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The Nature Conservancy

Mississippi River Basin Program Director

The Nature Conservancy


Job Summary

The Nature Conservancy is seeking a collaborative and innovative Mississippi River Program Director to help us execute on our ambitious conservation goals. A trusted name in conservation The Nature Conservancy is
protecting some of our country’s most cherished landscapes and watersheds, and develops sound
science to support the ecology, economy, public health, and equity in the basin. Working with strong
and talented program teams working throughout the basin, this role offers a unique perspective to
influence and shape our conservation strategies and priorities – and to help create a resilient and equitable
future for the people, animals, lands, and waters in the basin.
   The Director works closely with teams organized to focus on floodplain, government relations, science, agriculture, and communications priorities, and facilitates a diverse leadership team that works to integrate conservation strategies in alignment with The Nature Conservancy’s Shared Conservation Agenda.

Job Responsibilities

  • Is responsible for the coordination and implementation of whole system conservation strategy, including strategy specific to floodplain protection, nutrient reduction for improved water quality, and better governance. Seventeen states actively participate in the whole system effort.
  • Works with the state and NA staff on the development and implementation of the program.
  • Organizes, coordinates, and facilitates collaboration in and between strategy teams focused on a variety of projects which may encompass multiple programs and involve coordinating the work of other professionals, inside and outside the organization.  Incorporates cross-disciplinary knowledge to support program objectives and communication among participants.
  • Highly diversified work involves participation in the formulation and evaluation of broad policies and/or long-term programs, or making decisions, which typically have broad organizational impact.
  • High level management and leadership responsibility for 10+ staff members which may or may not report directly to the director, both internal and external to the organization.
  • May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain, and under physically demanding circumstances.                                                                                                                                                
  • Makes independent strategic decisions frequently based on analysis, ambiguous information, experience and judgment.
  • May require frequent travel domestically and/or internationally and evening and weekend hours.


  • BA/BS degree and 10 years’ experience in conservation practice or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Fundraising experience, including identifying donor prospects and donor cultivation.
  • Experience directing a major program or project of strategic importance, including management/supervision of multi-disciplinary teams and meeting deadlines.
  • Experience working with current trends and practices in relevant discipline(s) and geographic regions.
  • Supervisory experience, including motivating, leading, setting objectives and managing performance.
  • Experience in partnership development with non-profit partners, community groups and/or government agencies.                         
  • Experience negotiating                                               
  • Experience influencing, developing and implementing conservation policy and plans at the state or country level.
  • Experience with financial management of a large program.

Additional Information


Since 1951, The Nature Conservancy has been doing work you can believe in protecting the lands and waters that all life depends on. As a science-based organization, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world’s toughest challenges so that we can create a world in which people and nature thrive.

 We’re rooted in our Mission and guided by our Values, which includes a Commitment to Diversity and Respect for People, Communities, and Cultures. We know we’ll only achieve our Mission by hiring and engaging a diverse workforce that reflects the communities in which we work. Whether it’s career development, work/life balance, or a rewarding mission, there’s lots of reasons to love life #insideTNC. Our goal is to cultivate an inclusive work environment so that all of our colleagues around the globe feel a sense of belonging, and that their unique contributions to our mission are valued.

How to Apply

To view the full position description and apply, please visit https://careers.nature.org and search for job ID# 49443 in the keyword search or apply directly here.   The application deadline is 11:59 p.m. EST on March 29, 2021.  If you experience technical issues, please refer to our applicant user guide or contact applyhelp@tnc.org.


  • Date Posted: March 2, 2021
  • Type: Full-Time
  • Job Function: Other
  • Service Area: Environment