Policy Planning Coach

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The Nature Conservancy

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Arlington, VA, United States

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23 days ago


Arlington, Virginia, USA

This position is negotiable anywhere The Nature Conservancy is authorized to conduct business. Arlington, VA is TNC's headquarters.




The mission of The Nature Conservancy (TNC) is to conserve the lands and waters upon which all life depends. As a science-based organization, we develop innovative, on-the-ground solutions to the world’s toughest environmental challenges so that people and nature can thrive. Our work is guided by our values, which include a commitment to diversity and respect for people, communities, and cultures. From a rewarding mission to career development and flexible schedules, there are many reasons to love life #insideTNC. Want to know more? Check out our TNC Talent playlist on YouTube to hear stories from staff or visit Glassdoor.

One of TNC’s primary goals is to cultivate an inclusive work environment so that employees around the globe have a sense of belonging and feel that their unique contributions are valued. We know we’ll only achieve our mission by hiring and engaging a diverse staff that reflects the communities in which we work. Recognizing that people bring talent and skills that have been developed outside the scope of a job, we take a holistic approach to recruitment that considers life experience in addition to the professional requirements listed in our postings. Please apply – we’d love to hear from you. To quote a popular saying at TNC, “you’ll join for the mission, and you’ll stay for the people.”

TNC’s External Affairs Division expands what is possible in conservation through transformational policies that achieve equitable climate and conservation outcomes for people and nature. External Affairs’ Policy Strategy & Learning (PSL) team is responsible for building the internal enabling conditions for TNC’s policy and influence work to be as effective as possible by fully integrating policy and influence work into TNC’s strategic planning, measures, and management and by providing training and resources to build policy and influence capacity across TNC.


The Policy Planning Coach supports individual staff and select teams across The Conservancy, in addition to teams within the External Affairs Division, to use conservation planning best practice to develop strategic plans that leverage the potential of policy to deliver conservation impact. Ideal candidates will have significant experience in conservation planning best practices and methods and have experience coaching teams on these methods to produce robust strategic plans with clear outcomes, strategies, theories of change and metrics. In addition, candidates should have a strong interest in learning PSL’s innovations in policy planning and in building “next practice” related to the application of conservation planning methods to policy planning. The Policy Planning Coach should excel at working with others, building strong relationships, and advising/training others in the application of conservation planning best practices.

The Policy Planning Coach supports the adoption and integration of PSL’s policy planning and measures methods across TNC through coaching and training staff and teams. In this role, the Policy Planning Coach is responsible for identifying, designing, and implementing effective coaching and training opportunities for staff/teams. They will contribute to the creation and revision of frameworks and tools based on insights gained from experience supporting staff/team adoption of PSL methods. The Policy Planning Coach will lead on developing and managing a strategy to amplify policy planning coaching capacity at TNC. As appropriate, and in accordance with the Coach’s role, they will evaluate the potential for strategic partnerships. They will liaise with counterparts within and outside the organization to provide and extract useful lessons and experiences and to coordinate on conservation and policy planning best practice approaches.

May require ability to travel both domestically and internationally, and to work occasional weekends and evenings. The location for this position is negotiable within the United States.


The challenges facing our planet today require comprehensive solutions that address the well-being of people and nature and lay the foundation for future conservation efforts. Promoting policies that provide benefits to both people and nature is critical to securing lasting conservation outcomes. The work and expertise of The Nature Conservancy’s External Affairs programs are integral to this effort. External Affairs is helping to shape the government policies that help make possible achievement of transformative conservation outcomes to address climate change, enhance protection of lands, waters, and the ocean, and provide food and water sustainably. We have an awesome task at hand, and the work that you do here will have a direct impact on our success.


  • Bachelor’s degree in policy, science, or equivalent combination of education/experience.
  • Supervisory experience.
  • Fluency in English.
  • Project management experience including coordinating the work of other professionals inside and outside an organization.
  • Experience coaching project teams to develop strategic plans using conservation planning methods (example: Conservation Standards, Conservation by Design)
  • Experience with the Conservation Standards and/or similar methodology
  • Experience with policy and/or policy planning.
  • Experience in strategy development and implementation.
  • Experience with relationship building.
  • Experience with written and verbal communication and presentation skills.


Since 1951, TNC has been doing work you can believe in. Through grassroots action, we have grown from a small non-profit into 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 and partners, we impact conservation around the world!

TNC offers a competitive, comprehensive benefits package including health care benefits, flexible spending accounts, a 401(k) plan with an 8% 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 on our Culture Tab on nature.org/careers.

We’re proud to offer a flexible work environment that supports of the health and well-being of the people we employ.


To apply for job ID 52801, 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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TNC is committed to offering accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans in our job application process. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, please send a note to applyhelp@tnc.org with Request for Accommodation in the subject line.

Where legally permissible, TNC requires all new employees to be fully vaccinated and willing to keep up to date with vaccines that protect against COVID-19. By accepting an offer of employment, you agree to comply with this requirement, unless you are entitled to a legally mandated exemption.

An attractive salary and benefits package is part of TNC’s value proposition to our employees. TNC strives to provide competitive pay and bases salaries on the geographic location of the role committing to being equitable across groups and providing hiring salary ranges when possible.

Since we support flexible and remote work for our employees, many positions have a flexible location within countries where we’re registered as a Non-government Organization and established as an employer. This may mean we’re unable to provide a hiring salary range in the posting for some of our positions. However, candidates invited to be part of our interview process will be provided their location specific range upon request.