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Colorado State Director Posted Dec 01
The Wilderness Society , Denver, CO

The Wilderness Society seeks a highly collaborative, motivated, and skilled individual to lead our work in Colorado as State Director. The State Director would work out of The Wilderness Society’s Denver Office, although other Colorado locations also will be considered for the right candidate.
While applications are welcome immediately, we anticipate beginning the hiring process in January 2018.

TWS Overview

The Wilderness Society (TWS), is a national non-profit organization whose mission is to protect wilderness and inspire Americans to care for our wild places. We believe public lands belong to and should benefit all of us. Our organization and work must embody the cultures and perspectives of people and communities across our nation, and they must connect and inspire people to care about the outdoors.

Position Overview

The Colorado State Director is a senior member of TWS’s five-state Southwest Region team. The Director oversees the organization’s work in Colorado and is responsible for directing and leading campaigns, developing strategic campaign plans, fundraising, budgeting, and managing staff. The Director also will provide strategic guidance and direction to a larger cross-disciplinary team of staff who contribute to our work in the state. The position plays a critical role in cultivating and managing relationships with a wide range of key partners and stakeholders, as well as with federal, state, tribal, and local government officials and their staffs, to maintain TWS’s strong and respected presence in Colorado and nationally.

The Director also plays a critical role in establishing and reinforcing 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 Colorado, from expanding our partnerships to bringing an equity lens to all facets of the job. Across our team, we aspire to be campaign-oriented, nimble, collaborative, innovative, transparent, and supportive of staff—our greatest asset.

Essential duties and responsibilities: The ideal candidate for Colorado State Director is an experienced leader and strong project manager who can engage staff at all levels to achieve TWS’s organizational priorities in Colorado. Specifically, the Colorado State Director:
Provides leadership, guidance, and collaborative support to a multi-disciplinary team of TWS staff working across Colorado.
Serves as a close partner to the Senior Regional Director, national campaign leads, as well as policy, communications, philanthropy, science and government-relations staff.
Performs fundraising outreach, cultivation, and stewardship with philanthropic foundations and major donors in coordination with philanthropy staff and the Senior Regional Director.
Develops and manages the Colorado conservation budget in coordination with the Senior Regional Director, campaign leads, and finance staff.
Initiates, builds, and maintains strong relationships with federal, state, tribal, and local government officials, key partner organizations and stakeholders, and the media.
Develops and maintains a thorough understanding of public land conservation efforts and policies in the state, as well as key national efforts.
Ensures the Colorado program’s perspectives and insights are informing the organization’s work.
Travels as needed (particularly throughout the state and to Washington, D.C.) to advocate for TWS’s conservation efforts, to educate stakeholders and leaders about those efforts, and to develop relationships with partners and key players.
Carries out duties and responsibilities ethically and with integrity and discretion.
Performs other related duties as assigned.

The ideal candidate for this position is an experienced leader and strong project manager who can engage staff at all levels to achieve The Wilderness Society’s organizational priorities in Colorado, ensuring strategic focus and effective advocacy on the organization’s public land conservation and diversity, equity and inclusion goals.
Minimum 8-10 years experience in advocacy, fundraising, politics, conservation and/or policy.
Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills that can be applied to complex public land conservation issues, difficult partnership and coalition dynamics, donor engagement, and sensitive personnel matters.
Experience leading and managing teams representing a rich mix of talent, backgrounds, and perspectives. This includes a track record of successful recruitment, cultivation, management and retention of highly skilled staff across race and gender.
Demonstrated ability to build and maintain strong relationships and networks among key stakeholders, leaders, government officials, donors, and organizations.
Demonstrated ability to advance strategic thinking, craft and generate support for a compelling vision, set goals and priorities, and balance short- and long-term demands.
Excellent writing skills and the ability to speak effectively in public, with elected officials, and through the media.

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.

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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.




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