Full-Time Executive Director
Flexible, USA (Headquarters in Bend, OR)
The Conservation Alliance (TCA) is a group of outdoor industry companies that disburses its collective annual membership dues to grassroots environmental organizations. TCA directs funding to community-based campaigns to protect threatened wild habitat, preferably where outdoor enthusiasts recreate. The Alliance was founded in 1989 by industry leaders REI, Patagonia, The North Face, and Kelty, who shared the goal of increasing outdoor industry support for conservation efforts. Today, TCA has more than 270 member companies from outdoor and related industries and disburses more than $2 million to support conservation across the country.
This is an important and exciting time for The Conservation Alliance. For over three decades, TCA has built a reputation for excellence in grantmaking and engagement of industry leaders to protect some of North America’s most important wild places. Much has changed during that time, and TCA recognizes that the conservation landscape is shifting and demands new solutions to ensure success in the future, including the need for more effectively policy solutions to address key environmental and conservation priorities challenges; the engagement and inclusion of a much broader and more diverse network of supporters, members and partners; and the collective recognition that climate justice is not simply measured in resources but in active engagement of diverse leaders in change.
The Conservation Alliance seeks an accomplished leader who demonstrates a keen understanding of and passion for the organization’s mission to protect and preserve wild spaces with a business-led approach, because the future of business depends on a healthy planet. The ideal candidate has experience working to address complex systemic and societal issues and understands the importance of collaboration in all facets or stages of problem solving. This person must be ready to join with the Board and staff to lead TCA in pursuing new strategic goals in conservation and advocacy within a framework of racial equity and social justice.
The individual must demonstrate a proven ability in strategic leadership, fundraising, management, collaborative ventures, and constituency building. A creative thinker with an entrepreneurial spirit and high aptitude in change management is highly desired. The ideal candidate will have a background that includes high-level strategic leadership and management combined with a sophisticated understanding of relationship-driven philanthropy and partnership. An understanding of business principles applied to a nonprofit organization, particularly a background in scaling sustainable growth, promoting continuous improvement of program quality, and revenue enhancement and diversification, is required.
Diverse candidates and candidates with non-traditional backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Achievement in philanthropy, grantmaking, conservation, advocacy, policy, law, and related fields is a plus. They may have prior experience in the nonprofit, corporate, and/or government sectors. The role does not require living in/relocation to Bend, Oregon, TCA’s headquarters; however, the candidate must be able to spend consistent time in Bend with the full-staff team.
The target salary for this position is $160,000 – $175,000 with some flexibility commensurable with experience. Benefits include a robust health care package which include medical, dental and vision benefits, paid time off for vacation, family care, mental and physical health, religious holidays, civic duties and bereavement, as well as the opportunity to participate in a retirement plan.