Conservation Program Associate-Nature Conservancy

 POSITION TITLE Conservation Program Associate


STATUS Salaried

LOCATION Flexible Internationally (Countries With Existing TNC Office)

DATE June 2021


Founded in 1951, the Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world's toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. We are tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at unprecedented scale, providing food and water sustainably and helping make cities more sustainable. One of our core values is our commitment to diversity. Therefore, we strive for a globally diverse and culturally competent workforce. Working in 72 countries including all 50 United States, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit www.nature.org or follow @nature_press on Twitter. 


The Nature Conservancy’s Conservation in Partnership with Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities (IPLC) strategy supports and partners with Indigenous Peoples and local communities to manage oceans, lands and waters in ways that improve people’s lives and drive conservation outcomes. Today, we are working in partnership with Indigenous Peoples and local communities on shared conservation goals across the United States, Canada, and 24 additional countries in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Pacific. We are hiring two Conservation Program Associates, one that will work in support of TNC’s Community-Led Conservation programs around the world and one that will support this strategy within TNC’s North America Region. Please see Additional Job Information section of this announcement. The Conservation Program Associate supports these programs on management of critical grants and projects to advance our work. The Community-led Conservation Program Associate will support management of large, multi-country grants to advance our global communities strategy in coastal, grassland and tropical forest ecosystems. The North America Region Program Associate will be part of a team working across the US States and Canada to build teams’ partnerships with and support for Indigenous Peoples; this person will support the coordination and management of priority projects, while also delivering on their own portfolio of specific projects, especially related to communications and marketing. These positions sit within the Global Protect Oceans, Lands and Waters business unit. The location for this position is flexible within countries where The Nature Conservancy is a registered NGO, and has an already established office. This position is not eligible for relocation or immigration assistance. Once TNC has approved travel for staff, this position may require travel (both domestic and international) up to 25%. 


The Conservation Program Associate assists with the tracking and management of key conservation projects, grants and other deliverables, often facilitating collaboration across multiple teams. The Associate will develop and manage project reporting systems, schedules and meetings to improve workflow and disseminate information across project teams, working groups and leadership. They ensure project execution and spending is on track and elevate concerns as necessary. They develop organizational expertise and use their networks to ensure all organizational, funder and compliance standards are met. They provide logistical, administrative, and technical support to their team including the planning and execution of virtual and in-person events. They manage program or project communications, facilitating on-going communication between all parts of the team and organization, developing summary reports, data and highlights for both internal and external audiences, and identifying communication and media needs and opportunities. They act as a resource to other staff on project status, expectations, management and reporting and support project leads with desktop research and analysis related to strategy and project implementation. They liaise with other TNC staff, notably field colleagues, development staff and other global teams to help drive the implementation of the global strategy and associated projects in the places where TNC works. 


·Support the coordination, execution and reporting of priority projects for the strategy, including project management of work streams and/or multi-year grants; producing and reviewing written and financial reports; performing analysis related to program strategy and projects; and planning and executing in-person and virtual meetings and events. · Communicates program progress, issues and highlights, developing and distributing information across project teams and leadership to assist in building awareness, making decisions, solving problems and improving workflow. · Proactively supports, resolves or elevates issues and collaboratively solves complex problems. · Provides general logistical, administrative, and coordination support to the program. · Generates cooperation of others over whom there is no direct supervisory authority.


· Bachelor’s degree in Conservation, Finance, Policy, Resource Management or related field and 3 years of related experience or equivalent combination. · Experience supporting complex projects and strategic initiatives in an unstructured environment. · Analytical and project management experience. · Team player with demonstrated ability to adapt to evolving needs of program · Experience supporting multiple projects requiring attention to detail, organizing, team scheduling and meeting deadlines. · Communication and Marketing experience required for North America ILC Prog. Associate. 


  · Experience related to supporting Indigenous Peoples, local communities, coastal conservation, tribal issues, community development, and/or environmental or international affairs. · Experience building relationships (both virtually and in-person) and working collaboratively across a decentralized organization, in support of global and field staff in various countries or states, and with partners. · Multi-lingual skills, international, and/or multi-cultural experience. 


Two program associates will be hired from this announcement: · One position will support TNC’s Community-Led Conservation programs located in multiple countries, including working with program directors on grant management of large, multi-country grants to advance our global communities strategy in coastal, grassland and tropical forest ecosystems. This position will develop and maintain project reporting processes, information and schedules, monitor and measure project progress and communicate project status information to necessary stakeholders. They provide logistical, administrative, technical, and strategic support to ensure successful program outcomes. · One position will support The North America Region Program Associate as part of a team working across the US States and Canada to build teams’ partnerships with and support for Indigenous Peoples. They will support the coordination and management of priority projects, while also delivering on their own portfolio of specific projects and require communications and marketing experience. · Please indicate in your cover letter (as part of your application) which of the position(s) you would like to be considered for. REQUIRED ORGANIZATIONAL COMPETENCIES 

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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 orientations, gender identities, military or veteran status or other status protected by law.