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Job Ref:  44830
Employer:  Nature Conservancy.
State/Province:  Rhode Island
Type of Employment:  Full Time
Environmental Categories:  Other
Industries:  Other/Not Classified
Job Description:  WORK WITH US

The Nature Conservancy (TNC) seeks a proven and dynamic leader to serve as State Director, to advance the organization's conservation and fundraising agenda in Rhode Island, regionally, and worldwide. The Rhode Island State Director leads a staff of 26 with an annual operating budget of more than $2 million. As one of the senior leaders within the organization, the State Director provides strategic leadership for TNC's local and global conservation work and is an important contributor to, and will share responsibility for conservation strategies, policies, programs, and fundraising efforts across the entire organization.
The Nature Conservancy, a non-profit conservation organization with more than a million members, is known for a balanced approach to conservation that provides for human needs in cities, in rural locations and globally, while protecting native animals and plants by safeguarding the lands and waters they need to survive. The organization has protected more than 11 million acres in the United States and some 60 million acres internationally, and is the largest freshwater and marine conservation organization globally. In addition, the Conservancy is one of the only large conservation organizations pursuing urban conservation, with a fast-growing network of U.S. cities and a growing Global Cities strategy under way.
Our mission is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. As indispensable to our success as our unifying mission, vision, goals and measures, are our unique values: Integrity Beyond Reproach; Respect for People, Communities, and Cultures; Commitment to Diversity; and One Conservancy. These values are the distinguishing attributes that characterize how we conduct ourselves in our drive for tangible, lasting results. These attributes are not platitudes but convictions deeply held by all who represent The Nature Conservancy.
TNC is a network of state and country programs operating in all 50 states and in more than 65 countries. The Nature Conservancy in Rhode Island got its start in 1965 working in partnership with the Audubon Society of Rhode Island to protect The Davis Memorial Refuge in North Kingstown. Since the opening of the Providence office in 1989, The Nature Conservancy, working with a host of partners, has protected over 35,000 acres, including some of the most spectacular and ecologically significant areas of the state, from Block Island to the Queens River Preserve in Exeter. The Chapter's work has grown over the years, not only in the refinement of the land protection process, but to include other strategies that affect conservation outcomes well beyond state borders. The Conservancy in Rhode Island now is a leader in land, freshwater and marine conservation, as well as a go-to partner with the expertise and capacity needed for getting complicated and important conservation projects under way.
One example of work beyond state borders is led by Rhode Island. The Southern New England and Long Island Sound Whole System is a collaboration across four states to improve water quality and restore coastal and marine habitat on a system-wide scale. Water quality is further addressed in the Providence Metro Program, a conservation effort linked with other cities across the country and focused on storm water management, health and quality of life for human and other natural communities in urban areas. The Chapter looks forward to continuing and increasing the impact of its conservation efforts as it works collaboratively with other programs in New England and the North America Region to advance the Conservancy's global conservation priorities.
The Rhode Island Chapter is in year four of a five-year campaign to raise public and private funds in support of these conservation priorities: land and freshwater; oceans and coasts; and people and nature. Initiated in July 2012, the "LAND, WATER, HOPE " campaign is on track to exceed its $50M goal by campaign close on December 31, 2017. Critical to campaign success is our work to raise the awareness of TNC's brand and mission in order to expand the base of support for TNC locally and globally.
Recently, The Nature Conservancy launched the world's largest campaign for conservation, called "Our World". Our World is a campaign to create a new vision for the planet - one powered by a virtuous cycle where we take care of nature so nature takes care of us. The Our World campaign has a goal of raising $6B of outright gifts, deferred gifts, government funding and impact capital. Guided by strong science, we are partnering with people and organizations around the world to put into action the innovations needed to achieve this vision.


The principle role of the State Director is to lead and manage the Rhode Island Chapter for success in implementing TNC's conservation and fundraising programs, maintaining the core set of organizational values, and providing support for the realization of the Conservancy's global conservation vision. The State Director represents The Nature Conservancy internally and externally, ensures successful outcomes for chapter priorities, and mobilizes intellectual, financial, and human resources for the development and execution of regional and global priorities. S/he supports alignment of activities by securing, coordinating, and configuring financial resources, capacity, and programs to address the most critical organization-wide projects and strategies. S/he provides direction, support and leadership for the chapter's strategically focused fundraising program, to meet the chapter's programmatic objectives and financial needs. S/he serves as the primary Rhode Island Chapter spokesperson 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 State Director is responsible for day-to-day management, guidance and support of six direct reports as well as the overall management of 26 staff members in two locations: Providence and Block Island. S/he reports to the New England Division Director and works closely with a voluntary Board of Trustees. The State Director is engaged as a team member with colleagues from around the world, sharing the lessons learned from the Rhode Island experience, gathering ideas from others and actively contributing to TNC's global strategies and solutions. This job requires flexibility to travel and participate in fields trips.
The State Director should embody the following professional qualifications and personal attributes:


