Midwest Director of Freshwater Policy
YOUR POSITION WITH TNC
The Midwest is a land of Great Lakes and great rivers. It is a region of five states – including Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin – which contains more than 95 percent of the nation’s fresh surface water. Not surprisingly, the vast majority of TNC’s work here is focused ultimately on freshwater-related outcomes.
The Director of Freshwater Policy collaborates closely with science, conservation, policy and marketing staff in a highly networked approach across the Midwest and North America to assess and prioritize the most essential federal, state/provincial and local conservation policy and funding opportunities needed to enhance efforts to protect and restore the health of priority freshwater systems of the Midwest, namely the Great Lakes and Ohio- Mississippi River systems. The Director drives focus and alignment of TNC capacity on a few critical strategies to advance freshwater policies that most significantly contribute to climate-resilient and healthy freshwater systems, while ensuring these strategies promote equity and enable the diverse needs and perspectives of all affected people to inform the management of these lakes and rivers in addition to the best available science. The Director helps identify potential partnerships, and coordinates initiatives to implement strategies that will affect policies and practices of governments, corporations, civic organizations, and other stakeholders across the Midwest. The Director engages elected officials, government agencies, business entities, civic organizations, universities and other partners/stakeholders at all necessary levels. The Director serves as a point of contact to help inform the public, partners, elected and appointed officials of TNC policies and positions related to freshwater health and equity within the Midwest. The Director works with and represents the Midwest in development and implementation of national policy strategies, working in close partnership with TNC’s North America Policy and Government Relations Team. Duties include regular contact with local, state and regional officials, institutions and/or corporate representatives regarding actions related to the mission of TNC, and fundraising activity to increase the level of financial support for TNC projects and priorities. The Director represents TNC before special interest groups and engages key public and private officials to increase support for TNC’s mission and programs.
The location for this position is somewhat flexible (preferably within the Midwest Division: Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, or Wisconsin) based on current and future pandemic conditions.
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, 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.
- Bachelor’s degree and 6 years of related senior-level work experience, including current and evolving political, legislative and conservation trends on a federal and/or multi-state level.
- Demonstrated knowledge of freshwater protection and management, public policies, basin governance, and water equity.
- Demonstrated experience in conducting policy analyses and opportunity summaries to identify policy priorities and inform strategy development and decision making
- Demonstrated experience building strong relationships across an organization and with partners such as corporations, public agencies, donors, and/or volunteers.
- Experience leading and working within a large multi-disciplinary team and managing a program budget.
- Experience working with current and evolving political, legislative, sustainability, and/or conservation trends on a regional or 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
- Valid driver’s license.
- 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 environment.
- Fundraising experience.
Current TNC employees can apply to this position, job ID# 49145, through the Careers page in their own PeopleSoft account until 11:59pm EST on November 20th, 2020.
If no qualified internal applicants apply by then, it will be opened to internal and external applicants.
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, 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.