Director, Conservation Investments

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Conservation International

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Arlington, VA, United States

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30+ days ago

Director, Conservation Investments

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to be a global challenge. Due to the fluidity of the situation, we periodically reassess our plans to reopen our offices. For the safety of our employees, our approach is tailored to the situation in each of the 30 countries we operate in. Travel is only conducted when absolutely necessary and safe to do so. Hiring managers will provide guidance on remote, hybrid, or on-site work arrangements in accordance with country-specific safety policies.

Conservation International protects nature for the benefit of humanity. Through science, policy, fieldwork, and finance, we spotlight and secure the most important places in nature for the climate, biodiversity, and for people. With offices in 30 countries and projects in more than 100 countries, Conservation International partners with governments, companies, civil society, Indigenous peoples, and local communities to help people and nature thrive together.


The Director, of Conservation Investments, will provide technical leadership in financing, project management, and delivery of institutional priorities and strategies for the protection and long-term conservation of natural capital in terrestrial and marine ecosystems. This position will support a dynamic thematically and geographically diverse portfolio of initiatives with diverse financing and investment requirements. While the specific nature and scope of initiatives may vary based on institutional and programmatic needs, the Director position is envisaged as implementing finance and investment priorities of two (2) key financing initiatives: irrecoverable carbon and the Blue Nature Alliance.

The ideal candidate will possess strong project management skills, conservation finance experience, and the ability to evaluate, integrate and translate diverse financial and non-financial information in a manner that is useful for a broad range of decision-making. The ideal candidate will also have demonstrated experience in the design, implementation, management, and/or evaluation of financial transactions involving the public, private or blended financing in a conservation and/or sustainable development context.


  • Provide subject-matter expertise and technical leadership in the formulation and development of business and financing plans, analytical tools, models, and frameworks, in accordance with the needs and requirements of priority terrestrial and marine conservation and sustainable development projects and initiatives.
  • Lead the sourcing, development, execution, portfolio management, and monitoring of thematically-aligned investment opportunities.
  • Manage a dynamic portfolio of projects and initiatives, including documentation and tracking of key requirements, activities, deliverables, and associated scheduling, budgetary, and reporting requirements.
  • Support cross-divisional, and cross-programmatic fundraising and development efforts, including cultivation and management of key funder relationships, leading and/or supporting the development of aligned funding proposals, and strategic fundraising and communication materials.
  • Provide thought leadership to strategic initiatives, conferences, forums, and publications that elevate the visibility of CI’s work on sustainable financing for large-scale ocean conservation and high-value carbon and biodiversity ecosystems.
  • Other duties as assigned by supervisor.


  • This position is based in our CI Office in Arlington, VA, or CI Offices globally. Please view a full list of our Global Offices here.
  • This position may require domestic and international travel up to 20% or more of employee time, sometimes in difficult travel conditions.
  • Our Arlington, VA office is officially open. Guidance on hybrid or remote work schedules will be discussed during the interview process. For positions based in Hawaii and Seattle, further guidance will be provided in those offices during the interview process.
  • For the health and safety of our employees, their families, and our community, all US-based Conservation International staff are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19. This mandatory vaccine requirement applies to all staff working remotely, in a hybrid work arrangement, and on-site in CI US offices. Effective January 4, 2022, new hires will be required to provide proof of full vaccination with a government-approved vaccine as a condition for employment. Requests for reasonable accommodations or exceptions related to medical or religious reasons will be considered. Candidates are NOT required to state their COVID-19 vaccine status in their application.



Education and experience equivalent to a bachelor's degree and seven (7) or more years of progressively responsible professional experience in business, finance, policy, or related discipline(s) with a specific concentration in the following areas:

Planning & Analysis:

  • Preparation, review, analysis, and interpretation of financial data, plans, budgets, and reports.
  • Development of sustainable finance plans/roadmaps for ecosystem protection projects.
  • Development, evaluation, and interpretation of financial and economic analyses, models, and decision tools.

Direct Investments; Transactions:

  • Preparation and negotiation of term sheets.
  • Preparation of investment memoranda, and coordination and management of due diligence, contracting, and disbursement requirements and processes.

Project Development & Management:

  • Development, implementation, and management of projects at multiple scales and levels of complexity.
  • Demonstrated experience in direct oversight and/or implementation of project design, planning, and scheduling; resource budgeting and management; and design, evaluation, and monitoring of project performance objectives.

Technical Advisory & Consulting:

  • Experience in the delivery of technical and advisory services.
  • Experience with geographically and culturally diverse clientele and/or audiences, and in multi-sectoral, multi-disciplinary contexts.


  • Knowledge and understanding of the structure, dynamics, and key economic and environmental issues and trends in relevant sectors and industries (e.g. ocean/blue economies, biodiversity markets, voluntary carbon markets, etc.)
  • Working familiarity with Teams, SharePoint and Microsoft Office, and O365 applications
  • Advanced-level PowerPoint and Adobe design and layout capabilities
  • Familiarity with construction, interpretation, and testing of investment valuation, sensitivity analyses, and other quantitative analytical models using Excel;
  • Experience working in emerging, developing economy/market contexts
  • Proficiency in Spanish is highly desirable.

To apply for this position please submit a resume and cover letter.

See all Conservation International Career Opportunities HERE

Conservation International is an Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Women/Vets/Disabled