The First Tee Greater Richmond seeks Senior Director of Agronomy

  • 07 Mar 2022 3:18 PM
    Message # 12646263
    Tyler Eastham (Administrator)

    Senior Director of Agronomy
    Job Description

    Position Title: Senior Director of Agronomy
    Division/Department: Golf Operations
    Reports to: Vice President, Operations
    FLSA Classiication & Position Type: Exempt / Full time
    Supervisory Position: Supervisory
    Location: Belmont
    1600 Hilliard Road, Henrico, VA 23228

    The Tattersall Youth Development Center at The First Tee Chesterfield Golf Course
    6736 Huntingcreek Drive, North Chesterfield, VA 23237

    The Elson Redmond Memorial Driving Range
    400 School Street, Richmond, VA 23222 JOB SUMMARY

    First Tee – Greater Richmond (FTGR) is a youth development organization that uses the game of golf and its inherent values to shape the lives of young people from all walks of life. We are strengthening the character of the community by providing programs that build resilience in our youth, teach critical life skills, and provide caring adult supervision in a safe environment.

    The organization is seeking a collaborative, detail oriented, balanced, and innovative leader who will oversee the day-to-day agronomy operations of First Tee – Greater Richmond’s facilities. The Senior Director of Agronomy will be an excellent communicator with experience in leading and mentoring his or her team to ensure optimal playing conditions and detail work around the golf courses, practice areas, and clubhouse surrounds.

    Above all, this person will convey First Tee’s brand image to all parties in the community – First Tee participants, parents, patrons, teachers, volunteers, and donors.

    Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the following tasks, knowledge, skills and other characteristics. This list of tasks is illustrative ONLY and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and tasks performed by positions in this class. It does not imply that all positions within the class perform all the duties listed, nor does it necessarily list all possible duties that may be assigned. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

    • Enthusiastic and detail oriented professional with knowledge and expertise of turf management and is up to date on the latest agronomic best practices.
    • Lead and oversee all operations of the golf course maintenance department at First Tee – Greater Richmond facilities including, but not limited to: turf management, equipment management, personnel management, and capital planning.
    • Responsible for developing, forecasting, and closely monitoring the maintenance budgets and taking corrective action as needed. This also includes the planning and implementation of Early Order Programs.
    • Recruit, hire, train, schedule, supervise, and inspire all maintenance staff which includes: Superintendents, Assistant Superintendents, Assistant Superintendents in Training, Equipment Managers, full-time and part-time grounds crew team members.
    • Develop, implement, and consistently document standards and planning programs at all FTGR facilities.
    • Develop and execute all standard operating procedures, emergency and safety plans, and best practices training for staff members.
    • Oversees the care and preventative maintenance of all physical assets and buildings (turf fleet, heavy machinery, maintenance shops, utilities, storage areas, etc.)
    • Ensure compliance with all applicable local, state, and federal laws, OSHA rules and regulations, chemical and fertilizer application regulations, storage and disposal, employee safety, public safety, etc.
    • Collaborate and support the Senior Director of Programming and Golf Management regarding facility usage for First Tee classes, camps, leagues, tournaments, and field trips.
    • Perform additional responsibilities related to the success of the organization.

    JOB REQUIREMENTS AND QUALIFICATIONS (education and experience)

    • Bachelor’s degree and a background in Turf Grass Management or other related fields
    • GCSAA Membership required
    • Mature, Mission Minded Individual
    • Valid Driver’s License required
    • Possess State Pesticide Applicator License
    • Proven experience in proactively leading and managing a team
    • Previous experience of managing an operating budget with P&L responsibilities
    • Strong verbal and written communication skills; ability to provide and retain data via
    • Maintains adherence to the organization’s policy on confidentiality in all matters regarding personnel, financial, volunteer and other business information about the organization.
    • Seeks and participates in continuing education or professional development related to the position, the organization, or both. WORK ENVIRONMENT, TRAVEL

    This position is performed in a golf course environment with office work such as staff scheduling, budget oversight, performance reviews, and product ordering. Typical days and hours of work will fluctuate with evenings, holidays, and weekend work as required by special events and business demand.

    • electronic means for informing the leadership and utilization for future analytics
    • Excellent understanding of the game of golf and its relationship between agronomic practices, the game itself, and philosophy of First Tee



    While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to handle or feel objects, tools or controls; use fingers and hands to control computer mouse, type or write; reach with hands and arms; talk and hear. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, and the ability to adjust focus. The employee must be able to lift 50 lbs. to shoulder height. EEO

    First Tee - Greater Richmond provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants and does not make employment decisions because of or on the basis of race or traits historically associated with race, including hair texture, hair type, and protective hairstyles such as braids, locks, and twists, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions, including lactation, age (40 years of age or older), national origin, disability, marital status, veteran status, or any other basis prohibited by federal, state, or local law. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

    The statements herein are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the employee in this position. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of a person in this position. First Tee – Greater Richmond reserves the right to modify the scope of this position. Factors that may affect this position include, but are not limited to, those related to business needs, organizational structure, industry trends, and individual skills and performance.

    To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to Mark Lynch, Vice President of Operations at

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