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External Affairs Director of Strategy - The Nature Conservancy - Arlington, VA - EXPIRED

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Company: The Nature Conservancy

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.


Position Summary

The Director of Strategy for External Affairs (XA) works closely with the Chief External Affairs Officer to provide leadership to the division in the areas of strategic and organizational planning, financial planning and management, fundraising strategy, and all division operations. External Affairs includes the Policy, Corporate Engagement, Center for Sustainability Science and Nature Vest Business Units. They are responsible for managing a global strategic agenda for the division that is integrated with organizational priorities. They have a lead role in the financial management of the division and oversee administrative functions within the division including compliance, human resources, philanthropy, business processes, and technology and information systems. They are responsible for optimizing External Affairs operational efficiency and effectiveness including analyzing and evaluating XA’s current essential operations and finance service delivery model, effectiveness and structure. This position will assist in the development and execution of short-term tactical solutions while helping to develop and execute long-term improvement strategies and plans. They will work closely with a XA’s management team and will recommend operational enhancements and improvements rooted in the Living our Values initiative and will serve to enhance trust and collaboration between External Affairs teams and XA’s partnership with business units around the world. The Director of Strategy for External Affairs reports directly to the Chief External Affairs Officer.

Desired Skills & Experience


  • Bachelor’s degree and 5 years of related management experience, including strategy, finance, business processes, and operations in a large organization.
  • Experience working with a large multi-disciplinary team and managing program budgets.
  • Experience conceiving and implementing strategic initiatives;
  • Experience in financial and budget management;
  • Demonstrated experience conceiving, managing the successful adoption of, and implementing strategic initiatives within an organization or large business unit.
  • Demonstrated experience building strong relationships across an organization and with partners such as corporations, donors, and/or volunteers.
  • Experience with financial systems, basic accounting, and fiscal sustainability.
  • Experience in 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 an organization.
  • Fluency in English


  • Extensive management experience including ability to motivate, lead, set objectives and manage performance of a multidisciplinary team.
  • Ability to foster an environment of creativity and professional growth; •
  • Working knowledge of current and evolving trends in relevant disciplines;
  • Experience conceiving and implementing strategic initiatives;
  • Some experience in public policy and/or corporate sustainability practices.
  • Experience working in a matrixed organization.
  • Experience working with multiple cultures and across country boundaries.
  • 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 team environment


How to Apply

To view the full position description and apply, please visit https://careers.nature.org. Applications will be reviewed in the order they’re received and the position will remain open until filled. If you experience technical issues, please refer to our applicant user guide or contact [email protected].

The Nature Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply. Please visit our career center for a full list of all our open positions globally – new positions are posted often!