Southeast Alaska Program Director

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The Nature Conservancy

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Juneau, AK, United States

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9 days ago


Juneau, Alaska, 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 are 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.”


The Southeast Alaska Program Director directs some or all aspects of protection, science, stewardship, and community relations for TNC in Southeast Alaska, working closely with the Alaska State Director and Alaska leadership team. The SE Program Director serves as the principal contact to government agencies, tribal entities, other conservation organizations, foundations, and the academic community. They establish the Conservancy as a major conservation partner within Southeast Alaska. As an integral part of TNC in Alaska’s long term conservation vision, the Director will help define conservation priorities and develop conservation strategies. They build strategic, scientific, and technical capacity in the field. They develop innovative partnerships, scientific methods, analyses, tools, and frameworks to address the natural system needs, engage local community support for local conservation efforts, and negotiate complex and innovative solutions with tribal entities, government agencies, communities, and landowners to conserve and protect nature and the livelihoods that depend on a healthy environment.


If you’re looking for a career where you can find meaning and purpose, come join our Chapter as the Southeast Alaska Program Director! Not only will you fulfil conservation objectives in the beautiful state of Alaska, you’ll contribute to conservation goals through many networks!

We’re looking for a passionate, dedicated leader to join our Alaska team and work within the Western US and Canada Division of TNC to meet TNC’s ambitious 2030 Goals. Systems leadership, team building, creativity, and the ability to influence without authority are key in this role. Come join TNC and apply today!

  • The Southeast Alaska Program covers a large geographic region that is nested within the TNC-Alaska Business Unit, and the Emerald Edge whole system geography, including Alaska, Canada, Washington, and Oregon.
  • Programmatic scope requires cross-boundary work and relationships with partners across state and country borders within the coastal temperate rainforest, as well as connections with relevant TNC global teams such as the Indigenous Peoples, Lands, and Communities team.
  • Responsible for co-leading a whole system program like Emerald Edge with leadership from Canada, Washington and Oregon business units.
  • Lead and manage teams and projects to support and improve conservation efforts.
  • Manage and supervise multi-disciplinary administrative and professional staff, with responsibility for performance management, training, and career development. Establish clear priorities as a team and individually and set stretch objectives.
  • Establish and maintain optimal standards of accomplishment for the program, while controlling costs and administering budgets.
  • Responsible for public and private funding to meet program needs, in collaboration with our philanthropy and marketing teams.
  • Build and sustain collaborative networks with external parties to accomplish program goals.
  • Ability to make independent decisions based on analysis, experience, and context, with the skill and judgment to involve BU leadership when decisions may impact TNC’s reputation or involve other potentially high-risk factors.
  • Approach conservation and relationships with a commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice.
  • May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain, and under physically demanding circumstances. May travel domestically to conduct business.


  • BA/BS degree and 5 years’ experience in conservation practice or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience managing complex or multiple projects, including staffing, workloads, and finances under deadlines.
  • Supervisory experience, including motivating, leading, setting objectives, and managing performance.
  • Experience in collaborative partnership development with non-profit partners, community groups, government agencies, tribal entities, and/or landowners.
  • Experience negotiating with diverse perspectives and interests.
  • Commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice including experience with, or interest in, applying a racial equity/decolonizing lens to conservation strategy.
  • Politically savvy, including understanding of government policies that impact the region, and a willingness to use/support policy-oriented approaches to conservation.


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 the dedicated efforts of our diverse staff, we impact conservation throughout 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

We’re proud to offer a work environment that is supportive of the health, well-being, and flexibility needs of the people we employ!


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.


Compensation includes a starting salary range of $77,000


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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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