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Grand Canyon Director

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Flagstaff, AZ

The Grand Canyon director, with the Grand Canyon manager, conservation director, and other staff, envisions, prioritizes, and implements strategies for the Grand Canyon Trust’s work in the canyon region. The position requires leadership, strategic and analytical thinking, strong relationship building skills, advocacy, and interpersonal skills. This position interfaces heavily with Tribal partners and advocates for the rights of Tribes in the canyon region. The staff of the Grand Canyon program work with other staff at the Trust and other organizations to effectively advocate for management of public lands and resources based on ecological conservation, public process, and respect for Indigenous traditional knowledge in and around the Grand Canyon cultural landscape.

Areas of Responsibility: 

Advocacy (50 percent)

  • Work with colleagues to implement ongoing projects and design new projects in Grand Canyon region that help achieve long-term goals in the Trust’s strategic plan. Focus areas include comprehensive land management protection, federal/tribal collaborative management, conservation of water in and around the canyon, native-led economic development, and a myriad of other issues in the Grand Canyon region.
  • Collaborate with tribal communities, federal agencies, and non-governmental organizations to  initiate, lead, and actively pursue improved management of public resources.
  • Pursue targeted conservation and environmental justice outcomes, employing customized strategies (ranging from collaboration to public media campaigns to litigation) for each situation, and adapting those strategies with nimbleness.
  • Support tribal sovereignty and development of co-management systems in the Grand Canyon region.
  • Integrate justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion objectives and strategies into the Grand Canyon work plan and strategic goals.


Leadership (25 percent)

  • Lead, supervise, and collaborate with Grand Canyon program staff to prioritize and achieve the program’s goals. 
  • Initiate strategies to achieve specified outcomes and respond to new challenges.
  • Foster a safe, accountable, and positive working environment. 


Communications and development (15 percent)

  • Provide communications content and ideas for the Advocate magazine, board of trustees updates, blog posts, website, social media, and earned media.
  • Collaborate with the development team to provide input on donor communications, meet with major donors as appropriate, and work with the team in seeking new funding sources.


Administrative (10 percent)

  • Manage the Grand Canyon program budget(s).
  • Serve on various committees, attend and facilitate staff meetings, and participate in organizational trainings.
  • Attend board meetings and staff retreats.
  • Working to accomplish conservation goals on public lands through multiple strategies, ranging from collaboration to litigation. 
  • Addressing conservation and environmental justice issues with a team.  
  • Demonstrating successful managerial skills and the ability to motivate and guide a team with enthusiasm, leadership, accountability, and respect.
  • Organizing people with different perspectives to pursue a common goal on an ambitious timeline. 
  • Using science, policy, regulations, law, and/or political avenues for conservation, public lands, advocacy, and environmental justice.
  • Building and maintaining strong relationships based in trust, transparency, and accountability with a wide array of communities and individuals.
  • Understanding of the federal statutes and processes underlying management of national parks, national forests, and bureau of land management lands.
  • Demonstrated experience working with Native peoples, leading with humility, and supporting Native communities of the Colorado Plateau. Academic credentials and/or demonstrated knowledge of laws and policies related to public lands, tribal sovereignty, and environmental issues. 
  • Demonstrated organizational, planning, and follow-through skills. 
  • Demonstrated written and verbal communication skills.
  • A demonstrated commitment to justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion.
  • Demonstrated ability to follow through with minimal supervision.
  • Willingness to travel.

$65,000 – 85,000 starting salary. The starting salary is negotiable, commensurate with experience and qualifications. Salary advances are discussed with the direct supervisor of the position on a yearly basis and based on clearly outlined criteria upon hire. The Trust provides individual health insurance, vacation, holiday and sick leave, disability, 401(k) retirement benefits, and professional development funds. 

How to Apply: 
Additional Information: 

The Grand Canyon Trust is an equal opportunity employer and we are committed to justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion in every aspect of our organization. We work actively to ensure against discrimination in employment, recruitment, advertisements for employment, compensation, termination, upgrading, promotions, and other conditions of employment against any employee or job applicant on the basis of identity including but not limited to: race, ethnicity, gender, parental status, national origin, age, religion, disability, veteran's status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and/or gender expression etc. We actively seek diversity in our candidate pools. Applicants of all identities are encouraged to apply.

Organization Info

Listing Stats

Post Date: 
Jan 15 2021
Active Until: 
Feb 15 2021
Hiring Organization: 
Grand Canyon Trust