The Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organisation dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. As a science-based organisation, 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. From a rewarding mission to career development and flexible schedules, there are many reasons to love life #insideTNC. Want to know more? 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 recognise 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.” To learn more, visit www.nature.org.
What we can achieve together
We are currently seeking an engaging and innovative State Director to lead the Florida Business Unit, while partnering closely with the Southern Division as we execute on our ambitious conservation goals. This position provides the unique opportunity to have a significant conservation impact in Florida, regionally, and beyond.
The Nature Conservancy has worked in Florida since 1961, protecting over 1.3M acres of Florida’s critical lands and waters and serving as a trusted partner in federal, state, and local land, water, and climate initiatives. It currently has a talented staff of 85 located across the state, an operating budget of ~$15 million, an engaged board of trustees, and a robust conservation agenda framed by a recently adopted Strategic Plan.
Since The Nature Conservancy’s founding in 1951, it has become one of the most effective and wide-reaching environmental organisations in the world touching down in six continents and over 70 countries worldwide. The organisation is currently focused on the dual and related conservation threats of climate change and biodiversity loss and has established a set of 2030 conservation goals that the organisation is working together to achieve.
The Florida State Director has the unique opportunity to help create a shared, multi-state vision for how to maximise conservation outcomes within Florida and across the Southern US Division, comprised of 10 state chapters from Virginia and Kentucky southward to Florida and Louisiana, that contribute towards TNC’s organisational goals.
Increasingly and fundamentally, the State Director collaborates with others across the Southern Division and beyond to build partnerships and support the most critical organisation-wide impacts, strategies, and projects that align and meet the overall greater initiatives of Florida, the Southern Division and organisation. The State Director reports to the Southern Division Director.
The State Director leads staff and trustees, cultivates new and existing donors, expands partnerships, and builds a broader constituency for conservation across the state. As a leader in the Florida conservation movement, the State Director plays a primary role collaborating with partner organisations, government agencies, elected officials and other key decision-makers to build alliances and shared agendas that advance science-driven conservation outcomes in Florida, across the South, and globally.
The State Director is accountable for the chapter’s success in implementing TNC’s global conservation approach, producing measurable results, upholding organisational values, and supporting the ongoing work of equity while leading an inclusive workplace culture. The State Director is committed to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice (DEIJ) in the Chapter’s work and culture.
We’re looking for you
Are you looking for work you can believe in? AT TNC we strive to embody a philosophy of “Work that You Can Believe in” where you can feel like you are making a difference every day. We’re looking for someone with strong experience in leading a diverse, multi-disciplinary team and who is a passionate, motivated problem-solver and an excellent communicator.
The ideal candidate will have exceptional communication, listening and collaboration skills, while also being able to make hard, transparent decisions in a matrixed and sometimes ambiguous environment. The ideal candidate will also have the emotional intelligence and disposition to build trust and lead the organisation forward in ways that are equitable, fair and inclusive, while also being willing/able to navigate difficult or potentially contentious conversations.
Additionally, the ideal candidate will be a big picture thinker who can articulate and align Florida’s strategies, programs, and projects with the larger TNC organisation. This is an exciting opportunity to contribute to the ongoing mission of conservation by directing and shaping the work of our team!
What you’ll bring
- Bachelor’s degree and minimum of 7 years of management experience as a leader in the conservation arena, non-profit sector, advocacy or related for-profit areas.
- Extensive and proven management experience including ability to motivate, lead, set objectives, and manage performance of a large multi-disciplinary team.
- Written and verbal fluency in English is required.
- Superb communication and presentation skills required.
- Experience communicating with and presenting to diverse audiences including donors, board members, employees, outside partners, governmental officials, etc.
- Experience in marketing and communications, fundraising, and budget management.
- 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, creative individual with high ethical standards. Outstanding leadership and visionary qualities and able to work effectively with and through others in a decentralised and geographically dispersed organisation.
- Proven technical skills, analytical ability, good judgement, and strong operational focus.
- Ability to lead with empathy while creating a culture of accountability.
- Well organised and self-directed; politically savvy and a team player.
- Experience gained both in and outside the US preferred. Demonstrated commitment to developing ad practising global literacy a must.
- Awareness of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) principles and practice in the conservation field, and commitment to advancing DEI in operational and programmatic contexts.
- Proven talent in hiring, developing, and retaining staff.
- Proven skills in board development, recruitment, and engagement.
- Familiarity with Florida including its natural systems, environmental stressors/threats, politics, and key stakeholders.
What we’ll bring
The Nature Conservancy offers a competitive compensation and comprehensive benefits package including health care benefits, flexible spending accounts, 401(k) plan including employer match, parental leave, accrued paid time off, life insurance, disability coverage, employee assistance program, other life and work wellbeing benefits. Learn more about our benefits on 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!
How to apply
Please apply to Job 52782 at www.nature.org/careers, or apply directly HERE. Submit required cover letter and resume separately using the upload buttons. Applications will be reviewed in the order they’re received, and the position will remain open until filled.
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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 diverse backgrounds, beliefs, and cultures.
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