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Director of Land Management

The Nature Conservancy is the leading conservation organization working to make a positive impact around the world in more than 70 countries, all 50 United States, and your backyard. Founded in 1951, the mission of The Nature Conservancy is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. One of our core values is our commitment to diversity therefore we are committed to a globally diverse and culturally competent workforce.

This is an exciting time at The Nature Conservancy (TNC). In Ohio, we have helped to conserve over 63,000 acres of land in Ohio and provided policies and programs to protect and restore freshwater resources. We are now building on this legacy of land and water protection to help address global challenges facing people and nature in Ohio and around the world by focusing on five priorities across the entire organization including: protecting land and water, tackling climate change, providing food and water sustainably and building healthy cities. The Ohio program has been a center of innovation and conservation achievement – and with a great board, a terrific staff, and a resilient program in place, this is an opportunity to take a step up, and grow the positive impact we make for people and nature in Ohio and beyond our borders.
The Director of Land Management will help to improve ecological management of conservation lands under our protecting Ohio’s Lands and Waters, including TNC preserves in central Ohio, Appalachian Forests, Oak Openings and Lake Erie watersheds. Management will include improving climate resilience, preserving critical habitats, and improving and maintaining water quality for people and nature. This position manages land management staff across the state, collaborates with diverse conservation partners to improve land management, and explores innovative solutions to conserve and protect natural communities.
We are looking for a proven leader and problem solver with excellent people skills and an understanding of landscape scale conservation, science-based conservation and stewardship. The ideal candidate will have excellent project management skills, experience with grant writing and management, budget development and management, and experience managing, encouraging and developing staff. This position is a member of the Ohio Leadership Team and works closely with the Director of Conservation.

Minimum Qualifications
•         BA/BS degree and 7 years’ experience in conservation practice or related field or equivalent combination of education and experience.
•         Experience in ecological land management techniques and science.
•         Fundraising experience, including identifying donor prospects and donor cultivation.
•         Experience managing complex or multiple projects, including managing finances and coordinating the work of other professionals and partners.
•         Supervisory experience, including motivating, leading, setting objectives and managing performance.
•         Experience in partnership development with non- profit partners, community groups and/or government agencies.
•         Experience negotiating.

Preferred Qualifications
•     Multi-lingual and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated.
•     7-10 years’ experience in conservation practice or equivalent combination of education and experience.
•     Demonstrated experience influencing, developing and implementing conservation policy and plans.
•     Knowledge of current trends and practices in relevant discipline(s) and regions.
•     Ability to develop practical applications of scientific concepts and technical innovations for conservation purposes.
•     Knowledge of methods and standards of biodiversity information systems and initiatives or related field.
•     Communicating clearly via written, spoken, and graphical means in English.
•     Politically savvy.
•     Meet NWCG fire qualifications as detailed in job description.