Director of Government Relations

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The Nature Conservancy

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Newark, NJ, United States

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18 days ago


Flexible within NJ



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 New Jersey Director of Government Relations leads the development and implementation of government relations strategies to achieve the Conservancy’s goals of tackling climate change and protecting biodiversity through interaction with state and federal governments. They lead and implement a comprehensive state program to proactively develop, lead and influence conservation and public policy outcomes that advance the Conservancy’s mission.

The Director of Government Relations directs the New Jersey government relations team and works with an interdisciplinary team on complex and strategic issues. They work with staff across our conservation team to advance TNC’s national and state policy priorities related to conservation and climate, evaluate the potential for strategic partnerships, and develop and implement strategies at a large scale. They work with a diverse range of stakeholders to build support for the organization’s conservation agenda and to advance key climate mitigation, adaptation, freshwater and lands policy initiatives. They liaise with government officials, governmental agencies, and other External Affairs departments to advance public policy to further conservation goals of tackling climate change and protecting biodiversity and strategy. Duties include:

  • Builds and manages relationships with key elected officials, including members of the New Jersey Congressional delegation and staff, state, regional, and federal agency officials, and select local public officials
  • Identifies, initiates, develops, and leads opportunities at the legislative, administrative, and/or executive levels of state and local governments that advance the mission and goals of The Nature Conservancy, engaging in all stages of the policy cycle, including research and development, implementation, and rulemaking with various branches of government and with representatives on both sides of the aisle
  • Incorporates principals of diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice in the government relations program, in coordination with TNC staff across the organization and with local partners
  • Engages and communicates with the NJ Board of Trustees and key individuals across the organization including development, marketing, and conservation staff to influence policy initiatives and outcomes at local, state, and federal levels
  • Plans, creates, and implements an annual plan and budget for the NJ government relations program.
  • Supervises professional staff with responsibility for performance management, training and development.
  • Assures compliance with all TNC’s policies and procedures as well as local, state, and federal lobbying laws and regulations, including responsibility for maintaining, reporting, and tracking all chapter local, state, and federal lobbying activities
  • Actively collaborates with other programs at The Nature Conservancy, including the North American Policy and Government Relations (NAPGR), global teams, and Northeast Division to facilitate collaboration and allow for adaptive management of strategies at the national, Divisional and chapter level


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 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 in political science, environmental policy, management or other relevant field and 5 years of government relations or corporate sector experience, or equivalent combination education/experience.
  • Fluency in English.
  • Supervisory experience.
  • Analytical and project management experience. Experience in successfully developing and implementing complex projects in an unstructured environment.
  • Experience developing, directing, and managing multiple projects and implementing strategic program goals.
  • Experience with communication and presentations.
  • Experience with negotiation skills.
  • Valid Driver’s License
  • Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural experience appreciated.
  • Experience working with partners and government agencies.
  • Experience with state and federal lobbying laws and regulations, and the ability to monitor changes in lobbying requirements and to ensure full compliance.
  • Project management experience, including coordinating the work of other professionals inside and outside an organization.
  • Experience working on climate mitigation policy.
  • Experience preparing and presenting proposals to and/or negotiating with federal, state, county and/or municipal government representatives, as well as agencies, non-profit groups, community organizations, local activists, business representatives, and coalitions.
  • Excellent team player with experience working in multi-disciplinary groups, using influence and interpersonal skills, listening and diplomacy to build strong relationships with governments, corporations, partners, donors, volunteers, and all levels of staff.


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 52471, submit your materials online by using the Apply Now button at by 11:59 PM EST on Sunday, December 4, 2022. . 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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