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Western Conservation Foundation is seeking a full-time Program Manager to lead our work to build leaders in support of federal conservation policies in Arizona and select campaigns throughout the intermountain West, primarily by developing and managing a strategic portfolio of grants and consulting contracts. 

The ideal candidate is a skilled campaigner with a proven ability to manage several detailed projects simultaneously. They seek to strengthen historically underrepresented voices and visibility in public lands decision making and advocacy. They are also committed to getting results in an environment where change is near-constant and have the resilience to navigate and learn from setbacks with an eye toward new opportunities.

This position is remote, but candidates must live in Arizona.

What You’ll Do

The Program Manager, who will work out of your home office in Arizona and report to the Deputy Director of Federal Public Lands Programs, is responsible for the following:

  • Aggressively tracking the issue environment in the state, documenting public statements and actions taken by federal officials on conservation issues.
  • Engaging grantees, consultants, and partners from diverse and influential constituencies to make their voices heard based on the information above. Support their work to educate decision-makers, the press, and the public.
  • Funding and providing technical support to grantees for creative and impactful paid and earned media initiatives that raise the saliency of conservation issues and build public support.
  • Managing a philanthropic program with a high degree of understanding of the legal context of nonprofit advocacy work. Develop and closely track budgets, ensuring that WCF funds are deployed efficiently and that planned and actual spending are accurately tracked and are spent in legally appropriate ways.
  • Enthusiastically jumping into new geographies and/or issue areas as the need arises. Priorities are set on a yearly basis and work portfolios are subject to change.

Who You Are (Keys To Success)

To be successful in this job, you will excel in six areas:

  • Strategic Planning: Researching challenges, proposing creative strategies, and effectively structuring philanthropic investments to produce results that would not have been delivered without your leadership.
  • Project management: Overseeing and structuring projects, delivering quality end-products on or ahead of schedule and within budget. Pivoting when necessary to produce desired results.
  • External relations: Acting as an effective ambassador, building connections, and strengthening relationships with outside consultants, grantees, and partners. Working with coalitions effectively.
  • Communication: Producing strong written documents, editing effectively, and engaging in effective verbal communication within a low drama/high impact culture. Proactively sharing key info with the right people at the right time, soliciting ideas and info from colleagues, and working as a team to advance goals.
  • Attention to detail: Prioritizing administrative responsibilities and effectively navigating nonprofit legal and logistical structures. Noticing and fixing errors that others might overlook, while acknowledging mistakes and turning them into learning opportunities. Leaving things better than you found them.
  • Commitment to social justice and racial equity: Ensuring your work strengthens historically underrepresented voices and visibility in public lands decision making and advocacy. Continuously learning on the role of race, gender, and other identities in shaping policy, and raising your understanding of the historical context for racial inequity and its present-day implications.

Knowledge of conservation policy issues, prior experience in a legislative environment, and prior experience in a nonprofit organization are pluses but are not requirements.

What Else You Should Know:

The position is full-time and based in your home office in Arizona. The role requires occasional travel to our main office in Denver, Colorado and travel to/around assigned geographies as required. The salary for this position ranges from $75,000 to $85,000; salary depends on relevant experience and new staff rarely start at the top of the range.

Western Conservation Foundation recognizes that our employees are our most important investment. We are a team of parents, partners and contributing community members and we take seriously our commitment to these values. Our benefits package includes paid vacation, holidays, and sick leave. WCF offers full family medical, dental and vision insurance coverage and a health reimbursement account (HRA). We offer 6-weeks paid family leave, with 12-weeks job protection. Retirement benefits include an IRA contribution. As much of our staff are based outside our Denver headquarters, we are a remote-friendly workplace. 

Western Conservation Foundation is committed to increasing justice, diversity, equity and inclusion in our organization and in the conservation movement. We recruit, employ, compensate and promote regardless of race, religion, creed, national origin, ancestry, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, past, current or prospective service in the uniformed services, or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state or local law. WCF is an equal opportunity employer. 

How to Apply

Interested candidates should submit a resume and short cover letter to azjobs@wcfnd.org

Western Conservation Foundation is seeking a full-time Program Manager to lead our work to build leaders in support of federal conservation policies in Arizona and select campaigns throughout the intermountain West, primarily by…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Start Date
    September 1, 2021
  • Application Deadline
    July 30, 2021
  • Education
    4-Year Degree Required

Salary

$75,000 - $85,000

Benefits

Western Conservation Foundation recognizes that our employees are our most important investment. We are a team of parents, partners and contributing community members and we take seriously our commitment to these values. Our benefits package includes paid vacation, holidays, and sick leave. WCF offers full family medical, dental and vision insurance coverage and a health reimbursement account (HRA). We offer 6-weeks paid family leave, with 12-weeks job protection. Retirement benefits include an IRA contribution. As much of our staff are based outside our Denver headquarters, we are a remote-friendly workplace.

Western Conservation Foundation recognizes that our employees are our most important investment. We are a team of parents, partners and contributing community members and we…

Level of Language Proficiency

English

English

Location

Remote
Work must be performed in or near Phoenix, AZ
Associated Location
Phoenix, AZ, USA

How to Apply

Please email your resume and a cover letter to azjobs@wcfnd.org.

Please email your resume and a cover letter to azjobs@wcfnd.org.

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