Mississippi River Basin Program Director (Location Flexible)

Organization icon

The Nature Conservancy

Location icon

Remote

Clock icon

5 days ago

OFFICE LOCATION


Location Flexible

#LI-POST

WHO WE ARE


The Nature Conservancy’s mission is to protect the lands and waters upon which all life depends. As a science-based organization, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world’s toughest challenges so that we can create a world in which people and nature thrive. We’re rooted in our Mission and guided by our Values, which includes a Commitment to Diversity and Respect for People, Communities, and Cultures. Whether it’s career development, flexible schedules, or a rewarding mission, there are lots of reasons to love life #insideTNC. Want a better insight to TNC? Check out our TNC Talent playlist on YouTube on Glassdoor.

Our goal is to cultivate an inclusive work environment so that all our colleagues around the globe feel a sense of belonging, and that their unique contributions to our mission are valued. We’ll only achieve our Mission by hiring and engaging a diverse workforce that reflects the communities in which we work. In addition to the requirements in our postings, we recognize that people come with talent and experiences outside of a job. Diversity of experience and skills combined with passion is a key to innovation and a culture of inclusion! Please apply – we’d love to hear from you. To quote myriad TNC staff members, “you’ll join for our mission, and you’ll stay for our people.”

YOUR POSITION WITH TNC


The Mississippi River Basin Program Director provides strategic leadership and integrates all aspects of the Mississippi River Basin whole system project – including conservation planning, policy and relationship development, outreach and communications, and fundraising support. This program works through a team structure and has been built on strong collaboration between divisions, states and regional programs. Priorities are aligned to shared goals of increased floodplain protection, reduced nutrient loading to the Mississippi River and ultimately the Gulf of Mexico, and improved governance based on a collaborative, systems approach. The Mississippi River Basin Program Director also plays a key leadership and support role in building collaborative, shared leadership competencies to plan, coordinate and facilitate the work of various implementation teams. The salary range for this position ranges from $115,000 -$130,000.00. *TNC has eight different geographic tiers, utilizing competitive market data in establishing salary ranges. Each location where we work is assigned a geographic tier based upon the cost of hiring talent in that market and the salary ranges are adjusted accordingly. This salary range is based on Chicago which is a geograpahical tier 5.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS


The Mississippi River Basin Program Director serves as the principle organizing force within the Mississippi River Basin and is responsible for leading/facilitating the collaboration between participating divisions, states and associated staff in the development and implementation of regionally scaled strategy. The Director designs, facilitates and supports teams to synthesize and integrate investments made in conservation strategies across the basin. With these teams, the director also develops learnings and recommendations from a basin-level perspective to influence future investments, thus creating a virtuous align-act-adjust cycle of conservation in the Mississippi River Basin. The director also engages North America (NA) Program and Policy leads to ensure whole system strategies are aligned with NA and Global priorities – working particularly close with the NA Agriculture Team. The director establishes the Conservancy as a major conservation partner within the basin, plays a leading role in managing major public agency and elected official relationships unique to the Mississippi River, and supports public and private fundraising programs of Mississippi River Basin and participating business units. The director may coordinate and support the development of complex and innovative solutions with government agencies, major institutions, and landowners to conserve and protect natural communities at regional scales. The director reports to a division director and lead sponsor and may also supervise a number of direct reports.

RESPONSIBILITIES AND SCOPE

  • Is responsible for the coordination and implementation of whole system conservation strategy, including strategy specific to floodplain protection, nutrient reduction for improved water quality, and better governance. Seventeen states actively participate in the whole system effort. Works with the state and NA staff on the development and implementation of the program.
  • Organizes, coordinates, and facilitates collaboration in and between strategy teams focused on a variety of projects which may encompass multiple programs and involve coordinating the work of other professionals, inside and outside the organization. Incorporates cross-disciplinary knowledge to support program objectives and communication among participants.
  • Highly diversified work involves participation in the formulation and evaluation of broad policies and/or long-term programs, or making decisions, which typically have broad organizational impact.
  • High level management and leadership responsibility for 10+ staff members which may or may not report directly to the director, both internal and external to the organization.
  • May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain, and under physically demanding circumstances.
  • Makes independent strategic decisions frequently based on analysis, ambiguous information, experience and judgment.
  • May require frequent travel domestically and/or internationally and evening and weekend hours.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

  • BA/BS degree and 10 years’ experience in conservation practice or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Fundraising experience, including identifying donor prospects and donor cultivation.
  • Experience directing a major program or project of strategic importance, including management/supervision of multi-disciplinary teams and meeting deadlines.
  • Experience working with current trends and practices in relevant discipline(s) and geographic regions.
  • 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
  • Experience influencing, developing and implementing conservation policy and plans at the state or country level.
  • Experience with financial management of a large program.

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Multi- lingual and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated.
  • Developing practical applications of scientific concepts and technical innovations for conservation purposes.
  • Experience conceiving and implementing strategic initiatives.
  • Communicating clearly via written, spoken, and graphical means in English and other relevant languages.
  • Politically savvy.

WHAT WE BRING


Since 1951, The Nature Conservancy has been doing work you can believe in protecting the lands and waters that all life depends on. Through grassroots action, TNC has grown to become 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, we impact conservation throughout the world!

The Nature Conservancy offers a competitive, comprehensive benefits package including health care benefits, flexible spending accounts, 401(k) plan to include 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 in the Culture Tab on nature.org/careers.

We’re proud to offer a work environment that is supportive of the health, well-being, and flexibility needs of the people we employ!

APPLY NOW


To apply for job ID 51878, submit your materials online by using the Apply Now button at https://careers.nature.org/. 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.

Do you have military experience? Visit our U.S. Military Skills Translator to match your military experience with our current job openings!

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.