The Nature Conservancy (TNC) seeks a proven and dynamic leader to serve as State Director, to advance the organization’s conservation and fundraising agenda in Virginia, regionally, and worldwide. The Virginia State Director leads a staff of 68 with an annual operating budget of $10.4 million. As one of the senior leaders within the organization, the State Director provides strategic leadership for TNC’s local and global conservation work and is an important contributor to and shares responsibility for conservation strategies, policies, programs, and fundraising efforts across the entire organization.
The Nature Conservancy in Virginia was founded in 1960 and established its first preserve, Wildcat Mountain Natural Area, in Fauquier County in 1961. Since then, The Nature Conservancy, working with a host of partners, has protected over 350,000 acres, including some of the most spectacular and ecologically significant areas of the state, from the Clinch Valley in Southwest Virginia, to the Southern Rivers Program in Southeastern Virginia. The Chapter’s work has grown over the years, from doing straightforward land protection projects, to now including complex conservation strategies that affect conservation outcomes well beyond state borders. The Conservancy in Virginia is a leader in forest, freshwater and marine conservation, as well as a go-to partner with the expertise and capacity needed for delivering complicated and important conservation achievements.
The Chapter’s work in the Mid-Atlantic Seascape is one example of work being led by Virginia that crosses multiple state borders. The Mid-Atlantic Seascape encompasses the work of five states, stretching from Cape Hatteras to Montauk Point, and seeks to transform the culture and practice of ocean management. Beginning on the Eastern Shore at the Virginia Coast Reserve, the Chapter and partners have protected over 133,000 acres of barrier islands, coastal lagoons, marshes and uplands, and expanded work seaward to the continental shelf. Working at this scale allows TNC to link the health of the 57 million people along the eastern seaboard to the health of the ocean and coastal bays which are sources of food, recreation, and other commercial activities. The Chapter looks forward to continuing and increasing the impact of its conservation efforts as it works collaboratively with other programs in the Mid-Atlantic/Central Appalachian Division and the North America Region to advance the Conservancy’s global conservation priorities.
The principal role of the State Director is to lead and manage the Virginia Chapter for success in implementing TNC’s conservation and fundraising programs, maintain the core set of organizational values, and provide support for the realization of the Conservancy’s global Shared Conservation Agenda. The State Director represents The Nature Conservancy internally and externally, ensures successful outcomes for chapter priorities, and mobilizes intellectual, financial, and human resources for the development and execution of regional and global priorities. S/he supports alignment of activities by securing, coordinating, and configuring financial resources, capacity, and programs to address the most critical organization-wide projects, threats and strategies. S/he is responsible for collaborating with others on the procurement and application of resources to address the conservation priorities established by TNC, both in her/his operating unit and in areas beyond her/his span of authority. S/he serves as the primary local spokesperson for TNC to internal and external audiences (including staff, volunteers, the Board of Trustees, public and private donors, government agencies and officials, community leaders and other partners) and cultivates those audiences to support and promote TNC’s mission and vision.
The State Director oversees fundraising and marketing for the chapter, including approving budgets and setting priorities which dictate private and public fundraising goals. The Director supports philanthropy and external affairs staff in the cultivation and direct solicitation of donors (private, bilateral and multilateral government) to meet fundraising goals. S/he is responsible for a significant portion of the Virginia Chapter’s direct fundraising goal, often times in a major market area.
The State Director is responsible for day-to-day management, guidance and support of seven direct reports as well as the overall management of 68 staff members in five locations: Charlottesville, Richmond, Abingdon, Hot Springs, and Nassawadox. S/he reports to the Mid-Atlantic/Central Appalachians Division Director and works closely with a voluntary Board of Trustees. The State Director is engaged as a team member with colleagues from around the world, sharing the lessons learned from the Virginia experience, gathering ideas from others and actively contributing to TNC’s global strategies and solutions. This job requires flexibility to travel 35-50% depending on the season, and to participate in field trips.
LOCATION: Charlottesville, VA (preferred) or Richmond, VA