Ecotrust seeks a new Program Director to join our Forests and Ecosystem Services (FES) team. The Program Director will be based in Portland, OR, and report to the Vice President for Forests and Ecosystem Services. The FES Program Director will help lead the team’s efforts to expand markets and incentives for ecological forest practices and make them more accessible to forest owners and managers in the Pacific Northwest. The Program Director will play a central program and team management role. This person will have professional experience working with forest owners, wood processors, and policy makers and be familiar with ecological forest practices.
Who we are: Ecotrust is powered by the vision of a world where people and nature thrive together. Since 1991, we have partnered with local communities from California to Alaska to build new ways of living and doing business. From forestry to finance, food access to green building, we work to advance social equity, economic opportunity, and environmental well-being. Together, we are making this place we live a home that we love. Learn more at ecotrust.org.
Ecotrust holds a deep commitment to equity and diversity as core principles integral to the work we do. As we add new team members across all levels of the organization, we seek diverse perspectives that will add richness to our evolving organization and networks.
The Program Director will help drive radical, practical, change among the greater forestry, conservation, economic development, and watershed restoration communities of the Pacific Northwest by articulating a compelling vision for shifting the dominant paradigm for forest management in our region to ecological forestry.
The Program Director will provide leadership on strategic direction and functions of the FES team, including annual program planning, budgeting, and fundraising. S/he will participate actively and represent the FES team in internal Ecotrust meetings and activities and advance FES and Ecotrust’s interests externally through coalition-building, collaboration with external partners, public speaking, and outreach activities.
Other key responsibilities include:
- Build and maintain a network with strong relationships to relevant agencies, tribes, industry, social and environmental justice communities, research institutions, funders, and conservation groups
- Work collaboratively and creatively with other Ecotrust programs, especially our Native, Fisheries, Knowledge Systems, and Communications teams to design and implement new projects and initiatives that produce meaningful and impactful change for our bioregion
- Coordinate with multiple organizational partners, including those at Ecotrust Forest Management and Ecotrust Canada
- Oversee the management of FES project activities by three or more staff, including management of budgets, timelines, and deliverables
- Lead fundraising efforts necessary to sustain and put new FES projects into action.
- Graduate degree (e.g., MS, MBA, PhD) related to Natural Resource Management or equivalent work experience
- Strong familiarity with state and federal natural resources policy, forest management practices and economics, forest sector finance, and conservation finance (e.g., ecosystem service markets and incentives), with particular emphasis on the Pacific Northwest
- At least five years of directly relevant job experience with demonstrated success in conceiving and managing simple and complex projects, including: partner engagement; work planning; supervising staff and contractors, scheduling, prioritization, problem-solving, and budgeting
- Familiarity with diverse forest certification programs (e.g., FSC, SFI, Tree Farm, carbon certification programs)
- Direct knowledge and experience interacting with wood processing facilities in the Pacific Northwest and an understanding of timber sales, wood processing, and distribution networks and systems is highly desirable
- Familiarity with Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) principles and contemporary practices in indigenous and local communities also a major plus
- Commitment to racial justice and demonstrated ability to interact effectively with people from different cultures and experiences
- Strong communication skills, both verbal and written (+ strong editing skills) and the ability to communicate with a wide range of constituencies
- Proven ability to raise funds and manage large grants
- Ability to travel, including to remote locations, up to 20% of the time is required.
How To Apply:
Complete an Ecotrust Employment Application form (available above as a PDF or Word DOC) and forward with a cover letter (1 page maximum) and resume to: email@example.com with this position’s title in the subject line by close of business on the day of the application deadline listed above.
Salary Range: $70,000 to $80,000 (full-time equivalent), depending on experience.
This is a full time position with benefits. Ecotrust offers a full benefits package including medical and dental insurance, retirement plan, life insurance, and disability coverage.
Ecotrust is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We believe that a diverse staff of qualified, highly-skilled, and creative individuals is necessary to achieve the vision and mission of the project. We welcome and encourage applications from candidates who can contribute to the diversity of our workforce across a range of dimensions.
Veterans’ Preference: Under Oregon Law, qualifying veterans may apply for veterans’ preference for this recruitment. The contact listed on the job announcement must receive all required documentation by the closing date of the recruitment.
Accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act: We gladly provide reasonable accommodation to anyone whose specific disability prevents them from completing an application or participating in this recruitment process. Please reach out in advance to request assistance.