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Alliance Program Director

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The Trust for Public Land, Seattle
1011 Western Avenue, Suite 605
Seattle, WA 98104
United States


The Alliance for Puget Sound Shorelines is a collaboration between People For Puget Sound, The Trust for Public Land and The Nature Conservancy. The Alliance envisions Puget Sound's shorelines to be healthy, vibrant, clean and full of life. We also envision a Sound that can be easily reached and enjoyed by people, with more parks and natural areas for generations of families to experience and appreciate. And, we envision a civic and political leadership fully committed to the Sound's health and vitality. Puget Sound is renowned in our communities and across the country as a vibrant inland sea, a national model for how people--driven by commitment, pride and vision--can make a profound and lasting contribution on behalf of a landscape they love. Achieving this vision is the driving force behind the goals of the Alliance for Puget Sound Shorelines.

Building on the success of this collaboration since 2006 to protect and restore the shorelines of Puget Sound, we have adopted the following goals moving forward:

Strengthen and harness the human connection between people and the Puget Sound shorelines: by making it easier for people to access, use and enjoy the Puget Sound shorelines; organizing a growing mainstream constituency for shorelines in communities throughout Puget Sound; and using public opinion as leverage towards developing new funding sources supporting the recovery of Puget Sound by 2020.

Protect and restore Puget Sound's shoreline habitat: by protecting existing shoreline habitat; restoring vital shoreline natural systems; and increasing the overall capacity of the restoration and protection community around Puget Sound.


The Program Director's primary responsibility is to advance the goals of the Alliance for Puget Sound Shorelines by providing strategic input, excellent facilitation, and overall program coordination. The collaboration relies on the Program Director to maintain a perspective that encompasses how all elements of the Alliance program are being advanced by the three member organizations. This perspective is critical to evaluating opportunities and engaging external partners to advance the Alliance program.

The Program Director works under the direction of the Alliance Management Committee. S/he also works closely with the Alliance workgroups, Steering Committee, and executive leadership of the member organizations. Primary duties include:

Program Coordination / Facilitation:

-Act as a liaison between the Management and Executive Committee and other Alliance workgroups, act as a liaison between the workgroups as needed, and otherwise foster excellent overall communication and coordination among the member organizations.
-Attend all workgroup meetings and contribute strategic input.
-Follow-up with workgroup staff to ensure timely progress on agreed upon next steps.
-Provide feedback to workgroups to ensure progress towards stated goals and benchmarks.
-Prepare agendas, convene and facilitate regular meetings of the Steering and Management Committees.
-Coordinate with the Management Committee to identify and advance items for Executive -Committee discussion/approval, convene and facilitate Executive Committee meetings.
-Organize planning sessions to finalize future phases of Alliance program.
-Coordinate with development lead to organize regular Alliance engagement with key funders.
-Work with the Development workgroup, Management and Executive committees to align anticipated future shared costs with fundraising being undertaken by the member organizations.

Program Implementation:

-Assisting in the design and implementation of key Alliance projects and activities as they arise.
-As appropriate attend meetings of the Environmental Caucus, Puget Sound Partnership, and Puget Sound Nearshore Partnership.
-Conduct check-in meetings with key external partners as appropriate.

Tracking and Reporting:

-Developing a new tracking and reporting system for the Alliance's fourth year benchmarks and assessing progress against commitments to funders.
-Compile and disseminate quarterly written progress reports.
-Compile and edit grant reports to The Russell Family Foundation every six months.


-Work with workgroups and Management Committee to develop annual Shared Costs Budget and track expenditures against approved budget.
-As needed, develop and manage contracts for consultants in coordination with Management Committee, Steering Committee, and/or Workgroups as appropriate.


-Minimum of five years of relevant work experience
-Bachelor's degree required; Master's degree preferred
-Project management and coordination experience
-Experience with budgeting & accounting
-Excellent writing & editing skills
-Superior oral communication skills, including public speaking
-Ability to establish effective professional working relationships within organizations and with outside contacts, agencies and public officials
-Eagerness and ability to work effectively with diverse groups of people
-Group facilitation and mediation experience
-Experience with a conservation organization or agency
-Fundraising experience highly desirable
-Familiarity with Puget Sound and its ecosystems desirable
-Scientific background and/or training desirable

SALARY: based on qualifications

Please send resume and cover letter to: [email protected] with "Alliance Director -- Job#1180" in the subject line. No phone calls please. Or mail to:

Alliance Program Director Search

The Trust for Public Land

1011 Western Avenue, Suite 605

Seattle, WA 98104

Primary application period ends July 17, 2009 (but position will remain open until filled).

We are actively recruiting a diverse workforce. We are an equal opportunity employer.


The Trust for Public Land, Seattle
1011 Western Avenue, Suite 605
Seattle, WA 98104
United States