Regional Project Manager

Website Friends of Southwest Virginia

POSTED: 06/15/22


Regional Project Manager
Friends of Southwest Virginia
Director of Partnership and Outreach
Heartwood – One Heartwood Circle, Abingdon VA 24210


Join a forward-thinking team working regionally to support and develop Southwest Virginia as a national outdoor recreation destination.

Friends of Southwest Virginia partners with 19 counties and four independent cities located near the southern and western border of Virginia. These localities have faced challenges due to the decline in coal, tobacco, and manufacturing industries over the past few decades. Through regional partnership efforts, Friends of Southwest Virginia works directly with communities and regional partners to strategically develop cultural and natural assets throughout the region to enhance the quality of life, tourism offerings, and infrastructure improvements.

The Regional Project Manager will be someone who plays an integral role in building bridges throughout the region to establish Friends of Southwest Virginia as a trusted partner. This individual will empower localities to showcase a pride of place through development initiatives designed to put the locality on the map, building regional capacity, strengthening partnerships, and leading economic development and regional tourism efforts.


1. Development Administration

  • Responsible for managing grant development projects throughout the region. This includes facilitating meetings, managing timelines and budgets, coordinating work with partners and vendors, and managing all aspects of projects.
  • Serve as the primary point of contact for the development projects
  • Identify potential grant opportunities
  • Support regional grant development efforts
  • Utilize a regional perspective to leverage projects to have a collective impact through out SWVA
  • Communicate effectively and respond to email in a timely fashion
  • Coordinate the communications schedule and set up partner meetings

2. Capacity Building

  • Support regional efforts to expand tourism and recreation asset development
  • Assist in the formulation of strategies to enhance visitor use of natural and hospitality assets
  • Participate in coordination and implementation of projects related to enhancements of natural assets
  • Identify and engage stakeholders related to natural resources, recreational, cultural and hospitality asset development

3. Monitoring and Evaluation

  • Work closely with finance department to develop reporting tools, gather data, evaluate, and monitor initiatives successes and challenges
  • Manage systems to communicate with funders and partners accurately and in a timely manner
  • Develop Business Needs Assessment / Gap Reports for assigned communities considering: Identification of underutilized assets; Prioritization of business needs (based on gaps in businesses serving assets
  • Organize reports and documents to ensure grants are always in compliance
  • Develop and manage deadline-based checklists based on funding solicitation requirements

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Strong critical thinking skills
  • Solution oriented problem solver
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Positive attitude and strong interpersonal skills
  • Proficient computer skills (Word, Publisher, Excel, PowerPoint, and Internet)
  • Presentation and public event hosting skills
  • Small and large group facilitation skills
  • Strong desire for continued growth and learning
  • Able to work independently and collaboratively
  • General knowledge of event coordination and execution
  • Able to work weekday evenings or weekend days as needed (1-4 times per month) • Ability to stand and sit for up two hours

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • At least three years in comparable field
  • Prior experience in a project management role, handling large- and small-scale projects simultaneously, utilizing project management tools and methods for planning and implementation
  • Established Project management, grant management and collaboration skills
  • Experience coordinating multiple projects simultaneouslyTravel / Irregular Hour Requirements
    • Travel: Required. Travel within the region up to 3 days per week. Overnight travel several times per year.
    • Weeknight / Weekend Hours: As needed for meetings and special events. Comp time during the standard work week will be provided when working weekend events or meetings.


Salaried. Hiring range: $42k-48k with benefits. Travel reimbursements provided at state rate.


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