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Mississippi, USA

Flexible in the state of Mississippi, Madison preferred


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.”


We are currently seeking an engaging and innovative State Director to lead the Mississippi Business Unit, while partnering closely with the Southern Division as we execute on our ambitious conservation goals. This position provides the unique opportunity to have a significant conservation impact in Mississippi, regionally, and beyond.

Since 1965, The Nature Conservancy (TNC) has been working to conserve lands and waters in Mississippi. TNC has played a key role in protecting and restoring some of Mississippi’s most iconic landscapes, totaling over 150,000 acres across the state. The Chapter currently has a talented staff of 11 located across the state, an operating budget ranging from $5 million to $10 million, an engaged board of trustees, and a robust conservation agenda framed by a recently adopted Strategic Plan.

Since The Nature Conservancy’s founding in 1951, it has become one of the most effective and wide-reaching environmental organizations in the world touching down in six continents and over 70 countries world-wide. The organization is currently focused on the dual and related conservation threats of climate change and biodiversity loss and has established a set of 2030 conservation goals that the organization is working together to achieve.

The Mississippi State Director has the unique opportunity to help create a shared, multi-state vision for how to maximize conservation outcomes within Mississippi, across the Southern Deltas (Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama, and Arkansas), and across the broader Southern U.S. Division, comprised of 10 state chapters from Virginia and Kentucky southward to Florida and Louisiana. Increasingly and fundamentally, the State Director collaborates with others across the Southern Division and beyond to build partnerships and support the most critical organization-wide impacts, strategies, and projects that align and meet the overall greater initiatives of Mississippi, the Southern Division and organization. The State Director reports to the Southern Division Director.

The State Director leads staff and trustees, cultivates new and existing donors, expands partnerships, and builds a broader constituency for conservation across the state. As a leader in the Mississippi conservation movement, the State Director plays a primary role collaborating with partner organizations, government agencies, elected officials and other key decision-makers to build alliances and shared agendas that advance science-driven conservation outcomes in Florida, across the South, and globally. The State Director is accountable for the chapter’s success in implementing TNC’s global conservation approach, producing measurable results, upholding organizational values, and supporting the ongoing work of equity while leading an inclusive workplace culture. The State Director is committed to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice (DEIJ) in the Chapter’s work and culture.


Are you looking for work you can believe in? AT TNC we strive to embody a philosophy of “Work that You Can Believe in” where you can feel like you are making a difference every day. We’re looking for someone with strong experience in leading a diverse, multi-disciplinary team and who is a passionate, motivated problem-solver and an excellent communicator.

The ideal candidate will have exceptional communication, listening and collaboration skills, while also being able to make hard, transparent decisions in a matrixed and sometimes ambiguous environment. The ideal candidate will also have the emotional intelligence and disposition to build trust and lead the organization forward in ways that are equitable, fair and inclusive, while also being willing/able to navigate difficult or potentially contentious conversations. Additionally, the ideal candidate will be a big picture thinker who can articulate and align Mississippi’s strategies, programs, and projects with the larger TNC organization. This is an exciting opportunity to contribute to the ongoing mission of conservation by directing and shaping the work of our team!

The starting pay range for a candidate selected for this position is generally within the range of $124,000.00 – $140,000.00 for annual base salary. This range only applies to candidates whose country of employment is the USA. Where a successful candidate’s actual pay will fall within this range will be based on a variety of factors, including, for example, the candidate's location, qualifications, specific skills, and experience. Please note countries outside the USA would have a different pay range in the local currency based on the local labor market, and not tied to USA pay or ranges. Your geographic location will be confirmed during the recruitment.


  • Bachelor’s degree and minimum of 7 years of management experience as a leader in the conservation arena, non-profit sector, advocacy or related for-profit areas.
  • Extensive and proven management experience including ability to motivate, lead, set objectives, and manage performance of a large multi-disciplinary team.
  • Written and verbal fluency in English is required.
  • Superb communication and presentation skills required.
  • Experience communicating with and presenting to diverse audiences including donors, board members, employees, outside partners, governmental officials, etc.
  • Experience in marketing and communications, fundraising, and budget management.


  • Success as an inspirational leader who has successfully motivated staff to achieve and sustain excellence.
  • Proven managerial talent in budgeting, staffing, and performance management.
  • High energy, forward thinking, creative individual with high ethical standards. Outstanding leadership and visionary qualities and able to work effectively with and through others in a decentralized and geographically dispersed organization.
  • Proven technical skills, analytical ability, good judgement, and strong operational focus.
  • Ability to lead with empathy while creating a culture of accountability.
  • Well organized and self-directed; politically savvy and a team player.
  • Experience gained both in and outside the U.S. preferred. Demonstrated commitment to developing ad practicing global literacy a must.
  • Awareness of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI)) principles and practice in the conservation field, and commitment to advancing DEI in operational and programmatic contexts.
  • Proven talent in hiring, developing, and retaining staff.
  • Proven skills in board development, recruitment, and engagement.
  • Familiarity with Mississippi including its natural systems, environmental stressors/threats, politics, and key stakeholders.


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

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


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.


To apply for job ID 54047, submit your materials online by using the Apply Now button at by 11:59 PM EST on October 20, 2023. Need help applying? Visit our recruitment page or contact

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.

The successful applicant must meet the requirements of The Nature Conservancy's background screening process.

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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.