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Director, Colorado Program — Denver, CO

Organization: National Forest Foundation

Job Title: Director, Colorado Program

Location: Denver, CO

Hours and Compensation: Full Time — competitive compensation and benefits package

Application Deadline: Oct. 12, 2012

Posted On: Sep. 13, 2012

Organization Overview

The National Forest Foundation brings people together to restore and enhance our National Forests and Grasslands. As the nonprofit partner of the U.S. Forest Service, we engage America in community-based and national programs that promote the health and public enjoyment of the National Forest System. We also administer private gifts of funds and land for the benefit of the National Forests

Description

The Director, Colorado Programs reports to the Vice President, Conservation Programs. The incumbent is responsible for developing, implementing and managing conservation programs with the Forest Service, communities, conservation NGOs, and private sector partners to support NFF’s strategic initiatives and long-term goals in Colorado.

Responsibilities

  • Building and developing a close and mutually beneficial relationship between the Forest Service, the NFF, and Colorado field partners to implement effective community-based conservation partnerships.
  • Implementing our program of work in Colorado which currently includes a conservation campaign site on the Pike National Forest, investing in local initiatives through the Ski Conservation Fund, a Vail Valley initiative, Friends of the Forest days and other diverse projects and programs.
  • Developing conservation projects and programs with public and private sector partners that support the Foundation’s strategic initiatives and long-term goals.
  • Expanding the base of private sector supporters and partners by actively pursuing funding opportunities and creating new development opportunities.
  • Effectively communicate and engage the public in caring for their National Forests and Grasslands through community-based conservation initiatives.
  • Reviewing and providing due diligence for all grant proposals from the area as necessary.
  • Participating in efforts to create synergy between the Forest Service and the NFF to build a stronger constituency for our National Forest System.
  • Communicating the availability of Conservation Connect to support capacity-building of NFF’s Colorado field partners; identify partner group’s specific needs, and incorporate technical assistance into projects when necessary.
  • Maintaining a breadth of knowledge about current trends, emerging issues, policy interventions, and innovations in the field of conservation programming to enhance the NFF’s strategic efficacy.
  • Serving as the point of contact in all conservation and development activities in Colorado.

Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in natural resources-related field (or equivalent experience).
  • A minimum of ten years’ experience with proven results in conservation programming and related community-based collaborative conservation to include a strong knowledge of and experience in Forest Service policies, procedures and regulations.
  • A strong understanding of Colorado natural resources issues.
  • A demonstrated commitment to the environment.
  • Abilities and Skills: NFF expects the incumbent to possess the following proven abilities and skills:
  • Ability to represent the NFF with diverse constituents in a clear and professional manner through excellent written and oral communication skills, and excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to collaboratively manage programs and evaluate their outcomes against quantifiable measures of success.
  • Ability to cultivate new donor relationships.
  • Ability to effectively set priorities, while managing a variety of projects and tasks to successful completion.
  • Ability to work well, and be flexible in a team-oriented environment.
  • Ability and willingness to travel frequently.
  • Excellent research and analytical skills with a strong attention to detail.

How to Apply

 Email resume and cover letter to sbombard@nationalforests.org

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