The Nature Conservancy (TNC) seeks a proven and dynamic leader to serve as Executive Director, to advance the organization’s conservation and fundraising agenda in Maryland/DC, regionally and worldwide. The Executive Director will lead a staff of 33 with an annual operating budget of $6.1M. As one of the senior leaders within the organization, the Executive 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 is a leading conservation organization working around the world to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. The Maryland/DC chapter, building on more than four decades of experience in land conservation and management, creates innovative, science-based solutions dedicated to a future where people and nature thrive together. Our work focuses on securing clean water for the Chesapeake Bay and increasing the resilience of our coasts and forests in the face of a changing climate. We leverage our core strengths: the places we own, science and on-the-ground expertise, and an extensive network of partners to achieve our ambitious goals.
In our region, achieving clean water is inextricably linked to the health and water quality of the Chesapeake Bay. This includes not only the Bay itself, but the miles of rivers and streams that flow to it from across nearly all of Maryland and Washington, DC. It follows that our efforts are focused on reducing the two largest sources of pollution to the bay: nutrient pollution from agricultural sources and stormwater runoff from urban centers. Our District of Columbia Urban Conservation program in particular represents a critical opportunity to address pressing urban environmental issues and at the same time encourage people to form a more sustainable relationship with nature.
The biodiversity of the Appalachian Mountains and the shorelines that ring the Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic Ocean are particularly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. This is a risk for nature, but it is also one for people. Our work focuses on improving our coasts’ ability to adapt to rising seas so that Maryland’s natural treasures and way of life continue to thrive in the face of climate change. And we are increasing the connectivity of the Appalachian forests so that wildlife and plants have healthy, resilient forests to call home even as they shift and adapt to a changing climate.
The principle role of the Executive Director is to lead and manage the Maryland/DC Business Unit for success in implementing TNC’s conservation and fundraising programs, maintain our core set of organizational values, and provide support for the realization of the Conservancy’s global Shared Conservation Agenda. The Executive Director represents The Nature Conservancy internally and externally, ensures successful outcomes for business unit 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 Executive Director oversees fundraising, marketing and communications for the chapter, including approving budgets and setting priorities which dictate private and public fundraising goals. The Director supports philanthropy and government relations 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 Business Unit’s direct fundraising goal, often times in a major market area.
The Director is responsible for day-to-day management, guidance and support of five direct reports as well as the overall management of 33 staff members in three locations: Bethesda, Easton, and Snow Hill, Maryland. S/he reports to the Mid-Atlantic/Central Appalachians Division Director and works closely with a voluntary Board of Trustees. S/he is engaged as a team member with colleagues from around the world, sharing the lessons learned from the Maryland/DC 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.