Director for Clean Virginia Waterways

Longwood University

Farmville, VA, USA 🇺🇸

Department:Clean Virginia Waterways
Locations:Farmville, VA
Posted:Nov 5, 2021
Closes:Open Until Filled
Ref. No.:GA032
Position ID:138928

About Longwood University:

A comprehensive university with a strong liberal arts foundation, Longwood has a distinctive mission to develop citizen leaders who are prepared to make positive contributions to the common good of society. Founded in 1839, Longwood is the third-oldest public university in Virginia. 

Longwood is part of the proud tradition of higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Roughly one hour’s drive from Charlottesville, Lynchburg, and Richmond, Longwood is located in the historic two-college community of Farmville.  Longwood currently has approximately 4,800 undergraduate and graduate students and more than 38,000 alumni. It maintains affiliations with the neighboring Robert Russa Moton Museum of civil rights history and the Longwood Center for Visual Arts, a nationally accredited university art museum. A member of the Big South Conference, Longwood competes at the NCAA Division I level.

The mission of Clean Virginia Waterways of Longwood University (CVW) is to enhance the health of Virginia’s water resources through pollution prevention, education, and stewardship activities involving Virginians from the classroom to the boardroom. Founded in 1995, CVW is a program of Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia, and is affiliated with the Ocean Conservancy. CVW has organized the International Coastal Cleanup in Virginia since 1995 and is recognized as a leader in researching marine debris sources, impacts, and solutions. CVW focuses on prevention of land-based litter through education, collaboration, research, engaging the public in hands-on stewardship through cleanup events, and social marketing research and campaigns.

Job Description:

Longwood University invites qualified applicants to apply for the position of Director of Clean Virginia Waterways (GA032) to begin as soon as possible. The position is in Farmville, VA, with some travel throughout Virginia to attend meetings and donor events and participate in field activities. 

The Director will work closely with CVW’s Executive Director to develop and advance CVW’s mission. The Director will plan, coordinate, and assure implementation of strategies to decrease plastic pollution, litter, and marine debris through raising awareness, behavior change campaigns (using community-based social marketing methods), research, and cleanup/removal projects. The Director will collaborate with local, state, and federal agencies; schools; Tribes; nongovernment organizations; businesses; and others. The Director will assume additional responsibilities in the absence of the Executive Director. In addition, the Director will teach one course each semester on the Longwood University campus. The position is year round with benefits.

Essential Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Oversee and/or provide support to marine debris-related projects, activities, and actions in Virginia including ongoing research on marine debris accumulation and distribution; influencing changes in behavior in order to reduce marine debris; and professional development workshops for educators and stormwater professionals
  • Manage all aspects of CVW’s statewide citizen stewardship programs, including the International Coastal Cleanup in Virginia
  • Support the planning and implementation of the Virginia Marine Debris Reduction Plan
  • Coordinate with federal, state, and local partners in Virginia and the Mid-Atlantic on marine debris issues
  • Participate in meetings, workshops, and media events related to marine debris efforts in the region
  • Implement grant-funded projects
  • Identify opportunities and participate in outreach and educational events with the public, school groups, and industry partners focused on prevention of marine debris
  • Give presentations and participate in briefings in the region related to marine debris
  • Assist with fundraising activities (including sponsorships, foundation and government grants, donations, and corporate support)
  • Manage multiple projects without losing productivity
  • Maintain CVW’s outreach efforts, including monthly e-newsletter via CVW’s Constant Contact account, media releases, CVW’s website, and CVW’s social media accounts
  • Supervise interns, staff, and volunteers
  • Teaching: The successful candidate also will teach one course (3 or 4 contact hours) per semester in person on the Longwood University campus


  • Minimum of a Master’s degree in biology, environmental science, or related field. PhD preferred
  • Significant work experience (5 years or more) in environmental nonprofit organizations
  • Demonstrated extensive knowledge of and interest in issues related to marine debris (sources, impacts and solutions), single-use plastics, sustainable consumption, and behavior change campaigns
  • Exceptional writing and presentation skills
  • Proven record of exceptional program management and nonprofit organizational skills
  • Successful experience in grant writing and grant management (proposals, project management, budgets, financial management, content knowledge)
  • Strong analytical and technical skills
  • Self-motivated, energetic, and strategic thinker
  • Serious interest and motivation to manage existing outreach programs, contribute to ongoing research projects, and further community engagement collaborations with students, faculty, staff and commonwealth citizens
  • Track record of collaboration, working effectively across interdisciplinary teams as well as working independently
  • Must be flexible to work occasional evenings, Saturdays, and extended hours when needed
  • Experience working in Virginia is preferred

Additional Information:

This position is a full-time, administrative & professional faculty, exempt position.  Commonwealth of Virginia benefits accompany this position. Salary will be commensurate with credentials and experience.  A successful criminal background investigation is required.   AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service alumni are encouraged to apply. 

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Longwood University will provide, if requested, reasonable accommodations to applicants in need of accommodations in order to provide access to the application and/or interview process. You are not required to note the presence of a disability on your application. If, however, you require accommodations in the application and/or interview process, please contact the Office of Human Resources at 434-395-2074 or [email protected]

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A diversified workforce is an important part of our strategic plan.  EOE/AA

Application Instructions:

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled, position posted 11/5/21.   To apply for this position, qualified applicants must complete the online information section and questions, and please attach (where it says Resume) a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, unofficial graduate transcripts, statement of teaching interests and philosophy that includes how the candidate serves diverse populations in the classroom, and names and contact details of three references.