A LITTLE ABOUT US
Founded in 1951, the Nature Conservancy 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 nature and people can thrive together. We are tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at unprecedented scale, providing food and water sustainably and helping make cities more sustainable. One of our core values is our commitment to diversity. Therefore, we strive for a globally diverse and culturally competent workforce. Working in 72 countries, including all 50 United States, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit www.nature.org or follow @nature_press on Twitter.
The Nature Conservancy has led the way in saving many of the most iconic landscapes on Earth. We have helped to protect more than 103 million acres (41.6 million hectares) of land, to conserve thousands of river miles and to develop more than 100 marine projects. Our Global Protect Oceans, Lands and Waters team is focused on durable protection mechanisms across land, freshwater and marine realms, to protect the diversity of habitats that are critical for stemming species loss and mitigating climate change, so that people and nature will thrive in the coming century. We are looking for solution driven, servant leaders to work with governments, corporations, and local partners, to help us protect more nature between today & 2025 than we have in our history.
YOUR POSITION WITH TNC
The Global Lead for Private Protection Strategies oversees all aspects of identifying, managing, and delivering on priority private conservation transaction projects with the Global Protect Oceans, Lands and Waters program that deliver on both biodiversity and climate outcomes. Working in close collaboration with local, regional, and global teams as well as external partners, they will build and enable a positive, collaborative team and an inclusive approach to managing a portfolio of protection projects with colleagues from across the organization in multiple global geographies. This position reports to the Global Director of Durable Protection Strategies.
The location for this position is flexible within any country where TNC has an operating office and program.
The Global Lead, Private Protection Strategies will provide strategic leadership and support for large-scale private protection transactions that advance our organizational objectives to protect global biodiversity and living carbon reserves. Working with and reporting to the Global Director of Durable Protection Strategies, they will be responsible for accelerating the scope, scale, and delivery of private transactions in terrestrial, marine and freshwater realms, through strong internal and external networks and strategic partnerships. They will collaboratively identify, assess, and deliver protection deals through all stages of development, including the long-term management of protected lands and waters with local communities and government and non-government partners, ensuring robust and effective stakeholder engagement and outreach throughout the project. In addition to leading the global private transactions team, the Global Lead may serve as the lead negotiator on complex and dynamic transactions with a multi-disciplinary team and will be accountable for operating within TNC’s SOPs and risk mitigation processes and procedures. They will also play a leading role in donor identification, cultivation and stewardship for the program and for deal capital, galvanizing wide support from donors and partners for priority projects. They will work with the Global Managing Director for Protect and TNC’s leadership in mobilizing organizational wide funding and talent to TNC’s most complex and impactful private protection transactions on lands, waters, and resource concessions.
RESPONSIBILITIES & SCOPE
• In collaboration with the Global Dir. for Durable Protection, responsible for leading, organizing, structuring, and raising deal capital for a portfolio of prioritized private conservation transactions across terrestrial, freshwater, and marine realms.
• Designs, implements, and directs complex and diverse projects, encompassing multiple programs and coordinating the work of other professionals, inside and outside the organization. Incorporates cross-disciplinary knowledge to support project objectives.
• Assesses and manages risks, ensures financial and legal requirements are met, while ensuring outcomes delivered in a timely and effective manner.
• Closes numerous at-scale private transaction deals around the world each year in partnership with TNC’s best, to deliver on our biodiversity and climate goals.
• High level management and leadership, with responsibility for a distributed team and network of staff and partners.
• Raises funds for private deal development and capital, working closely with our philanthropy and leadership teams.
• May recruit and manage multi-disciplinary staff and teams to work on all aspects of transactions, including conservation, negotiations, finance, legal, and stakeholder engagement.
• Makes independent strategic decisions frequently based on analysis, ambiguous information, experience and context.
• Demonstrates mastery of TNC’s values, SOPs and Code of Conduct in everyday activities.
• Once travel and office openings are authorized by TNC, may require frequent travel domestically and/or internationally and evening and weekend hours.
• BA/BS degree and 12 years’ experience in conservation practice or equivalent combination of education and experience.
• Large-scale (up to 1M USD) fundraising experience, including identifying donor prospects and donor cultivation.
• Experience designing, implementing, and directing at-scale, complex or multiple private conservation transaction projects of strategic importance.
• Multi-lingual and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience.
• Direct supervisory experience including motivating, leading, setting objectives and managing performance.
• Proven experience working in a matrix structure, and proven ability to influence and direct those outside of reporting lines.
• Creativity in developing overarching private protection strategies that go beyond single deals and leverage more and more rapid closures on protection deals.
• Experience in partnership development with non-profit partners, community groups and/or government agencies.
• Experience networking with high level conservation contacts.
• Experienced in high skills negotiating.
• Experience with private conservation transactions and ability to manage transactions and teams through all stages of the project lifecycle from identification to close and long-term management
• Experience managing finances, supervising multidisciplinary professionals and coordinating the work of partners while meeting deadlines.
• Experience with carbon markets and/or projects desired.
• Master’s degree in conservation practice or equivalent combination of education and experience.
• Experience developing practical applications of landscape, watershed and seascape science and planning and technical innovations for conservation purposes.
• Demonstrated leadership and visionary qualities and ability to work effectively with and through others and drive toward results in a
decentralized, highly matrixed and geographically dispersed organization.
• Experience with innovative conservation finance and raising transaction capital to support large and complex conservation projects.
• Communicating clearly via written, spoken, and graphical means in English and other relevant languages.
• Politically savvy.
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