NOTE: The Executive Director of Friends of Alemany Farm will act in the capacity of Project Director in relation to our fiscal sponsor, Earth Island Institute (EII), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. See below for a description of EII project director responsibilities.
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Project Director Job Description
Projects must identify a single director (Project Director) as the responsible party with whom Earth Island Network Services (EINS) communicates about routine business matters. EINS recognizes the original person applying for project status as project director unless the director informs EII in writing of any change in responsibility.
The Project Director is the program manager for Friends of Alemany Farm, a project of Earth Island Institute. The Project Director reports to the Director of Project Support for Earth Island Institute, and is responsible for the project’s consistent achievement of its mission, organizational obligations, and financial objectives. In addition, the Project Director is the person responsible for project compliance with Earth Island policies and procedures. The following is an outline of the Project Director’s general roles and responsibilities.
As liaison to and representative of Earth Island Institute, the Project Director will:
- Familiarize self with and carry out Earth Island policies and procedures, asking for clarification when expectations are unclear.
- Be in regular communication with Earth Island staff, sending regular program updates and responding to requests for information promptly. See that Earth Island staff – and through them the Board of Directors – is kept fully informed on the condition of the organization and all important factors influencing it.
- Be an active member of the Earth Island community, attending meetings, trainings, and events whenever possible.
In finance and administration, the Project Director will:
- Be responsible for maintaining sound financial practices – accounting for expenditure of funds and ensuring that the project operates within budget and in keeping with EII policy.
- Work with the Earth Island staff in preparing a project budget for approval by the Board of Directors. See that the organization operates within budget and is in compliance with EII financial policy.
- Ensure that adequate funds are available to permit the organization to carry out its work.
- Ensure project remains in good standing with funders – acknowledging gifts promptly and submitting reports on time.
- Maintain official records and documents, and ensure compliance with Earth Island Institute policies and procedures.
In leadership and program development, the Project Director will:
- Assure that the organization has a long-range strategy which achieves its mission, and toward which it makes consistent and timely progress.
- Provide leadership in developing and carrying out program, organizational and financial plans.
- Maintain a working knowledge of significant developments and trends in the field.
- Publicize the activities of the organization, its programs and goals.
- Establish sound working relationships and cooperative arrangements with community groups and organizations.
- Represent the programs and point of view of the organization to agencies, organizations, and the general public.
In relations with staff and volunteers, the Project Director will:
- Be responsible for the recruitment of volunteers and staff – while coordinating hiring and, if necessary, release of personnel with Earth Island Institute. This function will be performed in conjunction with a member of the project Advisory Board (Friends of Alemany Farm).
- Ensure that job descriptions are developed, that regular performance evaluations are held, and that sound human resource practices consistent with EII’s employment policies are in place.
- Ensure that staff are oriented to the organization and that appropriate training is provided.
- Encourage staff and volunteer development and education, and assist program staff in relating their specialized work to the total program of the organization.
- Maintain a positive, healthy, safe work environment, creating a climate which attracts, keeps, and motivates a diverse staff of top quality people.
- As appropriate, see that an effective management team, with appropriate provision for succession, is in place.