Chesapeake Program Manager

Job Type

Full Time




Details: Compensation commensurate with experience



Application Deadline



United States


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Since 1996, SouthWings has provided a network of volunteer pilots to advocate for the restoration and protection of the ecosystems and biodiversity of the Southeast through flight. Conservation groups working to halt destructive resource extraction and use practices, to identify and eliminate pollution sources and events, or to permanently protect ecologically valuable lands use SouthWings flights to become better informed about natural assets while collecting valuable data, including photo and video documentation, for their campaigns. Our flights also inform business leaders, key legislators, landowners, community members, and media representatives who can then influence desired private, legislative, and agency action.

SouthWings’ Chesapeake Program Manager has the confidence, knowledge, training, and experience to execute the Chesapeake component of this solid, well-positioned, and respected regional organization’s mission. The Program Manager will need to work effectively with a wide range of people: staff, partners, and pilots as well as political, business, and community leaders throughout the region.

The Chesapeake Program Manager will be based in the southern portion of the Chesapeake Bay watershed and will require travel (up to 30-50% of the time) throughout the Chesapeake Bay region. Multi-day trips to the main office in Asheville, NC will be required as well (typically 2-3 times per year), as well as attendance at the annual volunteer pilot fly-in event (hosted in various locations throughout the Southeast). For training, the new Chesapeake Program Manager will be based in the Asheville, NC office for 1-2 weeks.


Location is flexible, but ideal options include the Norfolk, VA area; Williamsburg, VA; Fredericksburg, VA; Charlottesville, VA; Richmond, VA; Washington, DC / Baltimore, MD area; or Annapolis, MD. When not traveling the region, the Program Manager will have the option of working from home or securing a shared office space, if preferred.


Program Leadership

The Chesapeake Program Manager will have significant involvement in program design in the region based on organizational goals, and will coordinate the achievement of those goals, including the following:

  • Growth of SouthWings’ leadership role in regional environmental campaigns;
  • Maintain and grow its network of relationships and collaborative efforts; and
  • Increase initiated flights within campaign themes.

Communications and Community Relations

  • In the Chesapeake region: contribute to the development and implementation of marketing/PR plan including: media relations, constituent outreach, web strategies, aviation publication visibility, etc.; and
  • Serve as the primary program spokesperson for the organization in the Chesapeake region.

Fund Development

  • Support efforts to create and implement annual fund development plan for Chesapeake region;
  • Assist in securing funding for SouthWings’ work in Chesapeake region through grant-writing;
  • Support plans to identify and secure the necessary resources, financial and otherwise, to accomplish SouthWings’ organizational mission.

Volunteer Recruitment

  • Support volunteer pilot recruitment and retention efforts to meet the growing demand for SouthWings flights.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Implement, coordinate, and monitor program work;
  • Develop relationships and networks that support SouthWings’ proactive flight work;
  • Travel to meetings, conferences, and strategic gatherings throughout the Chesapeake Bay watershed;
  • Research environmental issues of concern in the Chesapeake Bay watershed to identify ways in which SouthWings can support partner campaigns;
  • Track and report partner successes enabled by SouthWings flights;
  • Write grant applications and reports for Chesapeake funders;
  • Provide program recommendations and status reports to the Executive Director;
  • Provide content for social media outreach and website, and;             
  • Provide support to pilot recruitment process.


  • Minimum 3 years of program management and/or outreach experience in the Chesapeake conservation community;
  • Strong consensus building skills;
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills;
  • Strong interpersonal skills and experience working with diverse populations and multiple constituencies;
  • Creative problem solver, flexible and capable of adapting to changing priorities;
  • Strategic thinker, capable of moving an organization to new levels;
  • Self-motivated and able to work independently;
  • Familiarity with new technological trends and applications; and
  • Bachelor’s Degree strongly preferred.

The ideal candidate will also have:

  • Proven ability to work autonomously and with a remote team from a home office setting;
  • A demonstrated commitment to organizational excellence;
  • Experience working with volunteers;
  • Sensitivity and passion for the environment; and
  • An interest in aviation and travel.


Health insurance and retirement benefits

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

To apply, please send a letter of interest, resume, and salary requirements via email only to:

SouthWings Search Committee

Please, no phone calls.

SouthWings is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to recruiting from a broadly diverse pool of qualified candidates for the position.

Position open until filled.