Full-Time Assistant Director, Alliance for Tompotika Conservation
The Alliance for Tompotika Conservation (“AlTo”) (www.tompotika.org) is a
small non-profit conservation partnership dedicated to healing the broken relationship
between humans and the rest of nature, starting in one very special place: the Tompotika
peninsula of Sulawesi, Indonesia. AlTo runs field projects to protect endangered species,
rainforests, and coral reefs; outreach projects to build long-term support for
conservation; and quality-of-life projects to promote the dignity and self-sufficiency of
The Assistant Director will work with AlTo’s Director and field staff to implement
all aspects of AlTo’s programs. AlTo is a small organization with few staff, so the
Assistant Director must be flexible and able to work on a wide variety of daily tasks in
both the United States and Indonesia. The position will be based on Vashon Island,
Washington, USA, and, except when on travel, physical presence at the office is required
weekly (i.e. must reside in Seattle area). When in the U.S., daily tasks will be centered
around grant-writing, project management, and communications. The Assistant Director
will also make up to four trips per year to Indonesia, generally of 2-4 weeks’ duration.
While in Indonesia, he or she will take an active part in our field conservation and
outreach activities, ranging from night patrols of sea turtle beaches to school visits to
meetings with government officials.
The ideal candidate to join AlTo’s small, cohesive team will be a person who has
demonstrated a strong concern for a stable planet, healthy and diverse wild nature, and
sustainable human communities. Though his or her nationality may be from any
country, s/he will be familiar with and at home in both Indonesian and Western culture.
S/he will be well-organized, with outstanding communication and social skills, and be
able to work closely and with respect, compassion, and a sense of humor with people
from all walks of life. His or her work habits will demonstrate honesty, flexibility,
reliability, and attention to detail in all things. S/he will be a team player, able to follow
directions closely, collaborate with others, and also think creatively and independently
to solve problems.
The following attributes are required:
• Fluent in English
• Proficient in Bahasa Indonesia
• Outstanding communication skills (written, verbal), esp in English
• Excellent organizational skills, including ability to meet deadlines,
attention to detail, and ability to manage multiple tasks
• Excellent interpersonal skills, including cross-cultural sensitivities
• High personal integrity and discipline
• Physical flexibility and stamina to work long hours and weeks at a time in
the field and in rough conditions
• Strong commitment to nature and conservation, in word and deed
• College degree (Bachelor’s or S1)
• Strong computer skills (MS Office, PC or Mac)
The following attributes will strengthen your application:
• Academic background in conservation biology, environmental science or
• Experience with grantwriting and/or fundraising
• Experience in rural Indonesia
• Assist the Director with managing programs. The Assistant Director will likely
take over leadership of AlTo’s sea turtle program, and will assist with program
development and management of various other field and outreach programs.
• Assist the Director with management of staff. The Assistant Director will be in
close, regular communication via e-mail with AlTo’s Tompotikan staff, receiving
reports, helping to manage teams, troubleshooting, and helping with training.
• Organizational development and outreach. The Assistant Director will spend a
significant proportion of his/her time writing and reporting on grants, as well as
assisting with fundraising and communications of all kinds.
• Assist the Program Assistant with operational matters as needed.
• Other duties as schedules, needs, and abilities determine.
• This is a full-time, permanent, salaried position. Normal work-week when
stateside is c. 40 hrs/wk, with some evenings and weekends required. When in
Indonesia, working hours are long, and determined by activities and conditions.
• Location: Vashon Island, Washington, USA. (At least 3 days/wk required on-site
on Vashon Island. Commuting from Seattle, Tacoma, or Olympic Peninsula okay
but no remote hires.)
• Open to any person who meets the requirements, regardless of national origin or
any other factor. Assistance with U.S. work authorization will be provided if
• Travel to Indonesia will be required, up to 4 times per year, for up to several
weeks at a time.
• Benefits include health insurance, paid vacation (starting at 12 days/year), and
• Salary $40,000 – $50,000 per annum, depending on qualifications.