Associate Director of Communications, Corporate Sustainability Posted Jul 06
The Nature Conservancy , Arlington, VA (Flexible within the US)

Arlington, Virginia, USA.

Arlington, Virginia is preferred but this position may be flexible within the United States.


Evolving since 1951, The Nature Conservancy (TNC) is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world's toughest challenges so that people and nature can thrive together. Working in over 80 countries and territories, and across all 50 states, we are tackling climate change, conserving lands, and protecting waters and oceans at an unprecedented scale. Our vision is a world where the diversity of life thrives, and people are moved to care for nature--both for its own sake and for the ways it enriches our everyday lives.

While our vision is global, our commitment is local; we build solutions together with communities, governments and businesses on the issues unfolding right in their backyards. At the heart of this work are relationships, and they are guided by respect for all people, honor for communities and culture, and an unwavering commitment to diversity.

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We are looking for someone who is passionate about the role of the private sector in driving positive change for nature and people, and able to use communications to engage and inspire internal and external supporters. Are you an experienced communications professional that can convey the urgency for change and the importance of conservation work?

The Associate Director of Communications, Corporate Sustainability informs and implements communications strategies in support of the Corporate Engagement team and the Center for Sustainability Science. These teams contribute to TNC’s 2030 conservation goals by engaging with the private sector to integrate nature into business models and to create science-based solutions to environmental challenges. The Director of Communications works directly with external partners, and collaborates with TNC executives, scientists and project leaders from other parts of the organization.


The Associate Director of Communications’ primary focus is to position TNC as an influential thought-leader among key constituencies, including corporate partners, select industry sectors, investors, and corporate governance communities. Successful execution of the job duties will result in
Stronger TNC relationships and influence with key corporations and sectors
A cohesive narrative that resonates and creates engagement with CEOs, CFOs, CSOs and Risk Managers, and which highlights TNC’s science-based work with the private sector
A meaningful differentiation between TNC and peer NGOs, while also creating, in strategic cases, a shared voice
Well-coordinated execution of communications activities, in partnership with TNC’s cause marketing team, regional business units, and global strategies
Enhanced TNC brand and reputation


Leads the development, implementation and expansion of TNC’s global corporate sustainability narrative and communications strategy/plan.
Serves as primary point of contact with corporate engagement partner communications teams; manages opportunities to communicate achievement of outcomes and key milestones; provides input and guidance for communications about collaborations and related issues
Develops, directs and implements multiple projects, coordinating the work of other teams and staff
Develops excellent written materials, including speeches, articles, presentations, and collaterals
Identifies opportunities for TNC to participate in C-suite level events, e.g. Bloomberg, Economist, WEF, Forbes, CAGNY, as well as investor, e.g.PRI In Person, events.
Work closely with the Global Media Relations team to identify journalists to cultivate and opportunities to pitch stories on tangible solutions and signs of progress in TNC’s work with corporations
Work closely with Global Communications colleagues to identify synergies and opportunities for collaboration
Work closely with Corporate Marketing team to develop ambitious, coherent plans for corporate partners at global events, such as UN COPs, that support broader policy and communications goals.
Operates well in a team, efficiently and effectively across a matrixed organization and exhibits excellent judgement in managing projects, decisions and people.
Ability to work quickly and on nights and weekends as needed, as issues arise


Bachelor’s degree in related field and a minimum of 8 years related experience or equivalent combination.
Experience in project management, developing communications, media and engagement strategies and measuring results.
Experience developing compelling communications content
Experience cultivating and managing client relationships.


Excellent writing, presentation, and verbal communication
Familiarity with digital and social communication tools and practices.
Experience working in a global, decentralized organization a plus.
Experience working in communications between NGO, corporate, and governmental organizations
Knowledge and application of current and evolving trends in corporate sustainability and conservation
Multi-lingual skills appreciated.
Multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience preferred.
Experience developing, implementing and measuring communication and engagement plans/strategies.
Communication and presentation skills.
Ability to persuasively convey the mission of The Nature Conservancy to diverse groups including corporations, donors, board members, and the public.
Demonstrated ability in managing the fiduciary aspects of planning and delivery of budgets.


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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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