ACE Chief Program Officer

American Conservation Experience

Flagstaff, Arizona

Job Type Permanent
Salary Details Competitive package with benefits that include paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, 401K, and health, dental, vision and other supplemental insurance.
Required Experience 7+ years

American Conservation Experience (ACE) is a dynamic non-profit organization dedicated to providing rewarding environmental service opportunities that harness the idealism and energy of a volunteer labor force to help restore America's public lands. ACE has a national reputation for providing exceptional training and support to enable crews to safely and economically implement technically complex and physically demanding conservation projects for the US Forest Service, BLM, National Park Service, USFWS and numerous state and local land management partners.

Title: Chief Program Officer

Location: Primarily located at a current ACE office (Flagstaff, AZ; Salt Lake City, UT; Corpus Christi, TX; Santa Cruz, CA; South Lake Tahoe, CA; Asheville, NC; or Hurricane, UT) with frequent travel to other offices and field sites.

Reports To: CEO

Status: Full-time Regular, Exempt

Compensation: Competitive package with benefits that include paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, 401K, and health, dental, vision and other supplemental insurance.

Position Summary:

The Chief Program Officer (CPO) is responsible for the leadership, development and fiscal oversight of ACE's Conservation Programs. Under guidance of the CEO/President, the CPO will lead a team of talented and savvy program leads; develop and support the implementation of resource management project opportunities, and create and successfully manage operating and project budgets for Program. With the leadership team, the CPO will develop an overall programmatic vision and strategy for ACE. The CPO is ultimately responsible for ensuring that ACE programs are compliant with financial, safety and legal requirements while pursuing strategic and sustainable growth.

Key Areas of Responsibility:


  • Develop and manage annual budgets for ACE Program Groups. 
  • Establish Annual Pricing and cost presentations 
  • Review and approve project budgets     
  • Meet/exceed annual revenue goals while managing expenses to budget.
  • Collaborate closely with Administration Team to ensure Program has tools and systems to successfully implement program
  • Work collaboratively to identify new revenue opportunities, develop business plans, and determine ROI for feasibility. 

Staff Management:

  • Ensure that ACE programs operate with one voice, leveraging resources and talent while fostering a culture of excellence.
  • Provide effective staff management, support and mentoring to program leads to ensure smooth operation for each program.
  • Support Program Risk Management to develop and implement field training programs and safety protocols that are consistent across all programs.


  • Represent ACE at a national level at conferences, meetings and with partners.
  • Provide strategic input to the CEO for new business models and program opportunities.
  • Attend quarterly Board of Director meetings.
  • Serve as a member of ACE Leadership Team.
  • Advance ACE strategic vision through program excellence to ensure that ACE is the program and partner of choice.
  • Other duties as assigned. 

Performance Measures

  • ACE programs are of the highest quality with strong partner, staff and member satisfaction.
  • Annual pricing and cost presentation are developed
  • Program Agreements and invoicing are current and accurate
  • Programs demonstrate smart growth and operate within budget parameters.
  • Program staff are mentored, supported, and have opportunities for professional development.
  • Programs follow risk management and safety policies, procedures, and protocols.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree or extensive experience both administrative and field based required.
  • 10+ years of experience with demonstrated increased responsibility working in the outdoor, youth development or conservation corps industry.
  • Budget development and management
  • Experience working with federal, state and nongovernmental partners.
  • Proven ability to direct and oversee major projects and departments, having achieved objectives and remained within budget guidelines.
  • Excellent business interpersonal communication and analytical skills.
  • Budgeting or financial experience
  • Strong background with risk management and safety policies & procedures.
  • Strong computer skills and high competence in using a variety of software programs including Office.
  • Ability to supervise, lead and mentor employees in in person and remotely
  • Effective team player and collaboration skills.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills. 
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to prioritize multiple projects and initiatives.
  • Self-motivated, and can work remotely and independently.
  • Proficiency in English
  • Must be able to legally work in the US
  • Valid driver's license and an insurable driving record; comfortable driving ACE/agency vehicles as needed
  • Ability to pass a federal criminal background check
  • Willing to abide by ACE's a Drug Free Workplace policies; ACE reserves the right to drug test at any time

Physical Demands, Work Environment and Working Conditions: 

The physical demands and work environment described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. 

  • Physical Demands: Requires frequent sitting, standing, walking, carrying, using hands to handle or feel, reaching with hands and arms, talks and hears. Manual dexterity required for use of computer keyboard/mouse and other routine office equipment. May occasionally be required to stoop, kneel, climb stairs and/or crouch.
  • Vision Requirements: Requires close, distance, peripheral and depth perception vision as well as the ability to focus.
  • Weight Lifted or Force Exerted: Frequently lifts up to 10 lbs., occasionally lifts up to 25 pounds.
  • Environmental: Outdoor and indoor conditions. Indoor air quality is good and temperature is controlled.
  • Noise Environment: Moderate noise such as in a business office with equipment and light traffic. 
  • Travel: This position requires domestic travel.

To Apply: Navigate to the website: to fill out an application. You must include a detailed resume and an introduction letter expressing how your qualifications and experiences align with the above job description and the mission of the American Conservation Experience. Qualified applicants will be contacted by email to arrange an interview. Applicants must follow all application instructions in order to be considered for this opportunity.

Deadline: Applications are being reviewed and interviews scheduled until position is filled.  Apply now!

American Conservation Experience provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics.  In addition to federal law requirements, American Conservation Experience complies with applicable state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities.

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