District Manager

Closing Date: 10-31-19

Location: 35285 Millard Road, St Helens, OR 97051


The Columbia Soil and Water Conservation District is a non-profit, governmental agency that operates as a special district of Oregon. The District is run by a board of locally-elected directors, and receives funding primarily through a permanent tax rate, state and federal grants.  The District staff provides information, technical assistance and education to property owners regarding soil and water issues on their land and helps to promote the proper and responsible use of natural resources in Columbia County. Columbia SWCD has no regulatory authority but is simply a source of advice and consultation for the public.


Position Description


General Summary


The District Manager is full-time, at will, exempt position for the Columbia Soil and Water Conservation District (CSWCD).


The District Manager’s responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

§  Board Relations

§  Financial Oversight

§  Supervisory

§  Planning and Programs

§  Partnerships

Supervision Received

The SWCD Board serves as the District Manager's direct supervisor. The District Manager remains in close contact with the Personnel Director and Board Chair through, a minimum of two-monthly one-on-one meetings and discussions concerning questions of authority, district involvement and commitment, or intended actions. The District Manager reports to the full Board monthly at Board meetings, through monthly reports, and at scheduled committee meetings.

Civil Rights

This position will perform in accordance with all applicable state and federal laws for equal employment and other requirements of civil rights statutes. 

Essential Functions of the Job

Board Relations

§  Reports to the Board of Directors: works directly with the Board Chair and other board members to establish and implement board/committee meetings and related actions.   

§  Serves as the primary liaison between Board of Directors and staff.

§  Establishes policies and procedures.


Financial Oversight

§  Develops and prepares annual budget and acts as Budget Officer.

§  Responsible for fundraising and grant management.

§  Keeps the board informed of financial forecast.

§  Ensures compliance with relevant laws and rules pertaining to district expenditures.

§  Works with auditor and Finance Manager to complete the annual audit.


Supervisory Responsibilities

§  Supervises staff

§  Staff recruitment

§  Employee relations, handles dismissals

§  Staff development/coaching and instruction

§  Staff evaluations

§  Oversight of multiple contractors

Planning and Programs

§  Responsible for establishing strategic plans and implementing actions to achieve goals

§  Develops and implements specific courses of action

§  Responsible for all aspects of the CSWCD’s programs, focusing on providing leadership

      for program supervisors.            

§  Leads the recommendation, development, coordination, and implementation of

      conservation practices, programs, policies, and materials

§  Requires program-specific expertise in two or more aspects of the CSWCD’s work

§  Takes lead in keeping current on latest science and practices in conservation, inspires others


§  Is the primary contact for the CSWCD-wide partnerships

§  Maintain current partnerships with landowners, funders, and other agencies

§  Enthusiastically develops new partnerships


§  Higher education at least a 4-year degree business management, environmental science, biology or other related field

§  5-7 years of directly related work experience or combination of education and experience sufficient to be productive with no or little orientation

§  Ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions and policies from SWCD Board. 

§  Must be able to work independently, prioritize and organize to work on multiple tasks, and meet deadlines.

§  Ability to communicate effectively with employees and the public using tact, courtesy, and good judgment. 

§  Skilled in public speaking and engaging with constituents and community partners.

§  Intermediate knowledge of computers, including Microsoft Office and GIS applications

§  Knowledge of laws and regulations related to conservation, land use, and restoration

§  Ability to maintain regular attendance and be punctual.

Job Conditions

§  Must be able to satisfactorily pass a background check. 

§  This position works primarily in the office.  

§  The office work may include working at a desk, using a computer, or standing at a table.

§  This position requires travel to conferences, workshops, training sessions, plus daytime and evening meetings outside the office.  Travel for training may be outside the normal workday and may be as long as one week.  A valid driver license is required.

§  The District Manager shall perform all duties in a prudent and sensible manner, following established protocols that ensure safety.

§  Occasional outdoor work which can be during inclement weather and involve walking on uneven surfaces.

§  Ability to respond outside of normal business hours in an emergency.

Salary Range

Pay Range: $70,000.00 - $76,500.00



In addition to paid legal holidays, workers compensation, and unemployment insurance, the Columbia SWCD will provide vacation time, sick leave, one personal day of leave, health insurance, dental insurance, vision insurance, short- and long-Term disability, and a retirement plan





1)     A cover letter explaining your qualifications and experience relevant to the functions of this position.


2)     A current resume that clearly describes and identifies your experience, skills, and achievements related to the requirements of the position.


3)     A reference list with a minimum of three former/current employers (from volunteer or paid positions) is required.  Academic references may be substituted for employers, if applicable.  References will be checked prior to the time of hire to verify information contained in your application materials.


4)     An application completed in full.  Click here to open the PDF file.


Notice of your application results will be sent by mail.  You will be contacted by phone if you are selected for an interview. 



Columbia SWCD

Attn: Malyssa Legg

35285 Millard Road

St Helens, Oregon 97051


All Applications are due by: 10-31-19