Director, State Climate & Energy Policy


External Affairs Director I



External Affairs












October 2020




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The Director, State Climate & Energy Policy plans, implements and coordinates efforts to advance climate and clean energy policy in U.S. states.





The Director, State Climate & Energy Policy will develop and implement a strategy to advance the Conservancy’s state climate and clean energy policy goals, including reducing emissions, implementing natural climate solutions, and smart deployment of renewable energy. The position serves as an external Conservancy representative on U.S. climate and energy policy and will conduct stakeholder outreach to build a political constituency supportive of climate action at the state level. This position will persuasively convey the mission of TNC to diverse groups including key legislators, government officials and outside stakeholders who are critical to the Conservancy’s overall climate and clean energy policy goals. The Director, State Climate & Energy Policy will lead a team that provides strategic policy support to a select set of Conservancy chapters as they develop and implement strategies to advance state climate and energy policy, and will serve as an expert and advisor on specific technical, policy and strategic outreach issues. This position reports to the Director of US Climate and Energy Policy and will work within the North America Policy and Government Relations team and with a broad cross-cutting team responsible for advancing the Conservancy’s climate mitigation strategies.  Additionally, this position will support fundraising to increase financial support for TNC’s climate and clean energy priorities.




  • Identifies state climate and energy policy opportunities to advance TNC’s climate goals, including reducing emissions, increasing carbon sequestration through Natural Climate Solutions, and ensuring rapid deployment of renewable energy through smart siting.
  • Advises and supports state chapters in advancing state climate and energy policies.
  • Maintains relationships and fosters collaboration with key external partners working to advance state climate and energy policy (e.g., Center for New Energy Economy, Energy Foundation, Clean Air Task Force, Rocky Mountain Institute).
  • Helps manage the US Climate Action strategy related to state policy goals, including setting and tracking intermediate results.
  • Manages external contracts to support TNC’s engagement on state climate and energy policy.
  • Identifies capacity needs at all levels of the organization (state chapter, division, national) to help advance state climate and energy policy. Allocate resources to meet these needs.
  • Works with Strategy Management team to develop budget related to state policy.
  • Serves as “point of contact” on central climate team for chapters working to advance key state policy outcomes.
  • Works with the Global Conservation Campaigns Team to support state chapter engagement on state climate and energy policy.
  • Supports fundraising for TNC’s U.S. climate work.
  • Manages team focused on implementing TNC’s work in states related to emissions reduction, Natural Climate Solutions, and renewable energy siting
  • Manages multi-disciplinary administrative and professional staff with responsibility for performance management, training, and career development. Establishes clear directions and sets stretch objectives.
  • Develops and administers program budget and has authority to modify budget based on changing circumstances. Operates within budget guidelines to ensure sound financial performance. 
  • Work checked through consultation and agreement with others rather than by directives of superiors.
  • Ensures that program meets all lobbying, contractual and legal regulations and standards.




  • Bachelor’s degree and 7 years of related senior-level work experience, including current and evolving political, legislative and conservation trends on a federal and/or multi-state level.
  • Fluency in English
  • Demonstrated experience building strong relationships across an organization and with partners such as corporations, public agencies, donors, and/or volunteers.
  • Experience managing and supervising a large multi-disciplinary team and managing a program budget.
  • Experience working with current and evolving political, legislative, sustainability, and/or conservation trends on an international, regional, country or sub-national level.
  • Experience in directing or participating in complex negotiations and presenting to and communicating with government officials, corporate executives, board members and others.
  • Experience designing, implementing and directing multiple and multifaceted projects, setting deadlines and ensuring program accountability.
  • Experience communicating complex processes and ideas effectively to a variety of audiences within and outside an organization.




  • Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural experience appreciated.
  • Master’s degree appreciated.   
  • Significant experience in public policy, conservation/environmental policy, regulatory advocacy, and public funding. 
  • Outstanding analytical and project management capabilities. Demonstrated ability to successfully develop and implement complex projects in an unstructured environment.
  • Outstanding written and oral communication, negotiating and organizational skills.
  • Independent and self-motivated with the ability to participate effectively in a remote team environment.
  • Fundraising experience.




Builds Relationships

Builds productive relationships by interacting with others in ways that enhance mutual trust and commitment.

Collaboration & Teamwork

Works collaboratively with stakeholders across levels, geographies, backgrounds, and cultures to improve decisions, strengthen commitment, and be more effective.

Communicates Authentically

Communicates proactively and in a timely manner to share information, persuade, and influence with the appropriate level of detail, tone, and opportunities for feedback.



Takes ownership to help develop others’ skills, behaviors, and mindsets to help them maximize their workplace contributions.

Drives for


Sets challenging goals and objectives based on a strong sense of purpose and high-performance standards and steadfastly pushes self and others for tangible results, while ensuring work-life balance.

Leverages Difference

Demonstrates commitment to harnessing the power of differences strategically; consistently sees, learns from, and takes strategic action related to difference; and demonstrates the self-awareness and behaviors to work across differences of identity and power respectfully and effectively with all stakeholder. Actively seeks to build and retain a diverse workforce and fosters an equitable inclusive workplace by drawing upon diverse perspectives.



Thinks and acts from a broad perspective with a long-term view and an understanding of 1) the dynamic nature of large-scale challenges and 2) the need for integrating five key practices: skillfully engaging appropriate people; providing a clear process for change; taking a holistic view of situations; focusing on a small number of strategic actions, while learning from and adapting them over time; and being aware of how one’s own thinking or patterns of behavior may be limiting change.



This description is not designed to be a complete list of all duties and responsibilities required for this job.

To Apply: 

To apply to position number 49110, submit resume (required) and cover letter through the online application system available at www.nature.org/career. All applications must be submitted in the system prior to 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on November 20, 2020.

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If you experience technical issues, please refer to our applicant user guide or contact applyhelp@tnc.org. 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 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.