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Conservation Colorado works to protect Colorado’s environment and quality of life by mobilizing people and electing conservation‐minded policymakers. We work closely with policy leaders, citizen activists, businesses, and other nonprofits, and have built a reputation as one of the leading conservation advocacy organizations in the region.

Our work focuses on keeping Colorado’s rivers healthy and flowing, mobilizing action to protect our climate, and moving key public lands and wilderness bills to preserve iconic places in Colorado. Conservation Colorado seeks employees and interns who will bring vision, smarts, energy, and passion to their work. We welcome diversity and can adjust position requirements to match the needs of applicants when necessary.

For information on the Becca Strelitz Internship Program, click here.

Current Openings

Protégete Organizing Manager

Protégete Organizing Manager

Location: Denver

Deadline for submission: January 15, 2019

Work Schedule: Exempt, Full-time

Conservation Colorado is seeking a Protégete Organizing Manager based in Denver who will be responsible for managing the Protégete organizing team to work with Latino communities to develop leaders & activists to advocate for equitable, pro-conservation policies and to elect pro-conservation champions. You will work closely with the Protégete Program Director to ensure the success of the program.

About Conservation Colorado
Conservation Colorado works to protect Colorado’s environment and quality of life by mobilizing people and electing conservation-minded policy makers. We work closely with policy leaders, citizen activists, businesses and other allies, and have built a reputation as one of the leading conservation advocacy organizations in the region. This coming year we will be tackling everything from nationally leading policy to address climate change, ensuring our state has enough water for future generations, increasing the state’s use of renewable energy, and defending our public lands from attacks by the Trump administration.

Protégete’s guiding objective is to build a more powerful and influential voice for local Latino communities and leaders by promoting a healthy future for all Coloradans and our core work is to bring Latino perspectives into environmental decision making in Colorado. An important component of Protégete’s work is the Promotores program, a leadership training program with over 100 graduates.

Conservation Colorado’s work to protect and advocate for the environment reflects the organization’s commitment to racial, social and environmental justice. Engaging communities of color among other key constituencies for the environment is an organizational priority. Within the organization, we aim to create a workplace culture and policies and practices that demonstrate how we value equity and inclusion.

What You’ll Do

The Protégete program has evolved over the years and continues to be a vital part of Conservation Colorado particularly in shaping how we think about and work on environmental justice issues. This position is critical in providing leadership for the organizing team & implementing the vision for the program. This role can evolve over time, but will have primary responsibility over these areas:

  1. Team Management & Leadership
  • Manage a team of 5 organizers across the Front Range.
  • Invest in the professional development & growth of the Protégete team.
  • Create a culture of transparency, respect, and accountability.
  1. Campaign Strategy & Management
  • Work with the leadership team to craft campaign plans & goals that are relevant to the Latino community.
  • Develop systems to track goals, hold staff accountable, and report progress.
  • Help shape how we think about and work on environmental justice issues.
  • Make sure materials have appropriate messaging and are translated to Spanish as necessary.
  1. Build Relationships
  • Assist in developing & building relationships with the program’s key partners, community leaders & activists.
  • Act as the public face of Conservation Colorado & Protégete when necessary.

 

In addition to your regular responsibilities, all staff are expected to participate at some level in organizational priorities including helping in certain fundraising efforts, taking part in our election-related activities, and committing to our organizational efforts around diversity, equity & inclusivity.

Qualifications

To be successful in this job, you will demonstrate the judgment, accountability, and efficiency to work well with our team. Fundamentally, we want someone who enjoys working with people, is results-focused, and who understands how organizing and transformational relationships can build our power to win on our issues.

More specifically, you will have or be most or all of the following:

  • Shares our commitment to increasing racial diversity in our movement and organization: Possessing the willingness to do the personal and organizational work around environmental justice, diversity, equity, and inclusivity is vital.
  • Experience organizing: While you don’t need to have worked specifically on environmental issues, you will need to have spent some time bringing communities together to act on behalf of shared values and to challenge existing power structures.
  • A conversational knowledge of Spanish is required.
  • Ability to build & motivate a team: Foster a strong, positive team culture through transparency, respect, and accountability.
  • Ability to clearly define objectives and develop a campaign plan with goals and the flexibility to make changes as necessary.
    • Authentic relationship builder: The ability to build the trust & respect necessary to develop relationships with funders and community members.

