Highstead Seeks Communications Director

Highstead seeks an accomplished change-agent to create a communications program to boldly propel its land conservation, science, and stewardship programs, and to inspire people to advance the Wildlands and Woodlands Initiative of conserving New England’s forests and farmlands.

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Creative self-starters with an extensive communications background and strong conservation ethic are encouraged to apply for this newly created position. The Communications Director will lead, develop, and implement a collaborative effort to restructure the communications team and advance a comprehensive outreach and communications strategy for Highstead, its many collaborators, and Wildlands and Woodlands.

Highstead is a regional non-profit conservation organization dedicated to working with a range of partners and deploying the best available science to conserve the New England landscape towards the Wildlands and Woodlands vision of regional landscapes supporting nature and society. Its principal programs include catalyzing land protection and planning through Regional Conservation Partnerships, conservation finance, ecological research, policy analysis, and land stewardship. Highstead employs nine staff members and supports senior fellows and academic collaborators in advancing its goals. Founded in 1982 and located in the conservation landscape of Redding, CT, Highstead encompasses diverse natural areas, long-term studies of ecological dynamics, beautiful office and meeting facilities, and unique displays of ecologically sensitive landscaping.

In addition to a strong background in communications, the ideal candidate will demonstrate experience advancing non-profit, environmental policy, conservation, and/or land planning initiatives and will be committed to the ideals of the Wildlands and Woodlands vision. S/he will be a strong leader and decision-maker, even 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.

Click here for a full job description and application details. Applications will be accepted through September 23rd.