Oregon State Director

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The Nature Conservancy

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Portland, OR, United States

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30+ days ago


Portland, Oregon , USA

The preferred location is Portland, OR


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 Nature Conservancy is seeking a strong leader for Oregon State Director as we execute on our ambitious conservation goals. The Conservancy has worked in Oregon for over 60 years, protecting 547,895 acres of land, and 116.7 square miles of coastal waters, serving as a trusted partner in state and regional land and water protection initiatives, and becoming an effective leader in both federal and state public policy on conservation and climate issues. The Oregon Chapter has also been a collaborative leader working with the state’s federally-recognized Tribal Nations as partners on many fronts. The Oregon Chapter works closely with a variety of partners on conservation strategies statewide focusing on climate change and healthy oceans, water, & lands through the three pillars of Indigenous Peoples & Lands, Equity In Science & Conservation, and Policy & Advocacy. With a strong and talented staff of 74, a board of trustees comprised of 27 members, and a resilient, robust program in place, this role offers a unique opportunity to lead on a strategic approach to Oregon’s conservation priorities—and to help shape a resilient, viable future for all Oregonians.

The State Director drives the Oregon Chapter’s conservation strategy, public policy leadership, and fundraising functions. They work closely with the Oregon board of trustees to create and implement the Chapter’s conservation strategies in alignment with The Nature Conservancy’s 2030 Goals. They will also ensure a work environment that is diverse, equitable, and inclusive. As a leader in the Oregon conservation movement, the State Director plays a primary role in working with partner organizations, government agencies, elected officials, corporations, and other key decision-makers to build alliances and shared agendas that advance science driven conservation outcomes in Oregon, across the western U.S., and around the world.


The State Director is accountable for the chapter’s success in implementing the Conservancy’s global conservation approach, producing measurable results, and upholding organizational values. The State Director plays a key role in helping further this impactful work by leading the chapter staff, developing new and existing donors, forming partnerships and building a broader constituency for conservation across the state. They demonstrate progress by successfully creating and leading a diverse workplace culture, nurturing a safe and inclusive environment for all, and focusing on equitable conservation processes and results. They support seasoned and emerging staff and volunteer leaders in service of shared organizational goals and outcomes, as well as a culture of collaboration, personal accountability, innovation, and high morale.
The State Director ensures outcomes are achieved in priority areas that fall within the chapter’s responsibilities, and contributes intellectual, financial, and/or human resources to the formulation and execution of priority cross-boundary efforts. They support alignment of activities by securing, coordinating, and configuring resources, capacity, and programs to address the most critical organization-wide projects, threats and strategies. They are responsible for collaborating with others on the application of resources to address the conservation priorities established by TNC, both within Oregon and beyond.

The State Director oversees fundraising and marketing and works with staff to secure increased private and corporate support for conservation, engaging with major donors, corporations and foundations and supporting staff in donor cultivation. The State Director approves budgets and sets priorities that dictate private and public fundraising goals. They serve as the primary statewide spokesperson for TNC to internal and external audiences (including staff, volunteers, the Board of Trustees, public and private donors, government agencies and officials, community leaders and other partners) and cultivate those audiences to support and promote TNC’s mission and vision.
Through the empowerment of other managers, the State Director develops and supports the chapter staff to meet the conservation priorities of the chapter and of the global organization. The State Director reports into the Western US & Canada Division and works closely with the state’s Board of Trustees.


  • Overall responsibility for conservation results, philanthropy activities and goals of the Oregon Chapter, and for integration of regional and global priorities;
  • Manages the development and execution of the chapter’s strategic conservation plan, budget and financial plans, and annual work programs, all delivered on time and within budget;
  • Demonstrates a strong understanding of on-the-ground conservation;
  • Incorporates organizational values and competencies as foundational elements in all aspects of work;
  • Ensures recruitment, management and development of high quality and effective staff;
  • Provides leadership in public policy efforts within the chapter and the region;
  • Ensures that programmatic commitments, financial standards and legal requirements are met;
  • Presents and represents the chapter’s and TNC’s vision in a compelling and engaging manner to internal and external audiences as lead spokesperson;
  • Delivers effective and persuasive speeches and presentations on complex topics to employee groups, managers at all levels, board members and outside organizations;
  • Demonstrates a willingness and ability to travel routinely throughout the geography and globally as required;
  • Works flexibly, sometimes beyond the normal workday, including weekends, as necessary, during deadline periods;
  • Directs, prepares, presents and/or participates in negotiations of project proposals with governmental, bilateral and/or multilateral agencies; and
  • Works well under pressure.


  • Bachelor’s degree and minimum of 7 years of management experience or equivalent relevant combination; including leading and managing a large multi-disciplinary team with the strong ability to motivate, lead, set objectives, and manage performance.
  • Extensive and proven management experience including ability to motivate, lead, set objective and manage the performance of
    a large multi-disciplinary team.
  • Exemplifies communication and presentation skills, in a precise digestible manner.
  • Experience communicating with and presenting to diverse audiences including donors, board members, employees, outside partners, or equivalent.
  • Experience in fundraising and budget management.


  • Experience as a proven leader in the conservation arena, non-profit sector, advocacy, or related for-profit area, including demonstrated experience producing results and meeting program/department goals.
  • Strong competence in working effectively across differences such as race, cultural, disabilities, socio-economic class and language groups.
  • Experience cultivating strong interpersonal engagement and relationships in a global, multicultural context and leveraging those relationships to drive organizational outcomes.
  • Success as an inspirational leader who has successfully motivated staff to achieve and sustain excellence. Proven managerial talent in budgeting, staffing, and performance management.
  • High energy, forward thinking, creative individual with high ethical standards. Outstanding leadership and visionary qualities and able to work effectively with and through others in a decentralized and geographically dispersed organization.
  • Proven technical skills, analytical ability, good judgment, and strong operational focus. Demonstrated operational, implementation and detail-oriented perspective.
  • Well organized and self-directed; politically savvy and a team player.
  • Successful experience in marketing or fund raising desired.
  • Exercises sensitivity, emotional agility and empathy in working in an advisory role with partner organizations.


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 nature.org/careers.

We’re proud to offer a flexible work environment that supports of the health and well-being of the people we employ.


Internal applicants: Please apply to Job ID # 52527 in PeopleSoft Self Service. Cover letter is required.

External applicants: Please apply to Job ID # 52527 at https://careers.nature.org/. Cover letter is required. Need help applying? Visit our recruitment page or contact applyhelp@tnc.org.

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.

TNC is committed to offering accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans in our job application process. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, please send a note to applyhelp@tnc.org with Request for Accommodation in the subject line.

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 while committing to closing the gender pay gap 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.