LUMBER HERITAGE REGION OF PENNSYLVANIA, INC

 

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

POSITION DESCRIPTION

INTRODUCTION

 

The Lumber Heritage Region of Pennsylvania is a partnership dedicated to promoting the heritage of Pennsylvaniaís internationally significant forest region and recognizing its value as a sustainable asset. The LHR coordinates programs which interpret the regionís unique lumber history, celebrates its living heritage, and foster a greater appreciation of forest and rural life by providing  technical, educational, and financial assistance to communities, local governments, business institutions, and the general public The partnership also works to enhance the regionís economy by conserving and interpreting historic, natural and recreational resources, enhancing tourism in cooperation with local communities to make the region a better place to live, work and visit.

 

The Executive Director will be a full-time professional responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Lumber Heritage Region and coordinating responsibilities with partners, existing agencies and institutions.  

 

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES

 

The Executive Director will be responsible for the implementation of a Management Action Plan LHR Interpretive Plan as approved by the Board of Directors which inclusively incorporates the heritage and cultural aspects of the Lumber Heritage Region. The LHR region includes portions of Cambria, Clarion and Indiana Counties and all of Centre, Cameron, Clearfield, Clinton, Elk, Forest, Jefferson, Lycoming, McKean, Potter, Tioga and Warren Counties in Pennsylvania.

 

Primary responsibilities will include identifying, fostering and coordinating public and private partnerships within the fifteen (15) County region to implement strategies of the LHR Management Action Plan on a long-term basis; as well as establish Policy and Procedure and Employment Manuals and work with the Board to develop an Annual Work Plan.

 

These responsibilities include coordinating with the Heritage PA and the DCNR Heritage Area Program liaisons to ensure that the direction and staff of these state agencies are fully conversant with the status, goals and objectives of the LHR. 

Executive Directorís duties will include, but not limited to:

 

1.      Develop and cultivate partnerships with appropriate government officials and public, private and civic organizations in order to achieve the objectives of the Management Action Plan and Annual Work Plan.

 

2.      Explore opportunities to obtain significant public and private funds, with support from the Board, to sustain LHR daily operations.

 

3.      Identify, develop and implement opportunities for the promotion of the LHR to achieve significant regional awareness.

 

4.      Identify, develop and implement short-term opportunities to demonstrate the value of the LHR Region.

 

5.      Schedule work plans, projects and assign responsibilities for the support staff and other appropriate agencies. Supervise the support staff and evaluate their work performances. Oversee the preparation of agendas, briefing materials, reports, minutes required by the LHR Board for its efficient and effective operations.

 

6.      Oversee contracts, cooperative agreements, audits, and other materials required by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, agencies of the Federal Government, private foundations and donors, Congress and other funding agencies and sources.

 

7.      Represent and speak on behalf of the Lumber Heritage Region of Pennsylvania at public meetings and forums, as well as schedule and attend meetings as the LHR representative.

 

Additionally, under the advisement of the LHR Board, the Executive Director will continue to coordinate and supervise the implementation of the Lumber Heritage Regionís Management Action Plan and LHR Interpretive Plan through timetables established in an Annual Work Plan.

 

Responsibilities will include:

 

With the advice of the LHR Board of Directors, oversee the development and track the LHR budget; track, seek and elicit Federal, State, and Local funds and private cash and in-kind contributions; advise the Board in the

1.      allocations of funds; develop and monitor both yearly and individual project budgets; and serve as the chief liaison between the Board of Directors and key partners and co-operators.

 

2.      Recommend and implement systems for effective and efficient management of the   Organizationís fiscal resources, and annual audits as required by the Board or its funding partners.

 

3.      Develop and maintain effective communications and working relationships with cooperators and partners, including the public, local municipalities, County, State and Federal government agencies, the regional hardwood industry, and a wide variety of community organizations.

 

4.      Develop strategies and oversee the implementation of public involvement and public relations systems to the LHR and all regional residents, visitors, local jurisdictions, State and Federal agencies, private organizations, educational institutions, business organizations and the press.

 

5.      Develop strategies, criteria and policy, in-house technical assistance capabilities, funding sources and other elements necessary to implement the Regionís stewardship agenda, which includes educational and interpretive programs, historic preservation, land conservation, land and building reclamation and restorations, greenway and trail planning, and other initiatives outlined in the Management Action Plan.

 

6.      Review, analyze and comment on Federal, State, and Local programs, development plan and actions; develop strategies, partnerships or other mechanisms to ensure that activities are consistent with the Management Action Plan and LHR Interpretive Plan.

