Program Associate

The Conservation Finance Network (CFN) is a multi-institutional effort based at Island Press in Washington, D.C. This program seeks to accelerate the pace and scale of land and resource conservation, restoration, and stewardship in the U.S. through the application of innovative financial tools and strategies. By delivering intensive trainings and building a network of professionals from across the conservation, finance, and philanthropic sectors, CFN helps to increase the financial resources deployed for conservation.

We are seeking a Program Associate to assist with all aspects of the program, including training activities, cross-sector convenings, strategic communication, website management, and fundraising. The Program Associate will work closely with the Program Director and CFN Advisory Board to strengthen CFN’s overall mission.

The Program Associate position is supported with grant funding. At this time, resources are available to fund this position through October 31, 2018, and efforts are in place to extend beyond that date.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assist with planning and facilitating events, including trainings and convenings.
  • Research and summarize case studies, financing mechanisms, and funding prospects.
  • Help to communicate with an Advisory Board of conservation finance leaders.
  • Assist with managing relationships, partnerships, and ongoing collaborations.
  • Help to implement the fundraising strategy, including proposal and report writing.
  • Proactively stay apprised of new and innovative land conservation finance techniques.
  • Share regular updates with the Program Director, assist with social media, and help to manage a content partnership with the Center for Business and the Environment at Yale.
  • When opportunities arise, support the development of content for distribution to the network.

Qualifications & Experience

The ideal candidate will have a master’s degree plus two years of experience, or four years of equivalent experience in a field related to land and resource conservation, environmental markets, or impact investing. Candidates must have event planning experience; excellent interpersonal and written/verbal communication skills; strong attention to detail and ability to manage multiple projects; ability to exercise sound judgment and maintain confidentiality as appropriate; ability to think creatively and strategically to advance project and organizational goals. Direct experience in land and resource conservation, impact investing, program management, website management, or fundraising is required. The position is based in Washington, D.C., and includes occasional travel.

To perform this job successfully, an individual will have proficiency in the Microsoft Office suite, specifically Outlook, Word, and Excel. Familiarity with social media and databases is an advantage.

After publishing the foundational literature on conservation finance, Island Press has incubated CFN since 2012 as part of its mission to provide the best ideas and information in the field to those seeking to understand and protect the environment and create solutions to its complex problems.

Island Press is an equal employment opportunity employer that is committed to promoting a workplace as diverse as the environment it is committed to protecting. We encourage applications from qualified individuals regardless of race, color, national origin, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, religion, political association, disability, veteran status, or any other status protected by law.

To apply, send cover letter and résumé to with a subject of Program Associate-60.16CI. No calls please. The deadline for applications is Friday, April 1, 2016.