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Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer

Remote (United States) +3


United States.

Global, wherever TNC has an established office.


The mission of The Nature Conservancy (TNC) is to conserve the lands and waters upon which all life depends. As a science-based organization, we develop innovative, on-the-ground solutions to the world’s toughest environmental challenges so that people and nature can thrive. Our work is guided by our values, which include a commitment to diversity and respect for people, communities, and cultures. From a rewarding mission to career development and flexible schedules, there are many reasons to love life #insideTNC. Want to know more? Check out our TNC Talent playlist on YouTube  to hear stories from staff or visit Glassdoor.

One of TNC’s primary goals is to cultivate an inclusive work environment so that employees around the globe have a sense of belonging and feel that their unique contributions are valued. We know we’ll only achieve our mission by hiring and engaging a diverse staff that reflects the communities in which we work. Recognizing that people bring talent and skills that have been developed outside the scope of a job, we take a holistic approach to recruitment that considers life experience in addition to the professional requirements listed in our postings. Please apply – we’d love to hear from you. To quote a popular saying at TNC, “you’ll join for the mission, and you’ll stay for the people.”


The Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer oversees The Nature Conservancy’s Compliance Program and manages a small global team to ensure compliance with the organization’s code of conduct, policies, and procedures, and reviews and evaluates compliance issues/concerns within the organization. The Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer reports to the General Counsel and provides quarterly reports to the Audit Committee of the Board. 

Functioning as an independent and objective body that reviews and evaluates compliance issues/concerns within the organization, this position implements strategy to manage and monitor internal and external risks by improving the coordination, dissemination and communications of compliance information and identifying gaps in compliance. They not only ensure the Board of Directors, management and employees are in compliance with the rules and regulations of regulatory agencies and the organization’s code of conduct, and policies and procedures are being followed, but also help build a culture of compliance within the organization. 

They partner with other departments (Internal Audit, Finance, Legal, Risk, and Human Resources), as well as Senior Managers, to implement compliance programs across the organization and work directly with individual business units to implement procedures and monitoring programs.



Are you looking for work you can believe in? At TNC we strive to embody a philosophy of Work that You Can Believe in where you can feel like you are making a difference every day. We’re looking for someone with strong experience in leading a diverse, multi-disciplinary team. 

The ideal candidate should have exceptional communication and collaboration skills and experience designing, organizing, and directing complex projects. They will provide a single point of leadership and guidance for the design and implementation of the organization’s comprehensive compliance program, including assisting business units in implementing legal and regulatory requirements and taking corrective action as necessary. They will maintain and periodically review and update TNC Policies and Procedures, Values and Code of Conduct to ensure continuing currency and relevance in providing guidance to management and employees and benchmark the organization’s programs to ensure best practices in critical areas. 

The Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer will be responsible for establishing training priorities, developing, and coordinating all related training programs, and allocating training resources efficiently. They will maintain working knowledge of relevant emerging changes in laws and regulations affecting the Conservancy’s operations globally. They will also manage investigations of allegations of non-compliance, which includes management of the compliance Helpline and overseeing a reporting and accountability system ensuring compliance with identified violations and to prevent illegal, unethical, or improper conduct.


  • Juris Doctorate or other graduate degree in compliance related field. 
  • 10 years relevant experience working on matters involving ethics, compliance and/or legal matters, and working with board of directors and senior-most management. 
  • Supervisory experience including motivating, leading, setting objectives and managing performance.
  • Experience in exercising sound judgement and making decisions on moderate to complex ethical and compliance matters, demonstrating the utmost integrity. 
  • Effective communication with senior management and board members on challenging and intricate matters. 
  • Experience delivering presentations to senior management and/or board members. 
  • Written/verbal communication skills and strong organization and attention to detail. 
  • Experience developing, implementing, and managing diverse projects and implementing strategic program goals. 
  • Collaboration, communications, public speaking, and presentation skills. 
  • Work effectively in high-tension situations and maintains composure under pressure. Diffuses high-tension situations comfortably. 
  • Willingness to travel up to 20% of time, sometimes to remote locations. 



  • Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural experience preferred. 
  • Experience working in a diverse culture in a complex work environment. 
  • Experience working in a large multi-national organization. 
  • Experience designing and implementing training. 
  • Experience managing a budget. 


Since 1951, TNC has been doing work you can believe in. Through grassroots action, we have grown from a small non-profit into 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 and partners, we impact conservation around the world! 

TNC offers competitive and comprehensive benefits packages tailored to the individual countries where we work. These may include health care benefits, retirement benefits, parental leave, paid time off, life insurance, and disability coverage as well as an employee assistance program and other life and well-being benefits. Learn more about our benefits on our Culture Tab on 

We’re proud to offer a flexible work environment that supports the health and well-being of the people we employ.


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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.

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 with Request for Accommodation in the subject line.

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