Director (Division of Land & Water Stewardship)

North Carolina Deptartment of Natural and Cultural Resources

Raleigh, NC, United States 🇺🇸

DNCR is looking for a dedicated leader for the N.C. Division of Land and Water Stewardship (DLWS).  The position is responsible for overseeing and managing all aspects of the division including professional and administrative direction to the DLWS staff, involving education, technical assistance, and grants supporting conservation and natural resources protection. The candidate must possess excellent verbal and written communication skills and the ability to work collaboratively and diplomatically with stakeholders, other state and federal agencies, legislative officials, and community representatives.  The position establishes and maintains the division’s budgets, provides organizational leadership, strategic planning, and maximizes program funding for two program areas, NC Land and Water Fund and the NC Natural Heritage Program.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Strategic planning to ensure the success of the division’s mission. 
  • Develop long and short-term organizational goals. 
  • Provide leadership and oversight of program areas. 
  • Ensure adherence to departmental policy and procedures. 
  • Manage and oversee contracts, endowments, and grants.

The Division of Land and Water Stewardship is a non-regulatory division within DNCR that provides information, technical assistance, and grants to support effective conservation. The office is an integral part of the state’s conservation efforts and seeks to maintain a positive relationship with communities through partnerships with local, state, and federal agencies, industries, organizations, and private citizens.

The North Carolina Land and Water Fund (NCLWF) provides grant assistance to non-profits, local governments and state agencies for the protection of natural resources in North Carolina. NCLWF funds projects that (1) enhance or restore degraded waters, (2) protect unpolluted waters, and/or (3) contribute toward a network of riparian buffers and greenways for environmental, educational, and recreational benefits, (4) provide buffers around military bases to protect the military mission, (5) acquire land that represents the ecological diversity of North Carolina, and (6) acquire land that contributes to the development of a balanced State program of historic properties.
The Natural Heritage Program is authorized by the state Nature Preserves Act of 1985 to (1) identify the natural areas which best exemplify North Carolina’s natural heritage, (2) facilitate development of a statewide system of protected natural areas in public and private ownership, (3) formulate and disseminate rare species management recommendations, (4) influence private individuals, corporations and public agencies which own natural areas to protect those areas, (5) provide interpretation of biological information, and coordinate with and advise other  agencies, (6) involve and inform citizens and landowners, and increase public environmental awareness, and (7) maintain information regarding the distribution and status of rare species to support designation under the Endangered Species Act.

The Department of Natural and Cultural Resources’ (DNCR) vision is to be the leader in using the state’s natural and cultural resources to build the social, cultural, educational and economic future of North Carolina. Our mission is to improve quality of life by creating opportunities to experience excellence in the arts, history, libraries and nature throughout North Carolina.  The Department works to stimulate learning, inspire creativity, preserve the state’s history, conserve the state’s natural heritage, encourage recreation and cultural tourism, and promote economic development.  Our goal is to promote equity and inclusion among our employees and our programming to reflect and celebrate our state’s diverse population, culture, and history by expanding engagement with diverse individuals and communities. We encourage you to apply to become a part of our team.
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Knowledge, Skills and Abilities / Competencies

  • Demonstrated organizational leadership experience, such as staff management and development, budgeting and financial oversight, and strategic planning. 
  • Demonstrated passion for environmental conservation and protection of natural resources. 
  • Proven ability to influence a range of constituents and stakeholders, such as elected officials, community leaders and program representatives.  
  • Demonstrated experience administrating a statewide program(s).   
  • Demonstrated experience working with grants and contracts.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements

Bachelor’s degree from an appropriately accredited institution and four years of experience related to the area of assignment; or an equivalent combination of training and experience. Supplemental and Contact Information

The Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (DNCR) selects applicants for employment based on required education and experience and job-related knowledge, skills, and abilities without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, pregnancy, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age (40 or older), disability, National Guard or veteran status, genetic information, political affiliation or political influence.
Please be sure to complete the application in full. Resumes may be uploaded with your application, but will not be accepted in lieu of a fully completed application and will not be considered for qualifying credit.  “See Resume” or “See Attachment” will NOT be accepted. 
Information should be provided in the appropriate areas, to include the following: Education, including high school and all degrees obtained, Work Experience, and Certificates & Licenses. It is critical to our screening and salary determination process that applications contain comprehensive candidate information. 
Answers to Supplemental Questions are not a substitute for providing all relevant information within the body of your application. To receive credit for the supplemental questions, you must provide supporting information within the “Work Experience” section of the application, to support your answers.
Degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions.  Transcripts, and degree evaluations may be uploaded with your application. 
To obtain veterans preference, you must scan and upload a copy of your DD-214 or discharge orders.
Applicants requesting and receiving an accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) are eligible to submit paper applications via mail or by fax.  Please call the human resources office for assistance.
If multiple applications are submitted to an individual posting, only the most recent application received prior to the closing date will be accepted. Applications must be submitted by 5:00 PM on the closing date.
Due to the volume of applications received, we are unable to provide information regarding the status of your application over the phone. To check the status of your application, please log in to your account.  Upon the closing date, applications are “Under Review” and will be screened by Human Resources for the qualified applicants. The hiring process may take an average of 6 – 8 weeks.  
It is the policy of the State of North Carolina and the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources that all employees provide proof of employment eligibility (immigration and naturalization) on the first day of employment.   We participate in E-Verify (Employment Eligibility Verification System).

N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources Division of Human Resources

Division Address:
N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources
Division of Human Resources
4603 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-4603
Phone:  919-814-6670
Technical issues submitting your application, please call the NeoGov Help Line at 855-524-5627.     

4 days remaining

Apply by 24 September, 2021