Global Lead, Policy & Government Relations
A LITTLE ABOUT US
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 and transformational 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, and providing food and water sustainably. 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.
YOUR POSITION WITH TNC
Reporting to the CEO, serving on the Executive Leadership Team, and working with the Board of Directors, the Global Lead, Policy & Government Relations is responsible for providing strategic leadership for the organization and establishing long-range goals, plans and policies to engage with governments, corporate leaders, and others for optimal organizational success. They provide the leadership, management, and vision necessary to ensure that TNC has the optimal public policy and public funding strategies to effectively ensure the accomplishment of long-term conservation results and climate solutions. As part of TNC’s Executive Leadership team, the Global Lead, Policy & Government Relations also contributes to planning and advancing operational excellence across the organization.
The Global Lead, Policy & Government Relations influences climate and conservation public policy in the United States and the more than 70 countries and territories in which TNC operates and catalyzes over $150 million per year in public funding to support TNC goals.
They lead a team of 80+ policy and science professionals and work with external partners, including high-level government officials, and with all five TNC regions. This public policy team advances policy changes that support the transformational outcomes set forth in TNC’s 2030 Goals. Through incentivizing public policies directed toward conservation, climate solutions, and equitable outcomes; removing barriers to those outcomes; and influencing public and private funding to support investments in those outcomes, the team is expected to directly support delivery of one-third of our greenhouse gas emission reduction goals and one-fourth of our 2030 land conservation goals, along with creating the enabling conditions for all of our climate and conservation strategies to succeed.
Working with external and internal partners, the Global Lead, Policy & Government Relations drives policy and funding changes to close the $700 billion per year global gap in conservation funding to stop losses in biodiversity and positions TNC as a leading conservation and climate solutions organization.
RESPONSIBILITIES & SCOPE
- • Leads a staff of 80+ people and indirectly orchestrates the work of dozens of public policy and public funding staff in TNC’s field-based conservation offices in all 50 states and more than 70 countries.
- • Leads the development and management of global public policy partnerships; contributes to the development of conservation and climate strategies; drives global, regional, and local public policies that advance conservation priorities; develops and manages strategies for working with partners, including business leaders and government officials, on public policies and public funding opportunities; and secures public funds from countries and global institutions around the globe.
- • Ensures TNC’s public policies advance diversity, equity, inclusion and justice, including alignment with principles of Free, Prior and Informed Consent of indigenous peoples.
- • Represents the organization to very high-level external partners (e.g., highest level government officials)
- • Works with the Board of Directors and its committees and presents TNC’s public policy strategies and priorities to the Government Relations Committee of the Board of Directors.
- • Decisions affect the organization’s public image and have financial and/or legal impact on the organization.
- • Highly diverse work involves participation in the formulation and evaluation of broad public policies and/or long-term programs or making decisions that have broad organizational impact.
- • Directs organization-wide programs of strategic importance to the Conservancy through management of multi-disciplinary teams in a matrixed context.
- • Negotiates complex, high profile and/or sensitive agreements.
- • Delivers effective and persuasive speeches and presentations on controversial or complex topics to employee groups, managers at all levels, board members, and outside organizations.
- • Creates and communicates a compelling vision; practices the Conservancy’s core values.
- • Master’s degree in Public Policy, Political Economy, Law, or related field plus 15 or more years of related experience, or equivalent.
- • At least 5 years senior-level experience in environmental, climate, and/or conservation public policy leadership.
- • Experience leading, developing and managing a large multi-disciplinary team, including managing senior level leaders.
- • Experience conceiving, planning and implementing strategic initiatives.
- • Experience evaluating and/or negotiating complex, high profile and/or sensitive agreements.
- • Experience communicating with and presenting to diverse audiences including government officials, donors, board members, employees, outside partners or equivalent.
- • Experience at a high level in the international and domestic policy arenas and in the public global funding sector, with a strong preference for multi- and bi-lateral experience.
- • Experience in fundraising, including cultivation of major public donors.
- • Multi-lingual skills and/or multi-cultural experience appreciated.
- • High-level experience in government.
- • Superlative interpersonal, relationship building, diplomatic and negotiation skills that can be applied to internal and external relationships and diverse personalities.
- • Superlative communication and presentation skills.
- • A proven track record with a global organization. Experience gained both in and outside the US preferred.
- • Recognized as a global leader in field of expertise by peers, government, conservation NGO, and business leaders.
- • A proven ability to generate highly leveraged outcomes.
- • High energy, forward thinking, creative individual with high ethical standards.
- • Outstanding leadership and visionary qualities and proven ability to work effectively with and through others in a decentralized and geographically dispersed organization.
- • Ability to translate organizational policies and procedures into daily management practice.
- • Ability to work effectively and pragmatically under pressure within a variety of simultaneous competing initiatives and issues.
- • Proven leadership, managerial and motivational ability to implement a strategic vision and manage change to meet the needs of changing funding environments.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 all genders with 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 orientation, gender identity, military or veteran status or other status protected by law.
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