Director, Philanthropy Operations & Performance Center of Excellence

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United States

Negotiable within the United States




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.

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The Director of the Philanthropy Operations & Performance Center of Excellence (COE) serves as a member of the Philanthropy Operations & Performance Team within Global Development. This team is responsible for aligning philanthropy operations support and creating and implementing solutions to improve operational efficiency for TNC’s philanthropy teams. Reporting to the Director of Philanthropy Operations & Performance, this new role will be responsible for leading and carrying out the vision of the Philanthropy Operations & Performance COE.

The Director of the Philanthropy Operations & Performance COE will lead the COE in providing philanthropy operations solutions, support, and best practices for TNC’s philanthropy teams, including but not limited to philanthropy systems, prospect management, and pipeline development. Under their direction, the COE will inspire innovation and leverage technology, agile project management, and user-centered approaches to pilot new initiatives and rapidly address operational inefficiencies experienced by philanthropy colleagues.

The Director will work collaboratively with colleagues across Global Development and TNC to identify key philanthropy operations challenges, synthesize plans of action, and deliver targeted outcomes, leveraging data to measure success and adaptively manage their approach. They will facilitate strategic dialogues with philanthropy staff and senior-level stakeholders across TNC, probing to identify needs, negotiating, prioritizing, and developing solutions, and synthesizing a plan of action tailored to the specific audience. They will provide consultation and guidance and oversee any documentation and training related to the COE. The Director may also be responsible for presenting analysis and recommendations to senior leadership.


  • Manage the Philanthropy Operations & Performance COE team, including recruitment, retention, professional development, establishing clear directions, and setting “stretch” objectives.
  • Drive strategic alignment within the Philanthropy Operations & Performance COE and across TNC, facilitating an integrated approach across all aspects of the team’s work and alignment with the work of other departments, Divisions, and Business Units.
  • Design and direct complex and diversified projects, coordinating the work of other professionals, managing budget, and ensuring program accountability, including but not limited to piloting new operations support models.
  • Manage and implement strategic programs and initiatives with broad impact by collaborating with key stakeholders, including senior leadership, to enhance overall performance in accordance with short and long-term objectives.
  • Direct or participate in negotiations for complex, high-profile, or sensitive agreements.
  • Ensure that programmatic commitments, TNC policies and procedures, and financial standards are met and managed for ethical compliance.
  • Maintain confidentiality of frequently sensitive and emotionally charged information.


If you’re looking for an opportunity where you can apply your operations leadership to build an innovative program and pilot new systems and approaches, come join our team as the Director of the Philanthropy Operations & Performance Center of Excellence. Not only will you collaborate with TNC’s philanthropy teams to create and implement operations solutions, but you’ll also help achieve our incredible mission to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends!

The Philanthropy Operations & Performance team is fully remote, and we’re seeking a collaborative, dedicated person, with a growth mindset and passion for continuous improvement. Apply today and join us to develop the Philanthropy Operations & Performance Center of Excellence supporting TNC’s philanthropy colleagues worldwide.


  • Bachelor’s degree and 8 years related experience, including experience working at a senior level.
  • Experience in conceiving, developing, and managing multiple projects and strategic goals.
  • Experience in planning and delivering budgetary responsibilities.
  • Experience managing and supervising a multidisciplinary team.
  • Experience working in large, complex organizations.
  • Experience, coursework, or other training in principles, practices, and procedures related to managing operations in complex 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

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 $124,050 – $192,200 or hourly rate> 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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