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Alaska Program Director

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Sectors Hydrology, Hydrogeology, Water Resources
Location Alaska - America North
Type Fixed Term and Permanent Roles
Status Full Time
Level Senior Level
Deadline 05/06/2015
Company Name Trout Unlimited
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Directory Entry : Conservation Jobs with Trout Unlimited. TU is a national organization with more than 150,000 members organized into about 400 chapters from Maine to Montana to Alaska. This dedicated grassroots army is matched by a respected staff of lawyers, policy experts and scientists, who work out of more than 30 offices nationwide. These conservation professionals ensure that TU is at the forefront of fisheries restoration work at the local, state and national levels.
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Alaska Program Director

About Trout Unlimited

Today, Trout Unlimited is a national organization with more than 150,000 volunteers organized into about 400 chapters nationwide. This dedicated grassroots army is matched by a respected staff of organizers, lawyers, policy experts and scientists, who work out of more than 30 offices nationwide. These conservation professionals ensure that TU is at the forefront of fisheries restoration and protection work at the local, state and national levels. Our mission is to conserve, protect and restore North America's coldwater fisheries and their watersheds. Our vision is by the next generation, Trout Unlimited will ensure that robust populations of native and wild coldwater fish once again thrive within their North American range, so that our children can enjoy healthy fisheries in their home waters.

Position Overview

TU seeks an experienced, passionate leader with outstanding communication skills and a strong record of accomplishment to direct its highly successful Alaska Program, which is based in Anchorage. The Alaska Director reports to TU's Vice President for Western Conservation.

Alaska Program Overview

Including the Director, TU's Alaska Program has seven full-time staff, three part-time staff and several contractors. Staff members have diverse backgrounds and expertise, including science, law, communications, finance and administration and organizing. The Alaska Program is currently focused on several areas with exceptional salmon, trout and char resources, including the headwaters of Bristol Bay, Southeast Alaska, and the Susitna watershed. Most of this work entails policy advocacy to protect intact, salmon-producing watersheds from industrial-scale development, primarily mining, clear-cut logging and dams. In addition, the Alaska Program is working to reconnect and restore degraded rivers and streams in Southeast Alaska's Tongass National Forest and operates a Native Guide Academy in Bristol Bay to teach young Alaska Natives how to fly-fish and work in the sport-fishing industry. Alaska Program staff also work with TU members who reside in Alaska and are organized in five TU chapters.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Set strategic direction and goals for all facets the Alaska Program, consistent with TU’s mission and strategic plan, and oversee development and execution of strategies and actions to achieve those goals
  • Build and maintain a strong, integrated Alaska Program staff team through direct supervision of senior-level staff and employing effective means of internal communication
  • Develop and manage the Alaska Program budget
  • Raise revenue to meet program budget and maintain strong relationships with existing funders; substantial experience with grant and report writing as well as donor relations
  • In coordination with and assisted by TU's Marketing and Communications staff, ensure that TU's value proposition and conservation work in Alaska is effectively communicated to target audiences, including funders and policy-makers
  • Build and maintain positive relations with TU's Alaska grassroots members, and engage TU's grassroots members to achieve conservation objectives
  • Build and maintain strong relationships with key elected officials, policy-makers, media and resource managers
  • Build and maintain strong alliances with like-minded conservation and sportsmen's organizations; establish strategic partnerships to leverage TU resources
  • Contribute to development and advancement of TU's organizational goals nationally and in the West through participation in TU Board of Trustee meetings, Western Conservation Director meetings, and other forums


  • Bachelor's degree, an advanced degree in a relevant discipline a plus
  • Minimum of 3 years of not-for-profit management and team leadership experience, or similar experience in the public or private sectors
  • Successful fundraising and budget management experience
  • Understanding of natural resource policy and management issues regarding the conservation of trout and salmon and their habitats in Alaska
  • Significant advocacy experience in legislative and administrative forums
  • Knowledge of federal and state politics relevant to TU's conservation work in Alaska
  • Demonstrable success working with diverse stakeholders and building partnerships, specific experience working with sportsmen/women, commercial fishers and Alaska Natives strongly desired
  • Outstanding written and oral communication skills; media experience a plus
  • Strong organization skills and the ability to work independently
  • Strong teamwork ethic and an ability to motivate and inspire staff
  • Willingness and ability to travel within Alaska, including remote locations, and occasionally to Washington D.C. and the Pacific Northwest/California
  • Passion for protecting Alaska's important salmon/trout landscapes
  • Active, passionate fly angler a plus, but not required

The position will be located in TU's Anchorage office. Salary and benefits are competitive with other national not-for-profit conservation organizations; salary is commensurate with experience.

How to Apply

Please send a cover letter of interest, resume and three professional references by email to: David Stillwell at dstillwell@tu.org.

No phone inquiries, please.

Applications for this position will be accepted until June 5, 2015.

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