Associate Director of Events (location negotiable within California)

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The Nature Conservancy

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Los Angeles, CA, United States

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21 days ago


California, USA

Location negotiable within California.

Travel throughout the state 1-2 x per month expected.




The Nature Conservancy (TNC) is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Grounded in science, we develop innovative 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; respect for people, communities, and cultures; and a collaborative, bipartisan approach. Thanks to more than 1 million members, over 400 scientists, and the dedicated efforts of our staff and partners, we impact conservation around the world.

The California Chapter is TNC’s largest state program, with approximately 230 employees working to achieve our conservation mission, from financial analysts to on-the-ground ecologists. We are currently engaged in more than two dozen large-scale conservation projects statewide—projects that are designed to develop and test ideas to increase the pace, scale, and effectiveness of conservation. Over the past six decades, we have protected 1.4 million acres, 5,000 miles of streams, and 3.8 million acres of ocean habitat in California and off the coast.

The California Chapter believes that we are most effective when we are embedded in our state’s communities, politics, media, and environmental issues. For this reason, and to reduce our carbon footprint when meeting in person, all staff live in California, including those in a home office.


The Associate Director of Events will lead our Events team and be responsible for reimagining how donors, our volunteer leaders, partners, the public and others experience our conservation work on the ground and online and will direct all aspects of our strategy and resources related to the array of events we deliver each year. Authentic, credible, and unique experiences are a powerful way for supporters to not just see but also feel the power of the places we conserve, and the conservation work we are doing to accomplish our mission.


The Associate Director of Events will work towards meeting the strategic priorities of a program by developing and managing plans and strategies. TNC California is looking to elevate our “TNC Experiences” to a new level of excellence, both in terms of the qualitative excellence and creativity of the events we deliver to our audiences and world-class internal systems and processes to deliver more predictability, better planning and efficiencies, and increased collaboration with internal stakeholders. The Associate Director of Events will be expected to produce extraordinary events, but also reshape the system those events are produced within.

The Associate Director will manage a team that partners in-depth with our Development team, our Conservation teams, and our internal Marketing teams (primarily Content and Campaigns) to develop and deliver compelling donor experiences via single day engagements and multi-day adventures, as well as virtual events aimed at donors, partners, and broader audiences. This individual and his/her team will also oversee event programming and logistics for organization-wide meetings and/or special events, evaluate and select vendors and direct payments, and be a key thought partner in how we deepen the relationship between TNC CA and our volunteer leaders, donors and partners. They will be responsible for ensuring the programmatic work is a collaborative and well-integrated effort across the organization, including organizing relevant internal communications and integrating current marketing and brand messaging and priorities across all events. They will reinforce consistency in the organization's policies and procedures and provide direction to both a team and peers to develop and drive key indicators of progress and success. They will lead diverse activities, develop complex processes, project outcomes, and initiate solutions in order to improve effectiveness. The Associate Director of Events will leverage constructive and effective relationships with a wide range of people, including staff, public and private sector colleagues, vendors, and donors. They will serve as the direct liaison with senior leadership, and in select cases, the Board of Trustees and the California Leadership Council (CLC) as well as key leadership teams at our World Office.

  • Strategic and creative lead for conception and implementation of awareness/engagement programs across multiple experience areas: thought leadership events (e.g. conservation summits), adventures, salons, field trips, virtual events (e.g. webinars, press briefings). Define goals for each, create rich agendas with exemplary execution to meet those objectives, then measure and refine.
  • Manage and develop team of internal and external partners to deliver world class programs with consistency and impact (~60 events per year of varying sizes, in various TNC preserves and event locations).
  • Work across Marketing team to develop theming and translate event content for other owned channels (web, social, PR).
  • Work in close collaboration with CA Development and Conservation teams to create attractive and effective opportunities to move prospects and donors through a pipeline of content-driven engagement opportunities.
  • Manage responsibility for administrative or professional staff, including training, professional development, establishing clear directions, setting “stretch” objectives, and overseeing the execution of day-to-day work.
  • Continuing the growth of our TNC CA Ambassador program and partnerships to amplify our message. Past special event guests include Jane Goodall, Alexandra Cousteau, Adam McCay, Meryl Streep, and celebrity scientists across various conservation disciplines.
  • Develop and administer budget, evaluate results and develop corrective strategies, as needed.
  • Direct or participate in negotiations for complex, high profile or sensitive agreements (e.g. trip outfitters).
  • Ensure that programmatic commitments, Conservancy policies and procedures, and financial standards are met and managed for ethical compliance.
  • They will be required to use the Conservancy’s key systems and applications, including CRM.
  • Maintain confidentiality of frequently sensitive and emotionally-charged information.
  • Make strategic decisions; decisions made may have program-wide impact and may bind the organization financially or legally.
  • Minimize legal risk to the Conservancy and ensure legal compliance with applicable state and local regulations.
  • Manage strategic initiatives through collaboration with stakeholders in order to enhance performance in accordance with short and long-term objectives.
  • Act independently to resolve complex issues within program area.
  • Manage responsibility and accountability for meeting strategic goals and objectives.
  • Travel frequently and likely to work irregular hours and some weekends.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in related field and a minimum of 8 years related Events planning and production experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience supervising staff and teams.
  • Experience using electronic planning tools/platforms.
  • Experience cultivating and managing client relationships.
  • Experience in project management, developing marketing strategies and measuring results.

Desired Qualifications

  • Management experience that includes ability to lead, motivate, set objectives and manage performance and conflict resolution.
  • Fosters an environment of creativity and professional growth.
  • Excellent writing, presentation, communication, mediation and negotiation skills.
  • Ability to persuasively convey the mission of The Nature Conservancy to diverse groups including donors, board members, and the public.
  • Expert knowledge of current and evolving trends in relevant marketing disciplines. Cross disciplinary knowledge to support program objectives.
  • Demonstrated ability in managing the fiduciary aspects of planning and delivery of budgets.
  • Multi-lingual skills appreciated.
  • Multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience preferred.


Each person who works at TNC contributes to our goal of protecting nature for future generations. Another one of TNC’s primary goals is to cultivate an inclusive work environment so that employees around the globe 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. We consider life experience in addition to the professional requirements listed in our postings. To quote a popular saying at TNC, “You’ll join for the mission, and you’ll stay for the people.” To learn more, head to YouTube to hear stories from staff or visit Glassdoor.

We’re proud to support the health and wellbeing of the people we employ. We offer a competitive, comprehensive benefits package that includes healthcare coverage, flexible spending accounts, 401(k) plan with an 8% employer match, parental leave, accrued paid time off, life insurance, disability coverage, employee assistance program, and other benefits that support work-life balance.

If you’re interested in working with us, please apply—we’d love to hear from you.


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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 with diverse backgrounds, beliefs, and cultures. 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 orientations, gender identities, military or veteran status or other status protected by law. The Nature Conservancy is also a “big tent” organization. We believe that all people benefit from conservation and that the cause should be inclusive of everyone regardless of their political persuasion. We work hard to make conservation a non-partisan issue through partnerships with stakeholders, elected officials, and industries that span the political spectrum.