Director of Conservation Programs
The Wildlife Conservation Network is a rapidly growing leader in wildlife conservation, working in more than 20 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. We partner with distinguished, front-line, independent conservationists who live and work with local communities to champion the survival of wildlife and conserve the habitats they share. WCN supports these entrepreneurial leaders with access to donors and a range of resources and tools they need to be successful.
WCN also uses our collaborative, entrepreneurial, innovative, and philanthropically generous approach to wildlife conservation to reverse crises facing critically threatened species. The Elephant Crisis Fund’s game-changing contributions to more than 65 projects and 40 partners to end the ivory crisis exemplifies this strategy, as it invests new funding into the best ideas rather than a single institution to catalyze the recovery of threatened wildlife. We are expanding and scaling this innovative approach.
WCN’s team is a group of dedicated conservationists from diverse backgrounds who value the people and relationships behind conservation as much as the science and strategy to save wildlife. Today, we seek an experienced conservation professional who, with passion, creativity and savvy, will play a key role in helping WCN’s conservation Partners achieve their goals and scale, accelerate and sustain efforts to save endangered species. The position involves working closely with field conservationists and WCN staff to understand conservationists’ technical and financial needs and deploy resources and services to address them. This includes a combination of direct services and organization capacity building for Partners and Associates, thereby enhancing WCN’s wildlife conservation impacts, and requires close collaboration with all WCN functional units as well as external experts. The Director of Conservation Programs will be central to the strategic expansion of the WCN Network and to developing and assessing WCN’s conservation programs strategy. S/he is vital in the implementation of Species Fund programs, grant management, and knowledge management amongst grantees. Like all staff, s/he will engage with WCN leadership in donor stewardship, strengthening the philanthropic commitment and reach of our donor base.
- Contribute to and execute WCN’s Network Expansion and Support strategy and related programs to support Partners’ organizational development needs. This includes working closely with WCN Partners and Associates to understand and measure their conservation, administrative, technology, marketing, fundraising and other needs, as well as understanding and communicating their achievements.
- Deploy support services to partners, working with third parties and internal WCN resources including marketing, finance, events, technology, and fundraising to help Partners advance their own organizational goals. Measure their progress over time, and adapt conservation support strategies as appropriate.
- Lead the design and execution of capacity-building workshops and activities around WCN’s Conservation Expos.
- Support and lead key partnerships with external entities who can accelerate WCN’s Network Expansion and Strengthening Strategy and its Species Fund Program.
- Serve as a key team member in the strategic addition of Partners and Associates, including scoping and analysis of candidate organizations.
- Lead grant administration of the Elephant Crisis Fund and future Funds.
- Travel 20% nationally and internationally, championing our Partners, our wildlife, and our collaborative ethic.
Experience and Skills:
- A minimum of 10 years of conservation experience, including significant experience with international issues. Experience living and working in field conditions with wildlife conservation preferred.
- Strong, relevant connections within the international conservation and/or organizational leadership development and capacity building fields and a working knowledge of current tools and approaches that support individual and organization strengthening. Demonstrated success with program management (including budgeting, staff supervision, management for outcomes, and fundraising).
- Proven facilitator and convener, with demonstrated ability to design meetings and events that cultivate and sustain high levels of engagement from diverse stakeholders and groups.
- Practical knowledge of conservation strategic planning, evaluation methods, multiple stakeholder engagement, and community-based conservation.
- Master’s or higher degree in conservation science related field preferred.
- Entrepreneurial and self-directed.
- Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
- Ability to operate in and enjoy a collaborative, horizontal, team-oriented culture. Willingness to work at all levels.
- Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
- Integrity and a passion for conservation.
Reports To: Vice President for Conservation Programs
The position is full-time and will include health and retirement benefits. Salary will be based on experience and qualifications. WCN is headquartered in San Francisco, California.
Interested candidates should email a cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wildlife Conservation Network is a rapidly growing leader in wildlife conservation, working in more than 20 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. We partner with distinguished front-line conservationists who live and work holistically with local communities to resolve human-wildlife conflicts and preserve the habitat they share. WCN supports these entrepreneurial leaders with access to donors and a range of resources and tools they need to be successful.
With our high touch model of connecting donors to the field conservationists themselves, WCN events are critical to the success of our mission. Reporting to the Advancement & External Relations Manager, the Events Manager will be an integral part of the WCN team. WCN is seeking an excellent communicator with strong organization skills and attention to detail to help with our event planning, volunteer management and donor development needs. This position is right for someone who is highly professional, a skilled communicator, and a self-starter who wants to work in the rewarding field of wildlife conservation.
- Design, organize and execute multiple Wildlife Conservation Expos each year including, but not limited to:
- Annual October Expo in San Francisco - This year’s Expo had 1,200 attendees, 70 non-profit exhibitors, and 20 speakers headlined by Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE.
- Spring Expos in the San Francisco Bay Area, Chicago, Houston
- Design, organize and execute high-end donor events associated with public Expos.
