Climate Adaptation Manager

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The Nature Conservancy

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Bethesda, MD, United States

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30+ days ago

OFFICE LOCATION


Bethesda, Maryland, USA

Flexible between Bethesda, MD; Easton, MD; and Cumberland, MD

WHO WE ARE


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.”

WHAT WE CAN ACHIEVE TOGETHER


As a member of the Resilient Coasts team, the Climate Adaptation Manager provides strategic leadership and practical experience in collaborative climate adaptation. They will advance the Program's body of work by leading priority coastal science and management projects that advance coastal habitat migration and community resilience. They will build collaborative partnerships to develop innovative adaptation initiatives and advance climate policy across Programs. The Climate Adaptation Manager is a skilled project manager, strategic-thinker, and emphasizes integrating TNC's core values of equity and justice into the Program's conservation portfolio. The salary range is $85-90,000. The position is located in Maryland with flexibility to work from home or out of an office (Bethesda, Easton, Cumberland). This is a full-time position for two years with the possibility of extension subject to funding and achievement of project outcomes.

WE'RE LOOKING FOR YOU


Are you looking for a career to help people and nature? Guided by science, TNC creates innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world's toughest challenges so that people and nature can thrive together. We're looking for someone who is passionate, motivated, and a problem-solver. Come join TNC and apply today!

The Climate Adaptation Manager advances coastal adaptation and climate resilience approaches by guiding policy initiatives and leading the development and management of projects in Maryland. They advance by building strong, collaborative relationships with federal, state, and local government, non-profit, academic, industry, and community partners. They focus on developing inclusive partnerships and projects that enhance community resilience to climate change and prioritize equity and justice. They aid strategic visioning for the Program and build and facilitate internal networks (coordinating meetings, agendas, and presentations) to achieve Program goals. They influence the outcome of policy initiatives at the regional and state level. They identify and pursue opportunities for public and private funding to support priority projects.

Responsibilites for this position include:

  • Design and manage project/initiatives relevant to program area. Manage project schedules, budgets, contracts, and interface with diverse, multi-disciplinary teams.
  • Influence the use of nature-based solutions across state and regional scales, advancing policy and planning efforts that will maximize the use of equitable and just climate adaptation infrastructure.
  • Build and mantain meaningful partnerships with regulatory agencies, conservation organizations, government partners, contractors, landowners, and community- based organizations, to advance the Program's habitat and community resilience portfolio.
  • Financial responsibility may include working within/managing a budget to complete projects, negotiating and contracting with vendors, assisting with budget development, and identifying and pursuing public funding opportunities.
  • Under minimal supervision, make independent decisions based on analysis, experience, and context. May lead staff, interns, or volunteers on a project basis.
  • Develop adaptive management plans, conceptual models, and landscape-scale conservation strategies.
  • May work in a variable of weather conditions, at remote locations, in hazardous terrain and under physcially demanding circumstances.

WHAT YOU'LL BRING

  • MS, Law, or business degree in coastal adaptation, conservation, climate policy, or similiar field and 5 years of relevant experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience using project management and leadership skills.
  • Politically savvy and experienced in partnership development.
  • Experience synthesizing, interpreting, and communicating scientific information.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and familiarity with proposal writing.
  • Must have valid driver's license.

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • MS, Law, or business degree in coastal adaptation, conservation, climate policy, or similiar field and 5-7 years of relevant experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience developing and leading coastal resilience research, policy, and/or management projects.
  • Ability to identify projects that provide benefits for both people and nature, and that consider the diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice implications of the conservation work.
  • Current knowledge of best practices for equitable coastal adaptation and conservation practices.
  • Excellent written and oral communication and organizational skills, and ability to explain conservation and adaptation practices to technical and non-technical audiences.
  • Experience building collaborative projects with government, NGOs, academia, community members, landowners, and interest groups.
  • Successful track record of public grant writing to support coastal climate adaptation work.
  • Demonstrated experience influencing, developing, and implementing conservation policy and plans in Maryland.
  • Team player that strategizes collaborativey and cooperatively yet works independently to meet deadlines and produce results.

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 dedicated efforts of our diverse staff, we impact conservation throughtout 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!

ADDITIONAL JOB INFORMATION


This position requires a valid driver's license and compliance with TNC’s Auto Safety Program. Employees may not drive Conservancy-owned/leased vehicles, rental cars, or personal vehicles on behalf of the Conservancy if considered "high risk drivers." To learn more about the Auto Safety Program, visit https://www.nature.org/en-us/about-us/careers/recruitment/ under the FAQ section.

Employment in this position will be contingent upon completion of a Vehicle Use Agreement, which may include a review of the prospective employee's motor vehicle record.

APPLY NOW


To apply for job ID 52445 , 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.

Do you have military experience? Visit our U.S. Military Skills Translator to match your military experience with our current job openings!

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.

APPLY NOW


To apply for job ID 52445, 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.

Do you have military experience? Visit our U.S. Military Skills Translator to match your military experience with our current job openings!

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.