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Organizational Overview

Resources Legacy Fund (RLF) seeks a Program Manager. The selected candidate will join a team of 40+ staff working to conserve land, water, and ocean resources while advancing healthy communities and social equity.

RLF is a 501(c)(3) public charity that has been working with philanthropy, government, science, business, and community groups for 20 years to secure enduring outcomes for the environment, climate resilience, and healthy communities. We are not a traditional environmental organization; our strategic initiatives—developed closely with donors—support and elevate the voices and experience of communities most impacted by change and advance campaigns that secure equitable policies and public funding. Our headquarters are based in Sacramento, California, but our work takes us across the Western United States and beyond, with several international initiatives. The experience, expertise, and connections of our team consistently deliver significant and enduring results. Tactical use of science, research, and polling mark our work, as does collaboration with strategic and diverse partners.

Some of our achievements in the past 20 years include working with our partners to protect millions of acres of land across the American West and Mexico and nearly 17 percent of California’s offshore waters; generate more than $30 billion in new public funding for water, land, climate resilience, equitable parks access, and ocean conservation; and broker landmark renewable energy development policy for the American West. RLF also works with donors on issues that further a healthy democracy.

RLF strives to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion so that all people have equal opportunities to live full and healthy lives in thriving environments and participate in building a better future. RLF is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, sex, marital status, disability, religious or political affiliation, or sexual orientation. We seek to build a staff that brings a variety of perspectives and backgrounds to our philanthropic work, and we are committed to creating a workplace where all staff feel valued and have a sense of belonging.

Position Summary

RLF seeks a Program Manager to join the Lands, Rivers, and Communities team. The Program Manager is responsible for coordinating and implementing conservation projects and programs, duties include:

Professionally represent RLF in meetings and correspondence with funders, grantees, and contractors. Manage day-to-day contact with grantees and consultants. Coordinate with representatives of foundations, staff, and consultants working on RLF programs.

Assist in creating dockets and appropriate materials for presentations (including reports, maps, tables, graphs, database reports, and PowerPoint presentations) to the Board, partners, and funders.

Perform research, analysis, and prepare documents as requested. Ensure the accuracy and quality of written products.

Manage a portfolio of grants and contracts, and implement strategies, tactics, and approaches to advance program objectives.

Help oversee monitoring and evaluation of the results of select projects and program elements. Ensure program administration, reporting, monitoring, and evaluation is conducted in a manner that meets program criteria.

Assist in refining grantmaking and fundraising strategies, designing grants and contracts, conducting due diligence, and working with funders, grantees, and contractors to develop proposals. Work with relevant program staff on management, oversight, and reporting for grants and contracts.

Analyze request for funding materials for appropriate processing. Log and track letters of inquiry or contract proposals and supplementary application materials in the philanthropic database. Generate queries and print reports from the database. Maintain lists of incoming, potential, and approved projects.

Provide report reminders, report acknowledgements, and other regular correspondence, coordinating with program staff as appropriate and coordinating assignments with team to ensure timely completion.

This full-time, exempt position reports to the Southern California Director.

This position is based in Los Angeles, CA. Please note that due to COVID-19, RLF offices are closed, and we remain a fully remote organization until further notice.


The ideal candidate for Program Manager will have a bachelor’s degree and experience (3+ years) in natural resources and environmental justice or an equivalent combination of education and experience. An advanced degree in a related field is preferred.

The ideal candidate is an articulate communicator with exceptional composition skills and the ability to synthesize information from multiple sources into lucid, cohesive, and succinct written work products. They have excellent interpersonal skills, collaborate well with others, and can represent and speak on behalf of RLF with audiences including policymakers, donors, grantees, and consultants. The ideal candidate has strong project management skills and is a creative and flexible self-starter who can anticipate and respond rapidly to changing priorities, objectives, and situations. This position requires the ability to perform responsibilities with a high degree of judgment, accuracy, and attention to detail. The ideal candidate must have exceptional organizational skills and the ability to adhere to numerous deadlines and handle multiple tasks efficiently.

Compensation and Benefits

Starting salary commensurate with related work experience and qualifications. In addition
to competitive salaries, we offer a comprehensive benefit package including medical,
dental, vision insurance, 403(b) retirement plan, and generous paid time off.

To Apply

Please provide a resume and cover letter explaining how your skills fit this position.

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