Manager, Strategic Planning
Conservation International (CI) has been protecting nature for the benefit of all for over 30 years. Through science, policy, and partnerships, CI is helping build a healthier, more prosperous and more productive planet.
In order to realize Conservation International’s (CI) mission and goals, programs and staff must be equipped with strategic planning skills and resources to develop strong strategic plans at the program and project level – including goals, objectives, indicators, and priority activities. Strong strategic planning focuses team activities and resources, ensures alignment with institutional objectives, and leads to better program delivery. When integrated with other teams and workstreams it increases institutional impact and reduces delivery risk.
CI is hiring a Strategy Manager and Facilitator to build self-sustaining strategic planning skills among staff and support teams as they build and strengthen strategic plans, results chains, and theories of change in priority conservation areas. S/he will also integrate strategic planning efforts with Monitoring & Evaluation workstreams and risk reduction efforts.
CI uses the Open Standards (OS) approach to plan conservation work and conduct strategic planning efforts. The Strategy Manager and Facilitator will customize OS for CI by integrating it with other strategic planning best practices / models and will build new resources and knowledge management tools that streamline the strategic planning process across CI’s many divisions. S/he will also facilitate OS trainings and workshops with staff to build strategic planning skills and develop OS coaches across all three of CI’s regions. S/he will also provide direct support to staff as they develop strategic plans for priority conservation efforts – including results chains and theories of change (strategy roadmaps and change management plans).
S/he will be a problem solver and bring a creative approach to strategic planning that helps CI address large, complex institutional needs such as increasing program impact, reducing project delivery risk, and enabling stronger proposal preparation.
Capacity Building: Strategic Planning + OS
- Facilitate OS trainings to create self-sustaining strategic planning capacity among staff.
- Create new, streamlined training materials to introduce staff to strategic planning and OS best practices, and increase retention/use of concepts.
- Build capacity: train coaches (in all regions) and ensure their full utilization.
- Develop + actively disseminate information, resources, and best practices that equip staff to independently create and share strong, results-oriented strategic roadmaps for conservation activities (at the program and project level).
- Find ways to streamline strategic planning and increase deliverable completion through templates and increased knowledge management / sharing among siloed programs.
- Serve as a subject matter expert on Open Standards at CI.
Results-Driven Strategic Planning
- Support teams to develop strategies, theories of change, and results chains in key areas of work, to maximize CI’s impact in priority areas. Provide resources and expert guidance to teams, help manage/incentivize the completion of strategic plans, and provide thoughtful feedback to strengthen strategies and ensure strong, long-lasting results chains.
- Together with the Director, shape the strategic planning workstream to (a) maximize CI’s strategic planning capacity with limited resources (b) ensure capacity is well distributed and self-sustaining (c) equip teams to fulfill our conservation mission and address critical institutional priorities.
- Support the team’s other workstreams including strengthening monitoring and evaluation efforts and ad hoc risk management projects.
- Together with the Director, identify creative solutions to institutional challenges. Find opportunities to strengthen CI’s delivery of conservation outcomes and reduce programmatic risk by working closely with other divisions, and enhancing institutional processes.
- Track OS capacity and gaps to ensure key needs are met.
- This position is based in Arlington, VA and supports global field programs
- Work is performed in a typical office environment.
- Expected to travel 15-30% or more domestically or internationally.
- 4-7 Years of relevant experience
- Bachelor’s Degree
- Conservation experience (field experience preferred)
- 2-3 years of experience in a strategic planning role
- Open Standards experience including: creating program strategies, project workplans, and proposals using OS; training staff in the use of OS
- Experience facilitating strategic planning efforts across diverse programs including: assessing local landscape needs (situation analysis), engaging partners + stakeholders, and designing results-oriented goals, activities, monitoring, and adaptive management efforts for conservation projects
- Strong communications + presentation skills
- Ability to prioritize and manage a workstream that maximizes impact across CI’s divisions with limited funds, by taking into account CI’s institutional priorities and existing capacity
- Ability to work closely with other teams and programs to integrate OS best practices into other initiatives and vice versa
- Soft skills: Ability to lead without explicit authority, manage up, and build strong, collaborative relationships across teams and international program offices
- Highly organized self-starter; able to manage multiple priorities simultaneously
- Experience with monitoring and evaluation efforts
- Experience working in a diverse, global organization
- Open Standards coach or coach trainer
- Management consulting or risk management experience a plus
- Experience enhancing business processes
- You are a problem solver – you naturally see opportunities to strengthen organizational processes and collaborate with others to implement your ideas
- You bring passion and purpose to your work
To apply please submit your resume and cover letter.
We expect that all employees will embrace the values of our organization.
Passion: We are inspired by nature and cherish the diversity of life in all of its forms.
Respect: We respect and trust each other, and we embrace our diversity of cultures, talents, and experiences.
Integrity: We act with integrity and are accountable for our actions.
Optimism: We are optimistic about the future of life on Earth and are confident that, with our partners, we will achieve unprecedented conservation results.
Courage: We tirelessly pursue our vision, taking bold action and persevering through challenges.
Teamwork: We work together, recognizing that openness, collaboration and cooperation are fundamental to achieving a healthy and prosperous world for all.