Department Name: 81090:Forestry and Natural Resources
The successful candidate will be responsible for the following areas:
1) Program Development and Implementation – Establishing and overseeing reforestation projects with the Green Forests Work (“GFW”) program; ensuring an availability of planting sites for GFW operations; developing and maintaining relationships with contractors to perform key GFW services; and matching funding opportunities, planting sites, and contractors to ensure that GFW efforts are effectively implemented across the eight states of Appalachia.
2) Fundraising – Creating and implementing a comprehensive development plan; creating and ensuring maintenance of the necessary infrastructure to track, solicit and acknowledge contributors; and utilizing board members and other volunteers to actively assist in all fund development activities and cultivate positive relationships with key stakeholders and funders.
3) Business Administration – Assisting Director of Operations in business activities and recordkeeping; ensuring that reporting and fundraising initiatives are consistent with board policy and comply with Federal and state laws, and policies of the University of Kentucky; overseeing and assuring contracts, service agreements and major purchases are procured and monitored in accordance with Internal Controls and Board policy; and developing an open bidding system.
4) Community Relations – Serving as chief public affairs officer for GFW; creating and implementing an organizational public relations and marketing plan; managing all technical and informational outreach efforts such as media contracts/releases and social networking outlets; producing (or overseeing the production of) reports, documents and publications ranging from quarterly/annual reports to brochures and other written materials; representing GFW as an “official spokesperson” in public appearances, professional meetings, speeches and presentations; and working with existing partners and establishing new partnerships with corporations, philanthropic organizations, energy companies, state forestry and wildlife agencies, federal partners, local government officials and watershed/community groups, landowners, etc.
Computer proficiency including word processing, spreadsheet, and database software. MS Windows, Excel, and grant writing.
Driver’s license preferred.
Position Time Status: Full-Time
Required Related Experience:
Required License/Registration/Certification :
A Master's degree is preferred. Experience with a conservation or wildlife related nonprofit is preferred, but not required. Fundraising, including grant proposal writing experience, is desired.
University Community of Inclusion:
The University of Kentucky is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce by ensuring all our students, faculty, and staff work in an environment of openness and acceptance. We strive to foster a community where people of all backgrounds, identities, and perspectives can feel secure and welcome. We also value the well-being of each of our employees and are dedicated to creating a healthy place to work, learn and live. In the interest of maintaining a safe and healthy environment for our students, employees, patients and visitors the University of Kentucky is a Tobacco & Drug Free campus.
As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we strongly encourage veterans, individuals with disabilities, women, and all minorities to consider our employment opportunities.
Any candidate offered a position may be required to pass pre-employment screenings as mandated by University of Kentucky Human Resources. These screenings may include a national background check and/or drug screen.
Adjacent to downtown Lexington, UK is nestled in the scenic heart of the beautiful Bluegrass Region of Kentucky. UK's campus covers more than 814 acres, with more than 30,700 students and 13,500 full-time employees, including nearly 2,400 full-time faculty and librarians.
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