Conservation Director

The Coastal Conservation League (CCL) is seeking an experienced Conservation Director to join its Charleston staff. CCL is a non-profit conservation organization supported by 5,000 members, with a mission to protect the natural environment of the South Carolina coastal plain and to enhance the quality of life of our communities by working with individuals, businesses and government to ensure balanced solutions.

The conservation director will plan, oversee and participate in the implementation of CCL’s conservation programs. This will entail program development, oversight and execution; external communications; personnel management; program budgeting; financial analysis and reporting; board communications; communications with major donors; communications with foundations; grant writing and issue-oriented membership development.

The ideal candidate should have the following demonstrated skills and attributes:

  • Leadership capacity to oversee and direct conservation initiatives operating within a variety of political arenas, executed by personnel operating out of multiple locations;
  • The ability to develop, understand and analyze programmatic budgets (annual and five year) and to communicate financial information and analysis to the board and others;
  • The ability to write clearly and persuasively about the organization’s programs and relevant conservation issues;
  • Facility with public speaking about programs and issues, to large and small audiences;
  • The ability to communicate effectively through all media: social, print, video, etc.;
  • An understanding of the importance of social networks for achieving program and fundraising objectives. (This is not to be confused with “social media.”)
  • The ability to develop and execute annual and long-term plans for various initiatives (land use and transportation; energy and climate; food and agriculture; air, water and public health; wildlife and habitat conservation; outdoor environmental education);
  • The ability to identify and measure key performance milestones for all active programs;
  • The ability to identify and maintain positive relationships with individual donors;
  • The ability to identify potential foundation support and to produce the material necessary to obtain foundation grants;
  • The willingness to take on any task necessary, from high level planning to administrative and technical functions, to ensure that projects are successfully executed;
  • An understanding of Lowcountry ecology, history and culture.

The conservation director should enjoy working in a busy political arena. She/he should appreciate the importance of periodically reevaluating and adjusting programmatic direction and priorities. At the same time, she/he should possess a clear understanding of the organization’s ultimate goals and be able to chart a tactical course toward achieving those goals.

She/he should appreciate and enjoy the Lowcountry, its environment, its citizens and its food.

How to apply

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to Megan Desrosiers at Salary is commensurate with proven skills and experience. Telephone calls will not be accepted. Full benefits provided. EOE.

Charleston, South Carolina
Coastal Conservation League
Megan Desrosiers