 

Compensation and Benefits:

Compensation depends on experience and is highly competitive.   We provide high-quality, zero-deductible health insurance and a strong benefits package that includes a SIMPLE IRA retirement plan with match, at least 28 days of paid time off in your first year, and parental leave and a sabbatical program. This job offers an opportunity to engage people to find solutions to some of the most important environmental issues in Colorado and work with a great team that is committed to a better, more equitable future. It will be challenging, inspiring, and sometimes frustrating, but you’ll be making a big difference.

We are committed to building a more diverse and inclusive organization and conservation movement to fully represent and engage all Coloradans and to build as powerful a movement as we can. Recruiting staff that better reflects Colorado is a priority and we encourage applicants from all cultures, race, ethnicity, geographies, political affiliation, and all other identities represented in Colorado or protected by law.

To Apply:

If this job truly speaks to you please fill out this short questionnaire and send a cover letter and resume by January 15, 2019 to Pat Massaro, Organizing Director, with the subject line “Protégete Organizing Manager” to jobs@conservationco.org.   No phone calls please.

Government Affairs Director

Government Affairs Director
Location: Denver
Deadline for submission: Open Until Filled
Work Schedule: Full-time, Exempt

Conservation Colorado is seeking a Government Affairs Director based in Denver to lead the development of policy solutions, lobbying efforts, and implementation of high-level strategic campaigns on priority conservation issues that will address some of the most pressing problems Colorado is facing today.

About Conservation Colorado
Conservation Colorado works to protect Colorado’s environment and quality of life by mobilizing people and electing conservation-minded policy makers. We work closely with policy leaders, citizen activists, businesses and other allies, and have built a reputation as one of the leading conservation advocacy organizations in the region. This coming year we will be tackling everything from nationally leading policy to address climate change, ensuring our state has enough water for future generations, increasing the state’s use of renewable energy, and defending our public lands from attacks by the Trump administration. The government affairs director plays a critical role in developing the policies and strategies that will allow us to win protections for Colorado’s environment.

Conservation Colorado’s work to protect and advocate for the environment reflects the organization’s commitment to racial, social, and environmental justice. Engaging communities of color, among other key constituencies, for the environment is an organizational priority. Within the organization, we aim to create a workplace culture and policies and practices that demonstrate how we value equity and inclusion.

What You’ll Do
In this position you will build power with elected officials, decision makers, and candidates to make conservation policy priorities a reality at the state Capitol, Congress, and various regulatory arenas. A key component of this position is to provide vision for, direction to, and oversight of our legislative/policy team and contract lobbyists and to serve as the “hub” for our legislative and policy activity. The government affairs director will also serve as a key member of the organization’s senior leadership team and will have these areas of responsibility:

  1. Government Relations
  • Serve as the lead lobbyist for and the face of Conservation Colorado at the state Capitol
  • Develop and support staff in implementing strategies for policy wins at the state Capitol, regulatory agencies, and federal government
  • Ensure effective use of politics to move policy and our issues forward; integrate sophisticated political analysis into all aspects of policy work
  • Cultivate relationships with and be a key point of contact for decision makers
  1. Project and Staff Management
  • Provide vision for and manage the work of the government affairs team – directly supervise, manage, and lead a team of advocates/issue experts
  • Delegate tasks, projects, and tactics to staff and colleagues to ensure effective campaigns and wins
  1. Campaign and Policy Expertise
  • Develop strategies for long and short-term success of campaigns that lead to policy wins
  • Have strong, high-level experience in achieving outcomes in complex negotiations
  • Help build alliances on key campaigns by working with traditional partners as well as diverse allies, including communities of color and working families
  • Examine and develop policies with an environmental justice lens
  1. Elections
  • Key leadership in the organization’s work to elect pro-conservation champions

In addition to your regular responsibilities, all staff are expected to participate at some level in organizational priorities including helping in certain fundraising efforts, taking part in our election-related activities, and committing to our organizational efforts around diversity, equity, and inclusivity.

