State Director, Mississippi

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Position Summary

Based in Jackson, Mississippi, the Operating Unit (OU) Director functions as the executive director and conservation strategist for the Mississippi Chapter of The Nature Conservancy. S/he is accountable for the OU’s success in implementing TNC’s conservation approach, producing measurable conservation results and maintaining organizational values. S/he ensures outcomes are achieved in priority areas that fall within the operating unit’s responsibilities, and contributes intellectual, financial, and/or human resources to the formulation and execution of priority cross-boundary (whole system) efforts. Specifically, the Gulf of Mexico, Mississippi River and Long Leaf Pine whole systems are North America Regional priorities found within the Mississippi Chapter. S/he supports alignment of these activities by securing, coordinating, and configuring resources, capacity, and programs to address the most critical organization-wide projects, threats and strategies. S/he is responsible for collaborating with others on the procurement and application of resources to address the conservation priorities established by TNC, both in her/his ecoregion(s)/operating unit and in areas beyond her/his span of authority. S/he serves as the primary local spokesperson for TNC to internal and external audiences (including staff, volunteers, the Board of Trustees, public and private donors, government agencies and officials, community leaders and other partners) and cultivates those audiences to support and promote TNC’s mission and vision.

The Operating Unit Director oversees fundraising, marketing and operations for the OU, including approving budgets and setting priorities which dictate private and public fundraising goals. He/she supports philanthropy, resources and external affairs staff in the cultivation and direct solicitation of donors (private, bilateral and multilateral government) to meet fundraising goals.

The staff comprising the various OU functions may be structured as needed or shared with other units as efficiency dictates to meet the needs of the unit. The Operating Unit Director reports to the Divisional Director and works closely with the local trustees/advisory board.

Desired Skills & Experience (education and years of experience, key competencies)

  • Bachelor’s degree and minimum of 7-10 years experience as a proven leader in the conservation arena, non-profit sector, advocacy, or related for-profit area, including demonstrated experience producing results and meeting program/department goals.
  • Experience gained both in and outside the U.S. preferred. Demonstrated commitment to developing and practicing global literacy a must.
  • Extensive management experience including ability to motivate, lead, set objectives, and manage performance of a large multi-disciplinary team.
  • Demonstrated success as an inspirational leader who has successfully motivated staff to achieve and sustain excellence. Proven managerial talent in budgeting, staffing, and performance management.
  • High energy, forward thinking, visionary individual with high ethical standards. Outstanding leadership qualities and able to work effectively with others in a decentralized and geographically dispersed organization.
  • Proven technical skills, analytical ability, good judgment, and strong operational focus. Demonstrated operational, implementation and detail-oriented perspective.
  • Well organized and self-directed; politically savvy and a team player.
  • Successful experience in marketing or fund raising desired.

How to apply

For more information and to apply, please visit and search for job ID# 40942 in the keyword search. Deadline to apply is April 20, 2013. The Nature Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Jackson, Mississippi
The Nature Conservancy
Human Resources