Catalina Island Conservancy

Chief Programs Officer

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Catalina Island Conservancy seeks a strategic, transformative Chief Programs Officer to lead the vision and management of its conservation, education, and recreation programs.

The Catalina Island Conservancy stewards the Island’s resources through a balance of conservation, education, and recreation. Just off the densely populated Southern California Coast, Catalina Island is home to approximately 4,000 year-round residents and more than 60 endemic species of plants and animals found nowhere else on Earth. The Conservancy protects and restores vulnerable habitats on 88% of Catalina Island’s 48,000 acres, including the region’s longest publicly accessible undeveloped coastline.

Through multiple facilities and programs, the Conservancy offers recreational experiences and education for the 300,000 annual visitors to its “Wildlands Ecosystems” and nearly 1.2 million visitors to other parts of the Island. The Conservancy’s recreation, educational engagement, service opportunities, and partnerships connect the Island’s unique resources to people’s lives, inspiring environmental stewardship and action.

The Conservancy seeks a visionary, strategic leader to serve as its first-ever Chief Programs Officer and steward the organization’s programmatic vision, goals, and implementation. This role will oversee all program strategy and development and provide executive management of the Conservancy’s conservation, education, and recreation divisions. Please review the full position specification (PDF) below for more details.


The Chief Programs Officer will work from the Conservancy’s headquarters in Long Beach, CA, with frequent travel to the Island. Periodic remote work is possible.


This is a full-time, exempt, benefit-eligible position. The anticipated annual salary range for this position is $180,000–$210,000, commensurate with experience.

The Conservancy offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, vision, and dental insurance, flexible spending account, employee assistance program, disability and life insurance, a 403(b) plan, and generous paid time off.

Start Date

Mutually agreeable start date.

To Apply

Select “Apply” below. Applications should include a resume and a cover letter describing your qualifications that match the position criteria and what you will bring to the role.

For More Information

More information on Catalina Island Conservancy can be found at For additional information regarding this opportunity, please contact Amy Shea, Director of Executive Search, Potrero Group at

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