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Climate Strategy Director
The Nature Conservancy in Arlington County, Virginia
 
 
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Date Posted 06/13/2022
Category
Nonprofit-Senior/Executive Management
Philanthropy-Administrative-Non-profit
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled
 
 
 
 
 

Climate Strategy Director

Full Job Description

OFFICE LOCATION

United States

The location is flexible within the United States with preference to Florida, USA.

WHO WE ARE

The Nature Conservancy’s mission is to protect the lands and waters upon which all life depends. As a science-based organization, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world’s toughest challenges so that we can create a world in which people and nature thrive. We’re rooted in our Mission and guided by our Values, which includes a Commitment to Diversity and Respect for People, Communities, and Cultures. Whether it’s career development, flexible schedules, or a rewarding mission, there’s lots of reasons to love life #insideTNC. Want a better insight to TNC? Check out our TNC Talent playlist on YouTube on Glassdoor.

Our goal is to cultivate an inclusive work environment so that all our colleagues around the globe feel a sense of belonging, and that their unique contributions to our mission are valued. We’ll only achieve our Mission by hiring and engaging a diverse workforce that reflects the communities in which we work. In addition to the requirements in our postings, we recognize that people come with talent and experiences outside of a job. Diversity of experience and skills combined with passion is a key to innovation and a culture of inclusion! Please apply – we’d love to hear from you. To quote myriad TNC staff members, “you’ll join for our mission, and you’ll stay for our people.”

YOUR POSITION WITH TNC

The Nature Conservancy is committed to taking a more impactful approach to respond to the challenge of global climate change. To advance our mission, TNC will work in Florida and across the nation to accelerate both climate mitigation and adaptation approaches.

The Climate Strategy Director (“Director”) will advance The Nature Conservancy’s energy and climate goals through collaboration, effective communication, and by building strategic partnerships designed to broaden support in Florida for action to further our strategies on climate. The Director works with other TNC Operating Units and Regions, research organizations, governments, business sector, community organizations, and other NGOs.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

The Director will lead efforts in Florida in support of TNC’s climate and renewable energy priorities. They will work closely with TNC staff, outside consultants, collaborators, inter-governmental organizations, and the corporate community to identify opportunities and develop strategies and alliances to build the enabling environment that will allow progress toward and implementation of greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reductions in an equitable way. They serve as liaison and informational contact between The Nature Conservancy, partner organizations, federal, state, and local government officials, and business groups in order to advance climate mitigation and clean energy solutions. They participate in fundraising activities to increase financial support for the TNC climate strategy.

RESPONSIBILITIES AND SCOPE

Working closely with the Director of Strategy and Policy, the Climate Strategy Team, and the Government Relations Team:

  • Leads the Chapter’s Inspiring Climate Action Strategy to broaden support for action on TNC’s climate and renewable energy priorities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (e.g. decarbonization, expanding clean energy, energy efficiency, sequestration, etc.)
  • Leads the implementation of projects that deliver towards the goals of the Chapter’s Inspiring Climate Action Strategy.
  • Makes strategic decisions based on analysis, experience and judgment.
  • Make strategic decisions about where and when to invest in on the ground practice to influence large scale change.
  • Strengthens TNC’s role as an effective, credible partner on energy and climate solutions.
  • Develop climate and energy strategies that support communities and improve well-being.
  • Identifies key stakeholders and constituencies and develops and implements strategies to engage these individuals and audiences in collaborative action on climate and energy policy and priorities.
  • Collaborates with the other strategy directors on climate related work.
  • Ensures dimensions of diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice is incorporated into the planning, implementation and evaluation of projects within the Climate Strategy.
  • Aligns Chapter strategies with those of the North American Region’s Climate Strategy, the Global Climate Team, and with other Business Units with parallel approaches.
  • Collaborates with and reports on the Florida Chapter’s efforts and progress on strategies to the TNC North American Region.
  • Convenes intergovernmental working groups on climate, including regional climate collaboratives.
  • Creates new and strengthens existing partnerships with other organizations in the non-profit and private sectors, including conservation, corporate and recreation sectors.
  • Oversees contracts and directs consultants for research and analysis (e.g., exploring policy options, polling/messaging/public opinion) to achieve climate and energy goals.
  • Convenes and facilitates internal and external meetings to deepen understanding of climate change impacts, expand support for climate action and to advance solutions.
  • Coordinates use of media (e.g. earned, paid, social) in support of climate action and TNC’s climate and energy policy priorities.
  • Articulates strategies addressing climate change for Marketing and Philanthropy colleagues and materials.
  • Utilizing a portfolio management approach, manages the suite of projects under the Inspiring Climate Action Strategy towards the outcomes of the strategy, including budgeting and resource allocation.
  • Tracks climate science and policy developments relevant to Chapter strategies and opportunities for expanding climate and renewable energy work
  • Ensures program compliance with internal policies and external requirements, as well as lobbying laws and regulations.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

