Managing Director

Website Heart of the Rockies Initiative

Connected habitat and working land for people and wildlife

Join us in shaping the future of private land conservation as a Managing Director of the Heart of the Rockies Initiative. As a partnership of local, regional, and national land trusts, we are dedicated to ensuring connected habitat and working lands for both wildlife and communities across the transboundary Rockies. Your passion and strategic vision will drive impactful, collaborative, and lasting solutions. Please visit our website for the full job posting.

Title: Managing Director

Supervisor: Board of Directors

Position Type: Full time, exempt

Compensation: $118,000 – $133,000 starting salary; generous benefits package outline below

Location: Remote within the Heart of the Rockies region; preferably in a central location within the region

Application Deadline: May 15, 2024

Preferred Start Date: August 1, 2024

About Us

Heart of the Rockies Initiative is a transboundary organization that works to ensure connected habitat and working lands for people and wildlife by increasing the pace of durable conservation in the Central Rockies of North America. As a partnership of 29 land trusts working across five U.S. states and two Canadian provinces, we envision a region where actively engaged people and communities work together across geographic and organizational boundaries to protect, restore, and steward the lands and waters that sustain natural systems and support community livelihoods. We know that we’ll only achieve our mission and vision by hiring and creating an inclusive space for a diverse staff that reflects the communities across the landscape in which we work.

Position Summary

Heart of the Rockies is seeking a collaborative, strategic, and effective individual with an extensive fundraising track record and proven emotionally intelligent leadership skills to join our team as a Managing Director.

The Managing Director shares leadership and staff supervision with two other managing directors to support the achievement of the Heart of the Rockies’ vision, goals, and strategies. Heart of the Rockies initiated the co-directorship in 2022 as an organizational structure in which top-level executive leadership is shared internally by three people, rather than having a single Executive Director. Executive responsibilities – such as strategic direction, organizational and program development, fundraising, collaboration with the Board of Directors, and serving as the public face of the organization – are shared among the managing directors. All managing directors hold equal authority within and responsibility for the organization, and report to the Board of Directors.

Primary Responsibilities

Shared Executive Leadership (35%)

  • Provide vision and leadership to ensure the continued success of this effective organization; inspire and motivate the partnership to imagine its possibilities and track its effectiveness.
  • Ensure financial stability and sustainability of the organization.
  • Collaborate with the Board and staff to develop and implement the organization’s strategic plan.
  • Build and nurture meaningful relationships with land trust members, landowners, and NGO, Tribal, State, and Federal partners to enable member organizations and partners to achieve greater landscape conservation impact.
  • Supervise 2-3 staff members, helping them develop goals, work plans, and professional development opportunities, and cultivate career advancement and mentorship opportunities.
  • Serve as a lead voice and external spokesperson for the organization.
  • Uphold the Heart of the Rockies’ excellent reputation, as well as our values of collaboration, community, equity, excellence, and integrity.
  • Foster an inclusive organizational culture within staff and Board.

Fund Development and Communications (50%)

  • Lead our small development team and the Board’s development committee to ensure Heart of the Rockies meets its annual operating revenue goals.
  • Develop and guide implementation of a fund development strategy; grow our individual and major gifts program, and develop a corporate giving program.
  • Develop and manage relationships with current and potential funders and create and implement a donor stewardship strategy. Identify and cultivate new funding opportunities.
  • Serve as a key team member of the Keep It Connected program, providing strategic and implementation support to secure foundation and major gifts for our 29 land trust members’ most important wildlife connectivity projects, as well as capacity funding to help member organizations deliver those projects.
  • Work closely with the Policy Director to identify, apply for, and secure state and federal funding for organizational operations and on behalf of land trust members and conservation partners.

