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Chief of Staff and Director of Implementation

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Arlington, VA


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Published Date

Jul 26, 2022

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Who We Are:

The Nature Conservancy’s mission is to protect the lands and waters upon which all life depends. 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. Whether it’s career development, flexible schedules, or a rewarding mission, there’s lots of reasons to love life #insideTNC. For more insight into TNC, check out our TNC Talent playlist on YouTube or on Glassdoor.

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. We know we’ll only achieve our Mission by hiring and engaging a diverse workforce that reflects the communities in which we work. In addition to the requirements in our postings, we recognize that people come with talent and experiences outside of a job.Diversity of experience and skills combined with passion is a key to innovation and a culture of inclusion! Please apply – we’d love to hear from you. To quote myriad TNC staff members, “you’ll join for our mission, and you’ll stay for our people.”


What We Can Achieve Together:

The Director of Science Implementation reports directly to the Chief Scientist and works closely with the Global Science staff tasked with the development and implementation of the One Conservancy Science Plan (OCSP). You will serve as daily air-traffic controller for the Chief Scientist (CS) and as an integrator connecting science-related work streams relevant to the CS and the OCSP across the entire global TNC organization and beyond.

In this role, you support the Chief Scientist in developing, communicating, and implementing scientific strategy across the global Conservancy and beyond. You will optimize the CS’s ability for effective engagement with scientists, staff, managers, chapters, business units, thematic areas, and leadership across the Conservancy as well as with donors, trustees, board members, key external entities, and organizations through coordinating preparation of materials to communicate TNC science and the One Conservancy Science Plan, and ensuring the CS has all the information, resources and advice she needs to effectively serve as a global ambassador for TNC science across the organization, our partners, and beyond.


We’re Looking for You:

Are you looking for a career to help people and nature? Guided by science, TNC creates innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world’s toughest challenges so that people and nature can thrive together. We’re looking for someone who is a motivated problem-solver, a good organizer, and a passionate advocate for our planet.

As the Director of Science Implementation, you can move TNC’s mission forward by:

• Serving as daily air-traffic controller for the Chief Scientist to manage the long-term strategic plan of the CS and connect science-related work streams relevant to the CS and the OCSP across the entire global TNC organization and beyond.

• Learning to proactively anticipate the Chief Scientist’s needs, follow through on key decisions, document and communicate action items, and keep her appropriately informed on developments and outcomes.

· Serving as the key point person for implementation of the OCSP across the organization, encompassing multiple programs and coordinating the work of multiple project teams or professionals both inside and outside the organization.

· Assisting the Chief Scientist in coordinating critical priorities, including serving as a strategic advisor and counsel and assuming day-to-day responsibility for assigned projects and tasks that advance the One Conservancy Science Plan.

• Assisting the Chief Scientist in providing input and guidance to Senior Managers throughout the organization which includes working with cross-functioning teams to develop a clear understanding of what each business unit, region, and topical area can contribute to the One Conservancy Science Plan, how the Plan can in turn support their efforts, and how science can accelerate the organization’s goals. This may include serving on or participating in selected organizational committees and working groups to represent internal science issues and TNC’s OCSP perspective.

• In collaboration with support staff, serving as primary communication lead for the OCSP including collecting information for and leading development and distribution of regular science newsletters, updates, reports on outcomes, and other strategic communications.

• Monitoring and tracking TNC science outcomes and KPIs and assisting the Chief Scientist and Deputy Chief Scientist in preparing reports, materials, and other information for communication and discussion of TNC science and outcomes with donors, trustees, board members, key external entities, and other collaborators and external organizations.

· Having fun and bringing joy to the work you do!

May require travel both domestically and internally and occasional work in variable weather conditions at remote locations.

Location is flexible within the Americas for any time zone within two hours of Central Time (GMT -5). Co-working facilities with a local TNC office is possible if the candidate lives nearby. No immigration or relocation assistance is available for this position.

Come join TNC and apply today!


What You’ll Bring:

• Bachelor’s degree and 7 years of experience, including working at a senior level.

• Experience in project management, coordinating multiple projects, setting realistic deadlines, and managing timelines for multi-disciplinary teams.

• Experience negotiating complete, high profile or sensitive agreements.

• Experience in developing program wide strategies and/or policies.

• Experience monitoring, tracking, and reporting on program and project outcomes.

• Experience using Microsoft software suite and manipulating, analyzing and interpreting data.

• Proven experience partnering with leadership in a large organization and strategically navigating complex internal dynamics.



• Multi-lingual and multi-cultural experience appreciated.

• Science background and/or experience working in a science-based organization strongly preferred.

• Well-organized and self-directed, with excellent time and task management skills

• Strongly collaborative and a good relationship-builder, with exceptional diplomatic skills and a proven track record of gaining influence without authority to devel

op creative solutions to complex problems.

• Discretion and excellent judgement are critical to this position; able to anticipate and avert problems, and grasp and add value to the Chief Scientist’s vision for the One Conservancy Science Plan and science writ large.

• Adaptable strategic thinker able to blend execution with foresight in both day-to-day operations and active management of the Chief Scientist’s workplan and the One Conservancy Science goals.

• Capable and comfortable setting priorities and making timely and informed decisions.

• Enjoys and is experienced at effectively working with, engaging, and influencing a broad cross-section of people on multiple complex projects.

• Excellent written and verbal communication skills, fluent in written and spoken English.

· Knowledge of fundraising techniques and ability to work with philanthropy staff to identify, cultivate and solicit major donors encouraged.

· Experience working in a matrix management organization, designing, implementing and directing multiple projects with business unit and/or global scope is a benefit.

· Experience in change management.

What We Bring:

Since 1951, The Nature Conservancy has been doing work you can believe in protecting the lands and waters that all life depends on. Through grassroots action, TNC has grown to become one of the most effective and wide-reaching environmental organizations in the world. Thanks to more than 1 million members, over 400 scientists, and the dedicated efforts of our diverse staff, we impact conservation throughout the world!

The Nature Conservancy offers a competitive, comprehensive benefits package including: health care benefits, flexible spending accounts, 401(k) plan including employer match, parental leave, accrued paid time off, life insurance, disability coverage, employee assistance program, other life and work wellbeing benefits. Learn more about our benefits at in the Culture Tab on

We’re proud to offer a work-environment that is supportive of the health, wellbeing, and flexibility needs of the people we employ!



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 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, protected veteran status or other status protected by law.

TNC is committed to offering accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans in our job application process. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, please send a note to with Request for Accommodation in the subject line

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