Based in Des Moines, the State Director drives our conservation strategy, public policy leadership, and development activities while working closely with our Board of Trustees. Together they shape and implement the Chapter’s Strategic Plan in alignment with the Chapter Objectives, TNC’s Shared Conservation Agenda priorities, and TNC’s values.
The key role of the State Director is to lead, manage, and inspire the chapter staff and trustees to collectively achieve the maximum contribution to the organization’s mission. They ensure measurable success in conservation and fundraising programs and contribute intellectual, financial and human resources to priority, cross-boundary initiatives. They support alignment of activities by securing, coordinating and configuring resources, capacity and programs to address the most critical conservation priorities of the organization at multiple scales. They are responsible for collaborating with others across the division and throughout the organization on the procurement and application of resources in Iowa as well as in areas beyond their span of authority.
The State Director assures fundraising success and works with philanthropy staff to secure increased private and corporate support for conservation from donors of various backgrounds, engaging with major donors, corporations and foundations and supporting staff in nurturing donor relationships. The State Director approves budgets and sets priorities that dictate private and public fundraising goals. They serve as the primary statewide spokesperson for TNC to internal and external audiences (including staff, volunteers, the Board of Trustees, public and private donors, government agencies and officials, community leaders and other partners) and cultivate those audiences to support and promote TNC’s mission and vision.
Through the empowerment of other managers, the State Director develops and supports the chapter staff to meet the conservation priorities of the Chapter and of the global organization. The State Director also ensures a work environment that is diverse, equitable, and inclusive and maintains organizational values. The State Director reports to the Great Plains Division Director and works closely with the state’s Board of Trustees.