The Nature Conservancy
JOB TITLE: DIRECTOR OF CONSERVATION
JOB FAMILY: Conservation
JOB NUMBER: 250006
SALARY GRADE: 8
FLSA STATUS: Exempt
• BA/BS degree.
• 7+ years of experience in conservation or natural resources management, or equivalent combination of
education and experience.
• Experience managing complex or multiple projects, including managing finances and coordinating the work
of other professionals and partners.
• Experience in partnership development.
• Supervisory experience.
Interested persons can submit applications on The Nature Conservancy's career page. Please search under Keywords for Job ID # 42240.
The Nature Conservancy seeks an experienced professional to provide conservation vision and leadership for the Conservancy’s New Hampshire Chapter. Founded in 1951, The Nature Conservancy is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Over the 60 years since our founding, we have grown to be the largest conservation organization in the U.S. and the world. The Nature Conservancy recently celebrated 50 years of conservation success in New Hampshire, and is currently working on a portfolio of ambitious local, regional, and global conservation initiatives.
The Director of Conservation is responsible for the management, planning, and implementation of an effective conservation program. S/he will foster and integrate rigorous science, innovative and critical thinking, strategic cost-benefit analysis, adaptive management, and tactical partner/stakeholder engagement to advance the
Conservancy’s ambitious conservation initiatives. The Director of Conservation will have an instrumental role in maintaining and enhancing the Conservancy’s role as a leader in conservation thinking and practice in New Hampshire and across the region.
The Director of Conservation fulfills the following essential functions:
1) Conservation Vision and Leadership
• Serve as chief partner to the NH State Director in developing a compelling conservation vision and agenda, shaping strategies and priorities, and driving the investment of staff time and resources.
• Understand and integrate the many different facets of the Conservancy’s conservation programs,including our work in terrestrial, freshwater, and marine ecosystems, and our engagement in local, regional, and national-scale initiatives.
• Work with the Conservancy’s multi-state Whole System Project teams (Northern Appalachians, Connecticut River, and Gulf of Maine) to: inform and shape ecosystem-scale conservation strategies; translate WSP vision and plans into tangible actions; and prioritize amongst competing demands for time and resources.
• Serve as the primary conservation staff liaison for the NH Chapter’s Board of Trustees, in order to provide meaningful opportunities for trustees to engage in our conservation work and lend their expertise and perspective.
2) Conservation Program Management
• Provide leadership, inspiration, and oversight to the NH Chapter’s conservation team, including: conservation science and planning, marine conservation, land protection, and stewardship programs.
• Develop innovative methods, analyses, tools, and frameworks to address the needs of natural systems.
• Supervise and support NH conservation staff (currently 3 direct reports).
• Help to build and enhance the NH Chapter’s strategic, scientific, and technical capacity necessary to advance our conservation initiatives.
• Provide strategic ideas, content, and other assistance to philanthropy and communications/marketing staff to support the Chapter’s fundraising and communications program
• Manage a portfolio of high leverage, high impact projects and partnerships.
3) External Leverage and Influence
• Maintain and enhance the Conservancy’s role as a leading conservation organization, an innovator, a reliable and trustworthy partner, and a source of credible information.
• Build, cultivate and maintain key partnerships and relationships with public agencies, research institutions, private organizations, and other stakeholders necessary to advance our conservation work.
• Collaborate with TNC government relations staff to identify key public policy needs, and to bring TNC’s science and expertise to bear on important policy issues at the state, regional and national levels.
• Seek out and pursue significant public funding opportunities that will deliver resources needed to advance our conservation initiatives.
• Collaborate with philanthropy staff to support an effective fundraising program including participation in donor events, visits, and communications.
The Director of Conservation reports to the State Director, and will join the New Hampshire Chapter’s Management Team.
Successful candidates will demonstrate a passion for conservation, a strong ability to synthesize and apply science to real-world conservation challenges, highly effective interpersonal and communication skills, the ability to motivate and manage people, and a drive for outcomes and impact.
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS:
• BA/BS degree. Advanced degree in natural sciences or related field strongly preferred.
• 7+ years of experience in conservation practice or natural resources management, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
• Knowledge of current trends and practices in terrestrial, freshwater, and/or marine conservation.
• Experience in water resource conservation/management and/or climate change resilience/adaptation would be advantageous.
• Demonstrated success as an inspirational manager who has successfully motivated staff to achieve and sustain excellence.
• Demonstrated leadership and visionary qualities and able to work effectively with and through others in a decentralized and geographically dispersed organization.
• Demonstrated experience developing and implementing conservation plans, strategies, and policy.
• Skilled at developing or adapting practical applications of scientific concepts and technical innovations for conservation purposes.
• Extensive networking with high-level conservation contacts; political savvy.
• Competence with common software applications (e.g.; Word, Excel, Web browsers)
• Designs, implements, and directs complex and diverse projects, encompassing multiple programs and coordinating the work of other professionals, inside and outside the organization. Incorporates cross-disciplinary knowledge to support program objectives
• Negotiates complex agreements, sometimes in political environments
• Develops and implements creative ideas to improve overall performance in conservation strategies
• Anticipates, diagnoses, and resolves complex issues and identifies creative solutions
• Manages time and diverse activities under deadlines while delivering quality results
• Makes independent strategic decisions frequently based on analysis, experience, and judgment
• Assesses decisions’ potential impact on colleagues’ work, public image, scientific credibility, and financial and legal standings
• Makes decisions based on incomplete or ambiguous information and accepts associated risks
• Consults peers to review own work
• Ensures program accountability and legal compliance
RESPONSIBILITY/OVERSIGHT – FINANCIAL AND SUPERVISORY:
• Recruits, retains and manages high quality and effective staff
• Judges talent, assesses staff’s strengths and weaknesses, creates strong morale and team spirit, and motivates individuals and teams toward desirable results
• Establishes and maintains optimal performance standards within budget
• Develops and administers budgets and ensures sound financial performance
• Leads submission of, and/or writes, proposals for public grant/contract funding
• Collaborates with a wide range of people, and will need to gain cooperation from outside parties to accomplish program goals
• Builds cooperative relationships and collaborates with diverse groups, including land owners, conservation partners, government officials, donors, board members, and the general public, to recruit support for the Conservancy and publicize Conservancy efforts
• Effective at producing results in a team environment
• Comfortable managing and diffusing tension among colleagues
• Commands attention, changes tactics midstream as necessary, and manages group processes during presentations or discussions
• Proven interpersonal and negotiation skills
• Communicates clearly, effectively, and persuasively via written, spoken, and graphical means in English and other relevant languages
• Will speak with and in front of varied audiences the Conservancy’s mission and initiatives
WORKING CONDITIONS/PHYSICAL EFFORT:
The Director of Conservation may work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain, and under physically demanding circumstances. These conditions may:
• require occasional physical exertion and/or muscular strain
• present occasional possibility of injury
• occasionally require long hours in isolated settings
This position may also:
• require frequent travel within New Hampshire and periodically elsewhere in New England
• require evening and weekend hours
The Nature Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer
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