Director, Northern Rockies

Natural Resources Defense Council Bozeman , MT 59715

Posted 3 weeks ago

Overview

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is the nation's most effective environmental action organization. We use law, science and the support of 3.1 million members and online activists to protect the planet's wildlife and wild places and to ensure a safe and healthy environment for all living things. NRDC was founded in 1970 and our staff helped write some of America's bedrock environmental laws, including the Clean Water Act, and many of the implementing regulations; our water enforcement cases played a major role shaping current water policy throughout the country. Today, our staff of more than 500 lawyers, scientists, economists, policy and communications experts, and others, work out of offices in New York, Washington, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Bozeman, Montana, and Beijing.

Position Summary:

NRDC is seeking a Director of the Northern Rockies in Bozeman, Montana. This is a Senior Wildlife Advocate position that will be responsible for, among other things, leading NRDC's work in the Northern Rockies region by identifying and engaging in critical policy and management decisions that will result in the long-term conservation of wildlife and other natural resources in the region. The Director will help inform and implement the strategic direction of NRDC's work in the Northern Rockies, lead substantive advocacy campaigns to advance wildlife conservation, be responsible for fundraising and managing a budget as well as a small staff, and build the presence of NRDC and its work in the region. This position reports to the Senior Director for Wildlife in the Nature Program.

Responsibilities

  • Leading and working on substantive advocacy campaigns that contribute significantly to the conservation of wildlife and other natural resources across the Northern Rockies region;

  • Developing and executing a strategic vision and direction for NRDC's portfolio of work in the Northern Rockies region in consultation with senior leadership;

  • Serving as the point of contact for NRDC's Northern Rockies office both externally and internally;

  • Working with NRDC's Center for Policy Advocacy on federal defense work in Montana and the West;

  • Working with Development to maintain relationships with current donors and foundations, helping draft funding proposals and reports, and cultivating new donors and business partners to support NRDC's work in the Northern Rockies;

  • Collaborating with a wide variety of NRDC colleagues on a range of issues as they relate to Montana and the Northern Rockies;

  • Working with NRDC's Communications, Social/Print/Television Media, and Membership teams to highlight and advance NRDC's work in the Northern Rockies;

  • Handling various internal administrative matters;

  • Leading NRDC's annual Yellowstone Wildlife Donor Trip each spring;

  • Managing and mentoring individual staff members;

  • Helping interview and hire both new staff members and interns;

Qualifications

  • JD, MA or other graduate degree(s) in relevant fields;

  • 7-10 years of advocacy experience in a relevant field (ideally wildlife conservation in the Northern Rockies or Western US) with proven leadership and management experience;

  • Ability to think big about conservation issues in the Northern Rockies and build new campaigns on important issues;

  • Excellent interpersonal and people skills including experience interacting with donors and foundations;

  • Availability to travel to other NRDC offices around the country as well as regional travel for substantive work in the Northern Rockies;

  • Strong writing ability for both formal writing (e.g., comment letters) and informal writing (e.g., blogging);

  • Strong public-speaking ability in front of various audiences;

  • Excellent ability to comprehend and explain complicated scientific and legal issues;

  • Solid understanding of litigation and state and federal government processes;

  • Ability to effectively work with print, radio, television, and social media;

  • Ability to work with diverse stakeholder groups and people from a wide array of backgrounds.

NRDC is committed to workplace diversity and inclusion. We are equal opportunity employers and do not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender identity and expression, marital status, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law. We offer competitive salaries, excellent benefits, and a pleasant working environment. Salary is based on a nonprofit scale and commensurate with experience. Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, for positions based in San Francisco, CA we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

To apply, please visit www.nrdc.org/careers and upload your resume and cover letter through our online portal. We would like you to upload any additional papers or project work that you think would showcase your abilities. Please no phone calls, emails, faxes or in-person resume drop-offs. Please reference where you saw this posting. NRDC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

If you are having technical difficulty while applying, please reach out to Customer Care by dialing 1-800-889-4422.

For further information about NRDC, please visit www.nrdc.org


upload resume icon
See if you are a match!

See how well your resume matches up to this job - upload your resume now.

Find your dream job anywhere
with the LiveCareer app.
Mobile App Icon
Download the
LiveCareer app and find
your dream job anywhere
App Store Icon Google Play Icon
lc_ad

Boost your job search productivity with our
free Chrome Extension!

lc_apply_tool GET EXTENSION

Similar Jobs

Want to see jobs matched to your resume? Upload One Now! Remove
Project Manager Northern Rockies (Bozeman MT)
New!

