Delaware Bayshore Program Director

Application Deadline: March 10, 2016

The American Littoral Society, a national, membership-based coastal conservation organization based in Sandy Hook, New Jersey, is seeking a Director for its Delaware Bayshore Program. This position is based in our Millville, New Jersey office.

The Society’s Delaware Bayshore Program has three strategic goals:

• Creation of an ecosystem based network of protected lands and waters

• Creation of conservation-oriented growth and development management programs at the state, county and local levels

• Creation of broad public support for smart growth and conservation

The Delaware Bayshore Program Director works primarily within the communities of the Delaware Bayshore to:

• Proactively create demand and action on conservation issues, in support of the strategic goals for the program

• Monitor and respond to coastal issues and development proposals

• Work with and provide support to community-based advocates

• Establish, foster and maintain relationships with decision-makers and community leaders

• Develop and implement strategies and program approaches

Responsibilities include:

• Primary management responsibility for Delaware Bayshore office, staff and programs

• Organize and implement education, advocacy and mobilization efforts in various areas of the region, including organizing support for campaigns, events, skills training and public outreach

• Monitor local, county and state decision-making, attend and provide testimony on behalf of the Littoral Society at public hearings

• Manage land acquisition program, including project management

• Prepare program budget and grant reporting; work with Development Director on grants development and other fundraising initiatives

• Regularly work outside the office and without direct supervision to communicate with officials, the media and the public

• Coordinate with other Littoral Society staff in conservation programs, public outreach and education.

• Provide support to community-based conservation advocates

• Support other Littoral Society programs as directed


Three (3) years experience in working with volunteers and others in the environmental movement, political campaigns or other, similar organizations to plan and implement grassroots campaigns. Must have demonstrated supervisory experience. A bachelor’s degree in environmental science, ecology, natural resource management, or related field is preferred, although an equivalent, relevant experience will also be considered. Must have strong project management skills, an ability to manage projects involving multiple partners and tasks operating on varying timelines, and a demonstrated ability to bring projects to completion. Experience or expertise in water resource issues and current, basic knowledge of environmental issues affecting the region are preferred. Candidate should have excellent writing and editing skills, including demonstrated ability to write Op-Eds, newsletter articles, testimony and/or other communication pieces. Strong verbal communications skills, including the ability to testify at public hearings and deliver public presentations are required.  Strong organizational and problem-solving skills and an ability to work effectively in an action-oriented office are a must. The ability to work independently, cooperatively and effectively with the public, staff and volunteers is critical. Must be able to travel as needed, including attending night and weekend events. Proficient computer skills, knowledge and experience with word processing, database and communications software are required. Valid driver’s license, satisfactory driving record and proof of auto insurance is required. Must pass routine background check.


Salary range is $50,000-60,000 per year depending on experience and includes vacation and health benefits. This is a grant-funded position.

To apply:

Please address cover letter to:

Pim Van Hemmen

Assistant Director

American Littoral Society

Building 18, Sandy Hook

Highlands, NJ 07732

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