Manager of Conservation Education, Outreach and Development

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Manager of Conservation Education, Outreach and Development

Western Reserve Land Conservancy has an immediate opening for a Manager of Conservation Education, Outreach and Development. This full-time position will be located at the organization’s Conservation Center at 3850 Chagrin River Road, Moreland Hills, Ohio 44022.


Western Reserve Land Conservancy provides people with essential natural assets through land conservation and restoration. Headquartered in Moreland Hills, Ohio, we are the largest land conservancy in Ohio and nationally accredited by the Land Trust Alliance. Serving an area of 20 counties from the Pennsylvania line to the Sandusky Bay, the Land Conservancy has permanently conserved more acreage than Cleveland Metroparks and the Cuyahoga Valley National Park combined. We work with private and public landowners, farming families, neighborhood development corporations, corporations, county park systems, local residents and many more to help create communities nourished by vibrant natural lands, working farms and healthy cities. Thriving Communities, our urban revitalization program, is nationally recognized for thought leadership on removing blight; creating land banks statewide to find productive uses for vacant properties; and revitalizing communities through greening strategies. Our mission is funded through a combination of program revenue, government grants, and philanthropic gifts from individuals, foundations and corporations.


Under the direction of the Chief Development Officer (“CDO”), the Manager of Conservation Education, Outreach and Development (“Manager”) will lead the planning and implementation of conservation education programming and fundraising to support these activities. The Manager’s core education and outreach responsibilities include coordinating nature education for all ages and constituent engagement. This engagement includes lectures, workshops, speaker series, hikes, and events that are both large-scale and small, intimate gatherings. The Manager’s core development/fundraising responsibilities include managing a portfolio of donors and prospects assigned by the CDO for cultivation, solicitation and stewardship. The Manager also plays an important role by collaborating with the CEO and the Conservation team to expand public and private fundraising capacity, conduct natural resource inventories, and other related activities.


This position will have three main areas of responsibility: education, outreach, and fundraising.


  • Act as the lead to develop and implement conservation education programming for children and adults in both classroom and field settings
  • Engage youth, teachers and the public in environmental awareness events and activities
  • Plan and execute lectures, seminars, education hikes and other related activities
  • Write resource materials, including hard-copy, online, and multimedia publications
  • Build partnerships and networks to support environmental education, such as exploring becoming the home of the NEO Vitamin N Alliance.
  • Develop assessment tools and implement data collection and analysis to evaluate program success


  • Lead efforts to engage donors and the public on our preserved land, both public and private; as an example, lead the Vibrant Places series
  • Develop and orchestrate outreach plans to maximize the constructive usage of our Signature Parks and Preserves
  • In concert with Marketing and Communications, Stewardship, and other departments, develop and orchestrate outreach plans to maximize our brand awareness related to publicly accessible parks and preserves with key stakeholders and with the general public


  • Manage a portfolio of up to 150 prospects/donors with an annual attainment goal to be set collaboratively with the CDO
  • Create a 12-month plan for all assigned “A” prospects and review with CDO monthly
  • Complete significant donor and prospect contacts per month including 7 to 10 face-to-face/virtual visits and 75+ calls, emails and letters to donors
  • Conduct 3 to 5 solicitations monthly with funding proposals to portfolio donors/prospects
  • Enter all activities actions into Raiser’s Edge
  • Support the conservation team with competitive public grant writing

General Support

  • Periodically assist the Conservation Team with grant research, grant writing, and grant administration – this will not be a primary role for the Manager
  • In partnership with Conservation Team colleagues, arrange for natural resource inventories of properties that we are trying to acquire and of properties that we already control
  • Support all programs and departments with events and outreach as needed
  • Generally lend expertise and energy to support the advancement of our mission and goals


  • Knowledge of broad themes in ecology, environmental education, and nature interpretation and how they relate to human nature
  • Must be able to convey a strong passion for the Land Conservancy’s mission and knowledge of its strategies and activities in order to build engagement and support
  • Self-starter with the ability to take initiative, organize and prioritize tasks, work independently and be accountable
  • 5+ years fundraising experience writing competitive public grants and working with private individuals, corporations and foundations
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills
  • Strong detail orientation and ability to consistently meet deadlines
  • Ability to learn new skills, techniques, and ways to accomplish projects and goals
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Adobe Suite along with database management experience in Raiser’s Edge or willingness to learn
  • Ability to design, implement and direct multiple projects and ensure program accountability
  • Ability to work in a high-visibility, fast-paced environment
  • Ability to work in an environment that meets the needs of children pre-K through grade 12
  • Ability to engage trustees and high net worth supporters of the organization
  • The successful candidate should have an existing and robust network of relationships in Northeast Ohio in the conservation and education space


  • The Manager will work both in a general office setting and outside in nature, so this person must have a tolerance for working outdoors in a variety of weather conditions and exposure to biting insects, poison ivy, thorns, etc. The Manager must have the ability to safely lift at least 20 pounds and must be able to walk over rough terrain such as narrow paths, wood-chipped trails, muddy areas, grassy fields, and uneven paths.


Interested individuals should send a resume and cover letter to Bob Kissling, Vice President of Human Resources, at

Western Reserve Land Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to hiring staff members who represent the rich diversity of our community. All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment and not be discriminated against based on race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, color, religion, national origin, disability, genetic information, protected veteran’s status, or other legally protected classification in the State of Ohio.

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