Qualifications
To be successful in this job, you will demonstrate the strategic thinking and problem-solving orientation that will allow you to work well with our team. Fundamentally, we are looking for someone who loves the work of the legislature and state Capitol, has a desire to win on elections and campaigns, is passionate about winning strong environmental policy and building a diverse and inclusive movement, and wants to build a team of strong and savvy advocates. More specifically, you will have or be most or all of the following:

  • Excellent project and staff manager: Can masterfully handle a large number and variety of tactics, projects, and tasks simultaneously with a “no-dropped-balls” mentality; talent for triaging and delegating tasks to staff and colleagues; ability to build up and motivate individuals; ability to shift priorities in a fast paced environment; desire to foster a strong, positive team culture through transparency, respect, and accountability.
  • Political strategist: Be an expert lobbyist with precision in speech and writing, have the ability to develop sophisticated strategies to pass policy through various venues, use creative thinking to leverage short-term wins for long-term gains, demonstrate a passion to create environmental change via policy levers, quickly discern key policy priorities in a changing environment.
  • Relationship builder and communicator: Excellent at building the trust and respect necessary to maintain relationships with business, political leaders, and partners, especially with those who have competing priorities or might disagree with us; experience building, managing and mobilizing both environmental and non-traditional coalitions; ability to effectively communicate policy concepts to co-workers, donors, and members who are not policy experts.
  • Shares our commitment to increasing racial diversity in our movement and organization: Possess a willingness to do the personal and organizational work around diversity, equity, and inclusivity.
  • Team player: Works well in cross-departmental teams to craft and implement internal plans successfully.

Spanish/English bilingual is a skill we value, but is not a requirement.

Compensation and Benefits
Compensation depends on experience and is highly competitive. We provide high-quality, zero-deductible health insurance and a strong benefits package that includes a SIMPLE IRA retirement plan with match, at least 28 days of paid time off in your first year, and parental leave and a sabbatical program.

We are committed to building a more diverse and inclusive organization and conservation movement to fully represent and engage all Coloradans and to build as powerful a movement as we can. Recruiting staff that better reflects Colorado is a priority and we encourage applicants from all cultures, race, ethnicity, geographies, political affiliation, and all other identities represented in Colorado or protected by law.

To Apply
If this job truly speaks to you, please fill out this short questionnaire and send a cover letter and resume to Jessica Goad, deputy director, with the subject line “Government Affairs Director” at jobs@conservationco.org. Job open until filled.

No phone calls please.

Protégete Program Director

Protégete Program Director

Location: Denver

Deadline for submission: Open Until Filled

Work Schedule: Full-time, Exempt Position

Conservation Colorado seeks a Protégete Program Director based in Denver who will bring vision, smarts, energy, and passion to their work. The Protégete Program Director will lead the Protégete team and build high-level, transformational relationships with funders, coalition partners, elected officials, and other grasstops to ensure that Conservation Colorado’s work lifts up the voices of the Latino community throughout the state and ensure that we are organizing effectively within these communities.

About Conservation Colorado

Conservation Colorado works to protect Colorado’s environment and quality of life by mobilizing people and electing conservation-minded policy makers. We work closely with policy leaders, citizen activists, businesses and other conservation/progressive nonprofits, and have built a reputation as one of the leading conservation advocacy organizations in the state.  Our Protégete program aims to build a more powerful and influential voice for local Latino communities and leaders in the fight against climate change by promoting a healthy future for all Coloradans.

Our work to protect and advocate for the environment reflects the organization’s commitment to racial, social, and environmental justice. Engaging communities of color and other key constituencies for the environment is an organizational priority. Within the organization, we aim to create a workplace culture and policies and practices that demonstrate how we value equity and inclusion.

