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Community Partnership Leader, US Arctic Region - 21043

World Wildlife Fund
Anchorage, AK 99501
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Community Partnership Leader, US Arctic Region - 21043

Type: Regular
# of Openings: 1
US Alaska, Anchorage


World Wildlife Fund (WWF), one of the world's leading conservation organization, seeks a Community Partnership Leader for our WWF US Arctic program. In collaboration with the supervisor and other staff members, the Community Partnership Leader plans, manages, communicates about, implements and monitors activities to engage with local partners in the US Arctic region (Bering, Beaufort and Chukchi seas). The person in this role also supports community priorities and builds relationships with Alaska Native partners and other coastal communities.

Major Function

In face of the rapid changes brought about by climate change, including increasing development such as mining and shipping in the region, WWF-Alaska aims to support greater local involvement in decision-making about marine conservation and sound development. We seek a leader experienced in developing effective multi-constituency partnerships that improve the effectiveness of conservation programs while meeting local community needs.

WWF-US is looking for an experienced conservation strategist with deep experience working with communities and enabling Indigenous-led conservation. This person has experience understanding the complex issues facing different Arctic communities including socioeconomic priorities, natural resources management, climate change vulnerability and more. This person's efforts will promote lasting conservation to benefit nature and communities in high-biodiversity landscapes and seascapes including the Bering Strait, Bristol Bay, Pribilof Islands, Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, and other locations.

For additional details about the program, please click on this link: WWF-Alaska Program & WWF-US Arctic Program


Program Design and Implementation Focus on Community Perspective

  • Finds areas where WWF's goals and community goals converge
  • Supports local visioning and action planning efforts to develop community-based conservation approaches that meet local needs and aspirations
  • Develops, plans and supports development of community-based projects and grants. Works with project personnel, grantees, consultants, and others to facilitate coordination, communication, and regular reporting.
  • Supports development of fundraising proposals and plans for funding from private foundations and/or other donors. Prepares and finalizes scopes of work, budgets, and administrative information for contracts and to ensure compliance with donor requirements.
  • Reviews the performance outcomes and status of all relevant initiatives/ activities and evaluates and reports these results, as well as recommendations for adaptive action
  • Monitors and evaluates project progress and reports back, verbally and in writing
  • Leads or participates in community and partner group meetings
  • Responsible for implementation of key elements of WWF's environmental and social safeguards
  • Develops and analyzes project plans and grant budgets related to communities and partnerships
  • May supervise consultants in their work toward project and program goals and objectives

Community Partnership

  • Supports, develops and manages important relationships with Alaskan non-governmental partners, Alaska Native Organizations and any other stakeholders with respect to area-based conservation
  • Engages partners in WWF's efforts to strengthen transboundary collaboration in preparing for increased Arctic shipping, oil spills, collision, and noise.
  • Leads WWF-Alaska's community outreach efforts, including organizing and facilitating meetings and interviews, and traveling throughout the program area
  • Advances opportunities for WWF to empower communities and Alaska Native Organizations to achieve results in their areas of work
  • Seeks opportunities to create joint learning forums on emerging information about marine protected areas, best practices and experiences from other Arctic countries with Alaskan constituencies
  • Responds to partner or prospective partner requests for oral and written information
  • Works directly with project personnel, grantees, donors, consultants, and others to facilitate communication and regular reporting

Innovative Collaboration

  • Creates opportunities for community involvement and leadership
  • Collaborates with US Coast Guard, NOAA, and other agencies to advocate for community role in agency plans. (e.g., ensure community voices are represented in an on-site bi-lateral oil spill response exercise being planned in the next two years)
  • Builds bridges between scientific entities and local communities, as needed, to support information sharing and integration of diverse types of knowledge
  • Performs other duties and assigned


  • Must have at least 8 years of relevant experience in program management, conservation strategy, natural resource management, climate change, or building and maintaining relationships with Indigenous communities
  • Must have a Bachelor's degree, preferably in a related field such as natural resources management, environmental science, rural development, program administration or conservation policy
  • Deep and broad experience in Alaska and Arctic communities; a track record of developing and supporting partnerships is required
  • Position requires a deep understanding of Alaskan Native culture & values, and as such preference will be given to an enrolled member of an Alaska Native tribe
  • Background in community-based engagement is essential
  • Proven ability to communicate, engage and manage relationships with partners, funders, and their own team
  • Deep experience as a listener as well as the ability to be communicate in a directive and persuasive manner
  • Demonstrated knowledge of fundraising, budgeting, and monitoring donor compliance
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Excellent facilitation skills
  • Strong project management skills
  • Ability to operate with independence, under pressure, to meet deadlines and commitments
  • Ability to work on initiatives with multiple and competing priorities
  • Ability to travel up to 50% of the time -primarily to Alaskan communities, and with occasional international travel and trips to Washington, DC
  • Ability to work effectively as a team member with a wide range of individuals, possibly across cultures and time zones
  • Fluency or familiarity with at least one Alaska Native language is preferred

Please Note:

  • This position is based in Alaska.
  • Candidates are encouraged to apply by March 25th, but we will start reviewing applications immediately

To Apply:

  • Submit cover letter and resume through our Careers Page, Requisition #21043
  • Due to the high volume of applications we are not able to respond to inquiries via phone

As an EOE/AA employer, WWF will not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant's race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, or protected Veteran status. WWF values diversity and inclusion and welcomes diverse candidates to apply.


Posted: 2021-04-04 Expires: 2021-05-06

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