The Forest Program Director is responsible for program coordination, policy development, internal and external communications, fundraising support, and cross-program coordination with WEC’s and WCV’s other program directors. Duties for the position include:
- Research, identify, and select campaigns, projects, and legislative priorities to further WEC’s long-term forest program goals.
- Build and sustain strategic partnerships within and beyond the environmental community on forestry issues.
- Work with other WEC/WCV directors to align and maximize connections and programs.
- Commit to WEC’s racial equity plan, participating on an internal staff committee and effectively incorporating the racial equity goals into other duties and responsibilities and into forest program goals.
- Conduct ongoing evaluation of the program and revise strategy and implementation as needed.
- Provide supervision and direction to forest team staff, including the Forest and Fish Program Manager, Forest Program Associate, and State Forest Policy Advisor.
- Communicate policy positions in administrative, legislative, and other decision-making bodies.
- Serve as the WEC spokesperson for forestry related issues to the media.
- Lead planning, outreach and engagement for the annual Carbon Friendly Forestry conference.
- Work with communications staff to develop opinion pieces, newsletter, e-news and website materials, and other communications pieces as needed.
- Help raise funds for this program’s work through collaboration with the development team on the production of grant proposals, reports and fundraising appeals; participate in donor and foundation meetings, and other fundraising events.
- Support WCV’s political work as needed including providing candidates with issue information and giving input into the WCV endorsement process.
- Give input on WCV’s political priorities and help inform local environmental issues for campaigns.
- Help foster a positive and inclusive work environment and actively participate in trainings and mentorship opportunities.
- Ability to apply a racial equity and justice lens to your work.
- Knowledge of environmental issues and a proven commitment to protect, restore, and sustain Washington’s environment for all.
- Expertise in developing strategic direction and policies.
- Ability to set priorities and manage multiple short-term and long-term projects simultaneously.
- Proven ability to work collaboratively with other organizations or entities and form strong working partnerships.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
- Demonstrated ability to perform confidently and comfortably in high-conflict situations and dynamic environments.
- Experience managing programs or projects, and familiarity with budgeting processes.
- Ability to use online web based software to work remotely as needed.
- Understanding of, and experience working with, diverse populations, specifically communities of color.
- Excellent organizational skills, keen attention to detail, and good judgment.
- Policy experience with forest issues, which may include habitat protection, water quality, natural climate solutions, and forest management regulations.
- Familiarity with legal and policy framework for environmental issues.
- Ability to understand larger historical, social, economic, and political context of forestry issues in Washington.
- Experience working in coalition with other organizations, especially organizations that center equity and justice.