Friends of the Columbia Gorge was founded in 1980 and has more than 5,000 members in Oregon, Washington, and beyond dedicated to preserving, protecting, and stewarding the Columbia Gorge. With offices in Portland and Hood River, Oregon and Washougal, Washington, the organization uses an array of tools (advocacy, litigation, land acquisition, community partnerships and public education) to ensure the Columbia Gorge remains a wondrous and vibrant place. In 2005, Friends launched the Friends of the Columbia Gorge Land Trust, a 509(a)(3) supporting organization, to acquire spectacular landscapes within the Columbia Gorge.
**SUMMARY OF POSITION
The conservation director is the leader of Friends’ policy and advocacy efforts in the name of Gorge conservation. The position manages staff and consultants charged with carrying out these activities. Beyond the advocacy team, the conservation director engages across teams with land trust, legal, government affairs, philanthropy and communications staff to create long-term advocacy campaigns to protect and preserve the Gorge and build public support for lasting Gorge protection.
Leading Friends’ Advocacy Efforts
Collaborates with Staff and Teams to Increase Effectiveness
Works with staff to integrate advocacy, policy, and community partnership strategies into land trust, legal, communication, and fundraising objectives
Nurture and Strengthen Relations with Government Officials, Tribal Leaders and Key Partners
Supports Conservation Communications/Media Relations
Managing Staff to Support Growth and Excellence
Conducting Research and Staying Updated on Policy Development
We are interested in finding the best candidate for the job, even if that candidate does not have all the skills listed above. The successful candidate may be someone who comes from a less-traditional background. If you are interested in applying, we encourage you to think broadly about your background and qualifications for this role as a wide variety of life experiences may equip you with the skills needed for this position. We encourage BIPOC folks, women, LGBTQ+ folks, religious minorities, immigrants, and differently abled people to apply.
COMPENSATION & BENEFITS
Salary range is $78,000 – $85,000 commensurate with experience and education. Excellent benefits include generous vacation time and holidays, generous health insurance for employee and dependents along with an employer matched retirement plan.
**DIVERSITY, EQUITY, INCLUSION, AND JUSTICE (DEIJ) WORK AND ORGANIZATIONAL CULTURE
Bringing together a broad and diverse coalition of people who share a common love for the Columbia Gorge is vital to Friends’ long-term success. The Gorge will be a healthier, more vibrant place when a diverse and inclusive collection of advocates, stewards, and volunteers are at the table.
Friends has included Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice as part of its 2018 – 21 strategic plan and we are using it as a lens as we finalize our new 2022 – 2025 plan. Every department and individual are expected to understand and work to integrate relevant components of this plan into their work.
All staff members are expected to commit to personal growth and learning, taking initiative to expand your understanding of DEIJ and related principles, issues, and practice and how they apply to our work.
Staff members will participate in organizational trainings and workplace groups (DEIJ committee, staff social committee, lunch & learns) and other opportunities to shape our organizational culture.
Everyone will work to apply the skills and practices needed to create an inclusive organizational culture where everyone feels they belong including (but not limited to): clear and kind communication, giving and receiving feedback, mutual accountability, self-care, and boundaries.
Friends is an equal opportunity employer and does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, religion, gender, age, disability, national origin, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other protected status in accordance with local, state and federal law.
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Full time within the typical 9:00 am – 5:00 pm office hours. Other hours would include earlier morning, evening, or weekend work for events or meetings. Friends currently works in a flexible hybrid environment and staff work with their supervisors to determine their schedule working from home or the office. Friends’ offices are interchangeable for staff and include work stations with sit/stand options. This position will spend time working in front of a computer.
Please combine cover letter and resume into one document and send to email@example.com with “Conservation Director” in the subject line. Please state where you saw the posting. Deadline for applications is Wednesday, September 7, 2022.