The Santa Cruz Mountains Stewardship Network is looking for a smart, spirited, and capable Network Manager. Click here for a press release announcing the Network Manager position.

A Network Manager’s primary job is to help build a cohesive, resilient network that supports the mission as outlined in the Memorandum of Understanding. Your role as a network leader is not to run an organization. Instead, your role is to help the network convene, connect, communicate, coordinate and collaborate around its shared purpose.

Apply Now

To apply, send a resume and cover letter (in PDF format) to by February 15. The subject line of your email should read "Application for Network Manager position". We will then follow up by March 3rd with information about the first round of interviews. Your cover letter should respond to these three questions:

  1. Please read this report for the national conference on large landscape level conservation and, in your own words, describe what you feel are the key challenges for large landscape level stewardship efforts.
  2. Please read this piece on Network Entrepreneurs and this piece on the Five Steps to Building an Effective Impact Network. In your own words, how would you describe excellent network leadership? How is that different from organizational leadership?
  3. Given what you’ve now read, why do you feel you’re qualified for the job of Network Manager? What unique skills would you bring to the party? What do you think your primary challenges will be to becoming an effective Network Manager for a large landscape level stewardship effort?

Position Details

The Network Manager will initially be hired on a two-year contract with the San Mateo Resource Conservation District on behalf of the Network, with the potential for annual contract renewal thereafter. A two-year minimum is necessary to maintain the continuity of the network as it evolves, and future years will depend on securing adequate funding. Salary may range from $70k - $90k d.o.q., plus medical, dental, and vision benefits, as well as PTO, a 401K, and a flexible workplace. The San Mateo Resource Conservation District is an equal opportunity employer. Candidates reflecting the social diversity of California are strongly encouraged to apply.

Anticipated 2016 Timeline

  • January 7: Network Manager job opening officially posted
  • February 15 end-of-day: Application due
  • March 3: Applicants notified of their status, those who progress to the second round will schedule a Skype interview with our Selection Team
  • March 7-10: Second-round Skype interviews
  • March 14-15: Third-round Skype interviews
  • Late March/ early April: Final-round in-person interviews, in Santa Cruz/ San Mateo region.
  • Mid April: Hiring decision made

We anticipate that the new Network Manager will begin officially working with the Network on May 1st or any date thereafter.

Primary Responsibilities

The Network Manager creates, cultivates, and ensures high quality relationships and collaborations that advance the mission of the network. Primary responsibilities are to:

Convene the Network

  • Help design and facilitate network convenings
  • Organize convening logistics, including meeting locations, catering, materials, reminders, etc.

Catalyze the Network

  • Support new member onboarding
  • Facilitate connections between network participants
  • Support network participants to more deeply connect their organization with the work of network

Coordinate the Network

  • Coordinate and join monthly Core Team & Impact Team meetings and calls, identifying points of intersection and bottlenecks, and helping to connect network participants with other network members or regional leaders for assistance or support
  • Track project progress, outcomes, bottlenecks
  • Capture key takeaways and next steps from convenings
  • Regularly update the network dashboard and provide monthly updates
  • Manage network finances and budget
  • Perform site visits to stay aware of network projects and stewardship collaborations between participants
  • Coordinate with other regional networks to identify points of intersection
  • Maintain the network’s technological infrastructure (Basecamp, Google Docs) and keep them up to date

Communicate with and for the Network

  • Function as primary point of contact for the network internally and externally
  • Connect with each individual participant of the network to understand their work, their organization, how the network can support the participant and their organization in service of shared goals as outlined in the MOU, and how the participant and their organizations can support and more strongly engage with the network
  • Keep network conversations vibrant and alive
  • Reach out to drifting participants and find creative ways to re-engage them in the network

Resource the Network

  • Support and lead network fundraising efforts with the Resource Impact Team and the Core Team
  • Work with network members to identify and secure in-kind contributions, including meeting locations, transportation, catering, materials, etc.

Essential Skills

  • Strong interpersonal abilities, with a willingness to cross boundaries and work with diverse people
  • Solid facilitation and presentation skills
  • Exceptional attention to detail, super organized, great time management
  • Dynamic problem solving skills
  • Comfortable with technology

Personal Characteristics

  • Deep passion for the mission
  • Personal humility, servant leader, network entrepreneur
  • Knows how to ask for and receive help
  • Proactive, self-starter, loves to take initiative with an urgency to get the job done
  • Understands the big picture and larger context of the work, systems thinker
  • Ability to see all sides of an issue
  • Patient, stays cool under pressure
  • Great sense of humor, ability to see the positive
  • Loves nature and the region


  • Must have access to a car and be able to drive
  • Must be willing to live in or near the Santa Cruz Mountains region