Director - Western Partnership Office


The Partnership Office Director occupies a senior management position within the Foundation.  This position will develop and advance conservation initiatives, manage projects, and secure funding for the Foundation’s Western Partnership Office grant making portfolio and provide oversight and supervision for the staff responsible for managing the Western Partnership Office programs.  The Western Partnership Office is comprised of the States of Alaska, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon and Washington. In this role, the Director will oversee program staff located in NFWF’s Portland satellite office as well as programmatic staff within the San Francisco office. The Partnership Office Director is responsible for working with the Foundation’s staff and Board of Directors, federal agencies and other conservation partners to develop and implement a grant making strategy that addresses the pressing conservation issues in the West and that achieves measurable conservation outcomes.  S/he will serve as spokesperson for the Foundation with regard to the Foundation’s strategy in the Western Partnership Office, the Foundation’s conservation objectives and accomplishments, and coordinate the Foundation’s activities under the strategic plan with others involved or affected by project and programmatic decisions.


  • Design and implement conservation objectives and goals for the Western Partnership Office that align with Foundation-wide conservation objectives  and those of our partners in coordination with the Vice President of Conservation Programs, the science team, Executive Vice President of Science, Evaluation and Programs, and the Board.
  • Design and implement conservation strategies and programs to achieve the stated goals in coordination with appropriate program, technical and leadership staff.
  • Solicit funds from public agencies, corporations, foundations and other donors to support and grow conservation strategies and programs in coordination with the Development and Government Relations teams.  Achieve fundraising targets that align with the stated conservation goals and strategies listed above. 
  • Supervise, manage and develop staff supporting the Western Partnership Office.
  • Solicit, review and oversee administration of grants that implement the Partnership Office strategy.
  • Develop, manage, coordinate, and/or oversee all aspects of national programs associated with the Partnership Office strategy.
  • Develop and manage Partnership Office budget in coordination with Vice President of Conservation Programs and other Foundation staff.
  • Manage applicable funding source(s) as appropriate, including the preparation of grant applications and amendments, preparation and submission of financial and programmatic reports and coordination with project officers to ensure compliance with all funding source requirements.
  • Prepare briefing materials and recommendations to support decision making by the Foundation’s Board.
  • Oversee the preparation of various descriptive and evaluative reports related to the Partnership Office programs.
  • Serve as spokesperson for the Foundation, as appropriate, with regard to the Partnership Office programs, programmatic conservation objectives and accomplishments.
  • Be available and willing to travel on short notice.
  • Subject to programmatic objectives and budgetary considerations, propose and conduct site visits in accordance with Foundation policy.


  • Recommend new processes where needed to improve existing processes.
  • Recommend and lead efforts to improve existing processes.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Vice President, Conservation Programs.


  • Advanced Degree or equivalent experience in ecology, conservation science or other relevant field.
  • Five to eight years experience in program management.
  • Three to five years executive experience overseeing staff, preparing and managing budgets, developing programs and meeting fundraising targets.
  • Experience working with federal and state resource agencies, experience managing cooperative agreements preferred.
  • Knowledge of natural resource conservation issues and policies on a state, regional and national level.
  • Demonstrated success in fundraising or program development.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and manage staff.
  • Ability to respond quickly and accurately to requests for information.
  • Ability to work independently and to organize and prioritize work and meet deadlines.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and communication skills including presentation skills.
  • Strong attention to detail and follow-through skills.
  • Flexibility in a rapidly changing environment.
  • Strong analytical skills.
  • Computer proficiency.


Commensurate with experience.


San Francisco, CA

Application Information

To apply, please send an e-mail, with attachments in Word or PDF format, containing your cover letter describing your interest and qualifications, resume, three professional references and your salary requirements to Marla Carter, Human Resources Manager, at National Fish and Wildlife Foundation is an equal opportunity employer. 

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Disclaimer - The statements contained herein are intended to describe the general nature and level of work to be performed by the employees in these positions. The statements are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of a person in each position. Other responsibilities, duties, and skills may be assigned and management retains the right to add or change the responsibilities, duties, and skills at any time.