Creative Operations and Production Specialist

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United States

Location is flexible to anywhere globally as long as within 2-3 hours of Eastern Standard Time (US). Remote and hybrid options are available.




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 Creative Operations and Production Specialist manages and implements the production of marketing materials and publications in TNC’s Marketing and Communications division.

The Creative Operations and Production Specialist provides high-quality operational and administrative support, as well as production customer service, for the implementation of Marketing Division projects. These projects involve various materials, including campaign case statements, reports, fact sheets, brochures, postcards, event programs, posters, display materials, preserve signage, trail maps, t-shirts, promotional materials, branded swag, and more.

They are responsible for managing the scheduling, printing, mailing, pricing, budgeting, and cost reconciliation of marketing publications and products. They ensure all organizational quality control procedures and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) are followed. Their responsibilities may also include soliciting and securing project bids, negotiating contracts, collaborating with external vendors, and managing production schedules and procedures.

As the Creative Operations and Production Specialist, you will:

  • Manage the entire production process, from pre-press preparation to post-press finishing and delivery. Includes file inspection and formatting to ensure that files meet the required specifications, shipping/delivery coordination, and vendor invoice processing.
  • Research, recommend, and contract with appropriate vendors for projects.
  • Manage vendor contract filing and organization for Creative Operations & Production team.
  • Work in collaboration with team/clients to provide consultation on production viability and project specs.
  • Create production schedules and traffic projects to ensure all production deadlines are met.
  • Execute work in line with set budgets and work creatively to stay within parameters and constraints.
  • Solicit and secure project bids and negotiate contracts.
  • Process invoices, ensuring alignment with contracts and managing and reconciliation of final costs.
  • Coordinate mailed projects with mail shops.
  • Work with clients/vendors to solve production-related issues as they arise.
  • Ensure all organization-mandated quality control steps are followed on all facets of a project.
  • Ensure that all contracts are executed and vendor work is managed in compliance with SOPs.
  • Other duties as assigned.
  • Occasional travel will be needed.


If you’re looking for a career where you can find meaning and purpose, come join us as the Creative Operations and Production Specialist!

The ideal candidate will have all or some of these qualifications. If you don’t have all of them, apply anyway and tell us about your skills and experience:

  • Multi-lingual skills and/or multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience.
  • Experience in project management.
  • Experience in vendor management.
  • Extensive knowledge of printing processes, pre-press and proofing.
  • Experience with Adobe Creative Suite, including Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign and Adobe Illustrator.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Experience managing budgets.
  • Experience managing contracts, including experience with and understanding of how to write effective scopes of work.
  • Knowledge of the mailing process, USPS regulations and trends.
  • Practical knowledge of current and evolving trends related to production and design.
  • Knowledge and application of current and evolving trends in marketing.
  • Experience working in a team-based environment with internal and external partners.
  • Strong organization skills and attention to detail.
  • Practical knowledge of marketing and branding principles.


  • Bachelor’s degree in related field and 5 years’ related experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience cultivating and managing client/customer relationships.
  • Experience writing, editing and proofreading.
  • Experience organizing and coordinating multiple projects.


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 starting pay range for a candidate selected for this position is generally within the range of $50,000 – 81,000 for annual base salary. This range only applies to candidates whose country of employment is the USA. Where a successful candidate’s actual pay will fall within this range will be based on a variety of factors, including, for example, the candidate's location, qualifications, specific skills, and experience. Please note countries outside the USA would have a different pay range in the local currency based on the local labor market, and not tied to USA pay or ranges. Your geographic location will be confirmed during the recruitment.


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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.

The successful applicant must meet the requirements of The Nature Conservancy's background screening process.

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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.