Director of Conservation Programs
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POST DATE 9/12/2016
END DATE 10/18/2016
JOB DESCRIPTIONAPPLY OFFICE LOCATIONNegotiable within MissouriMO201WORK 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 Missouri Director of Conservation Programs manages a diverse and geographically diffuse team of conservation professionals throughout Missouri to achieve conservation excellence and advance the Conservancy's mission. Key program responsibilities include applied science, conservation planning, restoration ecology, land management, conservation real estate, budgeting, and monitoring/success measures. The director ensures effective conservation program operations with a collaborative focus working with a broad suite of staff, partners, and stakeholders to devise, implement, and assess effective conservation strategies to sustain priority grassland, woodland, and aquatic systems, achieving long-term solutions to meet the needs of nature and people.
* ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS
* The Missouri Director of Conservation Programs leads a team to develop and deliver collaborative strategic initiatives that advance the Conservancy's goals in key landscapes and watersheds within and beyond Missouri, including the Missouri and Mississippi River systems. The successful candidate will be proficient in working at multiple levels to maintain The Nature Conservancy as the major conservation partner for biodiversity conservation and nature-based solutions. This position serves as a key liaison for the conservation science community and key state, federal, and NGO partners, as well as working collaboratively with other geographies in the Conservancy. The position requires the ability to work at multiple scales and levels in a dynamic social and political landscape, formulating analyses and making independent decisions with limited and/or ambiguous data and translating these into pragmatic strategies and actions.
* RESPONSIBILITIES & SCOPE
* Lead and supervise a high-performing team of conservation professionals at multiple locations across Missouri to achieve conservation success in critical landscapes, working through strategic partnerships to implement solutions, and building scientific, strategic, and technical capacity for conservation priorities.
* Ensure strong focus on key priorities and manage program capacity to maintain staff commitment, team spirit and function, and deliver measureable results
* Work with partners, stakeholders, community leaders, and opinion shapers to ensure support for the Conservancy's conservation priorities. This position serves as principle contact with mid and upper level representatives of a broad suite key governmental, community, and NGO programs in the state.
* Work closely with other Conservancy staff to secure private and public resources to support conservation priorities through grants and donations, and ensure effective, efficient use of fiscal resources.
* Provide leadership in achieving consensus and results in divisive situations, negotiating for success in complex socio-economic and political scenarios.
* Provide analyses and recommendations based on sound science and strategic opportunities, often developing analyses and decisions with limited information.
* Ensure alignment of Missouri program goals and strategies within framework of overall Conservancy goals, priorities, and strategic approaches.
* Speak effectively to varied audiences on conservation topics in an engaging and understandable manner.
* Work closely with Missouri State Director and Board of Trustees to provide information and secure inputs, recommendations and approvals that advance conservation of priority targets.
* Write requests for proposal for grant/contract funding for program.
* Frequent travel domestically and/or internationally, evening and weekend hours.
* May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain, and under physically demanding circumstances.
* MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
* BA/BS degree and 7 years' experience in conservation practice or equivalent combination of education and experience.
* Experience supervising and managing staff and volunteers, including motivating, leading, setting program and individual objectives, and managing performance.
* Experience negotiating and managing complex projects, including budgetary formulation and oversight and coordinating work of other professionals, contractors, and partners towards a common goal.
* Experience with principles of conservation biology, ecology, and applied conservation, and the ability to convey key conservation issues and priorities compellingly to diverse constituencies through verbal and written communications.
* Fundraising experience, including identifying donor prospects, donor cultivations, and public presentations.
* PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS
* 7-10 years' experience in conservation practice or equivalent combination of education and experience.
* Demonstrated experience with Midwestern ecosystems and their biota, processes, and ecology; experience with tallgrass prairies, freshwater stream systems, temperate deciduous woodlands, and fire management and ecology especially helpful.
* Experience with conservation land management, including fire management, ecological restoration, invasive species control, and other stewardship issues.
* Successful experience in securing grant funding through developing proposals.
* Familiarity with conservation real estate practices, including land acquisitions and conservation easements.
* Politically savvy and experience in developing complex partnerships and collaborations among government agencies, NGO's, local communities, and other stakeholders.
* Demonstrated experience influencing, developing and implementing conservation policy and plans.
* Ability to develop practical applications of scientific concepts and technical innovations for conservation purposes.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 44559, 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 September 12, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
* The Nature Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer
* Our commitment to diversity includes the recognition that our conservation mission is best advanced by.