Job Announcement: Executive Director

Announcement date: January 29, 2020
Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis and will be accepted until: February 15, 2020.

Conservation Voters for Idaho (CVI) and Conservation Voters for Idaho Education Fund (CVIEF) work together to protect Idaho’s spectacular environment and quality of life, through strengthening the political power of the conservation community. CVI works to elect and support pro-conservation candidates at the state and local level, and to hold elected officials accountable for their actions on conservation issues. CVIEF works to promote public awareness and increase civic engagement around conservation issues, and advocates for sound and sustainable environmental policy and democracy advocacy.

CVI and CVIEF have a combined budget of over $1,000,000 and 16 staff members.

CVI and CVIEF seek a dynamic, experienced leader to serve as Executive Director. The ED will lead both organizations, and will have the opportunity to mobilize citizens, impact elections, and influence public policy in support of Idaho’s unique environment. The ED reports to the boards of both organizations.

Scope of Responsibilities
Under the guidance of the volunteer boards of directors, the Executive Director will be responsible for actively managing all of the affairs of CVI, CVIEF and CVI Action Fund (CVI’s PAC) toward the mission of strengthening political power for conservation. These activities are governed within limits established by organizational bylaws and policies. The Executive Director will receive broad direction from the boards of directors, but will rarely receive direct supervision. The Executive Director will work with staff to develop and implement programs that achieve the best results in furthering the missions of CVI and CVIEF.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities
Leadership/ Political:

  • Represent CVI and CVIEF to elected officials, candidates, the environmental community, media, and others
  • Develop bipartisan political, advocacy, and electoral strategies, and ensure this work is integrated with fundraising, communication, and organizational goals.
  • Work closely with boards to articulate a shared strategic vision for CVI and CVIEF.
  • Drive the implementation of the organizations’ strategic plans.
  • Provide leadership in collaborating with other political and/or non-profit groups as appropriate and when mutually beneficial.


  • Make and successfully close large fundraising asks.
  • Cultivate strong relationships with foundations and individual donors.
  • Maintain ultimate responsibility for all fundraising.
  • Work with board and staff to meet annual revenue goals. ED should seek to expand and diversify funding base.

Administrative / Financial Management:

  • Hire, manage and inspire staff.
  • Provide leadership fostering a productive and high-morale work environment.
  • Prioritize activities and ensure organizations’ effectiveness.
  • Assure compliance with all political and other reporting requirements.
  • Develop for board approval annual budgets for CVIEF, CVI, and CVI Action Fund.
  • Manage, track and execute budgets reflecting organizational priorities for the three organizations.


  • Develop and lead implementation of robust civic engagement programs.
  • Develop and lead implementation of robust electoral programs.
  • Develop and lead implementation of robust democracy programs.
  • Collaborate with partner organizations in areas of mutual interest, such as civic engagement and lobbying on conservation issues.
  • Work with staff to develop and implement comprehensive communications plan, including web, written materials, and social media.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Significant fundraising experience, including major gifts fundraising, grants/foundations
  • Demonstrated leadership in supervising and motivating staff and running a growing organization
  • Political campaign experience
  • Knowledge of environmental issues, advocacy, and politics
  • Superior leadership and strategic-thinking skills
  • Successful internal and external communications, both oral and written, and strong ability to articulate CVI’s mission, goals, and successes


  • Familiarity with Idaho’s legislative process, politics, and political leaders
  • Familiarity with conservation politics in a red state
  • Experience building and working with coalitions
  • Experience working with non-profit 501c3 and/or 501c4 organizations
  • Experience developing and executing complex budgets

Salary commensurate with experience.
Generous benefits package includes paid leave, retirement, and health benefits.

To Apply:
Send resume, cover letter, and three references to
Please type “Executive Director Search” in the subject line.

It is CVI’s policy that all employees work in a setting free from all forms of discrimination.

This job description describes the principal functions and job requirements in general, as well as the general level of knowledge and skills typically required. This job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee, and the requirements of the position are subject to change as the needs of the employer and organization change.

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Job Announcement: Program Manager

Announcement date: January 17, 2020
Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis and will be accepted until: February 03, 2020.


Conservation Voters for Idaho (CVI) protects Idaho’s environment and quality of life by informing, engaging and empowering citizens who care about our natural heritage and healthy communities. CVI is seeking a motivated individual for the position of program manager to oversee CVI’s campaigns related to our issue advocacy goals around: clean energy, climate change, transportation, toxics, and to provide support to CVI’s legislative, accountability and electoral programs.  The Executive Director will oversee this position.

The Program Manager develops, manages, and implements strategies related to programs as outlined in Conservation Voters for Idaho’s strategic plan in collaboration with the Executive Director. The manager may supervise CVI interns and fellows. The ideal candidate for this position will have experience in conservation policy and community organizing, and be able to develop effective advocacy strategies.  We are looking for someone who is detail oriented, results driven, and is self-motivated.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develop, manage, and advance comprehensive issue advocacy program plans
  • Research and analyze issues, policies and advocacy programs
  • Develop and maintain collaborative working relationships with key interest groups to build a broad base of support for our programs
  • Organize meetings with partner groups to discuss and coordinate priorities
  • Engage city and county elected officials and community leaders
  • Supervise program related interns and field fellows to meet programmatic goals


  • Two to three years experience implementing and creating effective programs


This is a full-time position based in Boise.  Salary range is $40,000-$45,000 depending upon experience. Competitive benefits including healthcare and retirement. This position may require some evening and weekend work. CVI is committed to providing a fulfilling professional experience for our staff. Investing in our employees, supporting their professional growth, and creating a workplace that is committed to excellence and works to create lasting change for Idaho is the foundation of our work. All CVI employees have access to a number of trainings, workshops, and professional development opportunities relevant to their position and career goals.

To Apply Send a resume, three professional references, and a cover letter that addresses your interest in the position to with the subject line Program Manager.

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