Director of Conservation Programs - New Mexico

The Nature Conservancy

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Position Summary

The Director of Conservation Programs provides leadership, technical and program support to the New Mexico Chapter’s field operations. They serve as the principal contact to government agencies, other conservation organizations, and the academic community. They establish the Conservancy as a major conservation leader and/or partner on relevant and significant conservation issues, including but not limited to land and freshwater protection and restoration, forest health, climate change, energy production and urban conservation. The Director is responsible for ensuring that the New Mexico Chapter is aligned with, and contributing to, TNC’s global and North American conservation priorities. The Director disseminates best practices and provides training and analyses to best implement organizational strategies and measures of success.

Working with the chapter staff, the Director defines conservation priorities and conservation strategies, leads and manages a team which supports and improves conservation efforts, and builds strategic, scientific, and technical capacity in the field. The Director of Conservation Programs develops partnerships with key public & private organizations to identify and resolve technical issues and to widely communicate solutions and best practices. They also engage local community support for local conservation efforts. They provide coordination, coaching and leadership for the conservation staff to implement innovative scientific methods, analyses, tools, and frameworks to address the natural system needs. The Director negotiates complex, collaborative and innovative solutions with government agencies, indigenous communities, water users, landowners and other stakeholders to conserve and protect natural communities. They facilitate the conservation staff in the development and implementation of integrated conservation strategies for forest and watershed management, urban programs, freshwater and climate change, energy and for emerging conservation issues and challenges.

Desired Skills & Experience

•BA/BS degree and 10 years’ experience in natural resource practice or similar; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
•Experience in identifying, soliciting and obtaining resources, including securing public funding through grants and contracts, and identifying donor prospects and donor cultivation.
•Experience managing complex or multiple projects, including managing finances and coordinating the work of other professionals and partners.
•Supervisory experience, including exceptional skills at motivating, leading, setting objectives and managing performance.
•Meeting facilitation skills.
•Strong written and verbal communication skills.

How to Apply

For more information and to apply, please visit and search for job ID 47929 in the keyword search. Deadline to apply is 11:59 PM EST on September 22, 2019.

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  • Project/ Program Management

Areas of impact

  • Environment