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Land Protection Director, Central Appalachian Program

Company: The Nature Conservancy
Location: Arlington
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Job Description:

OFFICE LOCATION Arlington, Virginia, USAThis location is flexible within the Central Appalachian United States such as NJ, PA, MD, VA, WV, KY, TN.AA100 A LITTLE ABOUT US 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. YOUR POSITION WITH TNC The Protection Director leads land protection implementation in the Central Appalachians, one of TNC's four current global focus areas for conservation of biodiversity and natural climate solutions. Scientists at The Nature Conservancy have mapped a climate resilient and connected network of lands that nature needs conserved to ensure a safe future for biodiversity as the climate changes. The Appalachians are a centerpiece of this network in North America. The seven state Central Appalachian region offers land protection opportunities at a scale found in very few other places in North America. TNC's Central Appalachians program has prioritized the highest leverage protection deals and landscapes in this region and an existing Protection team works to implement these protection deals in collaboration with managing for resilience and natural climate solutions teams. The Protection Director will leverage their expertise in complex protection deals and leadership skills to drive this team to success. ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS The Protection Director is responsible for the successful execution of TNC's land protection vision in the Central Appalachian region by acquiring various interests in land. This position works closely with private landowners, corporations, and conservation partners to seek conservation easements, fee acquisitions, and other interests in land through the use of traditional and innovative land conservation tools. They will work with a core team of remote staff from multiple state chapters and the Global Protect team to prioritize potential land protection deals and manage them from start to finish. The Protection Director will use innovative conservation funding approaches to execute very large (>100,000 acre) conservation projects that may incorporate local community benefit, forest carbon finance, renewable energy development and other nontraditional protection strategies. The person will have experience with complex approaches to real estate valuation, including the use of sophisticated financial analyses, and a history of successful negotiations. While the Central Appalachians is the primary focus of this position, they will, on an ad hoc basis, support protection efforts elsewhere across the 15 state Appalachian region with a connection to a global team of protection experts in order to leverage the highest priority protection projects. As one of a handful of full time Central Appalachians staff, this position will work very closely with the Central Appalachians Director, Director of Philanthropy, Sponsor, Coordinator and other team leads to ensure the whole of our conservation work in this region is much greater than the parts. They will work closely with the Central Appalachians Director and Global Protect Team to inspire partner organizations, TNC leadership, and other key stakeholders to support an ambitious vision for one of the most important conservation landscapes in the world. They may also mentor other staff outside of the Central Appalachians to disseminate best practices and increase organizational capacity for large and complex protection projects.RESPONSIBILITIESAND SCOPE Geographic size and scope is that of one strategy across multiple states. Lead execution of very large conservation deals using innovative approaches.Support public and private fundraising efforts.Represent TNC and TNC's vision for the Appalachians to key partner organizations.Use political savvy and strong communications skills to build a large network across the Conservancy.Disseminate best practices on protection tools and mentor other staff. Coordinate prioritized projects with relevant regional and global teams as a model for large-scale protection work. Transfer knowledge of novel land protection strategies across the Appalachians and beyond. Ability and willingness to travel frequently and on short notice, sometimes on weekends.Negotiate real estate transactions, which can bind the Conservancy legally and financially.Maintain records related to land transactions. May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain and under physically demanding circumstances. MINIMUMQUALIFICATIONSBA/BS degree in natural resources management, conservation, business, law or another related field of study and 5 years of related work experience in conservation, real estate, fundraising or other related experience.Experience with the use of sophisticated tools for valuing complex real estate interests.Experience with real estate appraisals and the appraisal process. Experience in managing multiple projects and timelines.Experience negotiating complex agreements. Experience developing partnerships (partners, community, government). Experience leading and inspiring teams.Experience working with computers, including database management.DESIREDQUALIFICATIONSExcellent interpersonal skills.Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated. 7 to 10 years of related work experience in conservation, real estate, fundraising or other related experience. Knowledge of current trends and strategies in conservation and land protection.Experience developing and using innovative conservation finance models. Politically savvy and ability to navigate a complex organizationExperienced in partnership development (partners, community, government). AUTO SAFETY POLICY This position requires a valid driver's license and compliance with the Conservancy's Auto Safety Program. Employees may not drive Conservancy-owned/leased vehicles, rental cars, or personal vehicles on behalf of the Conservancy if considered "high risk drivers." Please see further details in the Auto Safety Program document available at /careers.Employment in this position will be contingent upon completion of a Vehicle Use Agreement, which may include a review of the prospective employee's motor vehicle record. HOW TO APPLY To apply to position number 49630, submit resume (required) and cover letter separately using the upload buttons. Applications will be reviewed in the order they're received and the position will remain open until filled.Click "submit" to apply for the position or "save for later" to create a draft application for future submission. Once submitted, applications cannot be revised or edited. Failure to complete required fields may result in your application being disqualified from consideration.If you experience technical issues, please refer to our applicant user guide or contact applyhelp@.The Nature Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity EmployerOur 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.The successful applicant must meet the requirements of The Nature Conservancy's background screening process.SDL2017

Keywords: The Nature Conservancy, Arlington , Land Protection Director, Central Appalachian Program, Other , Arlington, Virginia

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