Current Hiring Practices and Trends in the Development Sector
- BY David Mackenzie
ORGANIZATIONAL OVERVIEW: A PIONEER IN CONSERVATION LEADERSHIP:
This is an exciting time at The Nature Conservancy (TNC) as we are shifting our strategy for greater impact in the world, -seeking to address some of the most complex challenges facing people and nature—issues such as climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at unprecedented scale, providing food and water sustainably and helping make cities more resilient and sustainable.
Our Mission: The Nature Conservancy, a global non-profit organization with a million members, is dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends.
Our Vision: A world where the diversity of life thrives, and people act to conserve nature for its own sake and its ability to fulfill our needs and enrich our lives.
The Conservancy Team: We achieve this through the dedicated efforts of our 3800 diverse staff, including more than 600 scientists, all of whom support conservation in 72 countries and all U.S. states. We are striving to develop a workforce as diverse as the places where we work, and we have a deep commitment to diversity.
Our Work in India: TNC’s India program was launched in 2015. TNC is registered in India as a not-for-profit Section 8 Company. The team is comprised of 16 high-performing individuals with an annual operations budget of USD $5M. We are focused on 8 projects that advance environmental solutions for some of India’s most pressing challenges. Currently our programs cover 6 States of India and we are working with 10 partner organisations. Both, program operations and budget are growing at a healthy rate. We are working hard to demonstrate conservation results and achieve early “win-wins” that promote equitable economic development while conserving natural resources for people and nature. We aim to meet increasing demands for energy resources, water supply and food production with low environmental impact, and in a mindset where nature is seen as a critical input to these key human needs. We do this by engaging governments, the private sector and civil society to ensure that conservation is a critical outcome in economic development. We address challenges to nature and people involving climate change, cities, freshwater, lands and livelihoods. TNC pursues a shared nature-people agenda and is working to demonstrate that conservation and development can be pursued in tandem.
The Program Conservation Director oversees all aspects of The Nature Conservancy’s India conservation program, including identifying priorities and implementing strategies for India and beyond India’s borders. The Director provides strategic leadership and support for the Conservancy’s conservation planning work and establishes overall conservation priorities. This position reports to the Managing Director, is a member of the India Leadership Team, and oversees the conservation team.
The Program Conservation Director oversees a diverse array of conservation projects in India. S/he will lead and manage a team that implements conservation actions on-the-ground through strategic initiatives focused on land, water and cities as well as conservation science, GIS and other programmatic efforts. S/he works closely with a matrixed team of scientists, policy experts, lawyers, and marketing and philanthropy specialists to develop and deliver on conservation strategies.
This position is responsible for defining TNC-India’s conservation priorities, ensuring measurable conservation impacts, securing grants from public agencies, and meeting deadlines on-time and within budget. The Director will build strategic partnerships with government agencies, academia, communities, industry, and conservation colleagues. This position also leads innovative and critical thinking to best integrate science into on-the-ground conservation projects, builds strategic partnerships, and fundraises from private individuals, foundations, corporates and bi-multilateral agencies. S/he builds support for local, regional, and global conservation efforts, negotiates complex and innovative solutions, and implements cutting-edge conservation strategies.
The most successful candidate will have a keen intellect, significant experience developing and executing successful strategies in the environmental arena, well-developed project design & management skills, knowledge/use of project monitoring & evaluation tools, experience in managing and leading interdisciplinary teams, experience in government agency outreach, and the ability to raise funds.
RESPONSIBILITIES & SCOPE:
PREFERRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & EXPERIENCE:
HOW TO APPLY:
Visit www.nature.org/careers and apply online with cover letter & resume to job #45894 or apply directly through the hotlink https://apply here. All resumes and required cover letters must be submitted through The Nature Conservancy’s online application system no later than December 31, 2017 before Midnight EST. If you experience technical problems with the site or application process, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and include the job opening ID.
This description is not designed to be a complete list of all duties and responsibilities required for this job.
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 men and women of diverse backgrounds, beliefs and cultures. 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 or veteran status or other status protected by law.