Associate Director for Policy & Gov't Relations

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The Nature Conservancy

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Concord, NH, United States

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30+ days ago


Concord, New Hampshire, USA



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.

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The Nature Conservancy in New Hampshire is seeking an accomplished policy strategist and proven relationship builder who is eager to develop and deliver high-impact conservation strategies that advance TNC’s mission in the Granite State and across the region.

The Associate Director for Policy and Government Relations is responsible for leading, directing, and overseeing strategic policy initiatives that advance our science-driven goals for climate, land conservation, freshwater restoration, and resilience. They will excel at building and sustaining relationships with TNC staff and volunteers, key partners, legislators, and administration and congressional delegation officials in order deliver high-impact policy solutions to meet TNC’s ambitious conservation goals.

The Associate Director for Policy will work collaboratively with a team of highly skilled professionals, convene and facilitate alliances with public and private partners, and provide highly visible leadership for TNC’s non-partisan, solutions-oriented approach to solving the greatest conservation challenges of our time.

The Associate Director for Policy and Government Relations develops and executes strategic policy initiatives; builds effective and durable relationships; convenes and facilitates coalitions and key collaborations; values and incorporates strategic communication tools; fosters consideration of diversity and equity in policy development and conservation practice, and regularly evaluates program resourcing and effectiveness. S/he serves as a key liaison with state, federal and NGO partners, and works collaboratively to advance priority policy solutions with colleagues across TNC’s Northeast Division, North American Region and other programs.


The Associate Director for Policy and Government Relations reports to the Director of External Affairs and works to build positive, collaborative, equitable, integrated, and disciplined approaches to achieving conservation impact at a scale and pace that matters. They direct and manage the New Hampshire business unit’s policy and government relations program, working to ensure its capacity to advance policy initiatives that achieve TNC’s ambitious conservation objectives.

They will develop The Nature Conservancy in New Hampshire’s policy platform by working with conservation and external affairs staff, trustees and partners to establish high-impact and attainable results; leverages TNC’s science and on-the ground experience toward strategic policy outcomes; collaborates with TNC’s communications and engagement team to effectively elevate TNC’s policy positions, deliver influence campaigns, and advance strategic priorities; assesses and engages in critical opportunities to convene, influence and collaborate with key partners and coalitions; actively participates in the External Affairs Committee of the Board; builds and maintains strong, positive working relationships with legislators, administration officials, and members of New Hampshire’s Congressional delegation and their staff; assures compliance with federal and state lobbying laws and regulations; and, manages contracts, interns and volunteers toward focused outcomes.

The Associate Director will have responsibility for developing and/or implementing work plans, evaluating outcomes and adjusting priorities to ensure successful short-range, intermediate and long-lasting results. Working closely with the Director of External Affairs, they will be responsible for financial management of the policy program budget including lobbying contracts.


Vision and Leadership

  • Develop and communicate a clear and compelling vision for New Hampshire’s policy program with both internal and external audiences, ensuring alignment with New Hampshire’s overall conservation objectives and The Conservancy’s North American regional and divisional priorities.
  • Cultivate understanding and appreciation for TNC’s non-partisan, science-based, solution-oriented approach to policy with a wide-range of audiences and stakeholders.
  • Serve as a catalyst for creative approaches and ideas, encouraging big-thinking and responsibly managing risk.
  • Represent New Hampshire’s policy program within TNC’s Northeast Division, the North American Policy and Government Relations Program, and with state-based partners to help build a positive, collaborative, and strongly integrated approach to achieving our conservation goals.

Convening, Facilitation & Relationship Building

  • Represent TNC’s policy program with trustees, partners, donors, stakeholders, government and legislative officials, community and opinion leaders and media to promote and support TNC’s policy priorities in a complex socio-economic and political landscape.
  • Convene, facilitate and build effective relationships with varied audiences to promote engagement, collaboration and delivery on priorities.

Strategy Development and Implementation

  • Work collaboratively with TNC’s conservation strategy director and land, freshwater and climate program managers to identify and implement strategic policy solutions that maximize the impact of programmatic goals.
  • Ruthlessly prioritize, while routinely assessing risk, feasibility and impact of TNC’s policy solutions and actions.
  • Support and lead on incorporating dimensions of diversity, equity, inclusion and justice in TNC’s policy priorities.


  • Bachelor’s degree in political science, environmental policy, management or other relevant field and 5 years of government relations or corporate sector experience, or equivalent combination education/experience.
  • Experience developing and implementing political strategies.
  • Experience developing strategic relationships and working effectively with non-profit, corporate, government, and community partners.
  • Analytical and project management experience.
  • Experience negotiating complex, high profile, and sensitive agreements.
  • Supervisory experience.
  • Experience developing, directing, and managing multiple projects and implementing strategic program goals.
  • Experience with communication and presentation skills, including strategic media engagement.
  • Fluency in English.


  • Expert knowledge of current and evolving trends in conservation policy.
  • Familiarity with public funding mechanisms and sources.
  • Experience managing and leveraging complex projects and programs for larger-scale impact.
  • Ability to understand, apply and leverage science for conservation impact.
  • Capable and comfortable making timely, strategic decisions with incomplete information.
  • Familiarity with social, economic and political conditions in New Hampshire and the Northeast.
  • Politically savvy, with the ability to assess core concerns and values that drive action; ability to prioritize, negotiate and compromise towards the best possible outcome.
  • Self-starting, with ability to work independently, lead effectively and work strategically in a decentralized and geographically dispersed organization.
  • Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural experience appreciated.
  • Excellent team player with experience working in multi-disciplinary groups, using influence and interpersonal skills, listening, diplomacy and tact to build strong relationships with governments, corporations, partners, donors, volunteers, and all levels of staff.
  • Strong commitment to incorporating diversity, equity, inclusion and justice into policy and conservation practice.
  • Ability to travel primarily within New Hampshire, and a valid driver’s license.


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 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.


The salary for this position is between $90,000 to $100,000.


To apply for job ID 51621, submit your materials online by using the Apply Now button at by 11:59 PM EST on June 30, 2022. Need help applying? Visit our recruitment page or contact

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