The strongly preferred location for this position is Anchorage, AK
The Wilderness Society (TWS) seeks a motivated, highly collaborative, strategic, campaign-oriented individual to lead The Wilderness Society’s work in Alaska. The person in this position will have the opportunity to help set strategic direction and vision for the organization’s work in Alaska, engage and lead a cross departmental team, and build respectful, authentic partnerships aimed at achieving shared goals and building political influence.
While Alaska is home to some of the largest tracts of wildlands in the world, it’s also the site of some of the greatest wildland threats. Dual pressures of climate change and resource development have placed many of Alaska’s wildlands at great risk - from the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to the Tongass National Forest. However, Alaska also provides one of the last remaining opportunities on earth to conserve whole, intact tracts of lands where wildlife and human communities have survived and thrived for millennia. Our current work is primarily focused on defending areas in the Arctic. Working in coalitions we invest in science, policy/legal, organizing, media and advocacy tools to defend iconic natural areas so that their ecological and cultural values endure for future generations.
TWS is a national non-profit organization whose mission is to protect wilderness and inspire Americans to care for our wild places. We believe public lands belong to and should benefit everyone and that our organization and its work must respect and embody the cultures and perspectives of people and communities across our nation.
The Alaska State Director is a senior member of The Wilderness Society’s Conservation team. The Director will develop and lead the organization’s work in Alaska and is responsible for developing strategic partnerships, fundraising, directing and/or leading campaigns, and managing staff and budget. In addition to directly managing staff in the Anchorage office, the Director also provides support, strategic guidance and direction to additional staff, within and outside of the regional office, who contribute to work in the state. The Director plays a critical role in cultivating and managing relationships with a wide range of partners (including Alaska Native and conservation groups) as well as with federal, state, and tribal officials and their staffs to advance conservation outcomes and other shared goals developed with partners.
The ideal candidate for this position is an experienced leader and strong project manager who works collaboratively and will ensure The Wilderness Society’s Alaska conservation work is well integrated across all parts of the organization. This person will bring strategic focus in helping to achieve the organization’s priorities in Alaska and ensure we approach our conservation work in a manner that is equitable in terms of who benefits from conservation outcomes and inclusive in terms of the partners we engage.
The Alaska State Director plays a critical role in establishing and reinforcing an inclusive organizational culture that is grounded in trust and accountability to shared goals and outcomes. TWS has made diversity, equity, and inclusion strategic priorities for the organization. This leader will integrate these priorities throughout our work in the state, from expanding our partnerships to bringing an equity lens to all facets of the job. Across our team, we aspire to be campaign -oriented, nimble, collaborative, innovative, transparent, and supportive of staff – our greatest asset.
Essential duties and responsibilities:
Experience, Competencies, and Education
The Wilderness Society offers a competitive salary and benefits package, including: health, dental, vision, life and disability insurance; sick and vacation leave; a sabbatical program; and a retirement plan. TWS is an equal opportunity employer and actively works to ensure fair treatment of our employees and constituents across culture, socioeconomic status, race, marital or family situation, gender, age, ethnicity, religious beliefs, physical ability, veteran status or sexual orientation.
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