Virginia Director of Landscape Conservation

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The Nature Conservancy

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Richmond, VA, United States

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11 days ago


Richmond, VA, United States or Charlottesville, VA, United States



The Nature Conservancy (TNC) seeks a proven manager to serve as its Director of Landscape Conservation to advance the organization’s conservation agenda of protecting biodiversity and tackling climate change in Virginia and regionally. The Virginia Director of Landscape Conservation leads a staff of 30 or more with an annual operating budget of $5.6 million. As a member of the Virginia Chapter’s Leadership Team, the Director of Landscape Conservation participates in decision-making with broad policy, reputation, and conservation impacts in Virginia and beyond. provides strategic leadership for TNC’s local and global conservation work and is an important contributor to and shares responsibility for conservation strategies, policies, programs, and fundraising efforts across the entire organization.


The Director of Landscape Conservation plays a leadership role in overseeing and prioritizing the strategies developed and implemented by our five landscape programs: the Volgenau Virginia Coast Reserve, Virginia Pinelands, Chesapeake Bay, Allegheny Highlands, and Clinch Valley. The Director of Landscape Conservation leads innovative and critical thinking to align the landscape programs’ contributions to the Conservancy’s 2030 goals of tackling climate change and protecting biodiversity while maintaining and enhancing our commitment to diversity. They may play a leading role in donor identification, cultivation and stewardship. The Director of Landscape Conservation disseminates best practices, provides training and analyses to best implement organizational measures of success, and develop key partnerships with public & private organizations in order to identify and resolve technical issues and to widely communicate solutions, innovative scientific methods, analysis, tools and frameworks to address the natural system needs. In collaboration with other staff, the Director of Landscape Conservation establishes the Conservancy as a major conservation partner within the Commonwealth, defines conservation priorities for the landscape programs, leads and manage teams which support and improve conservation efforts, and builds strategic, scientific, and technical capacity in the field. They engage local community and key influential support for local, division, and global conservation efforts, negotiate complex and innovative solutions with government agencies, major institutions, and landowners to conserve and protect natural communities, and develop and implement cutting edge conservation strategies.

The Director of Landscape Conservation is responsible for day-to-day management, guidance and support of six direct reports as well as the overall management of approximately 31 staff members in five locations: Charlottesville, Richmond, Abingdon, Lexington, and Nassawadox. S/he reports to the Deputy State Director. This job requires flexibility to travel depending on the season, and to participate in field trips.


  • Lead and manage the Virginia Chapter’s five landscape programs including the conservation, science, community engagement, and operations dimensions.
  • Serve as a member of the Chapter’s Leadership Team. Participate in Chapter-level decision-making which may have broad policy and long-term program implications for the Chapter and beyond.
  • Recruits, retains and manages high quality and effective multi-disciplinary staff with responsibility for performance management, training and career development.
  • Broad management and leadership responsibility for 30 or more staff.
  • Develops long-term strategies and achieves strategic goals and objectives for the landscape programs.
  • Integrates activities of the Landscape Programs by identifying synergies and opportunities for leverage among conservation those programs and others.
  • Represent the Virginia Chapter work with external and internal audiences, including partners, donors and the Chapter’s Board of Trustees.
  • Makes independent strategic decisions frequently based on analysis, ambiguous information, experience and judgment.
  • May require frequent travel domestically and evening and weekend hours.
  • May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain, and under physically demanding circumstances.


  • BA/BS degree and 12 years’ experience in conservation practice or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • 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) in Virginia or a geographic region comparable to Virginia.
  • Supervisory experience, including motivating, leading, setting objectives and managing performance.
  • Fundraising experience, including identifying donor prospects, donor cultivation and proposal writing.
  • Experience in partnership development with non-profit partners, community groups and/or government agencies.
  • Experience negotiating complex agreements.
  • Experience influencing, developing and implementing conservation policy and plans at the state level.
  • Experience with financial management of a large program.


  • Master’s degree and 12-15 years’ experience in conservation practice or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Knowledge of key conservation issues and players in Virginia and surrounding region.
  • Experience developing practical applications of scientific concepts and technical innovations for conservation purposes.
  • Experience managing teams with a commitment to respecting team dynamics, a strong ability to understand diverse perspectives, and synthesize multiple perspectives to achieve the best outcomes.
  • Experience working in a large, complex, organization. Direct experience working for The Nature Conservancy is preferred.
  • Knowledge of methods and standards of biodiversity information systems and initiatives and experience conceiving and implementing strategic initiatives.
  • Communicating clearly via written, spoken, and graphical means in English including the ability to communicate complex issues concisely and clearly.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • Politically savvy.


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.


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

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