North America Indigenous Landscapes and Communities Director

The Nature Conservancy

Opening posted: 11/01/2021 | Expires: 11/29/2021

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The Indigenous Landscapes & Communities Program is part of the North America Region’s Conservation Collaboration team. The Conservation Collaboration team works to achieve the Conservancy’s organizational goals by providing strategy and programmatic support, coordination, and facilitation within the North America Region, by helping to integrate the Region and the rest of the organization, and by facilitating collaboration with external organizations. The North America Indigenous Landscapes and Communities Director is a member of the Conservation Collaboration team and ensures that TNC equitably and effectively partners with Indigenous Peoples in North America and leads a body of work that upholds the Conservancy’s organizational values and advances the conservation goals of both TNC and Indigenous Peoples.

The North America Indigenous Landscapes and Communities Director oversees all components of the program, including vision, strategic leadership, implementation, and fundraising. The program aims to support North America TNC staff, business units, divisions, and departments in partnership with Indigenous Peoples in a manner that upholds Indigenous sovereignty. The Director and their program host staff training, develop joint initiatives, build inclusion of Indigenous world views into TNC’s conservation and science, serve as the main point of contact for the North America Region with internal and external audiences, and integrate North America into the global Indigenous Peoples and Local Community (IPLC) program. The Director and their program build and maintain strategic partnerships with Indigenous leaders, communities and tribes, as well as universities, research centers, investors, corporations and financial institutions to increase the effectiveness of our conservation.

The North America Indigenous Landscapes and Communities Director will establish and maintain the Conservancy as a major conservation supporter of Indigenous-led conservation, including through strategic partnerships, science efforts, communication campaigns, and public policy. The Director supports business units, departments, and divisions to implement the organization’s vision and contributes to the program’s goals by offering advisory support, facilitating internal and external collaboration, and supporting the adoption of best practices for equitable and effective partnerships with Indigenous Peoples. They build and support TNC staff’s strategic, scientific, and technical capacity to implement the conservation efforts of the program. They develop key partnerships with public and private organizations to identify and resolve issues and to widely communicate solutions and best practices. They develop innovative approaches, analyses, tools, and frameworks to address ecosystem and community needs. The Director serves as a principle contact to government agencies, other conservation organizations, foundations, and the academic community. They play a leading role in public and private fundraising for the program, including donor identification, cultivation, and stewardship. They may lead and manage a team.

 Responsible for directing the Indigenous Landscapes and Communities Program for the North America Region.
 Articulates program vision and supports staff, business units, and departments to implement and align with that vision.
 Leads and supports initiatives to build the capacity and commitment of TNC to partner with Indigenous Peoples and integrate Indigenous knowledge and world views into conservation and science.
 Coordinates a complex program of diverse, cross-disciplinary projects with peers and partners across a large region including global, state and country programs, divisions, as well as departments, such as government relations, marketing, and fundraising.
 Responsible for raising programmatic funding and proper budget management.
 Participates in the formulation and evaluation of broad positions, policies and/or long-term programs, and makes decisions which typically have large-scale organizational impact.
 Makes independent strategic decisions and manages organizational risk, frequently based on analysis, ambiguous information, experience, and context.
 May recruit, retain, and manage multi-disciplinary staff as part of a remote team with responsibility for performance management, training and career development.
 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.
 Experience in working with Indigenous peoples. Experience understanding of the histories, cultures, rights and policies related to the Indigenous Peoples of North America.
 Experience designing, implementing, and directing complex or multiple projects of strategic importance, including managing finances, supervising multidisciplinary professionals, and coordinating the work of partners while meeting deadlines.
 Experience working with current trends and practices in relevant discipline(s) and geographic regions.
 Experience with networking skills and developing relationships and coalitions with non-profit partners, community groups and/or government agencies.
 Experience conceiving and implementing strategic and creative initiatives.
 Experience negotiating and influencing without authority.
 Fundraising experience, such as compelling storytelling, identifying donor prospects and donor cultivation.
 Supervisory experience, including motivating, leading, setting objectives, and managing performance.

 Master’s degree and 12-15 years’ experience in conservation practice or equivalent combination of education and experience. Multicultural or cross-cultural life experience; experience working with diversity of thought and background.
 Communicating clearly via written, spoken, and graphical means in English and other relevant languages.
 Experience working with methods and standards of biodiversity information systems and initiatives.
 Dedication to equitable co-creation of conservation goals and strategies.
 Experience in collaborative leadership and influencing a network of leaders to a common goal.
 Demonstrated social and emotional intelligence by successfully engaging and motivating others to support a new path forward, building energy and involvement to sustain results over time.
 Experience exploring the complex process of introducing change and motivating others, dealing with resistance and the emotional elements of change, and extending change over time and sustaining it.
 Knowledge of politics and society with respect to Indigenous Peoples and environmental affairs.

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Monique Jones, North America HR Liaison & Program Manager

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.