Capacity Building Program Manager, Arizona Chapter

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The Nature Conservancy

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Phoenix, AZ, United States

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30 days ago


Phoenix, Arizona, USA




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 Capacity Building Program Manager works directly with the business unit’s Arizona Healthy Cities Program Director to advance the Healthy Cities Program’s strategies that focus on equitably building cool, healthy, and climate resilient cities in Arizona, with a focus on the Phoenix Metro Area. The Capacity Building Program Manager will help design and implement programs and initiatives that improve tree care and maintenance to support a healthy tree cover and that strengthen the capacity of residents and local organizations working in frontline communities, so they have the knowledge and skills to advocate for greener neighborhoods. They will build new partnerships and foster existing relationships with key stakeholders to improve the health of urban trees to advance the Healthy Cities Program’s goal to increase tree canopy cover in frontline communities in the 10 large municipalities in the Phoenix Metro Area.


If you’re looking for a career where you can find meaning and purpose, come join our Chapter as the Capacity Building Program Manager! Not only will you fulfill conservation objectives in the beautiful state of Arizona, but you’ll contribute to conservation goals through many networks!

We’re looking for a passionate, dedicated person to join our Chapter and work within our Healthy Cities team. Systems Leadership, creativity, and the ability to influence without authority are key in this role. Come join TNC and apply today! Position is based out of our Phoenix, Arizona office.

In this role, you will establish the Conservancy as a major conservation partner, particularly with stakeholders in the landscaping industry and in community-based organizations. You will also build new partnerships and foster existing relationships to broaden engagement in frontline communities to implement and advocate for solutions that mitigate heat. In addition, you will be developing programs and projects with partners to improve the health of urban trees in the hottest neighborhoods. May supervise other staff members, volunteers, vendors and/or contractors. Essential functions include, but are not limited to:

  • Strategy Development and Implementation (approximately 25%)
    • Lead implementation of Healthy Cities Program strategies identified in Arizona Strategic Plan, particularly those strategies focused on building grassroots capacity and improving tree care and maintenance
    • In collaboration with the Arizona Healthy Cities Program Director, contribute to development and implementation of detailed Healthy Cities 3-year business plan
    • Evaluate and measure progress on capacity building strategies
  • Building and Sustaining Relationships (approximately 25%)
    • Facilitate cross-learning between the Conservancy, communities, and key partners to adapt conservation strategies and practices to be more equitable
    • Develop, steward and advance key strategic partnerships with community-based organizations, academia, government agencies, conservation partners and others to advance the Conservancy’s priorities
  • Project Management (approximately 35%)
    • Manage projects at various scales, encompassing multiple goals and coordinating the work of professionals inside and outside of the organization
    • Oversee project management activities including coordinating multiple projects, developing and tracking project work plans, partner grant agreements, as well as tracking project expenditures and timelines
    • Strengthen and expand existing efforts related to grassroots capacity building in the Phoenix Metro Area to advance community priorities
    • May supervise volunteers and contractors (currently does not supervise staff, but may do so in the future).
  • Other (15%)
    • In collaboration with the Arizona Healthy Cities Program Director, work with the Development team to raise funds for projects including developing proposals, reports, presentations and cultivating donors
    • Represent the Conservancy at public events, partnership meetings and on various committees that support community-focused urban conservation strategies, as needed
    • Accurately and timely complete administrative functions such as timecard entries, expense reports and self-evaluations.


  • 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 partnership development with non-profit partners, community groups and/or government agencies
  • Experience negotiating.


  • Multi-lingual and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated; fluency in Spanish to facilitate reaching key stakeholders
  • Experience working at a grassroots level on community advocacy or capacity building
  • 5-7 years’ experience in conservation practice or related field or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Supervisory experience, including motivating, leading, setting objectives and managing performance.
  • Hands on knowledge with best practices for community engagement and experience working with diverse communities
  • Experience and commitment to working across differences such as race, culture, socio economic class and language
  • Demonstrated experience in partnership development with community groups, nonprofit partners and/or government agencies in the Phoenix Metro Area
  • Knowledge of current trends and practices in equity, climate mitigation and adaptation, urban conservation, urban forestry, landscape maintenance or related fields
  • Awareness and experience in environmental and/or social justice related work
  • Strong team player who can build relationships and work collaboratively across the organization and with program partners
  • Knowledge and understanding of the Phoenix Metro Area political, cultural and nonprofit landscape
  • Knowledge of and relationships with the landscaping industry in the Phoenix Metro Area
  • Communicating clearly via written, spoken, and graphical means in English and Spanish.
  • Demonstrated experience in fundraising.
  • Politically savvy.


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.


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.


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.


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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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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.