Program Manager, Portfolio Management

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The Nature Conservancy

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Denver, CO, United States

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17 days ago


Denver, Colorado, USA

This position is fully remote and flexible within North America and South America. 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’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.”


TNC spends up to $1B every year in its effort to advance its mission of conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. In 2021, TNC committed to a set of incredibly audacious 2030 goals in order to better guide the organization towards greater impact. To meet our goals, it is imperative that TNC’s portfolio of global conservation work delivers the level of conservation impact that our planet requires.

The portfolio management function at TNC is helping TNC’s regional and global leadership as well as middle management better manage the performance of the organization’s teams and business units towards achieving our 2030 goals by evaluating progress and supporting the prioritization and de-prioritization of work that informs resource allocation at each level of the organization.

The Program Manager is a member of the Conservation Programs Team (CPT) in the Chief Conservation Office (CCO). They report to the Managing Director of Portfolio Management and will be responsible for the implementation of the Portfolio Review process alongside and in support of the organization’s conservation leadership. The Program Manager is responsible for implementing the management processes that enable a shared understanding of prioritization and performance by the Chief Conservation Office, Executive Team (ET), Board, and leaders throughout the organization. They are responsible for understanding the current state and performance of TNC’s portfolio of conservation strategies in order to assess their return on investment. They partner internally and externally to advance the rigorous, evidence-based assessment of performance and impact in the conservation space, with the goal of directing resources towards the most promising conservation solutions.


The Program Manager is responsible for implementing the management processes that enable a shared understanding of prioritization and performance by global and regional conservation leadership. They will also be responsible for understanding the current state and performance of TNC’s conservation portfolio, assessing and benchmarking performance, adjusting and implementing reviews of the portfolio with conservation leadership, and facilitating the multi-million dollar discretionary funding process for TNC’s highest impact strategies as well our highest potential impact strategies. The amount of the discretionary funding is TBD, but will very likely be in the 10s of millions USD. The Program Manager should surface best practices from within and outside TNC on portfolio reviews and portfolio investments. The Program Manager should possess excellent attention to detail and an ability to manage complexity and interdependencies across projects. It is preferred that the Program Manager have experience with lean and agile approaches to project management.


  • Implement the portfolio review process for TNC, setting minimum standards for business units across the organization and coordinating the CCO and Executive Team’s engagement in those reviews.
  • Develop and rollout frameworks that assist leadership and middle management with conservation prioritization decisions.
  • Facilitate resource allocation decisions with the CCO, and partner with the Chief Finance Office on resource allocation processes using conservation information at an ET level.
  • Develop and disseminate tools and frameworks for portfolio management at TNC, including through identifying and reporting best practices internally and in other external impact-oriented organizations. Convene relevant internal parties to share best practices and learnings.
  • Lead business requirements for internal information technology systems that support measuring performance of units and strategies.
  • Track learning and feedback as the function continues to test frameworks/approaches
  • Report to the CCO/CEO/ET/Conservation Committee of the Board on performance results that are of strategic importance and/or organizational risks related to portfolio management.
  • Requires willingness and ability to travel up to 30% both domestically and internationally, and to work occasional weekends and evenings.


  • Bachelor's degree in Business, Finance, Natural Resource Management or related areas of study and 7 years of related experience or equivalent combination in the conservation field and/or private sector environment, such as management consulting or investment banking.
  • Experience in resource allocation processes including distribution of philanthropic funding or private sector investments.
  • Experience in supporting the prioritization of complex bodies of work.
  • Experience leading and managing complex projects and strategic initiatives in an unstructured environment.
  • Project management experience and experience meeting deadlines and work with common project management tools (Smartsheet, Asana, Trello).
  • Experience in positioning and making recommendations on complex decisions for organizational leaders.


  • Strong team player who can build relationships and work collaboratively across the organization, including with senior management and with TNC partners.
  • Experience working in a flat team structure and successfully collaborating with peers.
  • Self-starter with ability to generate work plans with limited support in line with the overall Conservation Programs Team outcomes, goals, strategies, and plans.
  • Experience in utilizing a data-driven decision-making process for resource allocation including distribution of philanthropic funding or private sector investments.
  • Experience in tracking performance of a portfolio of investments/grants.
  • Experience developing business plans or major strategy assessments, particularly with conservation forms of valuation, deal structuring, negotiations support, financial modeling and analysis, business planning.
  • Ability to diagnose complex problems and identify solutions.
  • Excellent communication skills, written, spoken and graphical.
  • Knowledge of politics and society with respect to environmental and international affairs and politically savvy.
  • Willingness to learn and develop expertise in new conservation strategies, economic drivers, management tools, and global affairs.
  • Multi-lingual and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated.


The Nature Conservancy offers a competitive, comprehensive benefits package including; health care benefits, flexible spending accounts, 401(k) plan including employer match, accrued paid time off (including annual, personal, and sick leave), life insurance, disability coverage, employee assistance program, other life and work wellness benefits. Benefits may be subject to generally applicable eligibility, waiting period, contribution, and other requirements and conditions. Learn more about our benefits at We’re proud to offer a work-environment that is supportive of the health, wellness, and flexibility needs of the people we employ.


Salary is $91,990-$124,000 based on location and experience.


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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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