Miami Cities Program Manager


JOB TITLE Miami Cities Program Manager
JOB FAMILY Conservation
STATUS Salaried
DATE Coral Gables, FL
February 03, 2020


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 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 or follow @nature_press on Twitter.

The Conservancy’s Urban Conservation Program is focused on making cities healthier and more resilient for both people and nature. Our primary approach to doing this is increasing investment in new “green” or natural infrastructure – infrastructure that employs nature and natural processes – in urban areas. Cities around the world are in need of infrastructure improvements and can be on the forefront of a paradigm shift toward more nature-based solutions in the development and redevelopment of communities.

The Miami Cities Program is one of the Conservancy’s urban programs in Florida along with the Orlando Metro Program and will be a part of the Conservancy’s North America Cities Network. The Miami Cities Program Manager will be primarily responsible for shaping and implementing strategies that will conserve, promote and enhance natural infrastructure for the benefit of people and nature in the Miami Metropolitan Area. Currently, there are projects underway focusing on the Wagner Creek region to design a climate adaptive landscape in Miami’s Health District, working closely with communities and municipalities to pursue public and private financing that can spur equitable economic development. The Miami Cities Program Manager will collaborate with government agencies, private entities, educational institutions, and other partners to identify, develop and implement projects, strategies and/or programs that are designed to improve conservation outcomes in the urban context and reduce impacts to natural resources including water quality/quantity and habitat fragmentation. The Miami Cities Program Manager will work with a team of scientists, policy experts, marketing and development professionals to successfully implement this work.


The Miami Cities Program Manager, together with the Chapter’s other Cities Program manager(s), will serve as a liaison between the Florida Chapter and the North America Cities Network. They will integrate the Chapter’s work as an essential element of the TNC North America Urban Strategy and Global Resilient Cities Initiative in demonstrating how nature can help build resilient communities across race, politics, class and privilege. The Miami Cities Program Manager will work closely with TNC’s Florida Chapter Cities Team and Trustee Working Group, and will hold a leading role in managing TNC’s relationships and advancing the organization’s public policy and other priorities with federal, state and local policy makers.

The Miami Cities Program Manager will lead the effort to develop and implement tangible place-based conservation projects that incorporate ecological and social co-benefits, innovative financing solutions and policy development that helps to improve the Miami region’s water quality and quantity, quality of life, reduction of GHG emissions, integrate green spaces into the urban core and redevelopment projects, improve the resilience of urban communities, public health and other benefits to people and nature.

This position will play a critical role in developing and maintaining stakeholder relationships and partnerships that are key to a project’s implementation and success. The Miami Cities Program Manager will seek out and develop public grant and private funding proposals, in collaboration with partners, to help advance the projects. They will be expected to deliver compelling presentations on the Conservancy’s Florida Chapter programs, North America Urban Network and Global Resilient Cities Initiative to internal and external audiences. With support from the Conservancy Philanthropy team, s/he will interact with key Conservancy supporters. Essential functions include:

- Project Development and Management: Work with internal and external partners to develop green infrastructure demonstration project(s) within the Miami Metro geographic region.

- Partner and Community Engagement: Identify and collaborate with a diverse set of community partners from all sectors. Represent the Conservancy in public forums, including with NGO and government partners, and act as the day-to-day liaison for community members involved in our work.

- Conservation Strategy: Along with other team members, develop strategy and innovation for the overall Miami Cities Program, including the development of new policy, scientific and technical approaches to deploying natural infrastructure in urban areas.

- Team Collaboration: Work closely with the Conservancy’s Science, External Affairs, Conservation Finance, Philanthropy, and Marketing teams to integrate their expertise and team members into a seamless, coordinated Miami Cities Program team.



• Work and communicate with a diverse group of people, including government officials and legislative staff, board of directors, partner organizations, neighborhood associations, residents and the general public, program leadership and other staff.
• Coordinate multiple projects with several variables, set and meet deadlines, and manage timelines.
• Expand the Conservancy’s role as a major conservation partner within the urban area.
• Develop key partnerships with public and private organizations and community leaders in order to effectively implement strategies and to widely communicate solutions and best practices.
• Develop strategies and negotiates complex and innovative solutions with government agencies, communities, property owners, and other conservation organizations to conserve, protect, and utilize natural communities.
• Identify and implement a diverse portfolio of replicable projects demonstrating approaches that provide or enhance environmental benefits to people.
• Build cooperative relationships with diverse groups, including Miami government agencies and communities, engineering firms, conservation partners, and other professional organizations to mainstream the incorporation of nature into planning, and design decisions.
• Utilize scientific tools to prioritize locations for specific projects where our nature-based approaches have the most promise.
• Assist with establishment of policies or sustainable financing mechanisms that mainstream successful approaches to using natural systems to improve citizen’s quality of life.
• Frequently make independent strategic decisions, based on analysis, ambiguous information, experience and judgment.
• May require frequent travel and evening and weekend hours.
• May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain, and under physically demanding circumstances.


• BA/BS degree and 7 years’ experience in conservation practice or related field or equivalent combination of education and experience.
• 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.


• Spanish-speaker; multi-cultural, cross cultural experience and background an asset.
• Master’s Degree in a social sciences, public policy or science field related to conservation or natural resources management.
• Strong knowledge of the Miami, Florida’s geographic, political, cultural, business and NGO landscape.
• Knowledge of relevant local policy.
• More than 7 years of experience in not-for-profit, government or conservation practice or a related field.
• Experience working in or with local governments and/or community-based organizations and in collaborating with scientists and other conservation practitioners to complete assessments and develop focused conservation priorities.
• Demonstrated success in building support for conservation projects across a wide range of audiences, including senior staff, donors, agencies, colleagues, and key external audiences.
• Knowledge of current research trends in urban ecosystems and practices in the conservation and integration of functioning land and water ecosystems within cities.
• Demonstrated leadership and visionary qualities and ability to work effectively with and through others in a decentralized and geographically dispersed organization.


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.
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.
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.

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