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Strategic Partnerships Manager

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Any TWS office location


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Dec 28, 2021

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Application Deadline: January 9th 2022

Please note: Denver, CO is the preferred location for this position however other TWS office locations may be considered. Salary will differ based on location.



The Strategic Partnerships Manager is responsible for ensuring TWS develops, maintains, and grows strategic partnerships that embrace the organization's overall strategic plan and support the organization's core program areas: 30x30, climate solutions and community led conservation by leading the development of tools, practices and approaches to establish meaningful relationships with allied nonprofits, coalitions, community leaders and state and local officials. This position will require an innovative thinker skilled at bringing people together within TWS and external partners.


Together with the Senior Director of Organizing and Strategic Partnerships, this position will develop a strategy to ensure partnerships across the organizations reflect a broad spectrum of existing and future collaborators that reflect the diversity of the places where we work—especially building capacity to advocate for community conservation priorities at organizations representing Black, Indigenous and People of Color, social and economic justice activists, labor groups as well as more traditional conservation and environmental allies.

This position will manage a portfolio of grantees engaged in the People, Public Lands and Climate Collaborative. The Strategic Partnerships Manager will also support staff across the organization working in coalition and otherwise building partnerships as a consultant and strategic advisor to best leverage and maximize these relationships, and to hold TWS accountable for its commitments to equity and inclusion.


This position plays an important role in supporting an inclusive organizational culture that is grounded in trust and accountability to shared goals and outcomes. TWS has made diversity, equity, and inclusion strategic priorities for the organization and the Manager will play a key role in integrating these priorities throughout our work. Across our team, we aspire to be campaign-oriented, nimble, collaborative, innovative, transparent, and supportive of staff – our greatest asset.



● Develop and execute on a vision for strengthening and expanding TWS relationships with priority constituencies including annual, quarterly and monthly goals and a plan to report through TWS Dashboard

● Participate in key cross-functional teams, including 30x30, climate solutions and community led conservation result, as well as landscape teams, to develop respectful internal working relationships, stay abreast of priority TWS work and identify gaps and opportunities for TWS partnerships

● Develop and expand TWS’ approach to capacity grantmaking that grows meaningful partnerships.

● Manage portfolio of grantees, and work with senior director of OSP to run grant application process to track progress of projects through grant cycle.

● Develop and lead execution of training curriculum for TWS staff on skills and learned experience needed to successfully build or expand key relationships including proactively communicating successes and learnings to the whole organization

● In coordination with colleagues, serve as the point of contact where appropriate for external partners by leading or attending calls, meetings, trainings, and developing online and offline content

● Contribute to big-picture strategic planning informed by ongoing analysis of current and potential future allies and opponents

● Collect and incorporate feedback that models an orientation toward learning and growth as an individual and within teams

● Demonstrate unwavering commitment to advancing equity and justice both internally and in our external campaign work

● Perform other job-related duties as requested or assigned



· Exemplary skills at managing various complex projects with overlapping timelines.

· Exceptional interpersonal skills and ability to work with diverse stakeholders.

· Ability to work successfully with multi-disciplinary staff and consultants in shifting roles, at times directing, advising, collaborating, and supporting.

· Ability to create, articulate, and cultivate staff investment in and ownership of shared vision.

· Proven ability to facilitate inclusive meetings both with internal and external teams.

· Exemplary skills in verbal and written communication

· Willingness and ability to travel within the U.S.

· Comfort with ambiguity, flexibility and adapting to shifting priorities and plans

· Track record working successfully in teams representing a rich mix of talent, backgrounds, and perspectives—across race and gender


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 be 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.


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