The Nature Conservancy
Madison, MS


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 solutions to our world’s toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. One of our core values is our commitment to diversity. Therefore, we are committed to a globally diverse and culturally competent workforce. Working in 72 countries, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit or follow @nature_press on Twitter.

The Nature Conservancy offers competitive compensation, 401k or savings-plan matching for eligible employees, excellent benefits, flexible work policies and a collaborative work environment. We also provide professional development opportunities and promote from within. As a result, you will find a culture that supports and inspires conservation achievement and personal development, both within the workplace and beyond.

The Director of Government Relations plays a key role in the development and implementation of policy and other strategies to achieve the Conservancy’s goals through interaction with governments, multilateral agencies, and/or the corporate sector. S/he will be a member of the Federal Campaigns Team, and will provide information, analysis and assistance in support of the organization’s policy campaigns and initiatives.

The Director of Government Relations works with an interdisciplinary team to serve as a subject matter expert and advisor on complex and strategic issues. S/he liaises with TNC’s global strategy teams, USGR and other External Affairs Departments, Science and Field Conservation staff, and with TNC’s State Operating Units to further the conservation goals and strategy.

May supervise administrative and professional staff with responsibility for performance management, training and development.
Applies a diversified knowledge of practices to support Conservancy strategies.
Works collaboratively within a cross-functional interdisciplinary team.
Coordinate with state Operating Units on a range of regional or federal Conservancy policy priorities.
Develops relationships and works effectively with corporate, government, community, and non-governmental organization partners.
Acts independently within broad program goals.
Ensures program compliance with internal policies and external requirements.
Assists in the development and implementation of multi-year fundraising strategies, and goals.
Coordinate with Conservancy team and broader partners to develop and advocate for legislative proposals.
Management of outreach materials, logistics, and other advocacy events as needed for federal and other priorities


Bachelor’s degree in political science, environmental policy, management or other relevant field and 5 years of government relations or corporate sector experience, or equivalent combination education/experience.
Fluency in English and (list language(s) of the countries of the relevant geography).
Analytical and project management experience. Demonstrated experience in successfully developing and implementing complex projects in an unstructured environment.
Supervisory experience (if required).
Experience developing, directing and managing multiple projects and implementing strategic program goals.
Strong communication and presentation skills.

Multi-lingual skills appreciated.
Multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience preferred.
Master’s degree appreciated (or required).
Experience presenting to and communicating with management-level individuals within the corporate sector. Excellent presentation skills. (If required.)
Excellent team player with experience working in multi-disciplinary groups, using influence and interpersonal skills, listening, diplomacy and tact to build strong relationships with governments, corporations, partners, donors, volunteers, and all levels of staff.
Outstanding written and oral communication, negotiating and organizational skills.
Experience in arenas linked to conservation priorities, as an example, agricultural issues relevant to the development, passage and implementation of the Farm Bill’s conservation titles.

This position requires a valid driver’s license and compliance with the Conservancy’s Auto Safety Program. Employees may not drive Conservancy-owned/leased vehicles, rental cars, or personal vehicles on behalf of the Conservancy if considered “high risk drivers.” Please see further details in the Auto Safety Program document available at

Employment in this position will be contingent upon completion of a Vehicle Use Agreement, which may include a review of the prospective employee’s motor vehicle record.

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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.

The successful applicant must meet the requirements of The Nature Conservancy’s background screening process.

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Job Posted: September 13, 2017