Senior Program Officer (Conservation)

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Fidelity Foundations
Boston, MA, United States
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
Experience Level: 
Senior (10+ Years)
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)


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The Fidelity Foundations are a group of private, non-operating foundations that fund a diverse set of programs on a national and international scale. Areas of investment include education, arts and culture, health care, science, conservation and community services. In addition, the Foundations fund nonprofit organizations that strengthen the communities in which Fidelity Investments employees live and work.

Foundation grants are designed to encourage the highest standards of management and to create long-term self-reliance in nonprofit organizations. Taking an investment approach to grantmaking, the Foundations fund organizations with a goal of adding lasting, measurable value. The Foundations seek to support major initiatives that nonprofits undertake to reach new levels of achievement.

The Foundations are at an important and exciting inflection point. A new team of experts is being sought to support the evolution and development of a long-term portfolio in multiple areas including conservation. The Conservation Senior Program Officer is a newly created position that will be responsible to develop and oversee the Foundations conservation grant-making portfolio. The incumbent will be a senior member of the program staff, which develops, manages, and evaluates philanthropic investments. The individual will provide deep content expertise and leadership in the area of conservation, representing the Foundations and their Trustees to prospective and existing grantees as well as partnering organizations.

In relation to conservation, the Foundations are particularly interested in:

  • Protection and restoration of urban land that have the potential to provide enhanced access to and improved quality of natural habitats for the benefit of local communities.
  • The protection of ecological integrity of open lands and natural waters for the benefit of both people and wildlife.
  • Effective management of land and water resources that support both resource protection and sustainable use.
  • Projects ranging from large-scale land conservation to community-specific efforts that leverage natural land as a local resource for recreation, cultural enrichment or other public use.
  • A geographic focus on New England, with interest in national projects and the possibility of international projects.

The Conservation Senior Program Officer will be responsible for supporting program research, development, strategy, budgeting, and pipeline planning in the area of conservation and will manage his/her own diverse portfolio of related grants. S/he will work closely with external consultants and Foundation staff to accomplish program objectives. They will conduct sector analysis, work closely with grantees and potential grantees on proposal development and review, and develop and present detailed grant recommendations to senior management and Trustees.

Specific responsibilities will include:

  • Identify, develop and refine proposal requests and make grant recommendations to senior management and Trustees.
  • Lead on conservation program strategy development.
  • Manage a diverse portfolio of various sized grants with varied levels of complexity from inception and proposal review to close-out and evaluation.
  • Independently interact with and manage long-term relationships with multiple grantees, and cultivate new relationships with prospective grantees.
  • Regularly review ongoing grantee’s activities, budgets and progress, and evaluate each grant’s effectiveness against originally stated objectives and overall portfolio effectiveness.
  • Provide conservation content expertise in support of other program areas as required.

The successful candidate will possess the following professional and personal skills, attributes and competencies:

  • Significant ability to build and sustain excellent relationships with colleagues, senior management, Trustees, and external stakeholders.
  • Be a natural collaborator and demonstrated team player with exceptionally strong interpersonal skills who can be viewed as a trusted advisor to grantees and partner organizations.
  • Have the ability to think creatively and collaboratively about the Foundations broader goals and how they intersect with the specifics of the conservation portfolio.
  • Be a flexible, self-directed, problem solver who thrives in a complex environment.
  • Possess excellent communication skills, including the ability to write clearly and succinctly under time pressure and to make well-organized, strong verbal presentations.
  • Able to demonstrate a commitment to the values of the Foundations and a high-level of integrity, ethical rigor and the ability to maintain confidentiality.


  • Bachelor’s degree required; an advanced degree in a related field preferred.
  • 10+ years of related work experience.
  • Technical expertise in land or water conservation, city parks and greenways, large-scale land-use planning, ecosystem-based management or other related field.
  • Understanding of urban planning, landscape design, real estate, and finance.
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills.
  • High-level interpersonal skills, team player, diplomacy, ability to negotiate and build consensus.
  • Sound judgment, integrity, and respect for confidentiality are absolute requirements.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

Please submit a cover letter and formal resume to be considered for this position.