Senior Associate for the Institute for Conservation Leadership
Location: Takoma Park, MD
Bring your facilitation expertise, your relationship-building savvy, your passion for the environment, and your creative program development moxie to a Senior Associate position at the Institute for Conservation Leadership.
The Institute for Conservation Leadership (ICL) seeks candidates for the full-time position of Senior Associate. We are looking for a seasoned practitioner who will excel at designing and delivering services to our clients and partners through facilitation, coaching, training, and consulting. The Senior Associate will have a passion for strengthening collaboration working toward positive environmental protection, conservation, and community health goals and outcomes. Successful candidates will be skilled at facilitation, relationship building, taking the lead and being a team member, project management, supporting emerging and existing networks, and creatively integrating equity and inclusion into ICL’s effort to meet needs at local, state, and national levels. The Senior Associate will have the chance to make a big impact as a result of being on a small team.
ICL is a nonprofit organization that strengthens leaders, organizations, and collaborative efforts supporting healthy communities and a healthy Earth. ICL works with a wide range of groups across the United States and Canada. This position, based in the Washington, DC area, emphasizes ICL’s work supporting networks, partnerships, coalitions, and other collaborative entities. ICL’s impact is most often realized through responsive program and process design, collaborative approaches, and consulting that helps to build leaders and further develop organizations. ICL takes a collaborative and entrepreneurial approach in our work with partners and clients. Our work is co-creative, custom-designed, and responsive to both opportunities and needs. We’re nimble. We don’t believe there is one solution that fits all. Our work is customized for the network or organization – vs. “off the shelf” solutions used in a standardized way.
We are looking for candidates who:
- Are experienced consultants comfortable initiating, conceiving, scoping, and planning a project or engagement.
- Are able to customize new approaches and experiment with new tactics to support clients.
- Understand people, look for connections, and deepen relationships.
- Bring a theory-based approach to their work, specifically about the ways networks are different from and interact with organizations.
- Are experienced at facilitation and training.
- Bring a deep knowledge of the theories and practice of adult learning, consulting, coaching, and participatory learning methodologies.
- Have superior communication skills, including the capacity to synthesize and simplify concepts and processes.
- Are experienced in project management for both grants and contracts, including budget development, resource and budget management, and project reporting.
- Have experience and comfort working with a wide range of audiences and multicultural teams.
- Understand the importance of exercising discretion, independent judgment, and diplomacy.
- Apply analytical and strategic thinking in their decision-making process.
- Embrace complex challenges and approach work with a collaborative lens.
- Are confident in developing participatory processes to support strategic planning and other client work.
- Take initiative and want to be in service to clients.
- Know their way around both project and budget management.
- Are excited about multi-layered issues including the messy dynamics of collaboration.
If this sounds like you, please read on.
This position focuses on four areas of responsibility and associated outcomes, as outlined below. While our ideal candidate approaches work with a strategic lens for each of these areas, we are also looking for a candidate who has experience managing budgets and related resources and who will be comfortable supporting the careful oversight and analysis of project and program resources.
- Lead and Manage ICL’s Leading Environmental Change, a program building capacity for collaboration and advocacy efforts in Ohio:
- Build relationships with key organizations and constituencies.
- Help to design and deliver workshops on collaborative leadership and facilitation skills.
- Support planning efforts among collaborative efforts.
- Collaborate with groups to frame the engagements and commitments within the program over the next two years.
- Lead activities related to strengthening collaboration and capacity building within the Delaware River Watershed Initiative (DRWI):
- Assess and support collaboration among teams.
- Provide coaching and support in the areas of facilitation and project management.
- Contribute to the development of approaches that support the DRWI to become more equitable, diverse and inclusive.
3. Plan and Deliver Meeting Facilitation, Consulting, Coaching, and Training Services:
- Manage, develop, and deliver custom consulting services in support of collaborative efforts and collaborative leadership.
- Deliver superior services including promotion/outreach, meeting design and facilitation, coaching, training workshops and coordination of scope of work activities and outcomes.
4. Promote ICL Services and Programs through Education and Outreach:
- Contact leaders and groups engaged in collaborative efforts through meetings, phone calls, and email to identify opportunities to support capacity building.
- Participate in ICL’s efforts to connect leaders with specific ICL initiatives, programs, workshops, and tools that meet their needs.
- Contribute to the writing, editing, and production of ICL’s external communication.
- Seven to 10 years of professional experience; of which at least five in leading or managing a network or collaborative entity, organization, or large program.
- A passion for strengthening leaders, organizations, and networks working toward positive environmental protection, conservation, and community health goals and outcomes.
- Commitment to values of mutual respect, collaboration, teamwork, diversity, equity, and inclusion.
- Advanced understanding of issues and practices related to at least one of the following areas: environmental health, land and water conservation, community engagement, community development, and energy and food systems.
- A well-developed sense of humor along with the ability to engage with warmth and professionalism in a variety of settings.
- Aptitude in the use of Office 365 and comfort with both using and learning a variety of CRM, project management, and collaboration software programs.
- Minimum of a B.A. or B.S.; Master’s degree in related field preferred.
- Additional certificates or evidence of ongoing professional development in facilitation, coaching, consulting, network development, human systems, organization development, or nonprofit management preferred.
Roughly forty percent (40%) of the job will be managing Leading Environmental Change. Another twenty (20%) of the job will be working with teammates to provide collaboration and capacity building support to over 50 organizations in the Delaware River Watershed Initiative. Another twenty percent (20%) of the job will be in promoting and delivering contract services to organizations seeking collaboration support and other meeting facilitation or leadership development services. The remaining roughly twenty percent (20%) of the job will focus on ICL development, team projects, and other short-term initiatives. The position requires:
- Close coordination with foundations and ICL’s key partners, consultants, and staff.
- Availability for extensive travel; on average 4-6 days per month, and sometimes as high as 7-10 days.
- The ability to work independently in a fast-paced shared office and to telework in coordination with a small, hardworking team.
This is a senior level position with an annual salary in the $90,000-$95,000 range. ICL’s benefits package includes health insurance for employees, access to a Flexible Spending Account, competitive paid time off, professional development opportunities, and a 403b plan.
This is a full-time position based out of our co-working office in Takoma Park, MD.
HOW TO APPLY
Please send the following four items to firstname.lastname@example.org by August 19, 2019:
- Cover letter
- An original meeting or workshop design sample
- A brief writing sample (2 – 5 pages)
No phone calls, please. ICL does not accept solicitations from job placement services.
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
ICL maintains a strong policy of equal employment opportunity. We seek to achieve equal opportunity for all staff members as articulated by federal, state and local laws. ICL actively recruits and values individuals without regard to race, creed, gender, color, disability, marital status, veteran status, national origin, age, or sexual orientation. Nothing in this job description or posting guarantees employment.