  • Bachelor's degree and minimum of 7 years of experience as a leader in the conservation arena, non-profit sector, advocacy, or related for-profit area, including demonstrated experience producing results and meeting program goals.
  • Demonstrated success in leading significant fundraising efforts including experience cultivating and soliciting major donors, foundations, and private corporations in support of programmatic and operational activities.
  • Demonstrated commitment to nature and to understanding the complexity of the mission of TNC.
  • Fluency in English, written and verbal. Multilingual skills appreciated.
  • Superb written and verbal communication and presentation skills.
  • Experience communicating with and presenting to diverse audiences including donors, board members, employees, community members, outside partners, or equivalent.
  • Demonstrated success as an effective manager with significant experience attracting, developing, and retaining a decentralized and diverse professional staff.
  • Proven talent in budgeting, staffing, performance management, and professional development
  • Implements procedures to enhance overall performance in accordance with short and long term objectives. Initiates engagement with staff and board members in the formulation, implementation, and evaluation of broad policies, long-term programs, and decisions with broad organizational impact.
  • Uses sound judgment when the circumstances require or permit a more deliberate and collaborative decision-making process, as well as when making decisions independently, with little or no collaboration or oversight.
  • Operates with keen appreciation of how decisions may affect organization's public image, legal standing, and financial position.
  • Experience gained both in and outside the U.S. preferred. Demonstrated commitment to developing and practicing global literacy.
  • A skillful spokesperson with the ability to frame and articulate a powerful program vision with the leadership qualities to inspire implementation by staff, board, and partners.
  • Experience engaging, mobilizing and motivating a volunteer advisory Board of Trustees in achieving philanthropic, program, and operational goals.
  • A proven track record of success and accomplishment as an inspirational leader with a strong belief in development of staff.
  • High energy level, personable, trustworthy, diplomatic, and of impeccable integrity.
  • Forward thinking, creative problem-solver with high ethical standards.
  • Possessed of cultural intelligence to support credible engagement with a diversity of stakeholders
  • Well organized and self-directed; politically savvy and a team player.
  • Excellent listening skills and ability to learn with genuine interest and intellectual curiosity.
  • Recruits, retains, and manages high quality, effective, and diverse staff in an inclusive workplace climate.
  • Assumes overall responsibility for philanthropy activities and goals of the Chapter.
  • Accepts philanthropic responsibility for organization-wide project/programs.
  • Ensures that programmatic commitments, financial standards, and legal requirements are met.
  • Assumes responsibility and leadership for conservation results for local, regional, and global priorities.
  • Able to convey persuasively the mission and conservation priorities of TNC to diverse groups including major donors, corporate executives, board members, partners, managers at all levels, community members, and others who are critical to the organization's overall mission and prosperity.
  • Cultivates and develops constructive and effective relationships inside and outside TNC.
  • Communicates professionally with a wide variety of people of diverse cultural, professional, and economic backgrounds for the purpose of developing, negotiating, and/or implementing programs and projects.
  • Presents and represents the program and TNC's vision in a compelling, engaging manner to internal and external audiences as lead spokesperson; practices TNC's core values.
  • Commands attention, able to change tactics midstream and manage group processes during presentations or discussions.
  • Exercises sensitivity to working in an advisory role with partner organizations.
  • Directs, prepares, presents and/or participates in negotiations of project proposals with governmental, bilateral, and/or multilateral agencies.


To apply to position number 44830 , submit resume and cover letter. All resumes require a cover letter. Both documents must be submitted through The Nature Conservancy's online application system. Please upload them into your application as a single document. All applications must be submitted in the system prior to 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on December 18, 2016.
Click "submit" to apply for the position or "save for later" to create a draft application for future submission. Once submitted, applications cannot be revised or edited. Failure to complete required fields may result in your application being disqualified from consideration.
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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 all genders and diverse backgrounds, beliefs and cultures. 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 orientations, gender identities, military or veteran status or other status protected by law.
The successful applicant must meet the requirements of The Nature Conservancy's background screening process.


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