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Job Ref:  44930
Employer:  Nature Conservancy.
State/Province:  DC Metro Area
Type of Employment:  Full Time
Environmental Categories:  Other
Industries:  Other/Not Classified
Job Description:  WORK WITH US

The Nature Conservancy is the leading conservation organization working to make a positive impact for people and nature around the world in 69 countries, all 50 United States, major US cities and in your neighborhood. Founded in 1951, the mission of The Nature Conservancy is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. One of our core values is our commitment to diversity. Therefore, we are committed to a globally diverse and culturally competent workforce. Visit to learn more.
The Nature Conservancy offers competitive compensation, 401k or savings-plan matching for eligible employees, excellent benefits, flexible work policies and 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.

The challenges facing our planet today require comprehensive solutions that both address our current issues and lay the foundation to effectively and efficiently address tomorrow's challenges. Promoting policies and practices that balance the needs of people and nature is critical to securing lasting conservation outcomes. The work and expertise of The Nature Conservancy's External Affairs program is integral to this effort. The Conservancy is helping to shape the government policies and corporate practices by which critical conservation and investment decisions are made so that it will be possible to achieve the transformative conservation outcomes our world requires. External Affairs at the Nature Conservancy is a global function that includes U.S. and International government relations and corporate engagement. External Affairs closely coordinates with additional government relations and corporate engagement staff who are embedded in the regional organizations, as well as the leadership of the global priority teams and other global functions


The Director of Strategy for External Affairs works closely with the Chief External Affairs Officer to provide leadership to the division in the areas of strategic and organizational planning, financial planning and management, fundraising strategy, and division operations. S/he is responsible for managing a global strategic agenda for the division that is integrated with organizational priorities. S/he has a lead role in the financial management of division and oversees administrative functions within the division including compliance, human resources, philanthropy and technology and information systems, liaising with those corporate functional areas as required.
The Director of Strategy for External Affairs reports to the Chief External Affairs Officer (CEAO).


  • Supervises three staff: the Director of Operations, the Finance Manager, and the Director of Events for External Affairs.
  • Leads the strategic planning process to advance the highest priority division initiatives.
  • Works closely with the division leadership in developing goals and priorities flowing from the strategic planning process and ensures a unified understanding of and progress toward those goals and priorities by the division's senior leadership and across the organization.
  • Ensures alignment of division initiatives with TNC's global priority teams and global planning processes.
  • Leads and coordinates the annual business planning process across the division. Provides expert guidance to the leadership team on TNC business planning processes, tools and outcomes.
  • Manages the financial health of the division, including strategic and long-range financial planning and executive reporting to the Chief Conservation Officer.Advises the CEAO and leadership on division financial management. Oversees the annual budgeting process. Provides oversight and guidance to the Finance Manager on ongoing financial analysis, reporting of results against plan, and recommending course corrections.
  • Works closely with fundraising staff to assist in translating division strategies and initiatives into effective fundraising plans; provides functional oversight to Director of Development for External Affairs and Climate.
  • Supports division leadership in managing division interactions with the Board of Directors, particularly the Government Relations Committee.
  • Provides oversight and guidance to the Director of Operations on implementation and oversight of all major human resources activities for the division (e.g. staff professional development, succession planning, leadership development activities, etc.). Leads the management team in the annual workforce and organizational planning process. Leads and/or coordinates the recruitment of key senior staff on behalf of the CEAO. As needed, identifies, recruits and manages the staff resources needed to implement key projects.
  • Develops TNC's global external affairs community (both field- and Worldwide Office-based) by leading periodic All-External Affairs Conferences and other community-building approaches.
  • Anticipates and identifies issues for discussion at key management meetings; identifies appropriate meeting participants; works with appropriate departments to prepare and/or manage the preparation of reports, briefings, presentations, and responses on institutional and strategic issues, as necessary. Leads efforts to strengthen management processes division-wide.
  • Leads, launches and/or coordinates special projects on behalf of the division; ensures effective project management and tracking for the highest priority division initiatives; provides project review and oversight.
  • Takes on additional management responsibilities as needed


  • Applies strong understanding of organizational processes and financial and operations management.
  • Develops, along with key stakeholders, strategies and integrated work plans to maintain consistency, alignment and integration of External Affairs strategies across regional and conservation challenge teams.
  • Builds strong links and networks with regional and challenge teams to ensure effective and focused delivery of shared strategy goals.
  • Assumes broad management and leadership responsibility, in most cases without direct supervisory authority, both internally and externally.
  • Manages multi-functional teams in a matrixed environment across a global organization.
  • Operates within budget guidelines to ensure sound financial performance.
  • Ensures that public and private funds are raised to meet program needs.
  • Manages administrative and professional staff with responsibility for performance management, training, and career development.Establishes clear directions and sets stretch objectives.
  • Contributes to proposals for funding and support fundraising efforts as appropriate.
  • Work checked through consultation and agreement with others rather than by directives of superiors.
  • Ensures that program meets all lobbying, contractual and legal regulations and standards.
  • Periodic travel domestically and or internationally, including during some evenings and weekends


  • Bachelor's degree and 7 years of related management experience, including strategy, finance, business processes, and operations in a large organization.
  • Demonstrated experience conceiving, managing the successful adoption of, and implementing strategic initiatives within an organization or large business unit.
  • Demonstrated experience building strong relationships across an organization and with partners such as corporations, donors, and/or volunteers.
  • Experience working with a large multi-disciplinary team and managing program budgets.
  • Experience with financial systems, basic accounting, and fiscal sustainability.
  • Experience in directing or participating in complex negotiations and presenting to and communicating with government officials, corporate executives, board members and others.
  • Experience designing, implementing and directing multiple and multifaceted projects, setting deadlines and ensuring program accountability.
  • Experience communicating complex processes and ideas effectively to a variety of audiences within and outside an organization.
  • Fluency in English
  • International experience and language skills.
  • Some experience in public policy and/or corporate sustainability practices.
  • Experience working in a matrixed organization.
  • Experience working with multiple cultures and across country boundaries.
  • Outstanding analytical and project management capabilities.
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully develop and implement complex projects in an unstructured environment
  • Outstanding written and oral communication, negotiating and organizational skills
  • Independent and self-motivated with the ability to participate effectively in a remote team environment


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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 men and women 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.
The successful applicant must meet the requirements of The Nature Conservancy's background screening process.


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