Research and Program Director

October 31, 2017 | Job Opening

Supervisor:            Executive Director

Classification:            Exempt

Position Description: Direct research, assist with policy and communications, and manage RCAP’s USDA federal grant portfolio.

Specific Duties/Responsibilities:

Research Portfolio

  • In collaboration with the Executive Director and the RCAP Board of Directors, develops and manages RCAP National Office research portfolio.
  • In partnership with Executive Director and Director of Government Relations and Policy, assists in strengthening relationships with policy makers and government agencies and increasing their understanding of and support for RCAP and our work.
  • Works with organizational leadership to identify priority policy and research issues for RCAP.
  • Communicates and advocates RCAP priorities to national, state, and local-level policy leaders and partners.
  • Communicates with the RCAP Network to inform them of relevant research and program issues.
  • Engages constituents inside and outside of RCAP Network in support of the organization’s research and program agenda.
  • Develops a wide range of materials in support of the RCAP’s research agenda, such as talking points, legislative summaries, factsheets, testimony, reports, and letters.
  • Assists with events and other activities to support RCAP’s goals, such as conferences, Fly-Ins, site-visits, and meetings.


USDA Grant Management

  • Maintain positive relations with federal funders.
  • Prepare grant applications, budgets and staffing plans in coordination with RCAP team.
  • Oversee grant implementation – programmatic and fiscal – through meetings, site visits, calls, and reports.
  • Ensure compliance with funder requirements, policies and procedures.
  • Monitor and use RCAP database for grant reporting.
  • Prepare grant program/progress reports for Federal Agencies and Executive Director.
  • Prepare regional grant sub-agreements and other required paperwork in coordination with RCAP team.



  • Coordinate assigned RCAP committees, task forces, and work groups.
  • Coordinate with Communications Director and Director of Government Relations and Policy on research policy communications.
  • Provide research content and context for communications materials.
  • Coordinate activities and efforts among six regional partners.
  • Propose enhancements to existing programs.
  • Participate in program development and strategic planning.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Executive Director.
  • Assist Executive Director with fundraising and development activities.



Master’s or professional degree in a public policy, environmental, community development, law, or public administration field preferred. Bachelor’s degree with qualifying experience may be substituted for education on a year-for-year basis. Prior public policy experience and/or field-level experience in rural community development; economic development; drinking water, wastewater or solid waste issues; and/or federal grant management is desirable. Strong written and verbal communication skills are essential. Substantial knowledge of the Microsoft Office suite of products, especially Excel, and familiarity with web-based reporting databases is necessary. Some travel is required.


Fringe benefits include paid health, dental, vision, term life, and disability insurance, plus sick and annual leave, federally-recognized holidays, and a 403(b) tax-sheltered annuity plan.  Career development is encouraged.  Travel and per diem are reimbursed at federal government rates.


E-mail résumé and letter of interest to nohle at rcap.orgNo phone calls, please.  Position open until filled.

RCAP, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, sexual orientation, gender, age, religion, national origin, veteran/military status, ancestry, or disability.