Job Responsibilities

The Protégete program is a vital & growing part of Conservation Colorado. This senior-level position is critical in setting the vision for not only the Protégete program, but for continuing the organization’s evolution around environmental justice. This position will be primarily responsible for setting the long-term vision for the program; setting the standards & tone for the team; identifying the ways that organizing can intersect with our policy work; and developing relationships with leaders in our community to inform and advance our organizational goals. The primary areas of responsibility are:

  1. Campaign Strategy and Management
  • Develop, plan, and execute priority campaigns.
  • Play a significant role in our electoral work leading into and during election years.
  • Lead in creating and implementing the long-term plan for what Protegete is to become next.
  • Ensure that we are highlighting voices of communities or color.
  1. Grasstops Relationship Development
  • Work with coalition partners, elected officials, and other stakeholders to build power and advance our goals effectively.
  • Develop funder relationships so we can increase & diversify our funding.
  • Cultivate relationships with the media.
  • Represent Conservation Colorado in high-level meetings with decision-makers
  1. Team Management and Leadership
  • Manage a direct report of one and a team of six total staff.
  • As a member of senior staff, liaise and partner with other senior staff on campaign strategy and development.
  • Play a key role in leading the organization in our continued evolution towards being more equitable both internally and within the conservation movement.

Qualifications

To be successful in this job, you will demonstrate the strategic thinking and problem-solving ability it takes to work well with our team. Fundamentally, you should be results-focused and a highly driven individual who understands how organizing and transformational relationships can build our power to win on our issues. More specifically, you will have or be most or all of the following:

  • Authentic relationship builder: Ability to build the trust & respect necessary to develop high-level relationships with businesses, political leaders, and/or progressive community partners.
  • Ability to build & motivate a team: Ability to foster a strong, positive team culture through transparency, respect, and accountability.
  • Long term strategic planner: Ability to use creative thinking & long-term planning in decision making while also balancing timely or short-term goals and limited resources.
  • Strong written & verbal communication skills: Ability to act as a spokesperson for the organization in myriad circumstances and write effectively. While it is not required, the ability to communicate in Spanish is highly valued in this position.
  • A strong interest in lifting up the voices of communities of color and other marginalized identities to inform and advance policy goals and elect pro-conservation candidates.
  • A least 2-4 years’ experience working on progressive policy and/or political campaigns.
  • Share our commitment to increasing racial diversity in our movement and organization: Possessing a willingness to do the personal and organizational work around diversity, equity, and inclusivity is vital.

Compensation and Benefits

Compensation depends on experience and is highly competitive. We provide high-quality, zero-deductible health insurance and a strong benefits package that includes a SIMPLE IRA retirement plan with match, at least 28 days of paid time off in your first year, parental leave, and a sabbatical program.

We are committed to building a more diverse and inclusive organization and conservation movement to fully represent and engage all Coloradans and to build as powerful a movement as we can. Recruiting staff that better reflects Colorado is a priority and we encourage applicants from all cultures, race, ethnicity, geographies, political affiliation, and all other identities represented in Colorado or protected by law.

To Apply

If this job truly speaks to you, please fill out this short questionnaire first and then send a cover letter that explains why and a resume to Patrick Massaro, Organizing & Political Director, via jobs@conservationco.org. Job open until filled.

No phone calls please.

Development Director

Development Director

Location: Denver

Deadline for submission: January 2, 2019

Work Schedule: Exempt, Full-time

Conservation Colorado is seeking a Development Director based in Denver who will be responsible for leading and developing the strategy to fundraise for the organization’s operational and programmatic needs, foster the staff and board’s abilities to connect with and fundraise from donors, and oversee cultivation of and income growth from individual, foundation, and corporate supporters. This position reports to the Executive Director.

About Conservation Colorado
Conservation Colorado works to protect Colorado’s environment and quality of life by mobilizing people and electing conservation-minded policy makers. We work closely with policy leaders, citizen activists, businesses and other allies, and have built a reputation as one of the leading conservation advocacy organizations in the region. This coming year we will be tackling everything from addressing climate change, conserving water resources, increasing renewable energy, and defending our public lands from attacks by the Trump administration.

