Conservation Initiatives Manager

  • Open Space Institute
  • Hybrid (Charleston, SC, USA)
  • Jun 13, 2024
Full time Climate Change/ Resiliency Environmental Protection

Job Description

Position Overview  

The SE Conservation Initiatives Manager will lead OSI’s Southeast office across three interconnected program areas:  

1. Oversee, coordinate, and advance strategic regional land conservation, which includes managing public conservation funding initiatives and developing large-scale conservation plans. 

2. Initiate and support individual land acquisition and protection projects. 

3. Drive outreach efforts among all conservation stakeholders, including landowners, existing and potential supporters, foundation, and corporate partners. 

The work of the Conservation Initiatives Manager will be overseen by OSI’s Senior Vice President of Land Southeast. 


Job Responsibilities  

  • Lead and coordinate all phases of regional and local land protection initiatives including outreach strategies, landowner contact, project evaluation, strategic land protection planning. stakeholder engagement, communications and consultant coordination.
  • Build and maintain relationships with partner agencies, organizations, local leaders and communities, landowners and supporters, foundation and corporate partners; 
  • Assist with community education and outreach pertaining to OSI’s wholistic conservation approach; 
  • Serve as OSI’s representative on task force groups, steering and planning committees and regional planning initiatives;
  • Serve as the liaison, facilitator and coordinator between landowners and OSI to advance land protection projects;
  • Coordinate with OSI’s Land, Parks, External Affairs, Communications, and Development staff in all aspects of the work;
  • Assist OSI External Affairs staff with donor identification and solicitation including communications materials:
    • Identify and approach possible funding partners; 
    • Coordinate research, priorities, and communication strategies;
    • Develop relationships with key decision makers and stakeholders;
    • Present proposals to new and established funding partners and stakeholders;
    • Create, organize and attend opportunities/events to advance OSI’s profile in the southeast.

Job Level



Nonprofit- NGO