High Divide Collaborative Program Responsibilities (15%)

  • Provide oversight and strategic support for the High Divide Collaborative.
    Develop and nurture the High Divide Collaborative, providing guidance to the staff team responsible for progress.
  • Assist program staff in seeking and securing project funding in partnership with and/or on behalf of Collaborative members.
  • Support the development of annual programmatic work plans, as well as implementation of programmatic activities.
  • Support program evaluation and adaptation, ensuring relevance of the High Divide Collaborative to its members.
  • Foster and nurture relationships with High Divide Collaborative members.


We welcome people with diverse identities, experiences, and perspectives to apply. Strong candidates will be experienced leaders who meet many, but not necessarily all, of the following qualifications – we encourage interested candidates to apply if they meet 75% of them.

Experience and Knowledge

  • 10+ years of combined education and progressively responsible experience in a natural resource field, planning, business, organizational development, or a related field.
  • A demonstrated track record of fundraising, with major donor or similar experience, from both private and public sources, and a proven ability to interact with major donors and foundation leaders.
  • Leadership experience and ability to set a clear vision and motivate diverse groups to work collaboratively under changing and uncertain conditions.
  • Experience with administration, budgeting, and managing nonprofit organizations.
  • Motivated by values of equity and inclusion, with awareness of current and historical injustices embedded in conservation work.
  • Commitment to the mutual goals of sustaining working farms and ranches and maintaining biological diversity and functioning ecological systems.
  • Knowledge of and experience with the policies and tools of voluntary private land conservation generally; previous experience with land trusts.
  • Knowledge of the science and practice of large landscape conservation, conservation collaboration, and working with entities engaged in landscape conservation.

Skills and Abilities

  • Exhibits strong interpersonal skills rooted in teamwork, diplomacy, and respect, with a commitment to collaboration.
  • Builds meaningful partnerships and works well with people from different cultural backgrounds, with the ability to interpret and navigate the social and political environment.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, with ability to convey information clearly.
  • Able to think strategically, develop and manage complex projects from start to completion, stay accountable to deadlines and teammates, and adopt new approaches in response to changing circumstances.
  • Intentionally shares power through decision-making, clear definition of roles and responsibilities, and effective delegation.
  • Demonstrates willingness to take risks, pilot new approaches, learn from failure, and continually improve efforts.
  • Consistently provides positive and developmental feedback to compassionately support growth of team members.
  • Actively seeks feedback, direction, and guidance from all team members and keeps staff informed of decisions that impact them.
  • Demonstrates integrity and ability to exercise confidentiality and sound judgment.
  • Comfortable initiating in person, phone, and online contact with prospective donors.
  • Ability to conduct the majority of your work remotely and at a computer.
  • Ability to travel up to 8 weeks each year within the Heart of the Rockies region, and occasionally beyond (must have or be willing to obtain a driver’s license).

Compensation and Benefits

  • Starting salary is $118,000 – $133,000/year, depending on experience, and is based upon a wage analysis for the region and organizational size.
  • Flexible work options including working from home, non-traditional work hours, and compressed work weeks.
  • Annual paid time off includes three weeks of vacation leave, nine holidays, two weeks of sick/wellbeing leave, and additional leave options, including the opportunity for paid sabbatical every five years and six weeks of paid and six weeks of unpaid family leave.
  • Paid medical, dental, vision, and life insurance.
  • Retirement plan with employer matching.
  • Heart of the Rockies values work-life balance and a family-friendly atmosphere, and supports personal resilience.

How to Apply

The requirements listed in our job descriptions are guidelines, not hard and fast rules, and if you have 75% of the qualifications listed we encourage you to apply. Please visit our website for instructions on how to apply.

Heart of the Rockies strives to increase diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice in all elements of our work and with our partners to support the interdependent needs of people and wildlife. We recruit, employ, train, compensate, and promote regardless of race, religion, creed, national origin, ancestry, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity (including gender nonconformity and status as a transgender individual), age, physical or mental disability, citizenship, genetic information, past, current, or prospective service in the uniformed services, or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state, or local law. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer.

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