Director, Albemarle-Pamlico Sounds Program

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The Nature Conservancy

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Kill Devil Hills, NC, United States

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9 days ago


Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina, USA


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The Albemarle-Pamlico Sounds Program Director oversees all aspects of protection, science, stewardship, restoration and community relations for northeastern North Carolina, including portions of the Coastal Plain, Outer Banks, Piedmont and the rivers that connect these areas. They provide leadership and support for TNC’s conservation actions by utilizing best available science and conservation planning to establish overall priorities in the region. They supply management, oversight and program support to Conservancy field operations. They serve as the principle contact to government agencies, other conservation organizations, foundations and the academic community. They negotiate complex and innovative solutions with government agencies and landowners to conserve and protect natural communities and develops and implements conservation strategies. They manage and support staff working within our mission critical climate mitigation/peatlands and flood resilience strategies and serve as the Chapter’s principal representative to the Southern US Division Ocean and Coast Network.

The Albemarle-Pamlico Sounds Program Director leads and manages a team of professionals working across northeastern North Carolina. They define conservation priorities, oversee budgets and develop work plans, build strategic, scientific and technical expertise and develop innovative scientific methods, analyses, tools, and frameworks to address the conservation of natural systems in northeastern NC. They partner to expand the reach of TNC resources, build support for conservation efforts and represent TNC’s interests on high-leverage partnerships. They work closely with Philanthropy and other staff to raise project funding support by identifying opportunities and developing proposals and grant applications. They serve on the NC Chapter Conservation Steering Committee and advise the Director of Conservation Programs on strategic priorities for the region.


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.

Together, with our dedicated and passionate staff in North Carolina, you’ll provide vision for the team and define system scale strategies and priorities. Your leadership will maintain and enhance the Conservancy’s position as a conservation leader and major partner within the Albemarle-Pamlico region. You’ll develop key partnerships with public and private organizations, and frequently make independent strategic decisions based on best available analysis, ambiguous information, and regional context. You’ll negotiate complex agreements, in a political environment, and write requests for proposal (RFPs) for grant/contract funding for the program to further our conservation priorities.


  • BA/BS degree and 7 years’ experience in conservation practice or related field or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Fundraising experience, including identifying donor prospects and donor cultivation.
  • Experience with grant writing and administration.
  • Experience managing complex or multiple projects, including managing finances and coordinating the work of other professionals and partners.
  • Supervisory experience, including motivating, leading, setting objectives and managing performance.
  • Experience in partnership development with non-profit partners, community groups and/or government agencies.
  • Experience negotiating.


  • Multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated.
  • Knowledge of the coastal region and estuarine, wetland, and riverine ecological systems.
  • 7-10 years’ experience in conservation practice or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Demonstrated experience influencing, developing and implementing conservation policy and plans.
  • Demonstrated experience protecting and/or restoring critical lands and natural systems.
  • Knowledge of the general principles in the development of carbon offset creation projects.
  • Knowledge of current trends and practices in relevant discipline(s) and regions.
  • Demonstrated experience working with local communities, landowners, etc.
  • Ability to develop practical applications of scientific concepts and technical innovations for conservation purposes.
  • Knowledge of methods and standards of biodiversity information systems and initiatives or related field.
  • Communicating clearly via written, spoken, and graphical means in English and other relevant languages.
  • Politically savvy and experienced in partnership development.


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

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