Environmental Program Officer - Aquatic Ecosystems

Full time | Enviro
Location:Ventura Headquarters

Job Title: Environmental Program Officer - Aquatic Ecosystems

Reports to: Senior Manager of Environmental Grants

Location: Ventura, CA

General Summary

The Environmental Program Officer - Aquatic Ecosystems is responsible for taking a strategic approach to the development, research, implementation and execution of Patagonia’s environmental funding programs with an emphasis on the protection of freshwater and marine ecosystems within the U.S. They are responsible for fostering relationships with prospective and ongoing grantees, the strategic development and execution of relevant programs and funding initiatives, and engaging employees as key stakeholders throughout the funding process.

What You’ll Do

  • Act as the internal subject matter expert on freshwater and marine eco-systems to provide strategic funding support.
  • Responsible for the strategic development and execution of a number of Patagonia’s key priority regions and issues, consistent with the environmental department’s annual and long-term strategic plan.
  • Researches issues, programs and organizations associated with conservation opportunities and/or threats related to their issue areas.
  • Develops, fosters and strengthens relationships with potential and existing grantees though regular communication, events/conferences and occasional site visits.
  • Serves as the primary grantee contact for all grant-related inquiries, communication of final grant decisions and relevant grantee-related special projects.
  • Works closely with grantees to assess their capacity building needs and inform internal efforts to better support our grantees with non-monetary support.
  • Works closely with our Action Works team to support the onboarding of new grantees, develop and execute grantee engagement strategies and inform the evolution of the platform itself, to better meet the needs of our grantees.
  • Facilitates relevant grant council meetings while providing expertise and background information to help our council make informed decisions.
  • Assists in leveraging Patagonia’s funding by actively engaging other foundations and other potential donors on relevant issues and opportunities.
  • When appropriate, act as a liaison with, or convener of, grantees, funders, and other conservation partners to facilitate the exchange of information, ideas and strategies.
  • Responsible for tracking and providing regular reports on respective funding initiatives and programs. 
  • Network with other corporate and foundation grantmakers in an effort to stay connected to environmental field.
  • Assists with the planning and execution of the Tools for Grassroots Activists Conference.

Who You Are

  • Passionate- for our freshwater and marine ecosystems and saving our planet.
  • Adaptable- able to work in a dynamic environment.
  • Resilient- comfortable and confident handling controversial issues with comfort, subtlety and finesse.
  • Nimble – can move from strategic process to tactical execution and back seamlessly.

Experience You Bring

  • Minimum of 3 – 5 years’ experience working with foundations and grants, ideally from both a grantmaker and grantee perspective.
  • Minimum of 3 – 5 years’ experience working in the U.S. with communities to protect freshwater and marine ecosystems, with an emphasis on protecting biodiversity. Must show a demonstrated knowledge of conservation biology, ecology, or other biological sciences
  • Advanced degree in a related field or commensurate work experience on environmental or conservation issues, such as leadership of a significant environmental campaign.
  • Demonstrated ability to create and implement a program from start to finish; ability to build lasting work relationships with grantees, other foundations’ staff, government officials and other colleagues.
  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to articulate Patagonia’s mission and areas of interest to diverse audiences.
  • Basic understanding of the types of capacities important to nonprofit organizations, such as fundraising, governance, planning, evaluation, etc.
  • Ability to organize and effectively handle multiple projects, meet regular deadlines with consistency and accuracy, work independently while within a team structure, and work under pressure with ease and humor.
  • Proficiency in Outlook, Microsoft Word, Windows, and Excel. Experience with grants management software helpful.
  • All employees are expected to: perform with high standards of integrity; demonstrate maturity; embrace principles of equity and inclusion, listen actively; value self-understanding; exhibit deep commitment; use good humor; and communicate effectively.

Employee Conduct
It is the responsibility of every employee to contribute to a positive work environment through cooperative and professional interactions with co-workers, customers and vendors.

Equal Employment Opportunity

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or any other factors prohibited by law.