCS portfolio manager.
  • Provide support and guidance to program coordinators.
  • Engage directly in program orientations and events.

Partnership Development

  • Develop and expand partnerships that support MAI’s AmeriCorps programs.
  • Direct RFP development and release, marketing strategies, outreach, and selection.
  • Develop Partner agreements/contracts and monitor progress, quality and safety in adherence to Mt. Adams Institute and AmeriCorps standards.
  • Conduct research and design partnerships and programs that expand options for participants, either under the AmeriCorps grant or independent of that funding.
  • Facilitate positive public relations and Mt. Adams Institute/Programs/AmeriCorps publicity.
  • Develop and maintain functional relationships with key stakeholders, including Partner organizations, The Corps Network, AmeriCorps/CNCS, Department of Labor and the VA.

Other Duties

  • Maintain a working knowledge of significant developments and trends in the field.
  • Participate on the MAI Staff Leadership team.
  • Embrace and foster MAI’s work culture.
  • Facilitate positive public relations between Mt. Adams Institute and other stakeholders.
  • Attend relevant annual conferences including AmeriCorps and The Corps Network.
  • Other duties that support organizational needs may be assigned


  • Leadership: Is able to visualize the big picture, maintain confidentiality and make decisions that support the health of the organization.
  • Planning and Organization Skills: detail-oriented; follows through; able to work independently and facilitate group discussions; able to prioritize and execute activities with limited oversight; able to handle multiple tasks at once; flexible; willingness and able to adapt to changing priorities.
  • Project Management Skills: able to lead, coordinate, manage, and combine input from different sources to achieve desired results; able to work on multiple projects, prioritize tasks, meet deadlines, and consistently deliver high quality results. Systems oriented.
  • Technical Skills and competent use of computer programs, software, computers, AV equipment and wireless devices; ability to utilize technology to communicate and build relationships.
  • Influence Skills: creates respectful working relationships with a range of people; effectively coaches/mentors others to achieve results; overcomes resistance to change. Dependable, reliable, trustworthy and persistent.
  • Communication: possesses strong written, verbal and presentation skills.
  • Open-Minded: accepts new ideas; recognizes trends and competitive situations; asks right questions and researches best practices to improve results; flexible and uses good judgment when responding to change, staying open to new possibilities
  • Research Abilities: taps into a wide variety of resources to investigate options.
  • Interpersonal Skills: effectiveness in accomplishing tasks by working with others; maintains good working relationships with other employees, participants and supporters; maintains professionalism.
  • Networking Ability: reaches out to form key relationships and partnerships; represents organization as appropriate; coordinates programs and build partnerships.
  • Quality: works productively while providing quality work, free of errors or mistakes; ability to work flexible hours.


Any combination of experience and education that provides the necessary skills, knowledge and ability to perform the tasks associated with this role.

  • At least five years of experience preferred in administrative operations, office management, human resources, business management, communications, or related field.
  • A bachelor’s degree in a related field. Non-profit experience preferred.


  • Demonstrated excellence in organizational, managerial, supervisory and communication skills
  • Demonstrated excellence in building and maintaining strong interpersonal relationships with staff, participants and partners.
  • Prior experience with AmeriCorps, military, service learning, education, natural resources and/or public lands agencies.


MAI’s hybrid work environment includes working from home, at our shared office in Trout Lake, WA., in the field and travel to conferences, meetings and trainings.

In-Office Expectations for this position:

  • MAI leadership positions are expected to be in the office at least twice a week (Tuesdays & Wednesdays)
  • There will be situations when employees will be in the office more frequently based on required in-person collaboration, on individual positions, projects, or other assigned duties.

MAI office and campus are located in a rural setting. The commute in winter can be subject to icy or snowy conditions.

Work will involve some overnight travel throughout the year.

Must follow all health and safety policies and procedures, including any future changes that may be implemented. Policies may include masking/social distancing, remote/virtual work/PPE, altered field duties, and other restrictions determined to be necessary to keep site staff, partners and the public safe.


  • Criminal background check: In order to protect the wellbeing of its employees, MAI finalists for a position must successfully complete a criminal records and fingerprint background check. Criminal convictions do not necessarily preclude employment and will be considered on a case-by-case basis.  A background check will only be conducted if the candidate is selected as a finalist for the position. Human Resources will contact the candidate prior to the initiation of a background check.
  • Driving: Clean driving record and will be required to produce:
  • A valid driver’s license
  • 3-year driving abstract
  • Vehicle insurance that meets the following minimums: $100,000 per occurrence for bodily injury per person in an accident; $300,000 for all bodily injuries in an accident; and $50,000 for property damage in an accident.


  • Closing Date: April 18, 2024
  • Submit an application to Sherrie Jackson at sherrie@mtadamsinstitute.org with the subject line: MAI Programs Director Position
  • Application Materials to be submitted include: Resume, Cover Letter – describing your experience as it relates to the position, 3 References – name, title, contact information

Questions? Contact MAI Human Resources Director, Sherrie Jackson at sherrie@mtadamsinstitute.org



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