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Friends of the Cheat seeks Restoration Program Manager


Position Summary: Friends of the Cheat is a nonprofit watershed association in Preston County, West Virginia working to restore, preserve, and promote the outstanding natural qualities of the Cheat River watershed since 1995 (www.cheat.org).  In recent years, the organization has grown to a staff of 9 with active volunteer groups and diverse partners in government agencies, academic institutions, and a variety of business and non-profit stakeholders.

The Restoration Program Manager oversees all aspects of restoration projects and programs at Friends of the Cheat.  Responsibilities include program development, project management, field work, data management and analysis, organizational management and employee supervision.  The position manages complex projects spanning multiple years requiring time management and task prioritization skills as well as the ability to adaptively manage problems and setbacks.  Excellent organizational and communication skills are essential to the position.  The position requires proficiency in Microsoft Suite (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Access), Adobe Acrobat Professional, Google Apps, WordPress, and ESRI ArcGIS products.  The Restoration Program Manager is supervised by the Executive Director.  Some training will be provided.

Qualifications: Applicants should have a B.S. or Masters degree in science, engineering, or related degree, stream monitoring/field work experience, and project management experience. Knowledge of chemistry, acid mine drainage, water quality, field instruments and environmental issues is preferred. Other desired skills include proficiency in MS Office productivity software (especially Excel and Access), experience with ArcGIS and Google Earth, experience with procurement of contractors and contract management, budgeting and grant management experience and excellent oral and written communication skills. The ideal candidates will be highly motivated, well organized, able to work independently, enjoy being outside, working in a team atmosphere, and have a strong desire to contribute to the organization’s mission. A valid driver’s license is required.  FOC will review applicant DMV records.

Details: Full time salaried position ($30,000 – $39,000) with paid holidays, 15 paid personal days, and flexible work schedule; health insurance; company vehicle available for travel and field work; smart phone, tablet, new computers and updated productivity software provided. Anticipated start in May, date is negotiable. Limited funds may be available for partial reimbursement of relocation expenses.  Self-directed professional development is expected and supported. Potential exists for promotion and hiring of program assistant. Opportunity to work in a fast-pace energetic team setting. Area has excellent opportunities for outdoor recreation: hiking, biking, paddling, fishing.

Application: E-mail cover letter, resume, and contact information for 3 references to Kevin Ryan (kevin at cheat.org) before April 3rd 2015 for full consideration.  E-mail subject line should read “Program Manager Application”. For more information about Friends of the Cheat, visit www.cheat.org.


Local Non-Profit Seeks Media Specialist

Friends of the Cheat, Inc., a non-profit, grassroots, watershed group based out of Kingwood, WV seeks a dynamic individual or team to take over the daily management, planning, and development of the organization’s web and print media, including the group’s two websites, blog, Facebook pages, print and electronic newsletter, e-mail communications, and special media associated with outreach and fundraising events and opportunities.

Required Competencies

Computer Software and Content Management Systems:  MS Office, Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator (preferred but equivalents considered), WordPress, Google Services (Drive, Calendar, etc.)

Social Media Applications:  Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, MailChimp

Excellent verbal and written communication skills

Excellent organizational skills

Proven ability to meet and push others to meet deadlines


Experience with journalism, peer-editing, print material layout, and an eye for design are necessary for success.  The ability to work independently while staying connected to the FOC team is key in addition to understanding non-profits and the local social landscape.  Knowledge of water, conservation, recreation, and local and state issues is also very helpful.  Superior applicants will have vision for how the position can strategically support FOC programs and initiatives.

FOC offers this position as a fixed-price contract with hours projected at up to 350-400 annually.

Interested parties should submit a cover letter, resume, list of 3 professional references, and a minimum of 3 work examples such as:  writing samples, links to websites designed and/or managed, print and/or web material from educational, marketing, or fundraising campaigns, photography, videos, other print or web media, and presentations.  Quality over quantity preferred.  Creative applications encouraged.  Electronic and hard-copy submissions (or a combination thereof) will be accepted until Wednesday, January 28th.

Send application materials to:

Friends of the Cheat, Amanda Pitzer, Executive Director  – Amanda@cheat.org

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