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Natural Resource Economy, Program Associate (VA, NC, or REMOTE)

Employer
The Conservation Fund
Location
Arlington County, Virginia, US
Salary
Competitive
Closing date
Oct 20, 2022

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Sector
Consultancy/Private Sector
Field
Conservation science
Discipline
Forestry
Salary Type
Salary
Employment Type
Full time
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Job Description
TITLE: Natural Resource Economy, Program Associate

LINE OF BUSINESS/DIVISION: Conservation Ventures/Working Forest Fund

FLSA STATUS: Exempt

REPORTS TO: Senior Vice President, Conservation Ventures

NUMBER OF POSITIONS REPORTING TO THIS POSITION: None

LOCATION: Arlington, VA; Chapel Hill, NC or Remote will be considered

POSITION SUMMARY

Our experience over the past 37 years at the forefront of land conservation and sustainable economic development is that land is one of the greatest assets any rural community has, and permanently conserved land can support a wide range of sustainable enterprises, including forestry, agriculture, outdoor recreation, and renewable energy. In order to build strong rural economies in areas adjacent to conserved land, The Conservation Fund (TCF) is creating the National Partnership for Activating the Natural Resource Economy (ANRE) project, a national platform and network empowering community-based leadership to invest in natural resource-focused rural economic development approaches.

The Program Associate is responsible for helping to design and implement the ANRE program and putting together a plan to secure and manage ongoing funding for the program.

Must have received or be willing to receive the COVID-19 vaccination by date of hire to be considered. Proof of vaccination required.

RESPONSIBLITIES & SCOPE

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable Accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Program Design:
  • Assist team in developing the strategy for the National Partnership for ANRE program.
  • Building out the thought leadership approach for ANRE and the opportunity to further engage external partners.

Program Support:
  • Support timeline management and assist with meeting target deliverables on schedule.
  • Draft social media posts, assist engagement strategy for special programming, coordinate website updates.
  • Coordinate public information and distribution of program-related activities and messages through web announcements, email-blasts, blog posts; special event promotion; etc.
  • Periodic travel as needed (site visits to each of the three focus regions).
  • Monitor website program content and disseminate/monitor as needed. Alert appropriate staff of any changes, as needs arise.
  • Coordinate and support occasional meetings of an Advisory Council.
  • Represent ANRE and its programs at events, attend meetings and/or deliver presentations.

Program Operations
  • Work with the team to develop and successfully implement the program goals for the ANRE project.
  • Organize and participate in meetings with consultants, focus regions, program staff and potential funders through scheduling, preparing the necessary materials for the meetings, and contributing to the discussions.
  • Collaborate with team members in on-going learning and process improvements, incorporating external and internal feedback to constantly improve how we do our work.
  • Exhibit and maintain trust-based and productive relationships with a wide range of organizations and individuals, including focus regions, funding partners, advisory council members and staff.
  • Oversee grant reporting; develop tools and systems to measure impact via TA calls, surveys, bimonthly dashboards and reports, and annual surveys and evaluations.
  • Identify and cultivate opportunities to initiate strategic discussions between ANRE and other stakeholders.
  • Support all aspects of the design and implementation of the ANRE program.

Office Administration:
  • Provide meeting support including logistical set up, note taking and document preparation.
  • Supports program coordination for cohort networking (monthly calls; information sharing, etc).
  • Support other team members within the ANRE project as needed.

Focus Region Support
  • Build strong relationships with focus regions to support their growth throughout the project by coordinating among the three focus regions, providing resources and input in planning processes, responding to inquiries, assessing needs, assisting with grant reporting and more.
  • Work with the focus regions to provide a more robust set of quarterly trainings, peer networking and learning opportunities, and case studies.
  • Support coordination of special programming for regional outreach and engagement efforts.
  • Assist in coordinating events such as trainings and meetings as needed.

Fundraising:
  • Work with senior management and team to develop and execute an integrated plan for raising funds from foundations and corporate donors to meet ANRE's long-term resource development needs.
  • Develop proposals, letters of intent, memos, concept papers, budgets, and other program and technical materials to strategically pursue opportunities that align with ANRE's needs and priorities.
  • Support the development and dissemination of all relevant marketing and prospecting materials.


MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
  • 2 - 3 years of relevant experience.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal and customer service skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Excellent time management skills with a proven ability to meet deadlines.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to multi-task and meet multiple deadlines


PREFERRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & EXPERIENCE
  • Experience in community economic development, impact investment or rural place-making preferred.
  • Bachelor's or Master's degree in related subject preferred.
  • Community-facing experience, working with public, private and nonprofit institutions preferred.


PHYSICAL DEMANDS
  • Prolonged periods of sitting at a desk and working on a computer.


WORK ENVIRONMENT
  • Work is performed primarily in a home office setting, with some required presence in the Fund's Arlington or Chapel Hill office.
  • Estimated travel - 10%.


COMPENSATION and BENEFITS

This position offers a competitive salary, opportunities to earn performance-based bonus compensation and a highly competitive package of benefits including employer contributions for health care, paid holidays, vacation and personal/sick leave, retirement plan and more.

This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change or new ones may be assigned at any time, with or without notice.

To learn more about The Conservation Fund, visit https://www.conservationfund.org.

The Conservation Fund, a nonprofit corporation, is an Equal Opportunity Employer that fully and actively supports equal access for all people regardless of Race, Color, Religion, Gender, Age, National Origin, Veteran Status, Disability, Genetic Information or Testing, Family and Medical Leave status, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity or Expression. The Fund prohibits retaliation against individuals who bring forth any complaint, orally or in writing, to the employer or the government, or against any individuals who assist or participate in the investigation of any complaint, or otherwise oppose discrimination.
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