Freshwater Community of Practice Manager (Location Flexible)

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The Nature Conservancy

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Arlington, VA, United States

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29 days ago


Arlington, Virginia, USA

Remote home office; the location for this position is flexible within countries where The Nature Conservancy is a registered NGO and has an already established office. This position is not eligible for relocation or immigration assistance.





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 are lots of reasons to love life #insideTNC. Want a better insight to TNC? 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 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.”


The Freshwater Community of Practice (FW-CoP) Manager will lead the development and implementation of the FW-CoP, managing projects that increase connectivity between staff, programs, and projects to enable The Nature Conservancy to efficiently and effectively achieve our freshwater conservation and protection goals. The focus of the work will be on helping shape culture, tools, and systems that increase capacity flexibility across freshwater programs, delivering engaging learning, knowledge and peer exchange opportunities that accelerate the pace of transformation, and building and maintaining an active community of freshwater practitioners, scientists, communicators, and leaders. The FW-CoP Manager will report to the Global Director of Freshwater Outcomes.

The location for this position is flexible within countries where The Nature Conservancy is a registered NGO and has an already established office. This position is not eligible for relocation or immigration assistance. May involve domestic and international travel of 15% or more.


Want to help safeguard the planet’s freshwater for both biodiversity’s sake and the people that depend on it? Through the efforts of The Nature Conservancy, we have protected about 5,000 river miles globally for people and nature. From the headwaters to the estuaries, The Nature Conservancy is dedicated to conserving the vital freshwater resources that make our globe unique. This is an exceptional career opportunity for a highly motivated, capable individual interested in joining the world’s leading conservation organization!

We need an individual to work with TNC staff around the world to ensure the FW-CoP is responsive to the needs of freshwater staff across functions and regions, from local practitioners to global champions. To facilitate the delivery of engaging and enriching learning opportunities through live webinars, pre-recorded videos, and peer exchange that stimulate the transfer of proven approaches from within and beyond the Conservancy, increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of our work, and enhancing our collective efforts toward freshwater outcomes. They will support newsletters, facile ways to find expertise across the Conservancy’s freshwater community, and other innovations that facilitate a sense of community and connection across and among staff engaged in or contributing to freshwater conservation. Manage funding to support capacity mobility to increase efficacy and equity of staff and skills and contribute to the professional development of staff. Coordinates with philanthropy staff on fundraising for the FW-CoP, including assisting in proposal development, writing, and reporting. They will engage with marketing and internal communications staff to ensure the narrative on freshwater is reflective of the diversity of our work, to identify strategic outreach opportunities, and to elevate stories from the field. Researches, introduces, and tests innovative community-of-practice tools and approaches used by other CoPs within TNC and outside of our organization.

Key responsibilities and scope for this position are:

  • Provides strategic analysis and project management in support of the FW-CoP.
  • Works with strategy teams, field practitioners, and regions to elevate their work and needs.
  • Designs, implements, and directs complex and diverse projects encompassing multiple programs.
  • Incorporates cross-disciplinary knowledge to support program objectives.
  • Schedules, plans and prepares for internal and external meetings and tracks deliverables and deadlines.
  • Works within the budget to complete projects, negotiates and contracts with vendors and assists with budget development.
  • Performs tasks with minimal supervision and makes independent, strategic decisions based on analysis, experience, and context.
  • Significant latitude to deal directly with field management personnel and organizational leadership.
  • Serves as a team leader for assigned projects; may require gaining cooperation of team over whom there is no direct supervisory authority.
  • Designs and organizes learning and collective action opportunities.
  • Designs and organizes both small and very large virtual and in-person events that foster shared learning.
  • Executes developmental evaluation programs to track effectiveness of key projects and adapt strategies and implementation.
  • Applies social change, network and systems leadership approaches to key projects within the global strategy.


  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field and 4 years related experience, or equivalent combination.
  • Experience managing complex projects or strategic initiatives in an unstructured environment.
  • Experience compiling, researching, synthesizing, writing, and editing project information for different audiences including promotion, project reporting, demonstration of innovative projects, and compiling it into cohesive reports and recommendations for strategy and action.
  • Experience delivering distance learning programs and using technology to stimulate knowledge exchange and connections.


  • Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated
  • Experience supporting online communities of practice is highly desirable.
  • Excellent communication skills and political savvy, including written and oral delivery and critical analytical thinking. Excellent English writing skills are essential.
  • Familiarity and knowledge related to freshwater science and conservation.
  • Ability to develop and drive new ideas and approaches.
  • Ability to work in a multicultural and multidisciplinary context.
  • Experience aligning multiple actors around a common goal. Ability to work well in a highly matrixed, decentralized, and collaborative organization. Possesses strong interpersonal skills and political savvy. Must be a team player.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and meet time-sensitive deadlines.
  • NGO and/or corporate relations experience.
  • Ability to write and speak in a language other than English, such as Spanish, Portuguese French or Chinese, is highly desirable.


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 Nature Conservancy offers competitive and comprehensive benefits packages tailored to the individual countries where we work. These may include health care benefits, retirement benefits, parental leave, paid time off, life insurance, and disability coverage as well as an employee assistance program and other life and well-being benefits. Learn more about our benefits in the Culture Tab on

We’re proud to offer a work environment that is supportive of the health, well-being, and flexibility needs of the people we employ!


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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 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.

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