Natural Resource Economy, Program Manager (VA, NC, or REMOTE)
Company: The Conservation Fund
Location: Chapel Hill
Posted on: January 15, 2023
TITLE : Natural Resource Economy, Program Manager
LINE OF BUSINESS/DIVISION : Conservation Ventures/Working Forest
FLSA STATUS : Exempt
REPORTS TO: Senior Vice President, Conservation Ventures
NUMBER OF POSITIONS REPORTING TO THIS POSITION: None
LOCATION : Arlington, VA or Chapel Hill, NC preferred. Remote may
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
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
RESPONSIBLITIES & SCOPE
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.
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.
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
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
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
Represent TCF and ANRE at conferences, attend meetings and/or
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
Work with the Focus Regions to provide a robust set of quarterly
trainings, peer networking and learning opportunities, and case
Support coordination of special programming for regional outreach
and engagement efforts.
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
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,
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
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
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
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.
PREFERRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & EXPERIENCE
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
Work can be located in our Arlington, VA, or Chapel Hill, NC,
offices, or done remotely (preference for eastern United
Estimated travel - 10-15% (occasional trips to Focus Regions,
conferences, or in-person planning meetings).
COMPENSATION and BENEFITS
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 https://www.conservationfund.org/careers
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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.
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