The Indiana Director of Forest Conservation provides technical and program support to Conservancy field operations related to forest protection and management. They work strategically within forest conservation, land protection, forest carbon, and partnership management with government agencies including USFS, DNR DoF, as well as NGOs, and university researchers. The Director acts as the primary communicator to donors, trustees, members, and public regarding TNC’s view of forest conservation issues and interests. They will develop key partnerships with public & private organizations to identify and resolve technical issues and to widely communicate solutions and best practices; develop innovative scientific methods, analyses, tools, and frameworks to address the natural system needs; and engage community support for local conservation efforts. They act as the “Executive Director” of the Forest Bank, a financial incentive program for the conservation and management of private lands, providing oversight and guidance, but not day to day operations. They are responsible for the financial oversite of their program and will assist Development and Marketing staff as needed to support fundraising and outreach efforts.
RESPONSIBILITIES AND SCOPE
- Geographic size and scope is a large, complex business unit or program that requires cross-boundary work and relationships.
- Supervises staff at remote locations.
- Establishes and maintains optimal performance standards within budget.
- Writes requests for proposal (RFPs) for grant/contract funding for program.
- Frequently makes independently strategic decision based on analysis, ambiguous information, and context.
- Negotiates complex agreements, in a political environment.
- May be responsible for leading or co-leading a whole system program.
- Frequent travel domestically and/or internationally, evening and weekend hours.
- May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain, and under physically demanding circumstances.