Conservation Colorado’s work to protect and advocate for the environment reflects the organization’s commitment to racial, social and environmental justice. Engaging communities of color among other key constituencies for the environment is an organizational priority. Within the organization, we aim to create a workplace culture and policies and practices that prioritize equity and inclusion.

What You’ll Do

Conservation Colorado, and its sister organization Conservation Colorado Education Fund, is poised to make significant strides in our efforts to protect our air, land, water, and communities in 2019, and we need a top-notch development professional to lead an ambitious team of fundraisers, set fundraising strategy, and engage the entire organization to raise the more than $4 million necessary to support our growing team and programs. This role may evolve over time, but will have the following areas of responsibility to start:

  1. Individual, Corporate, & Foundation Fundraising
  • Develop strategies to ensure our high-priority donors and funders are regularly cultivated and asked for their support
  • Meet regularly with major donors, corporations, and foundations to secure gifts or grants of $10,000 or above
  • Participate in regular call time to develop new prospects and engage ongoing supporters
  • Focus on diversifying our donor base, communications and events
  1. Staff, Board, & Committee Management & Training
  • Manage development team staff to ensure that annual fundraising goals are achieved
  • Work with the development committee and all board members to ensure that they achieve their annual fundraising commitment
  • Plan and lead annual fundraising trainings for staff and board
  1. Strategy, Planning, & Budget Development
  • Develop and track an annual income budget for the organization and expenditure budget for the development department
  • Play leading role with senior staff colleagues to address organizational issues and collaborate on projects and initiatives
  • Oversee creation and monitoring of annual development plan as well as key development objectives in the strategic plan, which will be rewritten in 2019

 

In addition to regular responsibilities, all staff are expected to engage at some level in organizational priorities including participating in our organizational efforts around diversity, equity, and inclusivity, fundraising from personal networks, and taking part in our election-related activities.

Qualifications

To be successful in this job, you will demonstrate your passion for the cause and ability to motivate others to make significant gifts to the organization. Fundamentally, we are looking for someone who is an effective, genuine leader with strong communication skills and an eye for innovation. More specifically, you will have or be all of the following:

  • Experience in managing staff and skilled at fostering teamwork: You can work cooperatively and effectively across departments and in the management of the development team to set goals, resolve problems, and make decisions that enhance organizational effectiveness.
  • Strategic and innovative: You channel inspiration into action, act on new connections and opportunities, leverage your relationships to build power for the organization, and hold yourself and your team accountable to your goals.
  • Share our commitment to increasing racial diversity in our movement and organization: You are willing to do the personal and organizational work around diversity, equity, and inclusivity.
  • A track record of closing the deal, whether in sales or fundraising: You have demonstrated success in asking for and securing significant gifts or sales, with growth over time.
  • Systematic and organized: You possess great time management, record keeping, forward planning, and extremely thorough follow-up.
  • Ability to motivate: You have a passionate work ethic that inspires others to give and inspires teammates to fundraise.

Spanish/English bilingual is a skill we value, but it is not a requirement. This is a full-time job, but there can be some schedule flexibility.

Compensation and Benefits

Compensation depends on experience and is highly competitive. We provide high-quality, zero-deductible health insurance and a strong benefits package that includes a SIMPLE IRA retirement plan with match, an EcoPass, at least 28 days of paid time off in your first year, parental leave, and a generous sabbatical program.

We are committed to building a more diverse and inclusive organization and conservation movement to fully represent and engage all Coloradans and to build as powerful a movement as we can. Recruiting staff that better reflects Colorado is a priority and we encourage applicants from all cultures, race, ethnicity, geographies, political affiliation, and all other identities represented in Colorado or protected by law.

To Apply

If this job truly speaks to you please fill out this short questionnaire and send a cover letter and resume by January 2, 2019 to Kelly Nordini, Executive Director, with the subject line “Development Director” to jobs@conservationco.org. No phone calls please.