Preserve Accessibility Coordinator, North America Region

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The Nature Conservancy

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Washington, DC, United States

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30+ days ago

OFFICE LOCATION


Remote option, Flexible within the United States

AA100 World Wide Office

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 Preserve Accessibility Coordinator shall work to improve the accessibility of The Nature Conservancy’s publicly accessible conservation lands and facilities by providing strategic leadership, plan development, guidance, and implementation tools to the business units within the North American Region (US, Canada, Caribbean, and US Territories).

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS


The Nature Conservancy aspires to more inclusive, equitable access to the unparalleled network of conservation lands that it manages across the North America Region (NAR). The Preserve Accessibility Coordinator leads an organizational effort to spur meaningful action in engaging disability communities and improving accessibility at a regional scale with specific reference to Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act (Section 504), and the Architectural Barriers Act Guidelines for Outdoor Developed Areas. He/she/they works closely with colleagues in NAR business units as well as the Legal and Global Diversity Equity & Inclusion teams to create a multiyear plan to identify high-impact areas for improving accessibility, and to develop tools, training, and guidance for business unit staff to implement accessibility improvements on conservation lands and their facilities. The Coordinator develops key topical expertise in access to outdoor recreational sites and facilities associated with these sites, and assists field staff in building collaborations with local disability communities to improve access and mobilize resources to accomplish this work.


RESPONSIBILITIES AND SCOPE


  • Provides strategic analysis of high-impact and high-efficiency opportunities to improve accessibility on Nature Conservancy conservation lands and facilities open to the public.
  • Develops a regional implementation plan for improving accessibility that takes into consideration legal compliance, reputational risk, community needs, field capacity, and availability of resources, among other factors.
  • Coordinates a community of practice to increase staff engagement across the region in actions to improve accessibility.
  • Maintains an information hub for resources and planning tools for improving conservation land accessibility.
  • Serves as point-of-contact for accessibility law inquiries related to compliance (e.g., ADA, Section 504) on conservation lands and related facilities, and works closely with Legal to ensure progress towards compliance.
  • Provides training to improve the ability of staff to assess and address accessibility issues on conservation lands.
  • Tailors and coordinates the use of BlueDag software, or equivalent, to measure and track accessibility progress.
  • Integrates accessibility efforts on conservation lands with broader equity and inclusion goals and efforts within the NAR.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS


  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant field. (eg: Recreation Management, Policy, Architecture, Natural Resource Management)
  • 5 years of professional experience as an ADA Coordinator, Disability Rights Coordinator, or similar related experience.
  • Knowledge of Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and the Architectural Barriers Act guidelines for outdoor developed areas.
  • Experience assessing accessibility features of facilities and/or recreational lands
  • Experience managing complex projects
  • Experience developing strategic initiatives.
  • Experience engaging and collaborating with local and/or national networks of persons with disabilities.

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Strong team player who can build relationships and work collaboratively across geographic barriers and with partners.
  • Multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience are appreciated.
  • Self-starter with ability to deliver on program goals and strategies with limited supervision.
  • Ability to design and deliver training to colleagues.
  • Experience building multiyear work plans including budgets.
  • Ability to influence without authority and implement complex projects in a decentralized environment.
  • Experience with grant-writing or other fundraising.

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 51821, submit your materials online by using the Apply Now button at https://careers.nature.org/ by 11:59 PM EST on August 8, 2022. 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.

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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.