Torres del Paine Legacy Fund – Manager of Program Development

About Us

The Torres del Paine Legacy Fund was developed in 2014 by Drew Fink and Daniela Uribe in response to significant challenges faced by Torres del Paine National Park. While living in Patagonia, Drew and Daniela went searching for a way to get visitors more involved with the stewardship of Torres del Paine, and, finding none, were inspired to build this program from the ground up. With rapidly increasing visitation, the Park’s existing infrastructure was struggling to keep up, and yet no formal mechanism was available for businesses and individuals to invest in necessary development and conservation projects. In partnership with Sustainable Travel International, local and international business leaders and regional NGOs, the Legacy Fund is working towards a future where all visitors to the region enjoy the natural beauty of the landscape while leaving behind a positive impact.

The Legacy Fund recognizes the potential for travel and tourism to improve lives and protect places, and, in Torres del Paine, envisions a future where each new arrival to the Park is seen as an opportunity for hope and action. In partnership with public and private entities that cater to travelers in and around the region, the Legacy Fund raises awareness around social and conservation issues before, during, and after trips, and invites visitors to financially support projects that ensure the long-term viability of the National Park as a world-class tourism destination.

About the Position

Over the past two years the Legacy Fund has experienced incredible growth, but there is still a considerable amount of work that must be done to build on our momentum and ensure the long term sustainability of the program. For the 2016-2017 season, we are looking for a new Manager of Program Development to help guide the Fund through its adolescent stage and bring our work to the next level.

The Manager of Program Development will be responsible for:

  • Testing and implementing scalable, replicable fundraising models to support sustainable tourism development initiatives
  • Creating and sharing effective guest outreach strategies that raise awareness of the Legacy Fund
  • Identifying and developing international partnership opportunities with tourism operators, trade groups, and other interested parties
  • Expanding our network of dedicated local partners and donors (i.e., local businesses and initiatives)
  • Cultivating a strong network of guides and hospitality staff that believe in and can communicate our mission
  • Managing relationships with local tourism enterprises

The Manager of Program Development will join our field staff team in Chile for a six month term spanning from October 1, 2016 to April 1,2017. The position is based in Puerto Natales with frequent trips to Torres del Paine National Park.

About You

You are the ideal candidate for this position if:

  • You want to live and work in the most beautiful place on earth!
  • You are a fundraising virtuoso that isn’t afraid to knock on doors.
  • You are more interested in building a sound platform for long term success than achieving piecemeal wins.
  • When passionate about a project, your enthusiasm is infectious.
  • You take pride in your work and produce high quality deliverables.
  • You are a team player that works well with little supervision.
  • You believe in process and order but you do not get discouraged when gale-force winds and torrential downpours delay your commute to work.
  • You maintain an air of confidence and optimism, even in the face of frequent rejection.
  • You are a people person that adapts well to new cultures and environments.
  • You speak and write Spanish at a professional level.
  • You are passionate about sustainability, conservation, travel, and community building.
  • You are always down for an adventure.

Compensation

The Manager of Program Development will receive a flat monthly stipend sufficient to cover room, board, transportation and other living expenses as well as direct compensation, plus opportunities for performance-based bonuses. Flights to and from Puerto Natales, Chile will also be covered by the Legacy Fund.

How to Apply

Please send your resume and cover letter to Leah Carriere at leahc@sustainabletravel.org. In addition to telling us why you are interested in and qualified for the position, tell us about a time you helped build something (literally or figuratively) that you are proud of. Additionally, while not necessary, feel free to send us links to any projects, adventures, or anything else you’ve been involved in that can help us get a sense of who you are.