Highstead and W&W Seeks Strategic Communications Director

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Highstead, an innovative and influential leader in conservation, is seeking an accomplished and collaborative communications professional to serve as their new Strategic Communications Director (www.highstead.net).

The Organization

Since its founding in 1982, Highstead has focused on improving the quality of life for nature and society. Highstead advances regional conservation outcomes at scale in partnership with hundreds of networked organizations, agencies, and individuals in New England, eastern NY, and beyond. From its rural center in southern New England, Highstead supports land conservation and planning through regional conservation partnerships, conservation finance, partnerships with colleges and universities, long-term ecological studies, and land stewardship. Working with a range of partners and deploying the best available science, Highstead is dedicated to achieving the expansive Wildlands and Woodlands conservation vision for New England forests, farms, and communities. (www.wildlandsandwoodlands.org). Situated on 150-acres of diverse natural area in Redding, Connecticut, Highstead offers a beautiful and delightful setting for research, education, and inspiration.

The Position

The Strategic Communications Director, as part of the senior leadership team, will develop and implement strategies to articulate, communicate, and grow Highstead’s land conservation, science, and stewardship programs to advance the Wildlands and Woodlands Initiative. S/he will lead a collaborative effort to restructure the small communications team and advance the reach for Highstead, its many partner organizations, and Wildlands and Woodlands.

The ideal candidate will demonstrate experience advancing non-profit/philanthropic efforts, environmental policy, conservation and/or cause marketing. S/he will be committed to the ideals of the Wildlands and Woodlands vision. S/he will be a strong leader and decision-maker, especially in the face of ambiguity and change, and welcome the challenge of shaping and implementing communication strategies that inspire people to increase the pace of conservation in New England through ideas that resonate locally, regionally, and nationally.

The Strategic Communications Director will serve as a member of the Highstead senior leadership team and will oversee a low six-figure budget. S/he will also be a member of the Wildlands and Woodlands initiative team and will collaborate closely with Wildlands and Woodlands partners throughout the region. Highstead employs nine staff members and supports senior fellows and academic collaborators in advancing its goals.

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