North America Director of Community and Equitable Conservation

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The Nature Conservancy

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Washington, DC, United States

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29 days ago



Remote position, flexible within the United States





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’s 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.”


The North America Director of Community and Equitable Conservation is part of the North America Region’s Conservation Collaboration team. The Conservation Collaboration team works to achieve the Conservancy’s organizational goals by providing strategy and programmatic support, coordination, and facilitation within the North America Region (Canada, Caribbean, United States and the Pacific), by helping to integrate the Region and the rest of the organization, and by facilitating collaboration with external organizations. This position will work closely with the Chief Conservation Office, most notably the Global Director of Equitable Conservation.

The North America Director of Community and Equitable Conservation integrates community-led conservation and equity into TNC’s conservation strategies and projects by supporting TNC’s conservation practitioners located across North America. They provide strategic leadership and support for the conservation planning work and establish goals and track progress against integrating equity into conservation strategies and projects across North America and within division and chapter management units. They disseminate best practices, provide training and analyses to best implement organizational measures of success; widely communicate solutions, innovative scientific methods, analyses, tools and frameworks to address needs. They develop key partnerships with public & private organizations to bring diverse perspective and learning to TNC and identify and resolve technical issues. They may play a lead fundraising role in donor identification, cultivation and stewardship. They may lead and manage a team

We’re Looking for You to:

  • Establish and lead a program for community and equitable conservation that aligns with organizational vision and goals and meets the unique history and social context of TNC’s conservation in North America.
  • Build from TNC’s experience in community-led conservation to identify opportunities and needs to improve equity in conservation design, practice and outcomes. Lead organizational, systems and cultural change to build understanding, support and implementation of equity in TNC’s conservation efforts.
  • Directly support conservation practitioners working towards TNC’s 2030 Goals through a variety of conservation strategies and in a variety of historical and social contexts across North America. Directly support conservation teams where TNC has a large conservation legacy and history as a land trust, especially in the United States.
  • Provide conservation practitioners with training and references (e.g., innovative frameworks, methods, tools, assessments) and thought partnership as they integrate equity in how, with whom and where we practice conservation and hold relationships with external partners.
  • Work across teams in a matrixed organization to support and encourage mutual learning and network building among conservation practitioners.
  • Collaborate with philanthropy staff on donor strategies, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of principal and major gift donors.
  • Oversee a budget and make independent strategic decisions; manage organizational risk, frequently based on analysis, ambiguous information, experience, and context.
  • Travel frequently, domestically and/or internationally, occasionally work evening and weekend hours.

Why Now?

  • TNC is deeply committed to its values, two of which are a commitment to diversity and respect for people, communities, and cultures.
  • TNC is deeply committed to how it achieves its conservation outcomes with respect for human rights and acknowledging its mistakes to restore relationships with people and place.
  • TNC is investing in its leadership capacity and conservation planning resources to center equity in conservation.

What You’ll Bring:

  • BA/BS degree and 10-12 years’ experience in conservation practice or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Expertise and experience in diversity, equity and inclusion and its application to conservation design, implementation and outcomes.
  • Experience working with current trends and practices in conservation across geographic and social settings.
  • Experience in partnership development with non-profit partners, community groups and/or government agencies.
  • Experience directing a major program or project of strategic importance, including management/supervision of multi-disciplinary teams and meeting deadlines. Experience synthesizing information and tracking progress.
  • Communicating clearly via written, spoken, and graphical means in English and other relevant languages.
  • Fundraising experience, including identifying donor prospects and donor cultivation.
  • Supervisory experience, including motivating, leading, setting objectives and managing performance.
  • Experience collaborating across teams and matrixed organizations and influencing without authority.


  • Multi- lingual and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience.
  • Experience in collaborative leadership and influencing a network of leaders to a common goal.
  • Demonstrated social and emotional intelligence by successfully engaging and motivating others to support a new path forward, building energy and involvement to sustain results over time.
  • Experience facilitating dialogues and coaching teams, including on sensitive topics and issues.
  • Negotiation experience and political savvy.


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

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


To apply for job ID 51614, submit your materials online by using the Apply Now button at by 11:59 PM EST on July 11, 2022. Need help applying? Visit our recruitment page or contact

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.

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