The Nature Conservancy Rocky Mountain Division Director Full Time in Rocky Mountain, NS

The Nature Conservancy

Branch Rocky Mountain NS CA

Rocky Mountain Division Director
Rocky Mountain, NS

Innovates & Takes Calculated Risks – Thinks and acts in creative, divergent and novel ways, finding new ideas and converging and focusing on solutions to…


The Rocky Mountain Division of the North America Region includes six state programs (Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming) with a combined annual budget of approximately $30 million and 200 staff. The Division facilitates cross-boundary approaches to significant conservation outcomes that have tangible, lasting impact on the environment and the people that rely on it. Together, the Division develops and advances innovative solutions that address the systemic root causes of the challenges facing nature and people.

Note: The Nature Conservancy is currently recruiting for multiple Division Director positions. If you would like to be considered for more than one Division Director position, please complete one application and indicate that you would like to be considered for the other open positions in your cover letter.


The Division Director (“Director”) is the senior conservation leader and manager for the Conservancy’s Rocky Mountain Division of the North America Region. S/he leads the Division (made up of state programs, or “Chapters”) to advance The Nature Conservancy’s highest priorities, develop and ensure execution of project plans, raise funds, engage volunteer trustees across borders, and develop emerging leaders. S/he adds value by building and leading highly effective, nimble, teams that deliver tangible results at significant scale.

The Director exercises collaborative leadership to engage and execute across geographic (e.g., other Divisions, North America Region, Global) and programmatic boundaries and create mutually beneficial agreements and relationships. S/he fosters alignment, teamwork, collaboration, innovation, cooperation, team spirit, and synergy by fostering a collaborative culture of distributed leadership within the Division, the North America Region, and the Conservancy as a whole. S/he leverages difference strategically while promoting inclusion, a diverse workforce, diversity of thought, and shared ownership and commitment to the organization’s highest priorities.

The Division Director holds the authority and is ultimately responsible for the financial performance and effective administration of the programs and projects within his/her Division. The Director actively manages the performance of Chapter Directors and holds them accountable for compliance and risk management. The Director works with Chapter Directors to allocate financial and human resources across the organization by approving budgets and advancing organizational priorities which dictate private and public fundraising goals. S/he works closely with Chapter trustee/advisory boards to advance The Nature Conservancy’s highest priorities.

As one of the leading conservation spokespeople for the Conservancy, s/he fundraises with public and private donors and ensures that sufficient resources are available to achieve the Conservancy’s organizational goals. S/he represents the Conservancy internally and externally to an array of communities, partners, policy makers and other audiences, advocating for and raising the visibility of The Nature Conservancy’s priorities.

The Division Director reports to the North America Region Managing Director, and is a member of the North America Leadership Team (NALT). As such, the Director plays a significant role in the strategic direction of the North America Region.


  • Degree in business, law, natural resource management or other relevant field and 8 years senior level experience in natural resource conservation, or equivalent experience.
  • Experience in leading and managing a large multi-disciplinary team, including managing senior level leaders.
  • Experience in evaluating and/or negotiating complex, high profile or sensitive contracts and agreements.
  • Experience working with some or all of the political, business, not for profit, and environmental sectors and with varied local communities in North America.
  • Experience communicating with and presenting to diverse audiences including donors, board members, employees, outside partners, members of government or equivalent.
  • Experience in fundraising, including cultivation of major donors.
  • Fluency in English; excellent written and oral communication skills.


  • Drives for Impact – Strives for excellence. Sets challenging goals for self and others to drive and sustain performance in support of the Conservancy’s mission. Appreciates and rewards individual and especially collaborative team behavior that achieves high standards and is aligned with the organization’s mission and values. Quick to take appropriate action to address performance issues.
  • Develops Others – Takes ownership to develop the people, programs, and systems of the Conservancy to their fullest potential. Supports and challenges others to find and lead from their unique strengths and talents. Innovates and optimizes to consistently increase TNC’s capacity, achieve efficiencies of scale, and effectively use financial resources for conservation and organizational goals.
  • Communicates Powerfully & Prolifically – Using strong interpersonal skills and the power of story, deeply listens and reaches across differences with an open mind, dedication to mutual understanding, and commitment to the relationship. Achieves sustainable results through persuasion and influence, adapting communication style to the audience, reframing situations, and drawing upon success stories and passion for the mission to generate enthusiasm and support.
  • Thinks in Systems – In the face of complex challenges, works with others to think and act from an integrated, systems perspective. Looks for patterns and signals, and synthesizes information. Analyzes for root causes, questions assumptions, seeks new perspectives, and looks at both the big picture and their own contribution to what is happening. Integrates global and local perspectives and requirements, attending to the long-term health of the system, and connects the dots to positively impact nature and people.
  • Collaborates & Fosters Teamwork – Works together across geographic and programmatic boundaries to create mutually beneficial agreements and relationships for all parties, helping the organization as a whole achieve results. Develops mutual trust, shows warmth, and creates social comfort when interacting with others. Handles challenging interactions constructively and with tact, keeping the other’s best interest in mind.
  • Innovates & Takes Calculated Risks – Thinks and acts in creative, divergent and novel ways, finding new ideas and converging and focusing on solutions to improve the organization and achieve its goals. Encourages others to do the same, inspiring innovation across every aspect of the organization. Cultivates an innovative culture. Takes calculated risks within organizational parameters to achieve tangible results that advance the strategic agenda of the Conservancy. Is not afraid to fail in service of learning what works. Encourages an entrepreneurial spirit and supports others to take reasonable, well-reasoned risks. Creates an environment of safety for others to experiment and fail.


To apply to position number 44258, submit resume and cover letter as one document. All applications must be submitted in the system prior to 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on June 5, 2016.

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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 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.

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Employment Type: Full Time
Location: Rocky Mountain, NS, CA
Posted on: 2016-05-20
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