- Design, organize and execute a variety of other events (lectures, small group dinners, special events) primarily, but not exclusively, in the Bay Area to support the needs of WCN and its field conservationists.
- Design, organize and execute, with other WCN staff and field conservationists, individual strategies for field conservationists visiting the Bay Area, including meetings with donors, WCN staff, and other collaborators.
- Work closely with WCN Marketing team to promote and advertise WCN events to new audiences, attracting new donors.
- Manage cash processing throughout events.
- Maintain clear event budgets and accounting records.
- Give guidance to donors hosting events across the country to ensure successful events.
- Manage WCN’s Volunteer Program.
- Increasingly contribute to the development and implementation of WCN’s events strategy.
Experience and Skills:
- Bachelor's degree.
- At least 3 years of relevant event management experience.
- Excellent organizational skills and exceptional attention to detail.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Able to communicate ideas effectively.
- Excellent social skills. Some experience with public speaking.
- Self-directed; able to manage multiple, simultaneous projects and deadlines.
- Performs well under pressure and able to multitask.
- Proactive, creative thinker, fast learner, resourceful, and problem solver.
- Passion for wildlife and wildlife conservation.
- Strong computer skills. Experience with Salesforce.com a plus.
- Able to lead others by influence and develop strong relationships across the organization and its external partners to achieve objectives.
- Willing to work at all levels in high-volume periods or otherwise as necessary, occasional weekend work necessary.
- Able to to lift 30 lbs.
- Experience with non profit sector a plus, but not required. Working knowledge of IRS non-profit regulations a plus
WCN is headquartered in San Francisco, California but will require travel to events in the greater Bay Area area and infrequent travel (2-3x per year) to other cities in the US.
Reports To: Advancement & External Relations Manager
Benefits: The position is full-time and will include health and retirement benefits. Salary will be based on experience and qualifications.
To Apply: Interested candidates should email a cover letter and resume to email@example.com.
WCN’s team is a group of dedicated conservationists from diverse backgrounds who value the people and relationships behind conservation as much as the science and strategy to save wildlife. We are looking for an experienced marketing professional who, with passion, creativity and savvy, will lead the development and implementation of a marketing and communication strategy and programs that will attract, engage and motivate conservation-minded individuals to support WCN and its partners around the globe. In addition, this position also plays a critical role in helping field conservationists assess and build their marketing capacity. Like all staff, the marketing manager will engage with WCN leadership in donor stewardship, strengthening the philanthropic commitment and reach of our donor base.
- Develop and implement a comprehensive strategic marketing plan that will deepen the engagement of existing supporters and recruit new supporters for WCN’s mission.
- Lead all efforts across multiple marketing channels to effectively and consistently broaden awareness of WCN’s field partners, advance WCN’s brand and added value of its programs, support and position the launch of new programs, and grow funding support.
- Guide and oversee the implementation and periodic review of WCN’s online engagement strategy, including its website, email outreach, social media, and digital marketing tools.
- Manage the design, development and distribution of all print and electronic outreach materials, including newsletters, the annual report, event invitations and other visual support to engage donors.
- Deploy marketing support services to field-based wildlife conservationists, working with third parties and internal WCN resources to help assess and advance their marketing capacity and strengthen support for their work.
- Build relationships with WCN donors and use donor data to inform marketing strategy and encourage donor support.
- Support and lead key communications and marketing oriented partnerships with external entities that can accelerate support for WCN and its field partners.
- Promote the objectives and achievements of WCN and its partners to all relevant audiences in order to increase support from the media, the public, peer organizations and donors. Coordinate media and public relations activities.
- Develop metrics to measure the effectiveness of marketing initiatives and adaptively manage their design.
- Work closely with staff, field conservationists and external resources to write and design content for all marketing materials.
Experience and Skills:
- 5 - 10 years of marketing/communications experience, preferably including experience in a marketing leadership role within a nonprofit organization.
- A strong combination of strategic and creative vision anchored in pragmatic solutions adapted to a small marketing team.
- Excellent written communication skills, including the ability to transform information into compelling stories.
- Excellent project management skills with superior attention to detail and an eye for creativity/design.
- The ability to transform data and donor insights into relevant marketing strategies.
- Demonstrated experience in social media with an understanding of Search Engine Optimization techniques and digital marketing tools, as well as other forms of electronic and print communications.
- Competency with various software and digital tools to support marketing functions (Adobe Creative Suite, Drupal or similar Content Management System, Powerpoint)
- Highly collaborative style and strong interpersonal skills to thrive in a collaborative, flat, team-oriented culture.
- Excellent organizational, multi-tasking, analytical, and problem solving skills
- A strong track record as an implementer who thrives on managing a variety of initiatives concurrently.
- Self-starter, able to work independently, and entrepreneurial.
- Willingness to work at all levels.
- Integrity and a passion for conservation.
Reports To: Executive Director
Benefits: The position is full-time and will include health and retirement benefits. Salary will be based on experience and qualifications. WCN is headquartered in San Francisco, California.
To Apply: Interested candidates should email a cover letter and resume to Rebecca@WildNet.org.