Founded in 1951, The Nature Conservancy is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters upon which all life depends. The Conservancy believes that nature and people can thrive together and that we have the power to determine the fate of our planet. Diversity is one of our core organizational values and we recognize our mission is best advanced by working with and through people of varying backgrounds, beliefs and cultures. Over the last sixty years TNC has become the largest single conservation organization in the United States and the world. That scope, size, and track record positions us to be a transformative global leader in solving some of the world’s toughest environmental challenges.
The Nature Conservancy seeks a Division Director for the Upper Midwest Division of the North America Region. The Upper Midwest Division includes five state programs (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin) with a combined annual budget of approximately $38 million and 250 staff. The Division Director is the senior conservation leader and manager for the Division, and works with Chapter Directors 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.
The ideal candidate has a degree in business, law, natural resource management or other relevant field and 8 years senior level experience in natural resource conservation, or equivalent experience. The Division Director exercises collaborative leadership to engage and execute across geographic and programmatic boundaries and cultivates 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. 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.