Senior Partnerships Manager

About EarthCorps

Mission, Purpose and Programs

EarthCorps is a non-profit organization based in Seattle, Washington that develops leaders to strengthen community and restore the health of our environment. We believe in the power of people – acting through their collective responsibility to one another and our planet – to tackle the most pressing challenges facing our world, and we envision a world in which people and nature thrive together.  

To cultivate this important work, EarthCorps brings together passionate and hardworking aspiring leaders from the US and across the globe for a year-long environmental leadership development program. Participants gain hands-on leadership experience, cross-cultural skills and learn technical environmental restoration while building a close-knit community as they care for our natural world. These emerging environmental leaders “think globally and act locally” in leading community volunteers to complete restoration projects such as native tree planting, invasive plant removal, salmon stream restoration, wetland and shoreline restoration and trail construction.  

At the conclusion of the program, these leaders return to their local communities with the skills and enthusiasm required to tackle the pressing issues of our time – including climate change, pollution and ecological degradation – to help create a better world for all of us. Since its inception in 1993, EarthCorps has trained more than 1,000 environmental leaders from the US and nearly 80 countries around the world.  

Statement of Solidarity and Commitment to Racial Equity

EarthCorps strongly believes in the values of diversity and inclusion. We work to ensure that everyone, regardless of who they are or the work they perform for our organization, feels involved and supported in all areas of our operations. In addition to that basic principle, we are striving to become an anti-racist organization. We stand in solidarity with the Black community and are deeply committed to racial equity in our internal and external work.  

People of color are disproportionately impacted by environmental hazards, and far too often the organizations that advance environmental work perpetuate similar injustices, excluding people of color from educational and job opportunities in this space. A world in which people and nature thrive together requires leaders who understand that social injustice and environmental issues are intertwined, and we will solve neither as a society if we fail to solve both

Position Summary

The Senior Partnerships Manager is a full-time, senior-level position reporting to the Executive Director. This role will focus on building strategic partnerships with environmental groups, municipalities, schools, and youth serving non-profits, particularly those that are BIPOC-led or focused on serving communities of color. This individual will work collaboratively with key staff to fund partnership efforts through both fee-for-service and philanthropic funding, developing a funding pipeline that supports our work with partners. Examples of partnerships we have previously developed include sending a crew of young adult EarthCorps members to help with creosote debris removal in support of the Samish Indian Nation and providing support for an internship with the Black Farmers Collective. It is our goal to expand and deepen these types of efforts. This role requires strategic thinking, an entrepreneurial spirit and strong collaboration skills.  

Duties & Responsibilities

Partnership Development

  • Strong focus on building and strengthening partnerships with BIPOC communities and organizations
  • Identify, cultivate and steward mutually beneficial relationships that span restoration/environmental service projects, community engagement, and corps member opportunities
  • Cultivate relationships with schools and youth groups to team up on shared environmental service learning initiatives
  • Represent EarthCorps externally with nonprofits, schools, community organizations and government (tribal/national/local) groups
  •  Work as part of a team to reimagine and oversee volunteer engagement strategy
  • Actively work to create a race equity culture internally to support partnership development


Resource Development

  • Develop programs and service opportunities funded through fee-for-service with land managers, government grants, and philanthropic funding
  •  Collaborate with management to identify, seek, secure and steward funding to support partnerships. Stewardship includes grants management, contract management, and donor reporting
  • Meet with public sector agencies and leaders to advocate and develop funding for partnerships and open spaces/parks that benefit BIPOC communities
  •  Plan and budget collaboratively with management

Desired Qualifications

  • Demonstrable commitment to the EarthCorps mission, racial equity and environmental justice
  • Experience in developing partnerships and working collaboratively to identify and help secure funding
  • Demonstrated commitment to creating a race equity culture
  •  Comfort with risks, ambiguity and the ability to think strategically and innovatively
  • Direct experience working collaboratively and building external relationships with a range of constituents
  • Knowledge of best practices in community building, outreach, convening, meeting facilitation and ability to teach related workshops to corps members
  • Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines and adjust to changing and/or competing priorities
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to interact with a wide range of people both internally and externally
  • Intellectual curiosity, creativity, willingness to try new things and desire to grow
  • Ability to work some evenings and non-business hours as needed
  •  Ability to travel regionally. 
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office and Salesforce desirable
  •  Experience in the environmental field, ecology, conservation corps/outdoor program, or youth development desirable.


Benefits package includes: employer provided health insurance and dental insurance. Benefits include: paid vacation, paid sick time, paid holidays, 403(b) retirement plan, and staff training


SALARY: $67,000-$72,000 a year dependent on experience. 

To Apply

Please submit your Cover Letter and Resume by clicking the 'Apply Now' button below.  Application deadline for full consideration is March 26th. 2021.

Please direct question regarding this position to Steve Dubiel, or 206.322.9296 x201.