  • BA/BS degree and 7 years’ experience in conservation practice or related field or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Fundraising experience, including identifying donor prospects and donor cultivation
  • Experience managing complex or multiple projects, including managing finances and coordinating the work of other professionals and partners.
  • Supervisory experience, including motivating, leading, setting objectives and managing performance.
  • Experience in partnership development with non-profit partners, community groups and/or government agencies.
  • Experience negotiating.


DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Multi-lingual and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated.
  • Demonstrated experience influencing, developing and implementing conservation policy and plans.
  • Experience working with corporate or NGO partners, and government agencies.
  • Experience presenting to and/or communicating with business, government, or legislative staff and/or program leadership.
  • Experience working across race, socio-economic class and language differences appreciated.
  • Strong commitment to incorporating dimensions of diversity, equity, inclusion and justice in conservation strategy and practice.
  • Familiarity with social, economic, and political conditions in Florida.
  • Experience building networks or organizational capacity, facilitating informational sessions, increasing internal knowledge and capacity, and identifying key stakeholders.
  • Experience building relationships to influence outcomes.
  • Experience or understanding of corporate partnerships or corporate sustainability principles.
  • Ability to develop practical applications of scientific concepts and technical innovations for conservation purposes.
  • Knowledge of methods and standards of biodiversity information systems and initiatives or related field.
  • Communicating clearly via written, spoken, and graphical means in English and other relevant languages.
  • Ability to deliver speeches and presentations that are informative and persuasive.
  • Politically savvy.

WHAT WE BRING

Since 1951, The Nature Conservancy has been doing work you can believe in protecting the lands and waters that all life depends on. Through grassroots action, TNC has grown to become one of the most effective and wide-reaching environmental organizations in the world. Thanks to more than 1 million members, over 400 scientists, and the dedicated efforts of our diverse staff, we impact conservation throughout the world!

The Nature Conservancy offers a competitive, comprehensive benefits package including health care benefits, flexible spending accounts, 401(k) plan to include employer match, parental leave, accrued paid time off, life insurance, disability coverage, employee assistance program, other life and work well-being benefits. Learn more about our benefits in the Culture Tab on nature.org/careers.

We’re proud to offer a work environment that is supportive of the health, well-being, and flexibility needs of the people we employ!

APPLY NOW

To apply for job ID 51693, submit your materials online by using the Apply Now button at https://careers.nature.org/ by 11:59 PM EST on July 8, 2022. Need help applying? Visit our recruitment page or contact applyhelp@tnc.org.

The Nature Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Our commitment to diversity includes the recognition that our conservation mission is best advanced by the leadership and contributions of people of diverse backgrounds, beliefs and culture. Recruiting and mentoring staff to create an inclusive organization that reflects our global character is a priority and we encourage applicants from all cultures, races, colors, religions, sexes, national or regional origins, ages, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity, military, protected veteran status or other status protected by law.

Do you have military experience? Visit our U.S. Military Skills Translator to match your military experience with our current job openings!

TNC is committed to offering accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans in our job application process. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, please send a note to applyhelp@tnc.org with Request for Accommodation in the subject line.

Where legally permissible, TNC requires all new employees to be fully vaccinated and willing to keep up to date with vaccines that protect against COVID-19. By accepting an offer of employment, you agree to comply with this requirement, unless you are entitled to a legally mandated exemption.

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