The New York Volunteer Leadership Manager is responsible for helping ensure that The Nature Conservancy in New York’s leadership and broader team are thoughtfully engaging our volunteer leaders to harness their experience, insights and passions; that the volunteer leaders feel engaged and rewarded in their service; and that these engagements are productive and appreciated by everyone involved. The Volunteer Leadership Manager should help the New York Executive Director, New York Executive Team and wider team anticipate how and when to engage in meaningful and productive ways with our volunteer leaders. The New York Volunteer Leadership Manager, in collaboration with the New York Executive Director, considers ways to further strengthen and diversify the New York Board and Leadership Council. They perform a variety of high-level tasks in support of the overall management of the Board and Leadership Council, including but not limited to: coordinating and planning all volunteer leader quarterly board meetings and year-round volunteer leadership events; support and interface directly with the approximately 30 trustees of the Conservancy’s New York Board and 40 members of the Leadership Council; and work with the board liaison for New York’s two local chapter boards (Adirondacks and Central & Western New York) for a coordinated approach across New York. They support fulfilling the strategic priorities of The Nature Conservancy in New York by developing and implementing tactics to generate volunteer leaders’ input and support. They serve as an essential Conservancy ambassador and have substantial contact with a variety of stakeholders including trustees, leadership council members (former trustees, potential future trustees, and other key supporters), Global Board members, other donors, public and private partners, and vendors, among others. They play, at times, a key outreach and ambassador role to internal and/or external audiences. They use the Conservancy’s donor database to update donor information, produce reports, and track and cultivate trustees and identify potential trustees and donors. They must have advanced knowledge of the systems and resources utilized by The Nature Conservancy in New York. They maintain, track, analyze, and report on key data for the New York Executive Director and Team. They provide guidance in satisfying volunteer leader and team requirements based on extensive knowledge of policies and procedures. They adapt processes and implement recommended practices to improve effectiveness. They may, at times, take on additional duties to enhance the work of the team and volunteer leaders.
RESPONSIBILITIES AND SCOPE
- Act independently within broad program goals to prioritize tasks in the absence of specific instructions and exercise independent judgment to identify and solve problems; work is diversified and may not always fall under established practices and guidelines.
- Work within scope of program’s strategic goals.
- Coordinate projects including special events and trips with several variables, work within a defined timeline and budget.
- Does not supervise any staff, but may supervise interns, volunteers and/or temporary staff.
- Ensure compliance with Conservancy policies and procedures, and external (donor/legal/IRS) requirements; decisions may bind the organization financially or legally.
- Understands the value of both ownership and teamwork in obtaining successful outcomes.
- Conduct purchasing, processing invoices and transfers, negotiating and contracting with vendors.
- Participate in budget preparation.
- Maintain confidentiality of frequently sensitive and emotionally-charged information.
- Manage projects with several variables, set realistic deadlines, manage a timeline, and ensure accountability.
- May participate in complex negotiations.
- Provide input through project teams for the development and implementation of new initiatives or the improvement of existing programs.
- Travel and work flexible hours, as needed.
- Work environment involves only infrequent exposure to disagreeable elements and minor physical exertion and/or strain.