Program Officer, Conservation

The Opportunity

The Program Officer will be a critical member of a small team, responsible for managing and evaluating a portfolio of philanthropic investments in the Conservation Program, with a particular focus on projects of ecological significance (i.e. protection of the Northern Forest) and community benefit (i.e. community forests, working landscapes, cultural and historic sites).

Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:

Work with the Senior Advisor to envision and cultivate potential grant opportunities aligned with the Foundations’ conservation strategy, particularly in the areas of large-scale land and forest conservation and protecting community gems
Build and maintain meaningful relationships with practitioners and partners in this work to understand opportunities, challenges, and develop projects of interest to the Trustees
Work to advance promising proposals and organizations by conducting due diligence through site visits, in-depth materials reviews, financial analysis, and other activities
Develop and refine proposals and write crisp, detailed internal summaries, documents, analyses, and grant recommendations for senior management
Participate in and contribute to the Foundations’ research agenda and strategy development in collaboration with Research, Learning, and Evaluation team
Monitor and evaluate grant effectiveness against stated objectives and overall portfolio effectiveness
Input relevant and timely information into grants management system and maintain adherence to grant administrative processes
Provide expertise in support of other program areas and projects as required
Follow media and literature to stay abreast of nonprofit trends and best practices, and attend relevant conferences to broaden knowledge

Candidate Profile
The ideal candidate for the Program Office role will exhibit many, but likely not all, of the following experiences and competencies:

A minimum of 8 years of related work experience, particularly in the areas of land conservation, natural resources, and complex projects and land deals; experience as a nonprofit practitioner in this work is ideal
Exceptional relationship-building and management skills who can create meaningful long-term relationships to support the Foundations’ conservation efforts
Natural curiosity and ability to envision possibilities, with an eye towards aligning opportunities with the priorities of the Foundations
A highly collaborative and collegial team member who understands the dynamics of a family foundation and embraces the opportunities associated with this structure
The ability to translate complex and voluminous information into clear, concise written project previews, descriptions, and recommendations
Strong written and verbal communication skills, suitable for internal and external audiences
A proven track record of delivering against goals
Analytical skills and experience, particularly in conducting due diligence for organizations and projects; ability to assess information to draw sound conclusions
Ability to multi-task and work flexibly and creatively within a fast-moving, changing, and complex environment
Ability to move work forward independently and think big picture while applying a keen eye to detail; demonstrated resourcefulness in setting priorities and guiding investment in projects and systems
Experience with strategic planning and execution strongly preferred
Sound judgment, integrity, humility, and respect for confidentiality
Strong service orientation
Experience in philanthropy is preferred but not required

This position will report to the Senior Advisor and will be based in Boston, MA. The successful candidate will need to undergo a comprehensive background check.