Forest Finance Program Associate – CFN

THE CONSERVATION FINANCE NETWORK

The Conservation Finance Network (CFN) helps practitioners develop and scale conservation finance approaches – both locally and systemically – offering vitally important ways to leverage public, private, and philanthropic dollars for the projects that matter. From empowering and advancing equity-centered projects to democratizing access to capital and environmental markets, CFN is leveraging partnerships to improve outcomes for climate, land, and water conservation, biodiversity, and human health and equity.

As a backbone support organization to the field of conservation finance, CFN is a form of infrastructure that enables collaboration and systems-level change. We work to increase capacity, confidence, and connection among a growing community of public agencies, investment firms, corporations, foundations, conservation organizations, and academic institutions. We enable practitioners to strengthen connections and align efforts beyond the bounds of individual mission statements or business models. We convene practitioners to develop new tools and address challenges, provide technical assistance for project implementation, and capture and disseminate actionable information on cutting edge approaches. Together, our efforts increase the capital deployed for conservation.

POSITION SUMMARY

The Associate will help to advance the Conservation Finance Network’s effort to accelerate the pace and scale of land and resource conservation, restoration, and stewardship by expanding the use of innovative and effective funding and financing strategies. As part of this, the Associate will support a new capacity building and technical assistance program with the US Forest Service. Other duties include assisting with the development and facilitation of training activities, cross-sector convenings, educational outputs, and strategic communication. The Associate will work closely with the Executive Director, Director of Strategic Partnerships, Project and Operations Coordinator, and CFN Advisory Committee to increase CFN’s overall impact.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES

We understand that each applicant will bring unique skills, knowledge, and experience to this position. Our small but nimble team is open to discussing what each candidate brings to the table and how responsibilities might shift among the team to cater to individual strengths. With that in mind, the primary responsibilities of the Associate will include most of the following:

  • Coaching and Technical Assistance: Deliver coaching and technical assistance to projects and partners. Directly engage and provide support to strategic partners working to incorporate conservation funding and financing strategies into their work, and also recruit and manage contributions from outside experts.
  • Program Design: Manage the creation and facilitation of programmatic activities including communication, education, mentorship, and technical assistance.
  • Strategic Assessment: With support from the Executive Director and Director of Strategic Partnerships, design and conduct strategic assessments of education and technical assistance needs among practitioners.
  • Support CFN Core Programs: Support colleagues with strategic objectives for other core programs, including Boot Camp, Roundtable, Conservation Finance Conference, and catalytic coaching.
  • Strategic Communications & Marketing: Contribute to CFN’s partnership with the Center for Business and the Environment at Yale. Help develop, curate, and disseminate relevant content.
  • Business Planning and Fundraising: Support the CFN business plan and fundraising strategy to generate revenue for network activities. Actively contribute to lead generation. Support relevant proposal development and reporting.
  • Partnerships and Business Development: Identify potential partnerships and business opportunities (e.g. new partners and audiences for services and resources) to help CFN strategically grow the delivery and impact of its programs.
  • Grant Management: Responsible for tracking and reporting on relevant grants and awards.
  • Governance: Support program governance, including regular communication.
  • Network Building: Actively work to establish and foster a sense of community across the field of practice. Serve as a bridge between USFS activities and other initiatives. Leverage synergies with USFS relationships and scope of work.
  • Research: Perform research on case studies, financing mechanisms, funding prospects, and other relevant topics.
  • Learning: Proactively stay apprised of new and innovative land conservation finance techniques through interaction with leaders and innovators and through relevant conferences, workshops, and webinars.
  • Other duties as assigned.

BACKGROUND AND PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES

The following factors will help a candidate to successfully perform the essential duties of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions

Desired Experience:

  • Recommended: Bachelor’s degree related to the study of environmental science, land and resource conservation, ecosystem management and forestry, natural capital, and/or impact investing.
  • A minimum of 5 years of work experience with land and resource conservation projects or transactions, program design and execution, and project and partnership management.
  • Demonstrated project management experience in forest acquisitions, natural climate solutions, and/or silviculture management.
  • Working knowledge of land and resource conservation transactions, conservation investment and market development dynamics, and relevant public policy.
  • Experience in communications and marketing, curriculum development, workshop and conference facilitation, business development, fundraising, and grant reporting.
  • Work experience with US Forest Service and/or other public land management agencies.

Desired Skills & Attributes

  • Passion for helping land and resource conservation practitioners envision and pursue new pathways for funding and financing their efforts.
  • An ability to bring humor, curiosity, joy, and humility to further a positive team dynamic and community culture.
  • Comfort with uncertainty and an inclination to prevent or solve problems and an ability to think strategically and creatively to advance organizational goals.
  • Ability to anticipate and/or ascertain the needs of partners and stakeholder
  • Excellent interpersonal and written/verbal communication skills, and organization skills.
  • Commitment to furthering a positive team dynamic and community culture.
  • Ability to exercise sound and independent judgement while maintaining confidentiality as appropriate.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite and virtual meeting platforms (e.g. Zoom).

PHYSICAL/MENTAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • Must be willing to work occasional evenings and/or weekends.
  • Typically 25% travel required, potentially to remote locations.
  • Valid driver’s license required.

LOCATION, COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS:

This is a remote position with an expected salary range of $65,000 to $75,000 depending on experience. This position is supported with grant funding through 8/31/2024 with a very likely possibility of extending beyond that date.

Multiplier provides a comprehensive compensation package, including:

  • 100% employer paid medical, dental, and vision insurance for employee
  • 401(k) retirement plan with 3.5% employer match
  • 12 paid holidays, including 2 floating holidays
  • Vacation accrual of 15 days for years 1-4
  • 10 annual sick days

HOW TO APPLY:

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Please send your resume, cover letter, and salary requirements to admin@conservation-finance.org with “The Conservation Finance Network/Forest Finance Program Associate” in the subject line. We respectfully request no follow-up calls or emails.

The Conservation Finance Network is an independent operating project of the nonprofit umbrella organization, Multiplier, a nationally recognized nonprofit with a growing portfolio of innovative initiatives that conserve and protect a sustainable and resilient world (www.multiplier.org)

EEO STATEMENT:
Multiplier and The Conservation Finance Network celebrate diversity and are committed to building teams and partnerships that represent a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. Multiplier and The Conservation Finance Network are also committed to providing an environment of mutual respect that is free from discrimination and harassment. Multiplier and The Conservation Finance Network prohibit discrimination in its governance, programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, political beliefs, reprisal, marital status, amnesty, status as a covered veteran, because all or part of an individual’s income is derived from public assistance, or for any other non-merit based factor.

 

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