About The Organization
Resources Legacy Fund works with philanthropists to conserve land, water, and ocean resources while advancing healthy communities and social equity. RLF engages economically and ethnically diverse communities while fostering new funding and better policies for environmental protection and climate change adaptation.
Over the last 18 years, RLF has consistently delivered significant and durable results on behalf of donors. Among many achievements, RLF:
- Enabled protection of more than two million acres of land across the American West and Mexico.
- Led efforts that generated more than $26 billion in new public funding for water, land, and ocean conservation.
- Helped transform the effort to restore former commercial salt ponds along San Francisco Bay into a long-term, multi-billion-dollar, regional focus on adaptation to rising sea levels.
- Brokered landmark renewable energy development policy for the American West.
- Partnered with California to protect nearly 17 percent of the state’s offshore waters.
- Catalyzed transformation of the California state parks system to better serve diverse, young, and urban park visitors.
- Supported 30-plus commercial fisheries worldwide in achieving sustainability certification.
RLF works with foundations of all sizes, individual donors, wealth management firms, those who want to focus their giving in support of large-scale outcomes or discrete projects, and government agencies seeking to implement agreements, fund scientific research, restore habitat, modernize management systems, or accomplish any goal that requires skill and strategy.
Resources Legacy Fund, a non-profit 501(c)(3), exists within a family of organizations including a supporting organization, Resources Legacy Fund Foundation; a separate but affiliated conservation law firm, Resources Law Group; and a separate but affiliated 501(c)(4) social welfare organization, Fund for a Better Future.
RLF has a core team of approximately 50 people based in Sacramento, with offices in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Montana, and elsewhere in the West. An additional staff of approximately 30 people manage projects for which RLF serves as a fiscal sponsor. For more information, visit http://resourceslegacyfund.org.
As charted in its 2018-2022 strategic plan, Resources Legacy Fund is expanding in order to advance conservation at greater depth across a larger geography, while enhancing the organization’s characteristic creativity and innovation. This includes investing in additional expertise, capacity, and training and tools for staff. The new Vice President (VP) of Programs plays a key role in this strategic expansion. The new position will allow Resources Legacy Fund to more effectively and responsively partner with leaders in policy, technology, academia, and philanthropy. The VP of Programs will be responsible for providing strategic leadership for program design and implementation, creating effective cross-program collaborations with both internal and external stakeholders, and building programs to better serve donors.
Organizational leadership and strategy are a defining aspect of the role. The President and Executive Vice President are based in Sacramento. The VP of Programs will work closely with them to represent Resources Legacy Fund with external audiences and stakeholders, in the Bay Area and elsewhere. The VP of Programs will be a thought partner to these leaders on implementation of the 2018-2022 strategic plan and provide support in board relations and engagement.
As RLF broadens its geographic footprint and deepens programmatic engagement, the VP of Programs will be both a facilitator and a “utility player” in program development and execution, while advancing the deep commitment, expertise, and responsibilities of program staff. This role will involve representing RLF in communications and relationships with external stakeholders, including decision makers, partners, and grantees, while partnering with individual philanthropists, foundation leaders, corporations, and other partners. In coordination with the President, Executive Vice President, and Program Directors, the VP of Programs will help craft strategies, engage funders, build new programs, analyze policy, and recommend methods of engagement on key issues. To succeed, the VP of Programs must collaborate with colleagues, grasp the breadth of RLF’s work, and seek opportunities for synergy in programs and projects.
Unlike a traditional environmental group, Resources Legacy Fund operates as an arm of a funder or group of funders. RLF carries out short- or long-term initiatives on behalf of donors, with varying degrees of donor involvement. Resources Legacy Fund seeks a strategic leader with exceptional communications skills, humility, and high emotional intelligence, whose primary orientation is toward bridging the needs and interests of external and internal stakeholders and enabling donors to achieve ambitious outcomes.
The ideal candidate has a natural capacity to lead, inspire, and mobilize people in advancing a vibrant, multi-stakeholder conservation enterprise that often works behind the scenes and without public credit. The position requires a goal-oriented but flexible management style that respects the expertise and capabilities of staff, while providing a clear sense of direction. The ideal candidate works for results, not visibility. Candidates must have a commitment to working with diverse communities and leaders to achieve results and build broad constituencies.
Successful candidates will have a track record of making a significant and lasting difference with their strategy, policy, and communications skills. To excel in this role, individuals must understand project development, outcome-oriented strategy, and program assessment. Also needed are political acumen and the instinct to leverage opportunities to achieve donor objectives.
Resources Legacy Fund is both the recipient and grantor of philanthropic funding, so a demonstrated ability to manage relationships with funders within the context of outcome-driven program implementation is a key element for success in this role. Preferred experience includes leadership of a comprehensive initiative involving long-term relationships with individual donors and foundations.
An understanding of the roles government, academia, business, and the social sector play in making large-scale change is vital. Experience working within a 501(c)3 / (c)4 environment is a plus.
Candidates must have:
- at least 10 years of leadership experience;
- a bachelor’s degree, although advanced degree or equivalent experience is preferred;
- demonstrated experience building authentic relationships with funders;
- the ability to work across interests;
- a strategic approach;
- and strong problem-solving and communication skills.
The VP of Programs will be located in San Francisco. This position requires moderate travel, including regular visits (weekly, on average) to Resources Legacy Fund headquarters in Sacramento.
To Be Considered
Resources Legacy Fund is an equal opportunity employer, committed to creating and maintaining a workplace where all team members feel at home, whatever their race, gender, age, sexual orientation, disability status, religious or political affiliation, or any other dimension of diversity. RLF’s work is enriched by the varied origins, experiences, and perspectives of its team. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply.