Director of Programs Position

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Director of Programs

Position Overview:

We are seeking an energetic, motivated, social and environmental impact oriented professional as a Director of Programs in the Charlotte Metro area. This is a fit for someone with an understanding of the tremendous impact of trees in our community and an enthusiasm for leading our efforts for all Charlotte communities to plant, adopt, learn about and care for trees. The ideal candidate will have a passion for mission-driven work, effective leadership abilities, engaging collaboration skills and a knack for achieving results. This individual will report directly to the Executive Director and manage the team delivering our programs.

About TreesCharlotte:

TreesCharlotte is a public/private nonprofit collaboration to grow, diversify and steward the city’s iconic urban forest. Trained volunteers and science-based programs teach residents about the value of trees and how to plant and care for them.


The Director of Programs is responsible for leading, analyzing and evolving the community facing programs for TreesCharlotte. This position will ensure these programs are consistent with the mission of the organization and that all programs are operated in an efficient and financially sustainable manner.

The Director of Programs will be responsible for overall strategic leadership and coordination, specifically, overseeing all TreesCharlotte events, education and community engagement activities, in addition to weaving programs together in a unified and impactful way.  Direct reports to the Director of Programs include the Community Engagement Manager, Community Educator Arborist, and Events Coordinator, and will inspire followership on behalf of the organization.


  • Provide management and direction for all Event Coordinator’s efforts.
  • Manage event design and oversee the logistics planning and execution of all community engagement events (tree plantings, adoptions and tree care). 
    • Includes leading Saturday events mid-September through March.
  • Provide leadership to execute events – includes liaising with teammates to produce event promotional collaterals, communications assets, rsvp lists, media, scriptwriting, reports, etc.
  • Partner with Business Director to prepare event budgets; track and reconcile budgets and follow cost control measures to ensure that events are executed within budget.
  • Provide direction with volunteer recruitment, support and management plans.


  • Provide management and direction for all Community Educator Arborist’s efforts.
  • Assist in the development of curricula for tree education – youth and adult.
  • Partner on ideation of unique educational impacts, including short instructional videos on tree care, tree ID and more.
  • Promote educational programs that provide opportunities for residents to celebrate, plant, and care for trees.
  • Lead development of Annual Tree Summit

Community Engagement

  • Provide management and direction for all Community Engagement Manager’s efforts, including targeted efforts across the corridors of opportunity
  • Support the development and implementation of programs and partnerships with community organizations and residents to expand the organization’s work at the local level.
  • Manage all impact data tracking opportunities, including tree canopy data
  • Build relationships with neighborhood leaders, government officials and others to understand the most effective ways to partner.
  • Partner with team to determine best metrics to measure success in community engagement and provide progress reports to guide future work.


  • Oversee communications with staff and volunteers.
  • Assist with public speaking and community engagement opportunities.
  • Contribute to organizational storytelling, curating connections with media and influencers.
  • Contribute to positive organizational culture through intentional and identifiable actions.


  • Project Leadership: Experience in planning, leading, and managing projects, including coordinating with peers to achieve desired outcomes, and tracking and reporting on progress to senior managers/board of directors.
  • People Leadership: Experience in leading and inspiring direct reports while evolving their skills
  • Relationship Building: Skilled at establishing and cultivating strong relationships with peers, across different levels of the organization and externally
  • Collaboration: Effective at working with others to reach common goals and objectives
  • Influencing: Gets others to accept ideas by using convincing arguments, creates a win-win situation and responds appropriately to key stakeholders
  • Entrepreneurial Spirit: Takes initiative and actively seeks to deepen current supporter relationships and to forge new ones
  • Communications: Skilled in creating powerful, compelling written and oral communications for fundraising. Ability to convey complex ideas through brief, simple materials. Experience and credibility when presenting materials to external audiences
  • Management experience of five years or more
  • Bilingual, Spanish/English, is desired
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred but not required, in a field related to public relations; business; events; or nonprofit management
  • Graphic design skills an advantage; thorough understanding of Microsoft suite of products


  • Salary commensurate with experience and Charlotte market
  • Full-time position, including Saturdays during planting season (mid-September – March)
  • 50% medical insurance, 100% vision and dental
  • 2% Simple IRA company contribution
  • Competitive PTO schedule with days awarded, not accrued
  • 12 additional paid office holidays
  • Respect for work-life balance, including consideration of flexible schedules
  • Opportunity to build a legacy through strengthening Charlotte’s iconic urban forest

Interested candidates should send an email and resume to Jane Myers, Executive Director,  Please include your last name and “TreesCharlotte Director of Programs” in the subject.

TreesCharlotte does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices, or the terms and conditions of employment, on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, disability, marital status, age, sex or sexual orientation.

We also recognize that there is no “perfect candidate” and that fit, and potential can be a greater success than experience or skills, so we encourage those interested to apply, even if they only have some of the requested skills, knowledge, and experience.

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