Louisiana State Director

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Baton Rouge, LA


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grade 10

Published Date

Feb 8, 2021

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The Nature Conservancy (TNC) is seeking an engaging and innovative Louisiana State Director as we execute on our ambitious conservation goals. A trusted name in conservation within the state and beyond, The Nature Conservancy in Louisiana has worked since 1987 to protect the state’s cherished landscapes and develop sound science to support biodiversity while looking through, economic, public health and social equity lenses. With a strong and talented staff of 25, a diverse Board of Trustees comprised of 21 members from all over the state and beyond, 5 remote offices and a resilient, robust program in place, this role offers a unique opportunity to design and implement a strategic approach to Louisiana’s conservation priorities—and to help shape a resilient, equitable future for Louisiana.


As a leader in the Louisiana conservation movement, the State Director plays a primary role in working with partner organizations, government agencies, elected officials and other key decision-makers to build alliances and shared agendas that advance science driven conservation outcomes in Louisiana and around the world.


The Conservancy has worked in Louisiana for over 32 years, protecting nearly 400,000 acres of land, establishing 20 nature preserves, a trusted partner in state and regional land and water management initiatives, and safeguarding more than 200 miles of stream and river habitat. These efforts include partnerships with state and federal agencies to create and expand state parks and wildlife refuges such as Cat Island NWR, Upper Ouachita NWR, Black Bayou Lake NWR, Red River NWR, Bayou Cocodrie NWR, Grand Cote NWR, Lake Opelia NWR, Tensas River NWR, Tunica Hills Wildlife Management Area, Chemin a haut State Park. The State Director plays a key role in helping further this impactful work by leading the chapter staff, developing new and existing donors, forming partnerships and building a broader constituency for conservation across the state. The State Director is accountable for the chapter’s success in implementing TNC’s global conservation approach, producing measurable results and maintaining and strengthening organizational values.



The key role of the State Director is to lead, manage, and inspire the chapter staff and trustees to collectively achieve the maximum contribution to the organization’s mission. They ensure success in conservation and fundraising programs and contribute intellectual, financial and human resources to priority, cross-boundary initiatives. They support alignment of activities by securing, coordinating and configuring resources, capacity and programs to address the most critical conservation priorities of the organization at multiple scales. They are responsible for collaborating with others across the division and throughout the organization on the procurement and application of resources in Louisiana as well as in areas beyond their span of authority.


The Louisiana State Director oversees fundraising and marketing and works with staff to secure increased private support for conservation, engaging with major donors, corporations and foundations and supporting staff in donor cultivation. The Director approves budgets and sets priorities that dictate private and public fundraising goals. They serve as the primary statewide spokesperson for TNC to internal and external audiences (including staff, volunteers, the Board of Trustees, public and private donors, government agencies and officials, community leaders and other partners) and cultivate those audiences to support and promote TNC’s mission and vision.


Though the empowerment of other managers, the Director develops and supports the chapter staff to meet the conservation priorities of the chapter and of the global organization. The State Director reports into the Southern Division of the North America Region and works closely with the state’s Board of Trustees.



- Overall responsibility for conservation results, philanthropy activities and goals of the Louisiana Chapter, and for integration of regional and global priorities.

- Manages the development and execution of the chapter’s strategic conservation plan, three-year budget and financial plans, and annual work programs, all delivered on time and within budget;

- Demonstrates a strong understanding of on-the-ground land management conservation;

- Incorporates organizational values and competencies as foundational elements in all aspects of work;

- Ensures recruitment, management and development of high quality and effective staff;

- Provides leadership in public policy efforts within the chapter and the region;

- Ensures that programmatic commitments, financial standards and legal requirements are met;

- Presents and represents the chapter’s and TNC’s vision in a compelling and engaging manner to internal and external audiences as lead spokesperson;

- Delivers effective and persuasive speeches and presentations on complex topics to employee groups, managers at all levels, board members and outside organizations;

- Demonstrates a willingness and ability to travel routinely throughout the geography and globally as required;

- Works flexibly, sometimes beyond the normal workday, including weekends, as necessary, during deadline periods;

- Participates in the Division Leadership Team, North America Senior Leaders Team, and collaborates on innovative, cross-boundary projects;

- Directs, prepares, presents and/or participates in negotiations of project proposals with governmental, bilateral and/or multilateral agencies; and

- Works well under pressure.

- Able to travel up to 50%, majority is in-state.