Company: WV Department of Agriculture
Posted on: January 25, 2023
Job Title:Executive Director
Division: West Virginia Conservation Agency
Headquarters:Guthrie Agriculture Complex, Charleston, WV
Salary: $85,000 - $110,500
Complete application,cover letter/letter of interest and resume are
Nature of Work:
The Executive Director of West Virginia Conservation Agency, as an
employee of the State Conservation Committee (SCC) performs highly
responsible administrative and professional work in planning,
organizing, and directing various programs for the SCC and is the
senior administrative officer responsible for the administration,
management, and operation of the West Virginia Conservation Agency
(WVCA) to include planning, organizing, and directing the
activities of managerial, professional, technical, and
administrative personnel. The Executive Director develops and
administers the WVCA budget; is responsible for personnel actions
relating to WVCA staff to include hiring, advancement, performance
evaluation and training. The Executive Director oversees and
directs the affairs of the SCC for both formal and informal issues
with WV's conservation districts, local, state, and federal
agencies, agencies in other states and with public interest groups
and associations. The Executive Director functions as a legislative
liaison for the SCC to ensure that issues in which the SCC has
interest are fully represented before the Legislature. The
Executive Director will advise the SCC and staff on important
government affairs and conservation issues. The Executive Director
coordinates activities with the various private, state, and federal
partnership members to ensure the timely and effective
dissemination of information; directs the development of policies
and procedures and ethical standards for the effective operation of
the Committee. The Executive Director interfaces with various
multi-jurisdictional and multi-level officials: local, state,
federal, academic, business, and private. The Executive Director
performs related work as required.
Work Environment: This position combines an office environment and
fieldwork that may include traversing rough terrain, exposure to
inclement weather, aerial flights, operation of small watercraft,
operation of government vehicle, use of biosecurity measures, and
the ability to lift to 40 lbs. In-state and out-of-state travel
with overnight stays is required.
Examples of Work:
- Directs personnel, budgetary, fiscal management, outreach,
administrative and programmatic functions of the WVCA.
- Appears before legislative committees and monitors the status
of legislative bills impacting programs and projects; reviews and
evaluates proposed legislation at the state and federal levels;
advises SCC, conservation districts, and staff on impact of
- Communicates regularly with SCC on condition of the WVCA
relative to fiscal operations, administrative activities, and
- Regularly interacts with the conservation districts, WV
congressional delegation, federal agencies, the Governor,
Legislature, state agencies, county commissions, cities, local
public officials, and the general public.
- Conducts staff meetings to disseminate information, coordinate
staff activities, and provide for the efficient utilization of
- Coordinates plans and programs with conservation districts,
city, county, state, and federal entities.
- Coordinates with SCC, and other agencies to ensure the timely
production of reports, studies or other information relating to
issues before conservation districts, congressional, legislative,
or other governmental bodies; oversees the preparation and review
of speeches and other presentations to government and public or
- Determines budgetary needs and projections for single or
multi-year operational cycles, develops an annual budget; develops
funding sources for programs and projects, determines priorities
based on needs and available funding, plans, and presents budget
requests before the state budget office and appropriate legislative
- Develops comprehensive plans and administers programs regarding
the conservation, development, protection, and use of natural
resources of the state.
- Directs all procurement and contract management.
- Directs research and statistical activity to gather and analyze
data, and prepares proposals for submission to the SCC, the
Legislature, the Governor, and others.
- Directs the non-point source program for agriculture, develops
agency policies, and works with federal agencies to ensure that
funding is consistent with state goals and objectives and in
conformance with federal requirements.
- Evaluates the effectiveness of existing WVCA programs and
initiatives; advises the SCC, conservation districts, and staff on
areas of program improvement and enhancement.
- Functions as legislative liaison between the SCC and
conservation districts, members of Congress, the State Legislature,
the Governor's Office, and local governments; oversees the
government relations activities with public utility regulatory
bodies in other states and with public interest groups and trade or
- Keeps the SCC and conservation districts informed of status and
progress of planning and implementation of programs and projects
through board meetings and oral and written reports.
- Prescribes personnel guidelines, salary levels, promotions,
salary increases, suspensions and dismissals.
- Provides policy suggestions to legislative and congressional
staff and handles problems for legislative and congressional
offices by request.
- Provides policy suggestions to Governor's staff and handles
problems for the Governor's Office by request.
- Recommends and oversees development of programs as well as
legislative and administrative procedures necessary to maintain
conservation activities consistent with current needs and SCC
- Represents the SCC and conservation districts at various local
or national meetings and before public or private groups; assists
legal and technical staff in researching important public issues;
assures the timely dissemination of research project or study
- Review status and progress reports, consults with operating
personal, and visits work sites to keep aware of problems and
progress and provides remedial action as required.
- Other duties as assigned.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
- Ability to analyze and evaluate public issues and provide sound
advice to conservation districts the SCC and staff.
- Ability to communicate effectively, orally and in
- Ability to exercise independent judgement, delegate authority,
and evaluate performance in a stressful environment.
- Ability to plan, organize, and direct a comprehensive and
effective government relations program.
- Ability to comprehend and interpret statistical data, theory,
principles, laws, regulations, policies; draw valid conclusions;
develop and execute an effective course of action.
- Ability to develop and implement an agency budget.
- Ability to direct and coordinate a variety of programs,
administrative, and fiscal activities.
- Ability to effectively direct senior level management
- Ability to establish and maintain effective working
relationships with managers, staff, conservation district
supervisors, state and federal officials, members of Congress, the
state legislature, the media, public interest and advocacy groups,
trade and private associations, and the general public.
- Ability to establish program standards, internal controls, and
to monitor and evaluate program administration, and the delivery of
- Ability to evaluate and propose legislation and legislative
- Ability to set priorities and follow up effectively.
- Ability to speak effectively before large groups, associations,
and media events on the organization and programs of the SCC and to
address potentially controversial public or regulatory
- Knowledge of procedures for federal funding and reimbursement
from FEMA, USDA, and other federal cooperators.
- Knowledge of local, state, and federal laws; government
interrelationships, organizational structure, and protocols;
federal and state legislative processes and judicial
- Knowledge of principles and techniques of management, project
financing, human resource management, including dispute resolution,
organization, planning, staffing, training, budgeting, and
- Knowledge of public policy implementation standards for
government projects and programs related to agriculture and
- Knowledge of SCC Administrative Rules, WVCA Policy Manual,
travel regulations, and state purchasing regulations.
- Knowledge of state budget process.
- Knowledge of the organization, leadership, and committees of
relevant federal and state government; of the legislative process
and of the operation of oversight committees.
- Knowledge of the principles and practices of public
administration, journalism, public relations, and
- Skill in Microsoft Office Suite software.
- Skill in persuading and dissuading others on matters relating
to public issues at the state and federal levels and before
government and public interest and associations.
Training (Education): Bachelor's Degree in Conservation,
Agriculture, Natural Resources, Public Administration, or relevant
field from an accredited four (4) year college or university
required. Master's Degree preferred.
Required Experience: Minimum eight (8) years of full-time work
experience with proven record of senior management leadership role
as well as significant budgetary and personnel responsibilities.
Experience in agriculture, conservation, strategic planning,
ability to work with a board of directors' organizational
structure, elected officials, and outside stakeholders, and serving
a wide geographic area preferred.
- Dependable, insured transportation required.
- Pre-employment drug and alcohol testing.
- Pre-employment law enforcement background investigation
including DMV records.
- Valid West Virginia driver's license required (or must be
West Virginia Conservation Agency is an equal opportunity
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