Associate Southern California Director

California Desert – Palm Springs, Joshua Tree, Victor Valley, Barstow, Moreno Valley, Redlands, San
Salary based on qualifications + health, dental, vision, 401k and generous vacation and sick leave
Dec 22, 2017
Jan 21, 2018
Job Function
Focus Areas
Position Type
Full Time
Degree Level
Willingness to Travel
up to 25%
Experience Level

Position Closes: 31 January 2018


The Conservation Lands Foundation (CLF) is a national non-profit organization headquartered in Durango, Colorado with offices in San Francisco, Albuquerque, Bozeman, Las Cruces, Joshua Tree, Las Vegas and Washington, DC.  The Conservation Lands Foundation was established in 2007 to protect the premier lands and waters under the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM’s) jurisdiction – specifically the 35+ million acres and 2,400 miles of National Monuments and National Conservation Areas, Wilderness and Wilderness Study Areas, Wild and Scenic Rivers and National Scenic and Historic Trails that make up our National Conservation Lands.

Our mission is to protect, restore and expand the National Conservation Lands through education, advocacy and partnerships.


The Associate Southern California Director reports to the Associate California Program Director and will facilitate the Conservation Lands Foundation (CLF) expansion, protection and constituency building efforts for the National Conservation Lands in Southern California. The Associate Southern California Director is part of the Field Team and works collaboratively with Bureau of Land Management and other federal agency staff, regional and statewide conservation organizations, Friends groups, and diverse partners to enhance support for the National Conservation Lands in Southern California, particularly in the California Desert. This is a tremendous opportunity for a motivated leader with strategic instincts, high-level organizing, and policy experience to maximize and strengthen CLF’s Friends Grassroots Network in Southern California and efforts to defend, protect, expand, and restore the National Conservation Lands in the region.

The Associate Southern California Director will be a skilled organizer and facilitator with a proven record of accomplishment managing campaigns, developing and executing strategies, and working on dynamic, high-performance teams.The candidate is committed to CLF’s mission, is a dynamic leader and emotionally intelligent. The candidate should have strong written and oral communications skills to convey complex information in concise and effective ways; a demonstrated capacity to build strong, diverse relationships; success as a team leader through direct supervision and/or project leadership, as well as the ability to work independently.


Friends Grassroots Network, Constituency Building, and Diversity

  • Work with the California Program staff to support and guide the Friends Grassroots Network and other partner groups in Southern California to achieve conservation goals for each unit of National Conservation Lands in California and the National Conservation Lands as a system of protected public lands through direct support, grantmaking, mentoring, and training.
  • Help strengthen the Friends Grassroots Network and CLF’s partnerships in Southern California so that grassroots support represents the diversity of the region. Help establish new Friends groups and partners as needed, and work with existing partners and Friends groups to build more inclusive and diverse coalitions.
  • Coordinate with the California Program staff to help cultivate a cohesive, fully engaged California Friends Grassroots Network (CA FGN) that supports CLF’s work at the statewide and national levels.
  • Identify and connect Friends Groups and partners to training, mentoring and networking opportunities, including helping to plan and implement CLF’s bi-annual Friends Rendezvous.


  • Provide leadership and strategic direction for defensive and proactive campaigns in the California Desert to ensure the strongest and most inclusive possible conservation outcomes, including policy, management, and constituency development.
  • Support, participate in and help implement all aspects of organizing conservation campaigns and initiatives in the California Desert.
  • Work with Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to ensure strong conservation planning and management for the National Conservation Lands in Southern California
  • Develop and train diverse grassroots community leaders, create and lead organizing committees, convene committee meetings and maintain relationships through ongoing communication.
  • Help develop and strengthen grasstops champions for the conservation of public lands.
  • Build support among existing allies and develop and broaden diverse constituencies in support of pro-conservation designations and policy.


  • Work closely with the Communications Director, California Program staff, and other relevant partners to develop, coordinate, and implement regional communications strategies to support the CA FGN and Southern California campaigns.
  • Establish and maintain relationships with local reporters, columnists, and other journalists broadly, as well as with outlets geared toward specific constituencies, and pursue opportunities to increase media outreach.
  • Work with California Program staff to develop and implement multiple strategies to reach new and broader audiences, including expanding the use of social, digital, radio, and other paid or unpaid media.
  • Draft and place op-eds, LTEs, social media, quotes, and other comms materials, and serve as spokesperson when appropriate.


  • Work with California Program staff on programmatic planning, budgeting, grant proposal and reports, and fundraising.
  • Help develop opportunities to strengthen and expand the California Friends Grassroots Network.
  • Actively participate and support CLF’s equity, inclusion, and diversity work to help ensure its evolution as an organization-wide priority

Qualifications we’re looking for:

The successful candidate will be committed to the Conservation Lands Foundation mission and will have proven leadership, campaign management, advocacy, and grassroots building experience.

Qualifications include:

  • Outstanding leadership skills and proven ability to build effective, results-driven coalitions.
  • Experience with grassroots advocacy, organizing practices and principles, and a proven track record of success connecting with, organizing, and mobilizing different communities.
  • Experience developing campaign strategies and managing campaigns.
  • Experience with or desire and ability to learn and apply BLM public lands policy. Ability to assess political situations and develop appropriate strategies, tactics, and messaging.
  • Technology savvy with experience using a wide range of traditional and cutting-edge social, digital, and multimedia tools to share information and reach target audiences.
  • Ability to design basic grassroots training tools and conduct ad hoc workshops.
  • A strong commitment to conservation, environment, climate resilience, and/or environmental justice issues or related issues.
  • Ability to travel and work extended hours as needed. Driving, travel, temporary assignments and extended work hours are required. A valid driver’s license is required.
  • A successful track record in setting priorities; keen analytic, organization and problem-solving skills which support and enable sound decision making
  • Excellent communication and relationship building skills with an ability to prioritize, negotiate and work with a variety of internal and external stakeholders
  • Mission-driven, self-directed, and also comfortable working in a “team-oriented” environment; high capacity to inspire cooperation and work well with teams.
  • Experience handling confidential information appropriately
  • Commitment to advancing equity, inclusion, and diversity within the organization and in the environmental movement.
  • A multi-tasker with the ability to wear many hats in a fast-paced environment.
  • Passion, creativity, integrity, positive attitude, intellectual curiosity, and a sense of humor.

The Conservation Lands Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis race, color, age, ethnicity, religion, national origin, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, sex, marital status, disability or status as a U.S. veteran.

This job description reflects the assignment of essential functions; it does not prescribe or restrict the tasks that may be assigned.