Program Director for Sky Island Alliance | Tucson, AZ

Program Director

Agency: Sky Island Alliance

Location: Tucson, Arizona

Consideration of applicants will begin March 6

Salary: $50,000 – $70,000 with benefits

Job Type: Exempt Full-time


We seek a personable professional with a hunger for solving big problems, who loves working in a collaborative team setting and is interested in shaping the future of the Sky Island region. The Program Director will play a critical role in integrating diverse initiatives (including initiatives in Mexico) into a comprehensive program of work to achieve our strategic plan.

Major initiatives include: conservation of connected open space to provide for wildlife and sustain biological diversity; protection and restoration of critical water sources to increase water availability for the environment; promotion of ecosystem resilience to address the impacts of climate change and other drivers of change. This individual will provide collaborative leadership and scientific expertise to achieve large-landscape transboundary conservation. We accomplish this through citizen-science monitoring, policy initiatives, climatesmart restoration of ecosystems. This person will collaborate with a diverse number of organizations and individuals to promote the appreciation of the uniqueness of the Sky Islands among local residents.


  • Demonstrated ability to develop strategic direction at the organizational level; manage program staff; and develop and implement organizational strategic plans, work plans, shared agreements and best practices.
  • Academic and professional background in conservation, natural resources management, or related field, including Master’s degree or equivalent professional experience.
  • At least five years of experience in science-based collaborative conservation or similar, including program management, preparation of budgets, and personnel management.
  • Demonstrated track record of successful grant writing to fund programmatic initiatives.
  • Familiarity with environmental policy, conservation biology and ecological restoration.
  • Must have a good working knowledge of water, climate change adaptation, public and private lands conservation, large-landscape conservation, wildlife connectivity, and biological diversity.
  • Ability to convey information clearly via excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to travel within Sky Island region to conduct field weekends and multi-day trips.
  • Strongly preferred: Fluency in Spanish; demonstrated understanding of conservation approaches and strategies appropriate to achieve conservation goals in Mexico.

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