Wyoming State Senior Director
Type of Job
$84,000 - $94,000
Oct 14, 2022
About the job
Salary Range:$84,000.00 To 94,000.00 Annually
To Apply: Please submit resume & cover letter by November 13th
Location: Remote position in Western Wyoming
The Wyoming Senior Manager is a member of The Wilderness Society’s (TWS) Conservation program team who plays a leading role in advancing the organization’s mission to unite people to protect America’s wild places and our vision to create a future where people and wild nature flourish together, meeting the challenges of a rapidly changing planet. The Senior Manager will develop and lead major aspects of the organization’s work in Wyoming, including supporting TWS’s regional and national campaign or policy priorities tied to our collective impact results. The person in this role will be central to partner and philanthropic relationships in the state, support TWS’ landscape conservation work in close partnership with the relevant landscape director and team, as well as help advance community-led conservation to ensure all people in the state benefit equitably from public lands. In addition to directly managing staff in the state, the Senior Manager also provides support, strategic guidance, and direction to additional staff outside of the state who contribute to our work. This position plays a critical role in cultivating and managing relationships with a wide range of partners, supporters, and the press, as well as with federal, state, and tribal officials and their staffs to advance conservation outcomes and other shared goals developed with partners.
The ideal candidate for this position is an experienced leader and strong project manager who works collaboratively and will ensure The Wilderness Society’s Wyoming conservation work is well integrated across all parts of the organization. This person will bring strategic focus in helping to achieve the organization’s priorities in Wyoming and ensure we approach our conservation work in a manner that is equitable in terms of who benefits from conservation outcomes and inclusive in terms of the partners we engage.
The Wyoming Senior Manager plays a critical role in establishing 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. This leader will integrate these priorities throughout our work in the state, from expanding our partnerships to bringing an equity lens to facets of the job. Across our team, we aspire to be campaign -oriented, nimble, collaborative, innovative, transparent, solution-oriented, and supportive of staff – our greatest asset.
Essential Duties & Responsibilities
- Develop and execute strategic program priorities for the state in furtherance of TWS’ Strategic Framework and collective impact results. This includes leading any state-based campaigns that are not within or focused on a priority landscape, as well as supporting state-based tactics to advance TWS national campaigns.
- Identifies, cultivates, and organizes support for administrative and legislative conservation efforts, including permanent conservation designations in Wyoming.
- For TWS priority landscape (Greater Yellowstone High Divide) that is partially located in Wyoming, the Senior Manager will support that landscape lead, as well as that landscape team, in developing and executing landscape strategies that touch down in the state.
- Manage select conservation staff and contracts as needed to provide support to multi-disciplinary TWS teams.
- Position TWS as a trusted collaborator with partners and decision makers.
- Perform government relations duties concerning outreach and engagement of agency, local elected, tribal, and federal delegation contacts connected to Wyoming.
- Ensure TWS’ commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion is part of all of our work in the state and strive for equitable outcomes in development and implementation of our in-state goals. This includes early and effective engagement with Wyoming Native American tribes and when possible, elevating other communities that have been historically marginalized.
- Steward existing relationships and further build a network to educate and influence Wyoming decision makers, media outlets, and opinion leaders on TWS’ state and national conservation priorities.
- Work with Organizing and Strategic Partnerships where appropriate to build a base of activists and supporters in the state.
- Help secure financial support for TWS from institutional and individual donors in close coordination with Philanthropy staff. While the general goal usually is to raise unrestricted funds for TWS, the Senior Manager is particularly (though not exclusively) responsible for recruiting and stewarding those donors located in the state and donors to support state-based programs.
- Interact with and inform senior management on Wyoming-specific issues.
- Act as a spokesperson for the organization with the media and other audiences.
- Perform other related duties as required.
Experience & Competencies
- At least 6-8 years of relevant professional experience working on issue advocacy and/or work to advance policy change at the local, state, or federal level.
- Experience with Wyoming public land issues and/or environmental policy preferred, but not required.
- An effective leader with a demonstrated ability to work constructively with diverse audiences. Ability to meaningfully engage with a wide range of diverse audiences, including industry (ranching, energy, mining, etc).
- Commitment to supporting others in accomplishing our goals in an equitable and inclusive manner. Proven cultural competency working with communities of color, particularly Native American, is preferred.
- Solid communication and interpersonal skills that can be applied to complex conservation issues, partnerships and coalitions.
- Demonstrated ability to think and act strategically to achieve conservation goals.
- Experience building and maintaining strong relationships and networks among key stakeholders, government officials, donors, and partner organizations.
- Good time management skills, with the ability to aptly balance short- and long-term demands.
- Strong writing skills and the ability to speak effectively in public, with donors, partners, elected officials, and the media.
- Willingness and ability to travel extensively.
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; paid maternal & parental leave 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.
To learn more about our commitment, please see http://wilderness.org/our-commitment-diversity-equity-and-inclusion-wilderness-society