Senior Associate Director, External Affairs Communications

19 Sep, 2021


Senior Associate Director, External Affairs Communications

The Nature Conservancy
Arlington, VA

About Us

Since 1951, The Nature Conservancy has been doing work you can believe in protecting the lands and waters that all life depends on. As a science-based organization, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world’s toughest challenges so that we can create a world in which people and nature thrive.

We’re rooted in our Mission and guided by our Values, which includes a Commitment to Diversity and Respect for People, Communities, and Cultures. We know we’ll only achieve our Mission by hiring and engaging a diverse workforce that reflects the communities in which we work. Whether it’s career development, work/life balance, or a rewarding mission, there’s lots of reasons to love life #insideTNC. Our goal is to cultivate an inclusive work environment so that all of our colleagues around the globe feel a sense of belonging, and that their unique contributions to our mission are valued.

Although you’ll see requirements in our postings, we recognize that people come with talent and experiences outside of a job. Passion, innovation, and diversity are all key components to advancing our Mission and we encourage you to apply.

Position Summary

The Senior Associate Director, External Affairs Communications works closely with the Chief External Affairs Officer (CXO) to develop and implement communications and engagement plans that increase awareness of TNC priorities among key global change agents, such as government ministries, policy makers, regulators, and international financial institutions. The communications plan will include the identification of engagement opportunities at global and national events for the CXO and her team, and the development of supporting communications including blogs, speeches, talking points and social media posts. They facilitate on-going communication and collaboration between External Affairs leadership, Global Marketing and Communications and other teams across TNC to support coordinated, consistent communications around organizational priorities. They are an excellent writer who thrives in a fast-paced environment and are a creative thinker who identifies communication and media needs and opportunities.

Skills & Experience


  • Bachelor’s degree in related field and a minimum of 9 years related work experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience developing marketing plans and measuring results.
  • Experience cultivating and managing client relationships.
  • Experience leading complex project and program/account management including financial responsibilities, and measuring results of strategic plans and programs.


  • Multi-lingual skills appreciated.
  • Multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience preferred.
  • Experience developing, implementing and measuring communication and engagement plans/strategies and strategic marketing plans and initiatives, and specifically developing communications plans and strategies in support of global policy and/or government affairs goals.
  • Communication and presentation skills.
  • Experience developing, directing and managing multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Ability to persuasively convey the mission of The Nature Conservancy to diverse groups including legislators, policy makers and the public.
  • Familiarity with communication technologies and best practices.
  • Experience and/or understanding of communication best practices at a decentralized organization.
  • Expert knowledge of current and evolving trends in relevant marketing disciplines. Cross disciplinary knowledge to support program objectives.
  • Management experience that includes ability to lead, motivate, set objectives and manage performance and conflict resolution.
  • Experience fostering an environment of creativity and professional growth.
  • Master’s degree or extensive professional experience.

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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 people 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.

TNC is committed to offering accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans in our job application process. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, please send a note to with Request for Accommodation in the subject line.

Job posted: 2021-09-19