Cultural Initiative Officer

The International Crane Foundation is a global conservation organization that works in 55 countries to save the world’s cranes and the flyways and habitats on which they depend. The Foundation is committed to working across cultures to improve livelihoods for people and the habitats where cranes live. We are known for our collaborative and effective conservation work to save cranes and their landscapes globally. The International Crane Foundation is highly committed to an inclusive and diverse work environment in North America and worldwide. 

The Cultural Initiatives Officer is a new position in the organization. It will work collaboratively with Executive Leadership, Board of Directors and staff to lead our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion program. This is an exciting opportunity to work with a conservation organization to increase access to and inclusion in conservation. The incumbent will lead the development of a pathways program that brings youth from diverse backgrounds into conservation careers. If you love the outdoors, birds and making an impact – this is the organization for you!

What is it like to work at the International Crane Foundation? Prepare to be surrounded by people who are passionate about our mission, dedicated to the organization and engaged with their fellow staff and associates. You will find dedication in all levels of the organization, from staff and volunteers to our dedicated Board Members. You will play a critical role in fulfilling our mission across the U.S. and 55 countries worldwide. The salary range is $65,000 to $70,000, plus a nice benefits package. The position is located in Baraboo, WI, with the opportunity to telecommute a couple of days a week. Many staff members live in Madison, WI, and surrounding areas.

Position Summary:

The Cultural Initiatives Officer supports the mission of the International Crane Foundation by providing leadership on strategic initiatives and training that support the cultural diversity of a global organization. This position advances the Foundation’s efforts to recruit, hire and support a diverse staff, interns and volunteers to support our mission. The position will further ensure that our Board of Directors and senior leadership mirror our staff, the places we work, the communities we serve and the unique leadership skills we need. In addition, this position will implement a global training program that is both virtual and live to advance the skills of staff to aid in future succession planning. The incumbent will be responsible for connecting with partners to create a program that provides a stronger pathway to conservation careers within diverse communities in North America. This position will provide coordination and leadership for Board and staff training initiatives that foster an inclusive, respectful and accessible environment across the organization. The Cultural Initiatives Officer will have the ability and be empowered to influence the organization for change to increase inclusion and cultural awareness both in the U.S. and internationally. A close working relationship with Executive staff, Board members, global program leaders, and staff is expected and supported.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Work closely with Executive Leadership and Board on organizational change management strategies to increase support for goals and objectives related to cultural initiatives and support an inclusive work environment throughout the organization.
  • Provide advice and assistance to Senior Leadership and Board of Directors on appropriate diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives and improvements that advance the International Crane Foundation’s mission.
  • Cultivate new partnerships that aid in furthering the Foundation’s equity, inclusion and community engagement goals.
  • Develop effective training programs that advance staff skills for future succession planning, provide training on equity and inclusion for Board and staff (with live and virtual components), and monitor progress toward meeting program goals.
  • Work collaboratively with external partners and staff to create a “pathways” program to attract, support and develop more diverse candidates in conservation careers.
  • Collaborate with and learn from our regionally based community engagement leaders to ensure diversity-equity-inclusion principles are incorporated into our community-conservation projects worldwide.

Additional Duties:

  • Lead the development and implementation of a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Plan that includes initiatives and metrics for the global organization and reports progress.
  • Provide expertise and collaboration with Visitor Services staff to increase inclusivity and accessibility for the “Cranes of the World” visitor area. Work collaboratively with program leaders and associated staff on developing an inclusive environment for activities and programs for participants and staff.
  • Work closely with the Human Resources Director and Hiring Managers on effective recruitment strategies to encourage diverse candidates.
  • Manage department budget.
  • Contribute to grant writing and fund-raising activities related to the goals of this position, as needed.
  • Assist Marketing and Communications teams with messaging as needed.
  • Perform other tasks as assigned.

Core Competencies:

  • Ability to effectively lead teams and projects to successful outcomes.
  • Ability to work in diverse communities and provide mission-based feedback to the organization to further goals.
  • Work cooperatively with individuals across departments, making valuable contributions to shared projects and assisting with outputs of others. 
  • Excellent written communication skills, including the ability to effectively proofread and edit reports and correspondence in a clear, concise, logical and effective manner while utilizing proper grammar, spelling, punctuation and sentence structure. 
  • Very strong interpersonal skills and ability to build strong internal and external relationships and create new partnerships.

Qualifications Required:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience.
  • Demonstrated experience working in diverse communities to increase access and inclusivity.
  • Proven experience in positions that provide planning and training for staff and diverse audiences, including live and virtual components.
  • Demonstrated experience leading organizational change toward established outcomes while maintaining positive relationships with staff.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office 365 Suite (Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) and Adobe Acrobat.
  • Ability to treat confidential information with appropriate discretion.
  • Valid driver’s license and good driving record.

Preferred Experience and Knowledge:

  • Experience with managing complex projects to completion.
  • Experience working cross-culturally with different projects and staff.
  • Prior experience with advancing diversity, equity and inclusion for a global organization.
  • Passion for wildlife conservation and nature.

Physical Abilities and Work Environment:

The physical abilities and work environment characteristics described below represent those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

  • Ability to operate computer and phones.
  • Ability to communicate with fellow staff and donors. Communication will include both one-to-one communication and small and large group communication. Communication is both verbal and written.
  • Must be able to remain in a stationary position for five to seven hours a day.
  • Occasionally required to lift and move items up to 20 pounds.
  • Occasionally required to move throughout the building and the site. 
  • Office environment with a comfortable climate and limited noise.

To apply, send a cover letter and resume to Please include salary goals in your cover letter. Please list the subject: Cultural Initiatives Officer.

“The International Crane Foundation is committed to cultivating and preserving a culture of diversity and inclusion. We hire great people. “

The International Crane Foundation is an equal opportunity employer.