Full Job Description
Nashville, Tennessee, USA
A LITTLE 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 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.
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YOUR POSITION WITH TNC
The Director of Government Relations and Climate Policy may lead and/or play a key role in the development and implementation of one or more strategies to achieve the Conservancy’s goals through interaction with governments, multilateral agencies, and/or the corporate sector. The position is based in Nashville, Tennessee.
The Director of Government Relations and Climate Policy develops and maintains relationships with Tennessee’s federal delegation as well as the Tennessee General Assembly and the Office of the Governor to influence policy and to mobilize public funding for conservation. This position will also work collaboratively with diverse partners and TNC colleagues to identify and implement robust state and federal climate policies that advance equitable climate solutions.
The Director of Government Relations and Climate Policy will represent the Chapter on the Southern U.S. Division Government Relations Cabinet and work closely with the Conservancy’s national Government Relations team. This position will also lead a Government Relations Committee of the Tennessee Board and grow Trustee involvement in our policy efforts.
The Director of Government Relations and Climate Policy needs to be passionate about the Conservancy’s 2030 Goals and understand the urgency of our work. You must be a strategic thought leader and help scale up our critical work through partnerships, advocacy, and policy.
RESPONSIBILITIES AND SCOPE
Applies a diversified knowledge of practices to support Conservancy strategies.
Support program objectives by working in a complex matrix organization environment and works collaboratively within a cross-functional interdisciplinary team.
Develops relationships and works effectively with corporate, government, community, and non-governmental organization partners.
Acts independently within broad program goals.
Develops and implements multi-year fundraising strategies and goals.
Participates in negotiations for complex, high profile or sensitive agreements.
Ensures that program meets all lobbying, contractual and legal regulations, and standards.
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.
Experience with climate science and climate change solutions.
Experience building strong relationships across an organization and with partners such as corporations, public agencies, donors and volunteers.
Experience presenting to and communicating with government officials, corporate executives, board members and donors.
Experience developing, directing and managing multiple projects and implementing strategic program goals.
Fluency in English required, additional languages appreciated.
Master’s degree appreciated.
Experience in public policy, conservation/climate policy, regulatory advocacy, and public funding.
Independent and self-motivated with the ability to participate actively in a remote team environment.
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.
Excellent written and verbal communicator, with proven success in persuasive writing, delivering engaging presentations, documenting actions, and implementing appropriate follow up.
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