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Strategic Partnership Manager

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80,000 - 88,000

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Nov 10, 2022

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Strategic Partnerships Manager, East

14 days ago

Requisition ID: 1361

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Salary Range:$80,000.00 To 88,000.00 Annually

Location: Maryland, Virginia, or Washington, DC 
To Apply: Please submit your resume & cover letter by November 27th


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 Strategic Partnerships Manager will lead the Eastern Region in the development of relationships and the building of coalitions needed to move the region towards its long-term goals and vision.   This vision consists of a broad and diverse coalition of organizations working towards shared conservation goals, including but not limited to landscape connectivity, food and land sovereignty, climate justice, water protection and more. The Strategic Partnerships Manager will prioritize building trust-based partnerships with Black Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC) led conservation organizations and tribal nations, as well as broadening and deepening relationships with rural communities, social and economic justice activists, accessibility, labor groups – while continuing to engage with traditional conservation and environmental allies.

The Strategic Partnerships Manager will support priority landscapes within the Eastern region in assessing the communities, non-profits, tribal governments and agencies that the landscape engages with, identifying new partnerships which can advance program goals, and diversifying the partners and priorities that the region’s program work supports. This role will also work to align the priorities of the diverse coalitions in which they work with The Wilderness Society’s national initiatives and vice versa. 

 This position plays an important role in supporting an inclusive organizational culture at TWS that is grounded in trust and accountability to shared goals and outcomes.  TWS has made diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice strategic priorities for the organization and the Strategic Partnerships Manager, East will integrate these priorities throughout the region’s program work.  Across our team, we aspire to be campaign oriented, nimble, collaborative, innovative, transparent, and supportive of staff – our greatest asset.

The Wilderness Society recognizes Native American and Indigenous peoples as the longest serving stewards of the land. We respect their inherent sovereignty and self-determination and honor treaty rights, including reserved rights that exist off their reservations. We acknowledge the historic and ongoing injustices perpetrated against Indigenous peoples and are committed to being more conscientious and inclusive and working with Indigenous peoples to advance the establishment of trust and respect in our relationships. We seek the guidance of Native American and Indigenous peoples to effectively advocate for the protection of culturally significant lands and the preservation of language and culture. We strive to support actions that respect the priorities, traditional knowledge, interests and concerns of Native American and Indigenous peoples to ensure a more just and equitable future.



  • Build a diverse coalition of partner organizations interested in jointly advancing the protection and designation of a large landscape corridor throughout the Eastern region.
  • Establish and maintain key relationships with tribes and support opportunities to co-create a network of Native partners interested in collaborative conservation efforts.
  • Build and deepen relationships with BIPOC led organizations and communities that intersect with The Wilderness Society’s conservation priorities.
  • Support and advance conversations around solidarity among BIPOC leaders through the lens of conservation.
  • Advance and maintain TWS’s engagement in the Great Dismal Swamp Stakeholder Collaborative.
  • Participate in coalitions, collaboratives, and partnerships which uplift the priorities of BIPOC led organizations, tribal nations, and under -resourced communities.
  • Ensure reciprocity and respect with tribal partners and commit TWS to explore ways to jointly advance their priorities.
  • Work to advance alignment of TWS National priorities with the priorities of partner and coalition members.
  • Participate in TWS staff and coalition meetings as required.
  • Assist with grant proposal, report writing and other fundraising efforts as needed.


  • Demonstrable success building and leading diverse coalitions to achieve jointly determined goals.
  • Proven track record of building and maintaining strong relationships and networks with tribal nations and BIPOC led conservation organizations.
  • Demonstrated ability and 4+ years of experience strategically advancing campaign and landscape conservation goals in a dynamic environment with minimal supervision.
  • Experience managing complex processes involving a wide range of interests, strategically balancing multiple assignments and priorities, and meeting deadlines with consistently high-quality work.
  • Direct experience working and collaborating with tribal nations in the Eastern United States.
  • 5+ years of experience working equitably with diverse communities.
  • Comfortable working independently in a remote work environment.
  • Ability to travel semi-regularly, within the Eastern region and for semi-annual TWS events across the country.
  • 4+ years' experience facilitating successful, outcome driven and relational meetings and addressing internal coalition conflict.
  • Experience designing and executing trainings on a variety of topics for partner organizations. Experience advancing legislative priorities, engaging with Congress and the administration, and awareness of National environmental policy and politics a plus.


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, or handle; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; talk or hear.  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, 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


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