Irvine Ranch Conservancy

Senior Vice President and Chief Programs Officer

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Irvine Ranch Conservancy seeks a strategic, transformative Senior Vice President and Chief Programs Officer to lead, manage, and steward the organization’s programmatic vision, goals, and implementation. 

Irvine Ranch Conservancy (IRC) was founded in 2005 with the simple, bold vision of elevating the stewardship of urban wildlands to the highest possible standards. We work on a large, protected, highly biodiverse landscape in one of the densest urban regions in the world. While the lands are the size and quality of a national park or world heritage area, they may never have these designations. Our belief is that these urban protected landscapes, with their special position  as ”nearby nature,” should be cared for and cherished  as well as national parks are, if not better. With our conservation and recreation successes, we seek to create a world-class model for how the health and resilience of a large, urban landscape can be sustained in perpetuity.  

IRC is a leading innovator in managing, restoring, and protecting Southern California’s urban wildlands. We work with a broad, diverse network of public/private partners including landowners, agencies and organizations, community leaders, and residents in Orange County and beyond to engage, educate, and foster a common vision for responsible, long-term care, protection, and enjoyment of the natural resources we all share. The IRC team includes more than 40 highly trained staff and over 500 active volunteers. Together, we are deeply committed to ensuring  that the  wildlands where we work, live, and play are a source of widespread, expanding community participation and pride, with volunteers often at the forefront of community connections, and that these lands and connections remain healthy and resilient forever.  

This position is accountable for program strategy and development as well as executive management of IRC’s entire programs division. It is a high-profile position combining both internal and public-facing responsibilities representing IRC’s brand, values, and character.

This is an extraordinary opportunity for a talented leader with extensive experience leading, managing, and implementing programs and developing strategic plans for nonprofit organizations. The ideal candidate is a high-performing executive with experience setting objectives, improving program outcomes, and leading and supervising a growing team. This senior executive will also oversee the organization’s day-to-day program operations, ensure fiscal and system management,  and implement the organization's vision, policies, and goals.


A competitive compensation package, including an outstanding and comprehensive benefits package, will be offered based on experience. The anticipated annual salary range for this position is $180,000–$210,000. 


The Senior Vice President and Chief Programs Officer will work from IRC’s offices in Irvine, CA. The position is primarily office-based, with occasional work outdoors in all weather conditions, including heat, direct sun, wind, rain, and cold. Candidates must be able to use office equipment such as computers and printers 90% of the time. The ability to occasionally lift and move objects up to 25 pounds is also required.

To Apply

Please 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.  

Start Date

Mutually agreeable start date.

Additional Information

More information on the Irvine Ranch Conservancy can be found here

For additional information regarding this opportunity, please contact: Cleveland Justis, Principal, Potrero Group at

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