Posted: Sep 13, 2023

District Manager

Salary: $22.00 - $24.00 Hourly
Application Deadline: Sep 29, 2023
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Position Summary

The Missaukee Conservation District (MCD) is seeking a new District Manager that will further the mission of the District by overseeing all District operations, programs, activities, and staff. This professional position will act as a liaison between the MCD Board of Directors and District staff and requires skills and experience in program development and administration, human resources, communication, partnership building, and financial management. The District Manager provides administrative and program information/implementation support to the MCD Board of Directors in carrying out the District’s programs in conformance with the purpose of the District as defined by Michigan Law.

Responsibilities and Duties

Board of Governance

  • The District Manager answers directly to the Board of Directors and works with them to guide the direction and maintenance of the Missaukee Conservation District.
  • Organizes monthly public Board meetings and compiles monthly Board packets including monthly staff reports, meeting agenda, required financial reports, and other information required in collaboration with the Administrative Assistant. Record and prepare Board meeting minutes.
  • Implement Board directed policies and coordinate policy manual review.
  • Coordinates arrangements for the Annual Meeting and Elections.
  • Works with the Board and staff to develop and facilitate District Strategic Planning, develop Annual Plan of Work and 5 Year Plan.
  • Prepares and submits required reports.

Human Resources

  • Supervises and assists staff in the performance of their duties.
  • Provides input for the Board to conduct annual and probationary staff evaluations and for hiring staff.
  • Annually conduct staff reviews, update work agreements, update benefit documentation, update position descriptions, review policy and personnel manual.
  • Lead the hiring process for vacancies by creating the position descriptions, interview questions, setting up hiring committee, creating evaluation matrix, check references, create offer package, and onboarding plans.

Financial Oversight

  • Identify, evaluate, and pursue relevant sources of funding for District programs through grants and private/public sources.
  • Prepare an annual operating budget for the Board and provide periodic updates in accordance with the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD).
  • Prepare and coordinate financial review/audit as required by law and/or contractual agreements.
  • Provide for control of financial resources once the Board approves allocation of those resources.
  • Coordinate financial requirements for various grant programs, including reporting and budgeting.


Program Management

  • Represents the District to local units of government to provide information of District programs, services, and their role in the community, and with conservation partners and associations.
  • Serves as District contact and attends all relevant meetings.
  • Direct the application for, preparation, and administration of any grant programs which may be available to the District.
  • Recommend appropriate grant programs to the Board and develop grant proposals.
  • Meet with relevant individuals to coordinate and secure grant funds.
  • Conducts monthly check-ins with program staff and provides high-level management of District programs.
  • Understands and complies with the legal requirements of the Conservation District Law, PA 45 of 2013, as amended.
  • Understands and complies with the Districts’ Policy and Procedures and those prepared by MDARD and the Michigan Association of Conservation Districts (MACD).
  • Responds to telephone calls and walk-in requests for assistance and/or refers the request to the appropriate staff person or related agency for assistance.



  • Lead and/or participate in Board committees as directed.

Working Conditions & Compensation

The position is full time with the Missaukee Conservation District located at 101 S. Main Street, Lake City, MI 49651. Starting salary is between $22-$24 per hour based on experience and qualifications. Benefits include paid vacation, sick leave and holidays, Aflac, and $5000/year stipend for health reimbursement and/or retirement. Normal work hours will be from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm Monday through Friday. Some flexibility with scheduling is permitted and will, from time to time, be required. Participation in a limited number of evening meetings, weekend activities, or special events may be necessary. Travel outside the office and county on behalf of the District will be necessary and will be reimbursed at the current federal mileage rate as outlined in the MCD Personnel Policy. Training sessions, meetings, or conferences may involve travel and/or overnight stays from time to time. An applicant must be open to training and mentoring to develop an in-depth understanding of conservation practices as well as conservation programs available to assist land users in conserving soil, water, and related natural resources. 

The position is responsible to a five-member Board of Directors that meets monthly and is directly supervised by the Chair of the Board. Performance evaluation and decisions regarding salary and other compensation, disciplinary actions, and termination of employment are the responsibility of the entire MCD Board of Directors. Employment is at the discretion of the Board and contingent upon factors determined by the Board including, but not limited to, available funding, job performance, changes in program direction or organization.

Qualifications, Education/Experience: College degrees in agriculture, natural resources, business and/or financial management and other related degrees are encouraged. Extensive experience in a similar position or a position with business management or non-profit administration experience is preferred.

Other Qualifications

  • Must be able to work independently without daily supervision and prioritize workload to complete tasks in a timely manner. Must be able to work as part of a diverse team. Maintains a positive attitude and possesses professional motivation.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to work with people from many other organizations, agencies, and groups in a professional manner to project a favorable image of the District.
  • Ability to maintain and uphold the non-partisanship of the District while working with all clients, partners, and Board Directors.
  • Ability to maintain a high degree of confidentiality, along with diplomacy.
  • Ability to use a computer and experience in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint is required. Google Workspace and QuickBooks experience preferred.
  • A valid driver’s license and reliable transportation are required. This position will also require a background check.



Position is open until filled. Please submit cover letter indicating your interest and fit for the position, resume, and three references by Friday, September 29, 2023 at 4:30 pm as a single PDF to [email protected] with the subject line “Missaukee CD District Manager Position”.


Missaukee Conservation District is a non-discriminatory employer and provider.