Director of Conservation

Director of Conservation

Type of offer:

The Director of Conservation serves as the principle contact to government agencies, other conservation organizations, foundations and the academic community.  They may play a leading role in donor identification, cultivation and stewardship for the program. Disseminates best practices, provides training and analyses to best implement organizational measures of success, and develops key partnerships.   Establishes the Conservancy as a major conservation partner within the area of responsibility, defines conservation priorities in the area of responsibility, plays a leading role in managing major public agency and elected official relationships, plays leading role in public and private fundraising programs of the program, and leads and manages a large team which implements conservation efforts.  Builds strategic, scientific and technical capacity in the field, develops key partnerships with public and private organizations in order to identify and resolve technical issues and to widely communicate solutions and best practices, and develops innovative scientific methods, analyses, tools, and frameworks to address the natural system needs.  Engages local community and key influential support for local, division, and global conservation efforts, negotiates complex and innovative solutions with government agencies, major institutions, and landowners to conserve and protect natural communities, and develops and implements cutting edge conservation strategies in a high-profile geography and major philanthropic market.


  • Geographic size and scope is that of a large, complex business unit, major geographic region within a very large business unit, multiple smaller business units, and divisional regional or at the national/global level.
  • Designs, implements, and directs complex and diverse projects, encompassing multiple programs and coordinating the work of other professionals, inside and outside the organization.  Incorporates cross-disciplinary knowledge to support program objectives.
  • 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.
  • Directs major program of strategic importance to the Conservancy through management of multi-disciplinary teams, such as a whole system program.
  • High level management and leadership responsibility for 10+ staff members, 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 context.
  • May require frequent travel domestically and/or internationally and evening and weekend hours.
  • May be required to occasionally lift, push, pull, move up to 25 lbs.
  • Other duties as required.


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