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Job Announcement: Leadership Development Manager

Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis.

Program Overview

Conservation Nebraska protects Nebraska’s environment and quality of life by informing, engaging and empowering Nebraskans who care about our natural legacy and healthy communities. Conservation Nebraska is seeking a dynamic leader to carry out program implementation for our new Boards and Commissions Fellowship.

Boards and commissions are powerful governing bodies with the ability to influence important local policy and investment decisions. Research has demonstrated that appointees to local boards and commissions do not usually reflect all of the voices of our communities. In an effort to improve the composition of our local boards and commissions to be more reflective of our communities, and develop strong environmental leaders to serve on local boards and commissions, we are launching a Fellowship Program to recruit, support, train and place people from underrepresented communities to serve on local boards and commissions.

The Fellowship will provide participants  with not just a voice, but a vote at the table. We deeply invest in each cohort through our six-month training program, which teaches participants to understand complex and intersecting policy arenas, navigate the culture and language of commissions, and build effective relationships in and outside the commissions they serve on. We connect Fellows with mentors who are leaders in their communities and who will provide guidance for the Fellow as they pursue appointments to local boards and commissions.

Position Overview:

The ideal candidate is well networked in Nebraska among organizations and leaders, has a clear understanding of the workings of boards and commissions, and is invested in leadership development opportunities for underrepresented and underserved communities. The Leadership Development Manager will report directly to the Deputy Director  and will work closely with Conservation Nebraska’s Environmental Justice Program Manager, Policy Director, and Community Organizers.

In close coordination with Conservation Nebraska’s leadership team, and with leaders of allied organizations, the Leadership Development Manager will recruit Fellowship participants and mentors, tailor the curriculum, recruit speakers and trainers, and facilitate the  application process and placement and ongoing support of Fellows to serve on key boards and commissions. We are looking for someone who is detail oriented, results driven, and self-motivated.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Identify candidates for the Fellowship, oversee the interview and selection process.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with a local network of content experts.
  • Connect fellows with policy makers and elected officials as part of the training.
  • Design and ensure execution/delivery of training to fellows.
  • Support and facilitate placement of participants on relevant boards and commissions.
  • Create mechanisms for ongoing support of appointees.
  •  Publicly promote the fellowship.
  • Coordinate special projects, assignments, activities, and other duties as assigned.

Specific skills/subject knowledge:

  • Experience with training, facilitation, and/or community outreach. 
  • Organizing and leadership development experience.
  • Ability to build effective relationships with community, policy, and government stakeholders.
  • Knowledge of or experience working in community-led issue campaigns, ideally in one or more of these issues areas: environment, economic development, healthcare, immigration, education, jobs, neighborhood standards, voting.
  • Bilingual in Spanish and English a plus.

Qualifications and Competencies:

Education and training: Bachelor’s degree, content knowledge in leadership development, civic engagement and/or environmental policy a plus.


This is a full-time position.  Salary is dependent upon experience, with a range of $46,000-$60,000. Competitive benefits including healthcare, vision, dental, and retirement. This position may require some evening and weekend work. Conservation Nebraska 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 Nebraska is the foundation of our work. All Conservation Nebraska employees have access to a number of trainings, workshops, and professional development opportunities relevant to their position and career goals. Our organization is a member of the Nonprofit Association of the Midlands (www.nonprofitam.org). The successful candidate will have access to NAM Professional Development resources and NAM benefits.

To apply, please send a resume, three professional references, and a cover letter that addresses your interest in the position to cjohnson@necv.org with the subject line Leadership Development Manager.