Associate Program Director

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension

Houston, TX, USA 🇺🇸

Job Title: Associate Program Director

Agency: Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Service

Department: Disaster Resilience & Recovery

Proposed Minimum Salary: $6,534.67 monthly

Job Location: Houston, Texas

Job Type: Staff

Job Description

The Associate Program Director, under general direction, assists with operations and administration, and maintains responsibility for assigned major functional units.

The Associate Program Director position is a newly created role to lead Texas Community Watershed Partner’s existing resiliency program and continue its success.

Program Background:

We provide planning consulting and education for communities around the state, focusing on practices that foster collaboration and holistic solutions to reduce risks from floods and other hazards. We are home to CommunityViz software for GIS-based scenario planning, and we operate within the largest university-based extension agency in the nation. We have the advantage of strong partnerships with our sister state agencies and federal partners to ensure that our services are reaching communities ready to plan for a more sustainable future. Our staff coordinate tightly to make it all happen, and your effort and planning leadership will be felt directly by the communities that we serve.

Your Role:

As the Associate Program Director, you will lead a team of dedicated planning and GIS professionals to identify new opportunities for growth and collaboration, and to innovate and implement strategies for expanding the reach and impact of the planning program. You will bring your vision, creativity, and expertise to bear on the development of these strategies and advance our mission. You will also be responsible for identifying and pursuing new funding opportunities to support the program’s growth and sustainability. You and the team will continue to build programmatic partnerships with state and federal partners, communities, and professional associations.

Your Skills & Experience:

We are seeking a highly organized, solutions-oriented planning professional. To be successful in this role, you need to have a strong portfolio of planning projects and program development, and a proven track record of teamwork and leadership. You are a tenacious problem solver with a transparent management style who can bring out the best in our team. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills will allow you to convey our mission, projects, and successes to various audiences. Collaborative engagement and participation are core to our work, and candidates who are passionate about this side of the planning profession will find this an incredibly unique and rewarding position.


  • Plans, directs and manages the day-to-day program and project activities for the Resiliency Planning Program.
  • Leads the development and preparation of community plans and ordinances pertaining to land use plans, zoning, hazard mitigation, conservation, and related planning efforts.
  • Manages project and program budgets and resources to complete project and program deliverables.
  • Supervises a team of professional staff, including setting performance expectations and providing ongoing support and guidance.
  • Develops and maintains partnerships with internal units and external organizations, including government agencies, community groups, and professional associations.
  • Coordinates with other program directors within the organization to ensure a cohesive and consistent approach to program mission and development.
  • Develops and implements long-range plans for the program, including setting goals, objectives, and strategies for the program’s continued growth and success.
  • Develops and manages grant and consulting proposals.  
  • Communicates program activities and accomplishments through the preparation of reports, presentations, and other materials.
  • Participates in professional development activities and stay current on best practices in the field.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in related field or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Eight years of related experience.

Preferred Education:

  • Master’s degree

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Well-developed knowledge of one or more community resilience-related functional areas, such as development regulations, comprehensive planning, floodplain management, community economic development, or environmental planning;
  • Knowledge of state and federal policies and resources for disaster recovery, hazard mitigation best practices, and culturally informed and equitable disaster recovery and community development strategies.
  • Knowledge of participatory community engagement methods and participatory GIS;
  • Knowledge of planning research and technical analysis methods;
  • Ability to draft development ordinances and plans;
  • Excellent facilitation and interpersonal skills for community workshops, public meetings, project committees and working with a variety of stakeholder backgrounds;
  • Strong interpersonal, leadership, problem-solving, and organizational skills.
  • Knowledge of word processing, spreadsheet, and database applications.
  • Knowledge of management, program development and implementation, budget oversight, and strategic planning.
  • Ability to multitask and work cooperatively with others.

Other Requirements:

  • Work beyond normal office hours and/or on weekends.
  • Travel required.


All positions are security-sensitive. Applicants are subject to a criminal history investigation, and employment is contingent upon the institution’s verification of credentials and/or other information required by the institution’s procedures, including the completion of the criminal history check.

Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability Employer committed to diversity.





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