Deputy Chapter Director, Culture & Operations - MN, ND, SD

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The Nature Conservancy

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Minneapolis, MN, United States

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24 days ago


Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

The preferred job location is the Twin Cities metro area in Minnesota.


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.”


The Deputy Chapter Director for Culture & Operations (DCD) will develop a strong and inclusive culture within the MN, ND, SD Chapter and is responsible for leading the chapter’s operations, human resources and finance functions.

The DCD is a strategic leader and works in collaboration with Chapter leadership to foster an authentic Chapter culture and develops strategies to create a more inclusive and diverse workplace. Facilitating connections among colleagues spread across three states and in an increasing virtual world is paramount. The DCD has oversight responsibility for the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice Work Group and has oversight responsibilities for talent management and HR-related issues, including leadership and staff development programs, employee relations, recruiting activities, onboarding and orientation, performance management and provides guidance to others in satisfying administrative requirements. Duties can be highly confidential and require broad and comprehensive knowledge of TNC’s policies. The DCD provides overall direction and leadership for the finance team including the development and implementation of annual budgets and manages the processes for annual workforce planning. The DCD also provides overall direction/leadership for all activities related to administration, facilities, information systems, office management and safety within the Chapter. They are responsible for developing operational guidelines to ensure efficient management of the program and compliance with regulations.

They will be responsible for ensuring that programmatic work is a collaborative and well-integrated effort across the Chapter. They will manage vendor relationships as needed. They will reinforce consistency in TNC’s policies and procedures and provide direction related to operations. They will work with teams to establish and track measures that are indicators of progress and success. The DCD will provide advice and guidance and oversee training programs related to finance and operations. They will lead diverse activities, develop processes, project outcomes, and initiate solutions in order to improve effectiveness. They will serve as team leader for the enhancement of systems and tools used by the team. The DCD will leverage constructive and effective relationships with a wide range of people, including senior management, public and private sector colleagues, and partners including financial/legal advisors and others.

The DCD is the direct supervisor of approximately 4-5 operations leaders and oversees the operations team of approximately 7-9 professionals. They serve on the Chapter’s Leadership Team (LT) and are supervised by the Chapter Director. The preferred job location is the Twin Cities metro area in Minnesota. The starting salary range for this position is $118,000 - $125,000 dependent on experience.


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.

The ideal candidate should have exceptional communication and collaboration skills, knowledge and experience working to promote diversity, equity, inclusion and justice in the workplace, and experience designing, organizing, and directing complex projects. This is an exciting opportunity to contribute to the ongoing mission of conservation by directing and shaping the work of our team!


  • Bachelor’s degree and 8 years related experience or equivalent combination, including 3 years managing operations functions.
  • Experience incorporating diversity, equity and inclusion into organizations, programs, projects, and/or teams.
  • Exceptional supervisory experience, including inspiring, leading, setting objectives, and managing performance of a large team.
  • Experience responding to HR related questions and problems from employees/management.
  • Experience analyzing financial reports and interpreting data.
  • Experience developing and administering departmental budget or equivalent.
  • Experience managing and supervising a multidisciplinary team.
  • Experience developing, managing and implementing multiple projects and strategic goals.
  • Experience working with cross-functional teams across multiple organizational levels.
  • Experience, coursework, or other training in principles, practices, and procedures of relevant field.
  • Experience maintaining confidentiality of sensitive information.
  • Fluent English is required for programs outside the United States.

In addition to these qualifications, we appreciate candidates that will bring a diversity of experience to our team. As such, candidates with multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural experience are encouraged to apply as well as those with experience developing and implementing equitable policy and assuring diversity, equity, inclusion and justice are embedded in strategy.


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.


To apply for job ID 52750, submit your materials online by using the Apply Now button at by 11:59 PM EST on February 3, 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.

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Where legally permissible, TNC requires all new employees to be fully vaccinated and willing to keep up to date with vaccines that protect against COVID-19. By accepting an offer of employment, you agree to comply with this requirement, unless you are entitled to a legally mandated exemption.

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.