Director of Conservation - Greater Yellowstone Coalition
Greater Yellowstone Coalition (GYC), one of the most effective conservation organizations in the United States, seeks a Director of Conservation to play a key role in major campaigns to protect the lands, waters, and wildlife of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.
The Director of Conservation is an energetic and strategic leader driving GYC’s conservation programs across the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, which includes parts of three states – Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming. Synthesizing information from science, politics, and public opinion, the Director guides high profile conservation campaigns and projects that protect the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and engages a wide range of agencies, partner organizations, stakeholders, and decision makers.
This position provides high-level leadership to an experienced staff by steering conservation strategy, supporting and establishing new initiatives within GYC’s strategic plan framework, and developing effective external partnerships. The Director facilitates coordinated learning, problem-solving, and effective reporting of GYC achievements among staff, board, donors, and stakeholders. They also collaborate with GYC’s communications and development staff to develop materials and promote GYC’s work to key audiences.
The Director of Conservation directly supervises two Deputy Directors and indirectly oversees the work of approximately 12 to 15 conservation staff, interns, and contractors. This position reports to the Executive Director and serves on GYC’s Leadership Team, which guides the overall direction of the organization.
- Leads and provides strategic direction for GYC’s conservation programs.
- Designs, develops, and assists in securing funding to implement new, innovative programs & campaigns within areas of growth identified by GYC’s strategic plan.
- Works with staff and external partners to elevate Greater Yellowstone as a national conservation priority and engages in national conservation policy and administrative rule making that has significant implications to Greater Yellowstone.
- Provides leadership to campaign teams to support GYC’s diversity, equity, and inclusion commitments in their work, as appropriate to campaigns.
- Engages and partners with leaders of other organizations, agencies, and donors working in the region on ecosystem or national-level shared concerns and issues.
- Prepares and conducts regular performance reviews of all direct reports as outlined in GYC’s Handbook.
- Manages, with support of Deputy Directors, ongoing conservation programs and campaigns.
- Oversees, with support of Deputy Directors, departmental expenses and assists in preparing annual budgets.
- Works closely with Deputy Directors and staff to lead the development of the GYC annual program plan.
- Works closely with the leadership team and other key staff to shape the organization’s priorities.
- Proven ability to perform the essential duties listed above.
- 10+ years’ experience working in the conservation field; ideally 5+ years working in conservation in the West.
- A bachelor’s degree in a relevant field; graduate-level education a plus (highly relevant experience and a demonstrated commitment to personal development and growth will also be considered).
- Ability to synthesize complex issues into integrated and cohesive programs, campaigns, and projects.
- Demonstrated experience supervising staff; experience leading a department preferred.
- Desire to learn and grow professionally, as well as support the growth of colleagues.
- Proven experience and success in planning and implementing strategies aimed at bringing about public policy change.
- Strong written and verbal communications skills and a proven ability to work effectively with diverse populations.
- A commitment to developing creative and innovative approaches to conservation.
- Experience in public speaking and external communications, including the ability to work well with the media and to articulate organizational positions and concerns.
- Experience using a variety of tools including advocacy, coalition building, grassroots activism, and litigation.
- Experience organizing and mobilizing public support.
- Ability to work successfully at local, regional, and national levels with a politically diverse array of stakeholders.
- Demonstrated ability and willingness to work with development staff in representing GYC in various fundraising activities and in supporting grant proposal writing and reporting.
- Familiarity with the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and conservation in the West.
- Commitment to GYC’s mission and goals.
Please submit your resume and expression of interest to: