US Program Director, Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative

flexible with ID, MT, WY

Job Title: US Program Director

Organization: Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative

Position Overview: The U.S. Program Director reports to the Director of Conservation Programs and is responsible for planning, implementing, and managing specific conservation projects in the U.S. portions of the Yellowstone to Yukon region. This is a unique opportunity to lead the US program of Y2Y including serving as its leading spokesperson; providing strategic direction for programs, projects, and policies; overseeing and mentoring staff members; managing budgets and fundraising for its initiatives; and supporting the Director of Conservation Programs in the implementation of the Y2Y strategic plan. The U.S. Program Director works to ensure effective coordination of transboundary programmatic activities between the U.S. and other programs of Y2Y in order to maximize Y2Y’s conservation impact. The U.S. Program Director will be charged with growing and developing an impactful program and will be a part of a large and dynamic network both locally and nationally. This program is well-resourced, and as such, this leader will be supported to grow impact and reach of the program throughout their tenure. Overseeing a talented and passionate team of three across Idaho and Montana, this leader will serve as a mentor and strategic driver for Y2Y’s U.S. programs. Y2Y’s annual revenue is $3.5 million and there are 27 staff across the region.

Duties: The ideal candidate for this position will be an inspiring, communicative, and forward-thinking leader who has experience working with donors and supporters and collaborating on policy initiatives across a variety of political perspectives. They should be strategic and visionary and will be comfortable as a visible conservation leader and spokesperson across the Yellowstone to Yukon region. As the leader of a growing and influential program, the U.S. Program Director should be inherently curious, innovative, inclusive, and relationship-driven, and should be eager to build networks across Y2Y’s US region for the purpose of best serving the area’s conservation initiatives. Y2Y manages a registered charity in both the United States and Canada, registered in Montana and Alberta respectively, and endeavors to operate seamlessly between the two countries with the assistant of Board members across the US and Canada. As such, this leader should bring experience collaborating with and communicating updates to Board members.


  • Serve as the chief spokesperson for the US program, promoting the Y2Y vision and programs to priority audiences.
  • Lead the creation and/or updating, implementation, and evaluation of the U.S. Program plan and budgets annually, working with the U.S. team and the Director of Conservation Programs.
  • Engage in the strategic planning process alongside the leadership team.
  • Oversee and/or lead implementation of Y2Y programs and projects within the U.S. including land protection projects with land trust partners.
  • Raise the profile of Y2Y’s US program with government (local, state, federal) and NGO partners, funders, media, the business community, the scientific community, and other appropriate interested parties.
  • Develop and maintain a working knowledge of the Y2Y region as a whole to be able to support and occasionally speak to issues important to the Y2Y region and to support partner work.
  • Participate in development or revision of nature conservation policy at the state and federal levels (including Washington DC) that is relevant to advancing Y2Y vision and mission.
  • Identify, develop and maintain conservation partnerships with NGO’s, government, researchers, Indigenous Peoples, corporations and others as appropriate to support the implementation of the plan.
  • Oversee grants to on-the-ground partners in collaboration with US Y2Y team members.
  • Represent and advocate for Y2Y priorities in writing opinion pieces and other articles, making public presentations, acting as a media spokesperson, and engaging in representing Y2Y in social media.
  • Oversee the development and/or review of communication materials related to this region, including program newsletters and announcements and participate in staff meetings, board meetings and on committees.


  • Supervise and mentor U.S. project staff.
  • Ensure transparency, inclusivity, and overall positive team approach in day-to-day work including the implementation of organizational policies related to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.
  • Provide strategic and operational guidance and support.
  • Guide staff in the development and implementation of annual work plans and budgets, ensuring alignment with the strategic plan.
  • Monitor individual and conservation program performance and facilitate continuing development of staff this position oversees.
  • Work across departments and regions on broader Y2Y priorities and maintain strong working relationships across the organization.
  • Participate in Y2Y’s Program and Science Leads Team working on organizational cross-cutting challenges and opportunities.


  • Participate and lead as appropriate in fundraising activities with foundation, government, and private individual donors (grant proposals and reports; phone calls and meetings with funders).
  • Identify funding needs and work with Y2Y’s development team on fundraising strategies to support plan implementation.
  • Lead or oversee the development of proposals and reports.

Salary/pay: $85,000 to $110,000, commensurate with qualifications and experience

How to apply: Kara Teising and Libby Cornelssen of Koya Partners have been exclusively retained for this search. To express your interest in this role please submit your materials here. All inquiries and discussions will be considered strictly confidential.