The Trust For Public Land

Posted Today

VIEW JOBS 1/17/2019 12:00:00 AM 2019-04-17T00:00 <u>POSITION SUMMARY</u><br /> The Project Manager preserves critical open space and environmentally sensitive lands utilizing nonprofit land acquisition techniques and sound business practices. This position generates revenue for The Trust for Public Land through donations and through the successful completion of real estate transactions.<br />  <br /> The Northern Rockies region (Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming) contains some of the most iconic and ecologically important lands in the Lower 48 states.  The Trust for Public Land has been successful over the past twenty years in conserving over 800,000 acres in the region.  We have recently developed a GIS-based decision tool that is helping to accelerate that conservation work by targeting the most critical private lands in the region and identifying those lands best able to secure public funding for conserving them.  This position will play a leading role in that accelerated and important conservation effort. <br />  <br /> <u>ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS</u> <ul> <li style="padding: 0; margin: 0;" style="padding: 0; margin: 0;">Assumes primary responsibility for identifying, negotiating, documenting and closing real estate transactions with the assistance of legal and finance staff.</li> <li style="padding: 0; margin: 0;" style="padding: 0; margin: 0;">Explores potential projects by contacting owners, nonprofit organizations and public agency officials.</li> <li style="padding: 0; margin: 0;" style="padding: 0; margin: 0;">Assumes primary responsibility for securing interim financing and permanent public funding for land acquisitions through existing or new public and private funding sources.</li> <li style="padding: 0; margin: 0;" style="padding: 0; margin: 0;">Develops and implements strategies for acquisition of key resource properties and their conveyance to public agencies or other permanent stewards. </li> <li style="padding: 0; margin: 0;" style="padding: 0; margin: 0;">Manages transactions, which involves researching and completing all phases of projects from initial outreach and landowner negotiation, supervision of appraisers, surveyors, and other consultants, to ultimate sale and conveyance to a public agency.</li> <li style="padding: 0; margin: 0;" style="padding: 0; margin: 0;">Identifies areas in which TPL's interim protection strategy is needed for the preservation of open space lands of critical local, regional, or national importance; develops and maintains portfolio of potential projects; responds to inquiries by individuals, groups, etc.</li> <li style="padding: 0; margin: 0;" style="padding: 0; margin: 0;">Generates revenues for TPL through transactions and/or fundraising in the private sector.</li> <li style="padding: 0; margin: 0;" style="padding: 0; margin: 0;">Identifies and secures project funding from multiple resources.  Good working knowledge of processes for obtaining public, private, foundation, and corporate funding. Captures contacts for TPL database and maintains landowner relationships for development purposes.  Collaborates with and defers to philanthropy staff on capital campaigns.</li> <li style="padding: 0; margin: 0;" style="padding: 0; margin: 0;">Builds public awareness and understanding of TPL through outreach events, leading meetings, public speaking engagements, fundraising efforts and creating a public presence for TPL in the community.</li> <li style="padding: 0; margin: 0;" style="padding: 0; margin: 0;">Completes assorted administrative tasks required for a well-regulated organization.</li> <li style="padding: 0; margin: 0;" style="padding: 0; margin: 0;">Assists with the training of new project associates, field representatives, and project managers, etc.</li> <li style="padding: 0; margin: 0;" style="padding: 0; margin: 0;">Assists with legislative planning and outreach for future projects.</li> </ul>  <br /> <u>OTHER RESPONSIBILITIES</u> <ul> <li style="padding: 0; margin: 0;" style="padding: 0; margin: 0;">May be involved in programmatic work, such as the coordination of a land acquisition program covering multi-parcel deals.</li> <li style="padding: 0; margin: 0;" style="padding: 0; margin: 0;">Other relevant duties as necessary.</li> </ul>  <br /> <u>INTERACTION WITH OTHERS</u> <ul> <li style="padding: 0; margin: 0;" style="padding: 0; margin: 0;">Interacts with external professionals who are involved with the purchase and sale of land:  surveyors, lawyers, planners, appraisers, landowners and elected officials.</li> <li style="padding: 0; margin: 0;" style="padding: 0; margin: 0;">Should be comfortable with public speaking and with representing TPL to the public at outreach events.</li> </ul> <ul> <li style="padding: 0; margin: 0;" style="padding: 0; margin: 0;">Must be able to train and mentor other project staff.</li> </ul> <ul> <li style="padding: 0; margin: 0;" style="padding: 0; margin: 0;">Works independently with occasional guidance from supervisor.</li> </ul> <ul> <li style="padding: 0; margin: 0;" style="padding: 0; margin: 0;">Works with Marketing, Philanthropy and Conservation Transactions departments.</li> </ul>  <br /> <u>QUALIFICATIONS</u> <ul> <li style="padding: 0; margin: 0;" style="padding: 0; margin: 0;">Bachelor's degree required.</li> <li style="padding: 0; margin: 0;" style="padding: 0; margin: 0;">Minimum of 3-4 years project-related or equivalent land trust or non-profit experience desirable.</li> <li style="padding: 0; margin: 0;" style="padding: 0; margin: 0;">This position requires moderate to heavy travel.  Evening and weekend work can be expected.</li> </ul>  <br /> <u>SPECIAL KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS</u> <ul> <li style="padding: 0; margin: 0;" style="padding: 0; margin: 0;">Superior written and oral communication skills.</li> <li style="padding: 0; margin: 0;" style="padding: 0; margin: 0;">Proficient in computer applications.  MSOffice</li> <li style="padding: 0; margin: 0;" style="padding: 0; margin: 0;">Demonstrated understanding of real property and tax law, land use planning techniques, EAs, titles and government land acquisition policies/procedures.  Politically sensitive.</li> <li style="padding: 0; margin: 0;" style="padding: 0; margin: 0;">Strong negotiator, able to secure complicated real estate deals. </li> <li style="padding: 0; margin: 0;" style="padding: 0; margin: 0;">Facility with tax benefit analysis and financial forecasting tools.  Management of contracts.</li> <li style="padding: 0; margin: 0;" style="padding: 0; margin: 0;">Exposure to 1031 & tripartite exchanges, tax code and threat of condemnation techniques.</li> <li style="padding: 0; margin: 0;" style="padding: 0; margin: 0;">Facility with media independently and/or in conjunction with Public Affairs staff. </li> <li style="padding: 0; margin: 0;" style="padding: 0; margin: 0;">Able to work on complex projects with moderate level of supervision.</li> <li style="padding: 0; margin: 0;" style="padding: 0; margin: 0;">Able to initiate fundraising efforts.</li> </ul> The Trust For Public Land Bozeman MT

Director, Northern Rockies

Natural Resources Defense Council