Agricultural Strategy Manager

April 17, 2013
Office Location: This position can be located within the Great Lakes Region.

About Us: The Nature Conservancy is the leading conservation organization working to make a positive impact around the world in more than 30 countries, all 50 United States, and your backyard. Founded in 1951, the mission of The Nature Conservancy is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. Visit to learn more.

Position Summary: The Nature Conservancy’s (TNC) mission is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. The Great Lakes Project is a joint project of TNC’s eight state programs within the Great Lakes Basin, in partnership with the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC), focused on strategies for improving watersheds (agriculture and connectivity), coastal areas, food webs and forests, resiliency to changing climates and preventing, containing and managing aquatic invasive species.

The Agricultural Strategy Manager is responsible for leading the agricultural watersheds component of the Great Lakes Project. S/he will implement a Great Lakes strategy to improve the quality and flows from agricultural watersheds, resulting in resilient and stable riverine and coastal systems in the Great Lakes. S/he will engage with the agricultural industry, farm producers, and federal/state/local government leaders to change thinking, behavior and expectation regarding agricultural management practices and freshwater outcomes.

The strategy for this change is built upon:

  • developing realistic agronomic and environmental outcomes via a combination of ecological and economic modeling
  • Developing and advancing innovative conservation strategies to reach these outcomes by advancing implementation of agricultural best management  practices at the right placement at the right amount and at the right time
  • increasing the scale of these practices through new transactions and policies

The Agricultural Strategy Manager will engage with a portfolio of agriculturally-based conservation projects across OH, IN, MI and WI, and unify these projects to advance the Great Lakes Agricultural Watershed strategy across the region.  S/he is also responsible for aligning/complementing the Great Lakes agricultural strategy with TNC’s North American agricultural strategy.  Close collaboration with TNC’s agricultural work in the Mississippi River Basin is anticipated.

Essential Functions:
Key functions to be performed by this position include

  • Design and organize a portfolio of projects to meet conservation objectives of the Great Lakes ; Agriculture Watershed strategy.
  • Manage the strategy business plan and associated measures of conservation success, and ensure implementation of its key strategies with TNC staff/partners.
  • Oversee and manage the strategy budget.
  • Ensure alignment, coordination and communication across strategy projects.
  • Ensure overall coordination and coordination within the Great lakes Project.
  • Participate in industry or focus-area conferences and trainings on behalf of the Great Lakes Project Watersheds-Agriculture/Altered Hydrology strategy.
  • Participate in Great Lakes Project cross-strategy integration and coordination to facilitate system-scale outcomes.
  • Work with TNC government relations staff, conservation leadership, and philanthropy staff to advance the strategy.
  • Managing time and diverse activities under deadlines while delivering quality results
  • Proven interpersonal, communication and negotiation skills.

Benefits and Compensation:

  • competitive compensation
  • 401k or savings-plan matching for eligible employees
  • excellent benefits
  • flexible work policies
  • a collaborative work environment.
  • We also provide professional development opportunities and promote from within.
  • As a result, you will find a culture that supports and inspires conservation achievement and personal development, both within the workplace and beyond.
this position is PAID
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May 02, 2013
Great Lakes Region,
The Nature Conservancy
Human Resources