 

7.      Evaluate the effectiveness of the Boardís actions, monitor the progress in implementing the Management Action Plan and Interpretive Plan and any objectives, and recommend changes in policies, procedures or actions to ensure meaningful accomplishment of the LHRís strategic goals.

 

 

KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS REQUIRED

1.      This position requires both administrative as well as leadership skills that include the administering of day to day operations of the organization for tasks that are clearly defined and anticipated by the MAP and the Annual Work Plan, as well as possessing the ability to visualize a future perspective for the organization and develop a workable plan for achieving that vision, and to identify, organize and mobilize the resources necessary to achieve its fulfillment.

 

2.      Ability to communicate clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing and to work effectively with individuals and groups in public and private settings to develop shared goals, viewpoints and values; to resolve sensitive or controversial issues and coordinate and consult with private and public organizations.

 

3.      Professional knowledge and expertise in the principles, techniques and application of resource stewardship and outdoor recreation, planning and conservation, and of interpretation, education, tourism and economic development.  A functional understanding of the PA hardwood industry (past and present)is also required.

 

4.      Knowledge of analytical problem solving techniques in resource conservation and the ability to analyze problems and make sound recommendations for action.

 

5.      Demonstrate ability to manage all aspects of multi-objective projects and programs, and a proven track record in implementing recommendations and actions.

 

6.      An understanding of the Federal, State, and Local budget/legislative process, and of Federal, State, Local and private resource conservation, planning, development, and action programs and agencies, and the ability to coordinate and negotiate among them along with proven successful grant writing ability.

 

7.      Ability to formulate and administer complex budgets based on a variety of changing funding sources, and the ability to administer financial systems and processes.

 

EDUCATION REQUIRED

 

A Bachelorís degree from an accredited college or university in Business, Public Administration, Community and Economic Development Planning, Park and Recreation Management, or

related fields and at least five (5) years of experience in a progressively more responsible management position. A Masterís Degree in one of these fields is preferred, along with experience in heritage area development, but relevant work experience may be substituted.

 

 

 

COMPETENCY REQUIREMENTS

 

            Financial Acumen:

 

Ability to prepare and manage budgets, complete expense reports, compute percentages, and perform calculations necessary for the implementation of projects.

 

            Reasoning Capacity:

 

Ability to develop annual work plans and to interpret information, make inferences and draw conclusions. Ability to use creative thinking to solve practical problems and discover new solutions.  Ability to work with diverse groups of individuals, coordinating efforts and compromising where necessary, to achieve desired results.

  

            Communication Skills:

 

Be able to maintain an open public demeanor and have the ability to perform clear, concise and effective public speaking skills in individual and group settings ranging from rural gatherings to governmental assemblages as well as having the ability to complete rational balanced written correspondence with all manner of constituents while maintaining the best interest of the LHR at all times.

 

Physical Demands:

 

Ability to traverse rural and urban terrains in fifteen (15) county area, but with some travel throughout Pennsylvania and neighboring states, to meet with groups or individuals in their work and meeting place settings. Some bending, lifting/carrying moderately heavy or bulky objects, walking distances and climbing stairs may be necessary. Must be able to operate a motor vehicle in day and night time conditions.  Must be able to hear clearly from near and far in situations such as group presentations, press conferences and on-site project areas. Must be able to clearly communicate to the

general public in individual and group meeting situations and respond to questions effectively.

 

            Work Environment:

 

Work is performed in an office. Frequent field work is required. May be required to work outside in all types of weather. A valid Pennsylvania driverís license is required. Frequent public meetings, including night time sessions are required.

 

SALARY

 

Salary is dependent on relative job experience and education; with a starting annual wage between $45,000 and $60,000 annually.  Additional benefits may be negotiated but at a minimum will include individual health insurance, dental insurance and life insurance. 

 

The Lumber Heritage Region (LHR) provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, LHR complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

 

LHR expressly prohibits any form of workplace harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. Improper interference with the ability of LHRís employees to perform their job duties may result in discipline up to and including discharge.

 

HOW TO APPLY:

Review the LHR Management Action Plan

Send Resume, Introductory/Cover letter, and  accompanying  essay that answers, ďHow your leadership skills will advance the mission of the Lumber Heritage Region and its Management Action Plan." Must be returned no later than Friday September 2nd at 4:00 p.m.

To: Terri Denison

       PA Route 6 Heritage Alliance

       P.O. Box 180

       Galeton, PA 16922

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Email: terri.paroute6@verizon.net