Flint Hills Initiative Manager, The Nature Conservancy in Kasnas

A LITTLE ABOUT US

 

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 addressing climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans, providing food and water sustainably and working to 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 72 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.

 

For the past two decades, The Nature Conservancy has been working to conserve the Flint Hills, the last landscape expression of tallgrass prairie. Only about four percent of this once vast expanse of grass remains, making tallgrass prairie the most altered ecosystem in North America in terms of acres lost. Roughly two-thirds of what’s left is found in an approximate fifty-mile wide band of native rangeland that runs north to south across east-central Kansas and down into Oklahoma. To conserve the tallgrass prairie that remains, The Nature Conservancy works cooperatively with ranchers, landowners, and other stakeholders to address habitat fragmentation, woody encroachment, and invasive species, and to support sustainable grazing and fire. To learn more, visit www.nature.org/kansas.

 

YOUR POSITION WITH TNC

 

The Flint Hills Initiative Manager (Manager) coordinates and implements a comprehensive landscape initiative to help conserve the intactness of the last expanse of tallgrass prairie and to protect and enhance native plant and animal communities using a wide range of conservation tools, such as conservation easements and stewardship assistance.

 

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

 

The Manager is responsible for implementing and achieving internal conservation priorities. They will oversee and represent the Conservancy in relationships and negotiations with government agencies and advisory committees. The Manager will assist philanthropy staff in securing public and private funds for land protection (mostly conservation easements). They will identify potential acquisition projects and respond to land protection inquiries.  The Manager will oversee management of Conservancy preserves in the Flint Hills and supervise the Flint Hills Stewardship Initiative Manager. They will report to the Director of Protection and Stewardship.

 

RESPONSIBILITIES & SCOPE

 

  • Direct and oversee the Conservancy’s landscape conservation efforts in the Greater Flint Hills landscape in Kansas.
  • Assist the Conservancy staff in Oklahoma with conservation efforts on the Oklahoma portion of the landscape.
  • Oversee natural resource management at Conservancy preserves in the Flint Hills so they can be held up as a model for stewardship and collaboration.
  • Support organizations with similar missions in the Flint Hills, such as the Kansas Grazing Lands Coalition and Tallgrass Legacy Alliance.
  • Supervise the manager of the Flint Hills Stewardship Initiative, a new Conservancy project that will provide stewardship assistance on Flint Hills ranches protected with easements.
  • Collaborate with diverse groups, including landowners, conservation partners, government officials, and the public to recruit support for conservation of the Flint Hills.
  • Negotiate real estate transactions.
  • Assist philanthropy staff with fundraising for Flint Hills projects.
  • Recruit and supervise staff and interns as needed and as funding is available. Responsible for performance management, training, and development of direct reports.
  • Able and willing to travel frequently (up to 50%), sometimes on short notice and/ or weekends.
  • May be required to work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain and under physically demanding circumstances.
  • Must have, or be able to acquire and maintain, a valid driver's license.

 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

 

  • BA/BS degree in natural resources management, rangeland management, ecology, conservation, business, law or another related field of study and 3 years of related work experience in conservation, real estate, or other related experience.
  • Experience with, or expert knowledge of, native rangelands.
  • Knowledge of current trends and strategies in conservation and land protection.
  • Experience in managing multiple projects and timelines.
  • Experience negotiating complex agreements.
  • Experience developing partnerships (partners, community, government).
  • Supervisory experience.
  • Literate with standard office software, including Microsoft Office, video conferencing, and cloud collaboration.
  • Experience working on teams and independently.
  • Must have, or be able to acquire and maintain, a valid driver’s license.
  • Experience communicating with diverse stakeholders verbally, in writing, via interpersonal communication, and through presentations.

 

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS

 

  • Natural resource knowledge and experience in the Flint Hills.
  • Master’s degree in natural resources management, conservation biology, or a related field.
  • 5 years or more of related work experience in conservation, rangeland management, real estate or other related experience.
  • Experience with GIS.
  • Experience engaging with a wide variety of partners-- private stakeholders, community organizations, government agencies, nonprofits—to establish and achieve a shared vison.
  • Able to work well in a highly matrixed, decentralized, collaborative organization.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated.

 

ORGANIZATIONAL COMPETENCIES

 

Builds Relationships

Builds productive relationships by interacting with others in ways that enhance mutual trust and commitment.

Collaboration & Teamwork

Works collaboratively with stakeholders across levels, geographies, backgrounds, and cultures to improve decisions, strengthen commitment, and be more effective.

Communicates Authentically

Communicates proactively and in a timely manner to share information, persuade, and influence with the appropriate level of detail, tone, and opportunities for feedback.

Develops

Others

Takes ownership to help develop others’ skills, behaviors, and mindsets to help them maximize their workplace contributions.

Drives for

Results

Sets challenging goals and objectives based on a strong sense of purpose and high-performance standards and steadfastly pushes self and others for tangible results, while ensuring work-life balance.

Leverages Difference

Demonstrates commitment to harnessing the power of differences strategically; consistently sees, learns from, and takes strategic action related to difference; and demonstrates the self-awareness and behaviors to work across differences of identity and power respectfully and effectively with all stakeholder. Actively seeks to build and retain a diverse workforce and fosters an equitable inclusive workplace by drawing upon diverse perspectives.

Systems

Leadership

Thinks and acts from a broad perspective with a long-term view and an understanding of 1) the dynamic nature of large-scale challenges and 2) the need for integrating five key practices: skillfully engaging appropriate people; providing a clear process for change; taking a holistic view of situations; focusing on a small number of strategic actions, while learning from and adapting them over time; and being aware of how one’s own thinking or patterns of behavior may be limiting change.

 

This description is not designed to be a complete list of all duties and responsibilities required for this job.

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 all genders with diverse backgrounds, beliefs and cultures. 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 orientations, gender identities, military or veteran status or other status protected by law.

 

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