Director of Land Conservation

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POST DATE 9/12/2016
END DATE 10/24/2016

DiversityWorking Harrisburg, PA

Company
DiversityWorking
Job Classification
Full Time
Company Ref #
7289447
AJE Ref #
576154143
Location
Harrisburg, PA
Job Type
Regular

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OFFICE LOCATIONHarrisburg, Pennsylvania (PA)PA310WORK WITH USThe Nature Conservancy is the leading conservation organization working to make a positive impact around the world in 69 countries, all 50 United States, and your backyard. Founded in 1951, the mission of The Nature Conservancy is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. Visit www.nature.org/about-us to learn more.The Nature Conservancy offers competitive compensation, 401k or savings-plan matching for eligible employees, excellent benefits, flexible work policies and a collaborative work environment. We also provide professional development opportunities and promote from within. As a result, you will find a culture that supports and inspires conservation achievement and personal development, both within the workplace and beyond.POSITION SUMMARYThe Nature Conservancy seeks a knowledgeable, energetic conservationist for the position of Director of Land Conservation in Pennsylvania. This position presents an opportunity to join the staff of one of the largest, most successful conservation organizations in the world, working in all 50 United States and 69 countries. The Director of Land Conservation will lead the Pennsylvania Chapter's efforts to protect, restore, and manage high priority areas, including lands along one of Pennsylvania's most spectacular and scenic natural features, the Kittatinny Ridge. The Director will supervise staff based in several Pennsylvania locations.ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONSThe Director of Land Conservation will lead strategies to increase the amount of protected and restored land in Pennsylvania. S/he will supervise staff specializing in land transactions and long-term management of conserved lands. S/he will work closely with Chapter staff and partner organizations to assist with landowner and public outreach, evaluate potential protection and restoration projects, determine the best options for long-term conservation, secure funding, and provide project oversight and coordination. S/he will be responsible for helping to coordinate landowner outreach with other organizations and for negotiating complex projects, including land transfers to public agencies and restoration projects involving multiple partners. A large portion of his/her time will be spent working on a multi-year, multi-partner initiative to protect tens of thousands of acres on the Kittatinny Ridge using a range of protection tools, including purchases, gifts, easements, and other options.RESPONSIBILITIES AND SCOPE
* Leads and manages multi-disciplinary teams to increase the amount of land conserved and restored in priority areas. Supervises land protection and land management staff and is responsible for performance management, training and career development.
* Contacts landowners to discuss benefits and opportunities for long-term conservation and/or restoration on their property.
* Negotiates real estate transactions, which can bind the Conservancy legally and financially.
* Oversees land management and restoration on Conservancy-owned lands and other lands where the Conservancy has conservation easements or management agreements.
* Manages grants, contracts and administrative agreements with project partners and funding agencies.
* Develops and maintains systems for regular reporting on progress toward protection goals and project deliverables.
* Develops budgets for project costs, including land acquisition, due diligence, and long-term land management; maintains records of costs and resources associated with all tasks.
* Establishes optimal performance standards for the Chapter or program while controlling costs and administering budgets.
* Responsible for helping to secure public and private funds to meet program needs (both operational and capital).
* Builds cooperation from outside parties to accomplish program goals.
* May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain and under physically demanding circumstances.
* Frequently makes independent decisions based on analysis, experience, and judgment.MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
* BA/BS degree in natural resources management, conservation, business, law or another related field of study and at least 5 years' experience in land conservation, real estate, law, business or related field.
* Experience working with a wide range of people, such as landowners, corporate executives and government officials.
* Experience negotiating complex agreements.
* Supervisory experience.
* Experience in developing and managing multiple projects and timelines.
* Experience working with computers, including database management.
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* M.S. or other advanced degree and 5-7 years' experience in conservation practice or equivalent combination of education and experience.
* Working knowledge of legal real estate documents and principles of land acquisitions.
* Knowledge of current trends and strategies in land protection and restoration.
* Experience with land management and stewardship of natural areas, including monitoring of fee lands and conservation easements, ecological restoration, and issues related to recreation and public access.
* Familiarity with Forest Stewardship Council certification and other forest certification programs.
* Experience with forest carbon projects and familiarity with carbon credit markets.
* Understanding of how forest conservation contributes to stream and wetland health and experience integrating forest and freshwater conservation objectives.
* Demonstrated experience collaborating with other parties to reach common goals.
* Successful experience in developing, directing and managing multiple projects and implementing strategic program goals.
* Experience hiring and managing contractors.
* Ability to complete tasks independently with respect to timelines.
* Experience obtaining and managing spatial information, including parcel data and surveys.
* Clear written, spoken and graphical communication in English and other relevant languages.
* Demonstrated experience in fundraising.AUTO SAFETY POLICYThis position requires a valid driver's license and compliance with the Conservancy'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.' Please see further details in the Auto Safety Program document available at www.nature.org/careers.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.HOW TO APPLYTo apply to position number 44632, submit resume (required) and cover letter separately using the upload buttons. All applications must be submitted in the system prior to 11:
59 p.m. Eastern Time on October 10, 2016.Click 'submit' to apply for the position or 'save for later' to create a draft application for future submission. Once submitted, applications cannot be revised or edited. Failure to complete required fields may result in your application being disqualified from consideration.If you experience technical issues, please refer to our applicant user guide or contact applyhelp@tnc.org.
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* The Nature Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer
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* Our commitment to diversity includes the recognition that our conservation mission is best advanced by the leadership and contributions of men and women 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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