Please note the following:
This position may be located in our Denver, CO, Oakland, CA, Seattle, WA, Washington, DC or any other established TWS office. Please make note of your preferred location in your application.
We are currently accepting applications for this role, however the hiring process will not start until September 2020.
As the leading conservation organization working to unite people to protect America’s wild places, The Wilderness Society (TWS) envisions a future where people and wild nature flourish together, meeting the challenges of a rapidly changing planet. Our principles include striving for equity and justice in all we do, seeking to reflect the many communities with whom we work, and viewing access to nature as a basic right. To achieve our mission, vision and be true to our principles, we must work in new, transformative ways.
The Wilderness Society is seeking a dynamic leader and skilled manager to serve as its Vice President for Conservation Program. This is a new position and the person in this role will be a key member of TWS’s Executive team helping to manage the organization, set strategic direction, focus on equitable outcomes and ensure the organization’s work is aligned for greatest impact.
The Vice President for Conservation Program will be responsible for overseeing a diverse team of program staff who are the face and voice of TWS in communities and with national campaigns. Staff reporting to this position also include those representing the organization on Capitol Hill, with federal agencies, with the scientific community, and with partners, outside counsel and the courts. This position will be responsible for ensuring program staff are aligned and integrated working to achieve TWS’s bold, new Strategic Framework and our ambitious 10-year collective impact results. These include protecting 30% of US lands and waters, ensuring all people in the US benefit equitably from public lands, and achieving net zero fossil fuel emissions from federal public lands.
TWS has made diversity, equity, and inclusion strategic priorities for the organization and the Vice President for Conservation Program will integrate these priorities throughout their work. The Vice President must model equitable and inclusive behaviors and possess superb management skills including success managing teams that are diverse across race, gender identity, and geography. The person in this position ensures the national and place-based outcomes staff are working toward are just and equitable. Further, the Vice President must model strong leadership for our equity and inclusion work, proactively taking advantage of opportunities to promote a strong workplace culture that is inclusive and respects the unique perspectives of each and every individual staff member. Because this role is highly cross-functional and involves collaboration with many internal partners, the candidate must be a person who enjoys cross-team collaboration and has excellent organizational management acumen and strong communication and interpersonal skills.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; talk or hear. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 15 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision.
Work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is not exposed to adverse weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
This job description is intended to convey information essential to understanding the scope of this position and it is not intended to be an exhaustive list of experience, skills, efforts, duties, responsibilities or working conditions associated with the position.
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 identity, age, ethnicity, religious beliefs, physical ability, veteran status or sexual orientation.
As an organization, we aspire to being inclusive in the work that we do, and in the kind of organization we are. Internally this means working as a team that listens to different points of view, recognizes the contributions of every employee and empowers each employee to bring their whole selves to work every day. Externally this means ensuring that public lands are inclusive and welcoming, so that our shared wildlands can help people and nature to thrive. We are committed to equity throughout our work, which we define as our commitment to realizing the promise of our public lands and ensuring that all can share in their universal benefits.
To learn more about our commitment, please see http://wilderness.org/our-commitment-diversity-equity-and-inclusion-wilderness-society
For consideration, please submit your resume & cover letter through our online application system.