Alaska State Director
The Nature Conservancy
Anchorage, AK, United States
14 days ago
Anchorage, Alaska, USA
WHO WE ARE
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 working in more than 75 countries and territories. 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.
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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’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.
YOUR POSITION WITH TNC
The Nature Conservancy is seeking a strong leader for Alaska State Director as we execute on our ambitious conservation goals. A trusted name in conservation within the state and beyond, The Nature Conservancy in Alaska has worked to protect the state’s cherished landscapes and develop sound science to support ecology, the economy, and innovative conservation. With a strong and talented staff, a board of trustees comprised of 19 members, and a resilient, robust program in place, this role offers a unique opportunity to design and implement a strategic approach to Alaska’s conservation priorities—and to help shape a resilient, viable future for all Alaskans.
The Alaska State Director drives the Alaska Chapter’s conservation strategy, public policy leadership, and fundraising functions. They work closely with the Alaska board of trustees to create and implement the Chapter’s conservation strategies in alignment with The Nature Conservancy’s Shared Conservation Agenda priorities. They will also ensure a work environment that is diverse, equitable, and inclusive.
The Conservancy has worked in Alaska for over 30 years, protecting 2.7 million acres of land, serving as a trusted partner in state and regional land and water management initiatives, and mapping over 4.5 million acres of the most critical fish and wildlife habitats. The Alaska Chapter has been a collaborative leader creating with partners the state’s first Indigenous-led sustainable communities trust, first privately-held instream flow right, first statewide climate resilience map and more. The Conservancy is also building the case for investment in nature-based solutions in Alaska’s coastal temperate rainforest and building capacity in local communities to advocate and bring together diverse partners to promote sustainable solutions at scale. These efforts include partnerships with state and federal agencies, Tribes, Alaska Native Corporations, industry, other non-profits, and local communities. The State Director plays a key role in helping further this impactful work by leading the chapter staff, developing new and existing donors, forming partnerships and building a broader constituency for conservation across the state. The State Director is accountable for the chapter’s success in implementing TNC’s global conservation approach, producing measurable results and maintaining and strengthening organizational values.
The key role of the State Director is to lead, manage, and inspire the chapter’s staff and trustees to collectively achieve the maximum contribution to the organization’s mission. They ensure success in conservation and fundraising programs and contribute intellectual, financial and human resources to priority, cross-boundary initiatives. They support alignment of activities by securing, coordinating and configuring resources, capacity and programs to address the most critical conservation priorities of the organization at multiple scales. They are responsible for collaborating with others across the division and throughout the organization on the procurement and application of resources in Alaska as well as in areas beyond their span of authority.
The Alaska State Director oversees fundraising and marketing and works with staff to secure increased private and corporate support for conservation, engaging with major donors, corporations and foundations and supporting staff in donor cultivation. The Director approves budgets and sets priorities that dictate private and public fundraising goals. They serve as the primary statewide 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 cultivate those audiences to support and promote TNC’s mission and vision.
Through the empowerment of other managers, the Director develops and supports the chapter staff to meet the conservation priorities of the chapter and of the global organization. The State Director reports into the Western US & Canada Division and works closely with the state’s Board of Trustees.
RESPONSIBILITIES AND SCOPE
- Overall responsibility for conservation results, philanthropy activities and goals of the Alaska Chapter, and for integration of regional and global priorities;
- Manages the development and execution of the chapter’s strategic conservation plan, three-year budget and financial plans, and annual work programs, all delivered on time and within budget;
- Demonstrates a strong understanding of on-the-ground conservation;
- Incorporates organizational values and competencies as foundational elements in all aspects of work;
- Ensures recruitment, management and development of high quality and effective staff;
- Provides leadership in public policy efforts within the chapter and the region;
- Ensures that programmatic commitments, financial standards and legal requirements are met;
- Presents and represents the chapter’s and TNC’s vision in a compelling and engaging manner to internal and external audiences as lead spokesperson;
- Delivers effective and persuasive speeches and presentations on complex topics to employee groups, managers at all levels, board members and outside organizations;
- Demonstrates a willingness and ability to travel routinely throughout the geography and globally as required;
- Works flexibly, sometimes beyond the normal workday, including weekends, as necessary, during deadline periods;
- Directs, prepares, presents and/or participates in negotiations of project proposals with governmental, bilateral and/or multilateral agencies; and
- Works well under pressure.
- 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, set objectives, and manage performance of a large multi-disciplinary team.
- Superb communication and presentation skills required, including experience communicating with and presenting to diverse audiences including donors, board members, employees, outside partners, or equivalent.
- Experience in fundraising and budget management.
- Strong competence in 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 leveraging those relationships to drive organizational outcomes.
- Demonstrated experience producing results and meeting program/department goals.
- Success as an inspirational leader who has effectively 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 decentralized and geographically dispersed organization.
- Proven technical skills, analytical ability, good judgment, and strong operational focus.
- Well organized and self-directed; politically savvy and a team player.
- Successful experience in marketing or fund raising desired.
- Is agile and effective in managing group processes during presentations or discussions.
- Exercises sensitivity, emotional agility and empathy in working in an advisory role with partner organizations.
WHAT WE BRING
The Nature Conservancy offers a competitive, comprehensive benefits package including health care benefits, flexible spending accounts, 401(k) plan to include employer match, parental leave, accrued paid time off, life insurance, disability coverage, employee assistance program, other life and work well-being benefits. Learn more about our benefits in the Culture Tab on nature.org/careers.
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