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
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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 know 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.”
A trusted name in conservation within the state and beyond, The Nature Conservancy in Vermont strives to work with diverse partners to ensure healthy rivers, wetlands, coastlines and fisheries; conserve forests and the benefits they provide; and tackle climate change, working with communities and governments to take action, and with nature to adapt to its impacts. Here at The Nature Conservancy in Vermont, we’re dedicated to creating a healthier world for all. We work locally and globally, using innovative science and scalable, long-lasting solutions to tackle the most complex environmental challenges on this warming planet. We know that what we do here in Vermont to protect nature will mean a better future for people and planet. This is an exciting time for our organization, we have committed to helping to solve some of the most complex challenges facing people and nature as shown through our 2030 goals.
What We Can Achieve Together:
The Vermont State Director supports major cross-boundary initiatives to conserve lands and waters and address climate change while holding a commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Chapter’s work and culture. The State Director leads the chapter staff and trustees, develops new and existing donors, forms partnerships and builds a broader constituency for conservation across the state. They are accountable for Vermont’s success in implementing TNC’s conservation approach and ensuring outcomes are achieved. They support the alignment of activities by securing, coordinating, and configuring resources, capacity, and programs to address the most critical organization-wide projects, threats and strategies. The State Director 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 build alliances and shared agendas that advance conservation outcomes in Vermont, across the region, and around the world. They provide demonstrated leadership in fostering diversity, equity, inclusion and justice within Vermont teams, strategies, and projects; among staff, trustees and volunteers; across the organization and with partners. They demonstrate progress by successfully creating and leading a diverse workplace culture, nurturing a safe and inclusive environment for all, and focusing on equitable conservation processes and results. The State Director oversees fundraising and marketing and works with staff to secure increased private, public and corporate support for conservation, engaging with major donors, corporations and foundations and supporting staff in donor cultivation. They support seasoned and emerging staff and volunteer leaders in service of shared organizational goals and outcomes, as well as a culture of collaboration, personal accountability, innovation, and high morale.
The Vermont State Director plays a leading role in the Northeast Division, which spans 10 states and reports to the Northeast Division Director. They actively participate in the Northeast Leadership Council and Division teams, collaborating on innovative, cross-boundary projects and funding efforts that help maximize the Division’s collective contributions to realizing the Conservancy’s 2030 goals. At present, the Vermont Chapter is comprised of approximately 28 talented staff and 14 engaged members of the board of trustees, all engaged in an authentic culture committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice.
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 helping to address the most pressing environmental issues and are making a difference every day.
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. They will also have the emotional intelligence and disposition to build trust and lead the organization 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 Vermont’s strategies, programs and projects with the larger TNC organization.
This role offers a unique opportunity to lead the design and implementation of a strategic approach to science-based conservation.
What You’ll Bring:
• 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.
• Extensive and proven management experience including ability to motivate, lead, strategize and manage the performance of a large multi-disciplinary team.
• Experience communicating with and presenting to diverse audiences, including donors, board members, employees, communities and outside partners.
• Experience in fundraising and budget management.
• Proven ability to convene a diversity of groups to find common ground and implement shared solutions.
• Written and verbal fluency in English.
• An understanding of the natural resources of the Northeast, their conservation challenges, and current management approaches.
• Extensive experience in fundraising and commitment to increase program fundraising success, especially by identifying innovative forms of fundraising.
• Strong competence in working effectively across differences such as race, cultural, disabilities, socio-economic class and language groups.
• Extensive and proven management experience including ability to motivate, lead, set objectives, and manage performance of a multi-disciplinary team.
• Strong competency working effectively across differences such as race, culture, disabilities, socio-economic class and language groups.
• Experience cultivating strong interpersonal engagement and relationships in a global, multicultural context and developing relationships to drive organizational outcomes.
• Proven skills in diverse board development and recruitment for fundraising and influencing results.
• Experience gained both in and outside the U.S. preferred. Demonstrated commitment to developing and practicing global literacy a must.
• Successful experience in marketing. Politically savvy.
• Success as an inspirational leader who has successfully motivated staff to achieve and sustain excellence. Proven managerial talent in hiring, developing, and retaining staff.
• High energy, forward thinking, creative individual with strong ethical standards. Outstanding leadership and visionary qualities and able to work effectively with and through 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.
• Exercises sensitivity and empathy in working in an advisory role with partner organizations.
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 salary range of this position is between $120,000 - $145,000 annually, dependent on qualifications and experience. In addition, The Nature Conservancy offers a competitive, 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 at in the Culture Tab on nature.org/careers.
We’re proud to offer a work-environment that is supportive of the health, wellbeing, and flexibility needs of the people we employ!
How to Apply:
Please apply to Job #53614 at www.nature.org/careers, or apply directly here. Submit required cover letter and resume separately using the upload buttons. The application deadline is July 16, 2023.
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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. 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, protected veteran status or other status protected by law.
$120,000 - $145,000
Montpelier, VT, USA