Jan 23, 2020

Alabama State Director (Located in Birmingham, AL)

  • Professional Diversity Network
  • Birmingham, AL, USA
Full-Time Government

Job Description

The Nature Conservancy


Birgmingham, Alabama, USA



Founded in 1951, 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. We are tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at unprecedented scale, providing food and water sustainably and helping make cities more sustainable. One of our core values is our commitment to diversity. Therefore, we strive for a globally diverse and culturally competent workforce. Working in 74 countries, including all 50 United States, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit www.nature.org 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.


Based in Birmingham, AL, the Chapter Director functions as the executive director and conservation strategist for the Alabama Chapter of The Nature Conservancy and plays a leading role in the Southern U.S. Division, which spans several adjacent states and supports major cross-boundary initiatives. They are accountable for the chapter's success in implementing TNC's global conservation approach, producing measurable results and maintaining and strengthening organizational values.


The Nature Conservancy (TNC) seeks a proven and dynamic leader to serve as State Director, to advance the organization's conservation and fundraising agenda in Alabama, regionally and worldwide. The State Director will lead a staff of 24 with an annual operating budget of $3.0M with offices in Birmingham and Mobile. As one of the senior leaders within the organization, the State Director provides strategic leadership for TNC's state, regional and global conservation work and significantly contributes to and shares responsibility for conservation strategies, policies, programs and fundraising efforts across the entire organization.

The State Director functions as the executive director and conservation strategist for the Alabama Chapter of The Nature Conservancy, and plays a leading role in the Southern U.S. Division, which spans several adjacent states and supports major cross-boundary initiatives to advance strategies in two whole systems: Long Leaf Pine and Gulf of Mexico. S/he implements organization priorities to address nature-based solutions for climate adaptation (storms and floods), climate mitigation (forests); climate policy in advancing a low carbon future; land and water protection/restoration with direct TNC action, through partnerships, and public policy/funding; coastal and marine fisheries management; and prescribed fire management. S/he is accountable for South Carolina's success in creating a vision to implement TNC's Shared Conservation Agenda, leading by example living our values and code of conduct, producing tangible and measurable conservation results at scale, managing teams, advancing fundraising initiatives to raise revenue for conservation, and ensuring financial sustainability of the Chapter. For nearly 30 years, the Alabama Chapter has protected some of the most ecologically priceless part of the state, from the Walls of Jericho to the Cahaba River and on to the Gulf Coast. In 1989, The Conservancy's first project protected a modest three acres at Coosa River Bog near Centre, AL. From the modest beginning, and with a host of partnerships, the Conservancy has protected over 160,000 acres, and manages 15 preserves that conserves a wide variety of plants and animals. The Conservancy is the go-to partner for results-oriented leadership in forest, freshwater and coastal/marine restoration.


The principal role of the State Director is to lead, manage, and inspire the staff and trustees of the Alabama Chapter to collectively achieve the maximum contribution to the organization's conservation agenda and mission.

S/he ensures success in conservation fundraising programs, and contributes intellectual, financial, and human resources to priority in-state and cross-boundary initiatives. S/he supports alignment of activities by securing, coordinating, and configuring resources, capacity, and programs to address the most critical conservation priorities of the organization at multiple scales. S/he is therefore responsible for collaborating with others across the division and throughout the organization on the procurement and application of resources inside and outside Alabama. S/he serves as the primary statewide spokesperson for TNC to internal and external audiences (including staff, volunteers, the Board of Trustees, public and private donors, government agencies and officials, community leaders and other partners) and cultivates those audiences to support and promote TNC's mission and vision.

The Alabama State Director oversees fundraising and works with staff to secure increased private support for conservation, engaging with major donors and supporting staff in donor cultivation. The Director approves budgets and sets priorities which dictate private and public fundraising goals.

The Director organizes staff to meet the conservation needs of South Carolina and of the global organization. S/he will exemplify TNC's values: Integrity Beyond Reproach; Respect for People, Communities, and Cultures; Commitment to Diversity; and One Conservancy. The State Director reports to the Southern U.S. Division Director and works closely with the Alabama Board of Trustees.


  • Overall responsibility for conservation results, philanthropy activities and goals of the Alabama Chapter, and for integration of regional and global priorities.
  • Incorporates organizational values and competencies as foundational elements in all aspects of work.
  • Ensures recruitment, management, and development of high quality and effective staff.
  • Provides leadership in public policy efforts in Alabama and the region.
  • Ensures that programmatic commitments, financial standards, and legal requirements are met. Manages reputational and financial risk within our policies, procedures, and values.
  • Presents and represents Alabama's and TNC's vision in a compelling and engaging manner to internal and external audiences as lead spokesperson. Delivers effective and persuasive speeches and presentations on complex topics to employee groups, managers at all levels, board members, and outside organizations.
  • Demonstrates a willingness and ability to travel routinely throughout Alabama, the southeastern U.S., and globally as required.
  • Is flexible to work beyond the normal workday, including weekends, as necessary during deadline periods.
  • Is responsible for development and execution of the South Carolina strategic conservation plan and annual work programs, delivered on time and within budget.
  • Directs, prepares, presents and/or participates in negotiations of project proposals with governmental, bilateral and/or multilateral agencies.
  • Demonstrates ability to motivate and mobilize a volunteer advisory Board of Trustees in achieving philanthropic, programmatic and operational goals.
  • Actively participates in Southern U.S. Division leadership team, collaborating on innovative, cross-boundary projects.


  • Bachelor's degree and minimum of 7 years of experience as a leader in the conservation arena, non-profit sector, advocacy, or related for-profit area.
  • Extensive supervisory experience including ability to motivate, lead, set objectives, and manage performance of a large multi-disciplinary team.
  • Experience in both written communication and presentation skills, including experience communicating with and presenting to diverse audiences including donors, board members, employees, outside partners, or equivalent.
  • Experience in fundraising and budget management.


  • Deep commitment to conservation and to nature.
  • Success as an inspirational leader who has effectively motivated staff to achieve and sustain excellence. Proven managerial talent in budgeting, staffing, and performance management.
  • High energy, forward thinking, creative individual with high ethical standards.
  • Outstanding leadership and visionary qualities and able to work effectively with and through others in a decentralized and geographically dispersed organization. Excellent people skills. Good listener.
  • Strong competency working effectively across differences such as race, culture, disabilities, socio-economic class and language groups. Experience in leveraging differences to drive organizational outcomes. Proven technical skills, analytical ability, good judgment, and strong operational focus.
  • Well organized and self-directed; politically savvy and a team player. Works well under pressure.
  • Commands attention is agile, and effective in managing group processes during presentations or discussions.
  • Exercises sensitivity and empathy in working in an advisory role with partner organizations.
  • Experience in identifying and nurturing talent and fostering a culture of accountability.
  • Demonstrates emotional intelligence, and an ability to listen and learn with genuine interest and curiosity.
  • Can demonstrate the ability to lead by living our values and code of conduct.


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 www.nature.org/careers.

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 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.

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



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