North America Conservation Collaboration Project Coordinator

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The Nature Conservancy

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Arlington, VA, United States

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18 days ago

OFFICE LOCATION


Arlington, Virginia, USA

Remote, Flexible within United States

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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 #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.”

YOUR POSITION WITH TNC


Our planet faces the interconnected crises of rapid climate change and biodiversity loss. We have years, not decades, to address these threats. In response, TNC has narrowed our organizational focus and committed to our 2030 Goals – our biggest, most ambitious plans – for people and nature. Our 2030 Goals require an organizational evolution in which increased collaboration, coordination, and collective effort will be essential. This evolution will require new skills, engaged staff, diverse voices, and clear and transparent ways of working together. We believe that, if achieved, our 2030 Goals will make a meaningful difference in protecting biodiversity and reducing the threat of climate change through sound policy and nature-based solutions.

The North America Conservation Collaboration team works to achieve the Conservancy’s 2030 Goals by providing strategy and programmatic support, coordination, and facilitation within the North America Region (Canada, Caribbean, United States, and the Pacific), by helping to integrate the Region and the rest of the organization, and by facilitating collaboration with external organizations. The North America Conservation Collaboration Project Coordinator is a member of the Conservation Collaboration team and primarily supports two programs within the team:

  • The North America Indigenous Landscapes and Communities program ensures TNC equitably and effectively partners with Indigenous Peoples in North America and works to uphold the Conservancy’s organizational values and advances the conservation goals of both TNC and Indigenous Peoples. The program aims to support North America TNC staff, business units, divisions, and departments in partnership with Indigenous Peoples in a manner that upholds Indigenous sovereignty.
  • The North America Community and Equitable Conservation program works to integrate community-led conservation and equity into TNC’s conservation strategies and projects by supporting TNC’s conservation practitioners located across North America. The program provides strategic leadership and support for the conservation planning work and establish goals and track progress against integrating equity into conservation strategies and projects across North America and within division and business units.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS


The Conservation Collaboration Project Coordinator supports the North America Director of Indigenous Landscapes and Communities and the North America Director of Community and Equitable Conservation by assisting with priority projects and by supporting North America business units and divisions with the adoption of best practices for equitable and effective partnership. They support TNC staff’s strategic, scientific, and technical capacity to implement the conservation efforts of the programs. They help to disseminate best practices and provide training to best implement organizational measures of success and widely communicate solutions, innovative scientific methods, analyses, tools, and frameworks to address needs. They help to develop dotted line networks of conservation practitioners in the field through active collaboration. They work with their colleagues on the North America Regional team to ensure coordination across Conservation Collaboration programs, initiatives, and communications. They support the preparation of materials for regional audiences and may also advise TNC communications, marketing, and philanthropy staff. They may develop key topical expertise in issues that support cross-functional or cross-boundary strategy and project development and management.

RESPONSIBILITIES AND SCOPE

  • Coordinates and helps to implement complex and diverse projects and tasks for the North America Indigenous Landscapes and Communities program and the Community and Equitable Conservation program and associated networks by setting realistic deadlines, managing timelines, and ensuring accountability.
  • Works across the Conservation Collaboration team and the region as one of the connecting agents between several matrixed internal teams, departments, and field programs to support and encourage mutual learning and network building among conservation practitioners.
  • Informs strategic decisions based on analysis, experience, and context.
  • Reviews and replies to requests for information from field and global colleagues.
  • Has significant latitude to deal directly with field management personnel and organizational leadership.
  • Identifies appropriate professional development opportunities to further develop the competencies and skills necessary to be fully proficient in current position and/or to prepare for future assignments.
  • May involve domestic and international travel of 25% or more, and to work occasional weekends and evenings

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s degree and 3 years of related experience or equivalent combination in a private sector environment, such as management consulting and investment banking, or a strategic and business planning role in a conservation organization or tribal or government entity.
  • Experience supporting or co-leading complex projects and strategic initiatives in an unstructured environment with a senior level manager within TNC or a comparable organization or tribal or government entity.
  • Analytical and project management experience.
  • Experience meeting deadlines.
  • Experienced team player, who can build relationships and work collaboratively across the organization, including with senior management, and with Conservancy partners.
  • Experience developing end products with software such as PowerPoint, Word, Excel, cloud, and web-based tools including SharePoint, Smartsheet, Zoom, and Box or similar tools.


DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Experience in working with Indigenous Peoples. Experience understanding of the histories, cultures, rights, and policies related to the Indigenous Peoples of North America.
  • Experience in diversity, equity and inclusion and its application to conservation design, implementation, and outcomes.
  • Self-starter with ability to generate work plans with limited support in line with the overall Conservation Strategies Team outcomes, goals, strategies, and plans.
  • Experience developing business plans or major strategy assessments, particularly with conservation forms of valuation, deal structuring, negotiations support, financial modeling and analysis, business planning.
  • Knowledge of politics and society with respect to environmental and international affairs.
  • Willingness to learn and develop expertise in new conservation strategies, economic drivers, management tools, and global affairs.

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 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.

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

APPLY NOW


To apply for job ID 51649, submit your materials online by using the Apply Now button at https://careers.nature.org/. Need help applying? Visit our recruitment page or contact applyhelp@tnc.org.

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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