TITLE:                    Energy Program Manager – Colorado

SUPERVISOR:       Director of Energy Programs

Western Conservation Foundation is seeking a full-time Program Manager to lead our work building leaders in support of federal and state-level climate policies in the Interior West, primarily by developing and managing a strategic portfolio of grants and consulting contracts.

The ideal candidate is a skilled campaigner with a proven ability to manage several detailed projects simultaneously. They seek to strengthen historically underrepresented voices and visibility in energy decision making and advocacy. They are also committed to getting results in an environment where change is near-constant and have the resilience to navigate and learn from setbacks with an eye toward new opportunities.

Who We Are
Founded in 2005, Western Conservation Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public charity based in Denver, Colorado. Alongside our 501(c)(4) advocacy organization Western Conservation Action, we provide grants to nonprofits to support their public education and lobbying activities that build stronger leaders to protect the West’s land, air, and water.

WCF is distinguished by our ability to be crafty, nimble, entrepreneurial, and tenacious. We are game-changers who put a premium on turning new ideas into action and effectively educating the decision-makers who influence conservation and climate policies in the West. If ideas #1, 2, and 3 don’t pan out, we keep at it until we find a way to make an impact. We are committed to changing the conservation and climate policy and advocacy landscape by supporting the power, voices, and visibility of historically underrepresented groups. We seek to add members to our team who embody these characteristics.

What You’ll Do
The Energy Program Manager reports to the Director of Energy Programs and works closely with the Director of Special Projects and is responsible for the following:

  • Aggressively tracking the issue environment and opportunities for policy advancement in your geographies, documenting public statements, actions and intentions of federal and state officials and regulators on energy and climate issues. Monitor outside interest groups and players to identify opportunities for alignment and to anticipate potential attacks on clean energy policies.
    Engaging grantees, consultants, and partners from diverse and influential constituencies to make their voices heard based on the information above. Support their work to educate decision-makers, the media, and the public.
  • Funding and providing technical support to grantees for creative and impactful paid and earned media initiatives that raise the saliency of climate and energy issues and build public support.
  • Managing a philanthropic program with a high degree of understanding of the legal context of nonprofit advocacy work. Develop and closely track budgets, ensuring that WCF/WCA funds are deployed efficiently and that planned and actual spending are accurately tracked and are spent in legally appropriate ways.
  • Enthusiastically jumping into new geographies and/or issue areas as the need arises. Priorities are set on a yearly basis and work portfolios are subject to change.

    Who You Are (Keys To Success)
    To be successful in this job, you will excel in these areas:

  • Strategic Planning: Researching challenges, proposing creative strategies, and effectively structuring philanthropic investments to produce results that would not have been delivered without your leadership.
  • Project management: Overseeing and structuring projects, delivering quality end-products on or ahead of schedule and within budget. Tenaciously pivoting when necessary to produce desired results. Creative, outside-the-box multi-tasking to quickly turn ideas into action and the ability to step outside of or into the current events of the day and focus on WCF program execution.
  • External relations: Acting as an effective ambassador, building connections, and strengthening relationships with outside consultants, grantees, and partners. Working with coalitions effectively and a set of diverse voices across the ideological spectrum on complex issues in a dynamic setting.
  • Communication: Producing strong written documents, editing effectively, and engaging in effective verbal communication within a low drama/high impact culture. Proactively sharing key info with the right people at the right time while practicing discretion if needed, soliciting ideas and info from colleagues and partners, and working as a team to advance the agenda.
  • Attention to detail: Prioritizing administrative responsibilities and effectively navigating nonprofit legal and logistical structures. Noticing and fixing errors that others might overlook. Leaving things better than you found them. Capturing notes and needed follow-up verbally on the fly and effectively tracking next steps.
  • Commitment to social justice and racial equity: Ensuring your work strengthens historically underrepresented voices and visibility in climate and energy decision making and advocacy. Continuously learning on the role of race, gender, and other identities in shaping policy, and raising your understanding of the historical context for racial inequity and its present-day implications.
  • Knowledge of climate and energy policy issues, prior experience in a legislative environment, and prior experience in a nonprofit organization, campaigns or communications are pluses but are not requirements.

    If you were here right now, you would be:

  • Researching and learning about the motivations of Colorado’s federal, state and regulatory decision-makers.
    Supporting and mentoring grantees to develop and implement creative, impactful education campaigns, as well as earned and paid media campaigns to spur climate and energy leadership amongst elected leaders.
  • Cultivating deep relationships with new diverse voice grantees including business, rural and BIPOC grantees and other partners to find alignment on priorities and tee up future work together.

    What Else You Should Know:
    The Position is full-time and based in Colorado, either in the Denver office or from a home office. The role requires frequent travel to our main office in Denver, Colorado and travel to/around assigned geographies as required.

Additionally, WCF is a 100% vaccinated workplace, as allowed for by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Proof of vaccination will be required upon acceptance of a job offer starting September 30, 2021.

The salary for this position ranges from $75,000 to $85,000; salary depends on relevant experience and new staff rarely start at the top of the range.

Western Conservation Foundation recognizes that our employees are our most important investment. We are a team of parents, partners and contributing community members and we take seriously our commitment to these values. Our benefits package includes paid vacation, holidays, and sick leave. WCF offers full family medical, dental and vision insurance coverage and a health reimbursement account (HRA). We offer 6-weeks paid family leave, with 12-weeks job protection. Retirement benefits include an IRA contribution. As much of our staff are based outside our Denver headquarters, we are a remote-friendly workplace.

Western Conservation Foundation is committed to increasing justice, diversity, equity and inclusion in our organization and in the conservation and climate movement. We recruit, employ, compensate and promote regardless of race, religion, creed, national origin, ancestry, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, past, current or prospective service in the uniformed services, or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state or local law. WCF is an equal opportunity employer.

How to Apply

Interested candidates should submit a resume and short cover letter to cojobs@wcfnd.org

To apply for this job email your details to cojobs@wcfnd.org