The Director of New Initiatives is a new three-year position that will lead and direct operations for four innovative new or growing conservation workforce development programs: Increasing Diversity in Environmental Careers (IDEC), Individual Placements, Minnesota Energy Climate Corps, and Veterans Corps. All four programs align to the mission of CCMI but operate outside of the traditional CCMI program structure and were launched by non-standard funding opportunities. This position will support the on-going evaluation of these programs, adjust as needed the program design to achieve intended outcomes and ensure their long-term financial stability.

This position will design a process for CCMI to evaluate additional mission-focused programs to ensure that the organization can deftly and swiftly respond to opportunities to further its mission while ensuring long-term organizational viability. They will work with other Program Directors to identify opportunities to launch and adapt programming to meet changing environmental challenges while continuing to expand CCMI’s mission impact.

The Director of New Initiatives serves on the senior leadership team and reports directly to the Executive Director, collaborates closely with other CCMI team members and resources to oversee recruitment, programming, and evaluation of new programs, and serves as the primary risk manager for new program initiatives at CCMI.

Tagged as: Administrative Staff, Full Time


This leadership position requires a visionary and detailed thinker who can oversee new initiatives to ensure mission impact, innovation, and long-term success. The successful candidate will collaborate closely with senior leadership, cross-functional teams, and external partners to drive progress towards CCMI’s mission and strategic priorities.

Required Skills:

• A minimum of 5 years experience managing or leading young adult programs: Prior experience in a director-level position highly desirable. Expertise or know-how in workforce development, college or career readiness, or service learning, a plus.
• Commitment to the principles of justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion applying to all participants and stakeholders the Corps aims to serve.
• Bachelor’s degree or equivalent: Expertise or knowhow in Business, Management, Natural Resources, Conservation

About Conservation Corps Minnesota & Iowa

Conservation Corps Minnesota & Iowa (CCMI) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and AmeriCorps grantee that engages hundreds of youth and young adults each year in programs and initiatives that improve access to outdoor recreation, restore natural habitat, protect waterways, and respond to community needs and natural disasters. Our mission is to engage youth and young adults in meaningful service, leadership development, and environmental stewardship. Our vision is a world in which everyone has equitable access to nature, is equipped to succeed in career and life, and is empowered to make a difference in conserving natural resources. Learn more at conservationcorps.org.

Application Instructions

Please submit cover letter and resume to [email protected] by Monday, April 29, 2024.