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Natural Resource Economy, Program Manager (VA, NC, or REMOTE)

Company: The Conservation Fund
Location: Chapel Hill
Posted on: January 15, 2023

Job Description:

TITLE : Natural Resource Economy, Program Manager
LINE OF BUSINESS/DIVISION : Conservation Ventures/Working Forest Fund
REPORTS TO: Senior Vice President, Conservation Ventures
LOCATION : Arlington, VA or Chapel Hill, NC preferred. Remote may be considered.

Our experience over the past 37 years at the forefront of land conservation and sustainable economic development is that land is one of the greatest assets any rural community has, and permanently conserved land can support a wide range of sustainable enterprises, including forestry, agriculture, outdoor recreation, and renewable energy. In order to build strong rural economies in areas adjacent to conserved land, The Conservation Fund (TCF) is investing in a new position to organize and implement what we are referring to as Activating the Natural Resource Economy (ANRE), a planned national platform and network to empower community-based leadership and drive investment in natural resource-focused rural economic development approaches.

The Program Manager is responsible for helping to design and implement all aspects of the ANRE program, with support from TCF leadership and field staff.

Must have received or be willing to receive the COVID-19 vaccination or booster by date of hire to be considered. Proof of vaccination required.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable Accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Program Design:
Work closely with the CEO and SVP for Conservation Ventures on continually evolving the strategy for the ANRE program. Currently we have three Focus Regions (entering their second year of investment), plans to launch a peer-to-peer learning networks for regional community development in 2023, and a long-term interest in creating a national platform to aggregate and drive investment in rural economic development.
Build out the thought leadership approach for ANRE and pursue opportunities to further engage external partners.
Strengthen the tools for guiding Regional Community Economic Development, including a Regional Guidebook, Tableaux Readiness and Need Maps, and Impact Metrics.

Program Operations:
Exhibit and maintain trust-based and collaborative relationships with a wide range of organizations and individuals, including Focus Regions, funding partners, Advisory Group members and TCF staff.
Organize and participate in meetings with consultants, Focus Regions, TCF field staff and potential funders.
Collaborate with team members in ongoing learning and process improvements, incorporating external and internal feedback to constantly improve how we do our work.
Facilitate discussions and learning opportunities within TCF to support identification of new opportunities and future Focus Regions.
Develop tools and systems to measure impact via dashboards, surveys, and evaluations.
Identify and cultivate opportunities to initiate strategic partnerships between TCF and other stakeholders.
Coordinate and support occasional meetings of the ANRE Advisory Group.
Represent TCF and ANRE at conferences, attend meetings and/or deliver presentations.

Focus Region Partnerships:
Build strong relationships with Focus Regions to support their growth by coordinating among the regions, providing resources and input in planning processes, responding to inquiries, assessing needs, assisting with grant reporting and more.
Identify, structure and pitch to funders additional investment opportunities in the Focus Regions, working collaboratively with local partners.
Work with the Focus Regions to provide a robust set of quarterly trainings, peer networking and learning opportunities, and case studies.
Support coordination of special programming for regional outreach and engagement efforts.

Program Support:
Support timeline management and assist with meeting target deliverables on schedule.
Coordinate public information and distribution of program-related activities and messages through web announcements, email-blasts, blog posts; special event promotion; etc.
Periodic travel as needed (site visits to each of the three Focus Regions).
Monitor website program content and disseminate/monitor as needed. Alert appropriate staff of any changes, as needs arise.
There are no administrative positions supporting ANRE, so all participants will be responsible for their own administrative details (timesheets, credit card statements, travel planning, etc.)

Work with senior management, Development and ANRE team to develop and execute an integrated plan for raising funds from foundations and corporate donors to meet ANRE's long-term resource development needs.
Develop proposals, letters of intent, memos, concept papers, budgets, and other program and technical materials to strategically pursue opportunities that align with ANRE's needs and priorities.
Support the development and dissemination of all relevant marketing and prospecting materials.
Responsible for leading all grant reporting related to ANRE funding in coordination with TCF Development staff.
[Essential funding has been secured for the next 1.5 years of operation.]

4+ years of relevant experience in community economic development, impact investment or rural place-making.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
Excellent interpersonal and customer service skills.
Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
Ability to work collaboratively with individuals and organizations from different backgrounds.
Proficiency with Microsoft Office tools, including Word, PowerPoint, Excel, SharePoint, Teams.

Bachelor's or Master's degree in related subject preferred.
Community-facing experience, working with public, private and nonprofit institutions preferred.
Lived experience in rural communities.

Prolonged periods of sitting at a desk and working on a computer.

Work can be located in our Arlington, VA, or Chapel Hill, NC, offices, or done remotely (preference for eastern United States).
Estimated travel - 10-15% (occasional trips to Focus Regions, conferences, or in-person planning meetings).

This position offers a competitive salary, opportunities to earn performance-based bonus compensation and a highly competitive package of benefits including employer contributions for health care, paid holidays, vacation and personal/sick leave, retirement plan and more.

This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change or new ones may be assigned at any time, with or without notice.

***Please submit cover letter and resume with application***
Appy at

To learn more about The Conservation Fund, visit .

The Conservation Fund, a nonprofit corporation, is an Equal Opportunity Employer that fully and actively supports equal access for all people regardless of Race, Color, Religion, Gender, Age, National Origin, Veteran Status, Disability, Genetic Information or Testing, Family and Medical Leave status, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity or Expression. The Fund prohibits retaliation against individuals who bring forth any complaint, orally or in writing, to the employer or the government, or against any individuals who assist or participate in the investigation of any complaint, or otherwise oppose discrimination.


Keywords: The Conservation Fund, Chapel Hill , Natural Resource Economy, Program Manager (VA, NC, or REMOTE), Executive , Chapel Hill, North Carolina

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