Western US and Canada Climate & Renewable Energy Program Director
Type of Job
$95,000 - $135,000 and dependent on geographical location and experience
Jul 24, 2023
About the job
The Nature Conservancy
Western US and Canada Division Climate & Renewable Energy Program Director
Salary Information: The annual salary is $95,000 - $135,000 and dependent on geographical location and experience.
Job ID Number: 53751
Job Closing Date: Friday, August 25, 2023
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. Want a better insight to 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 Western U.S. and Canada Division (Western Division) Climate and Renewable Energy Program
Director will serve as the lead staff person for the Western Division regarding overarching climate policy
and expanding TNC’s role in the transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources across the
western U.S. A primary objective of this position will be to accelerate conservation-aligned renewable
energy deployment to meet TNC’s dual goals for greenhouse gas mitigation and biodiversity. Working
closely with the 11 western U.S. Business Units (BUs) and the Canada country program which comprise
the Western Division, they will play a key role in designing a Division-level framework to prioritize high
impact strategies and projects that will make the most significant contribution to TNC’s renewable
energy goals. They will promote an active climate and renewable energy network and community of
practice among TNC staff across the Division to share knowledge, leverage learning and develop best
practices as needed, and to increase collaboration between policy-focused teams and conservation-
focused teams, and they will participate on the extended North America Renewable Energy team. This
position will expand Division staff internal knowledge of ways to support Indigenous and Tribal communities in their transition to renewable energy. They will provide subject matter expertise related
to climate policy and renewable energy topics for the Division, state BUs and partners and assist with
drafting public comments, factsheets, and communications with industry and partners. As needed and
in coordination with other relevant TNC BUs, they will represent TNC to a variety of constituencies and
stakeholders (public, private, government, NGOs, academia), especially at the Division and region level,
and engage these groups in developing and implementing strategies that advance renewable energy
deployment with minimal environmental impacts. This position will coordinate strategic
communications at all levels with target audiences regarding TNC’s conservation priorities and climate
and renewable energy-related matters, including habitat friendly renewable energy deployment, natural
climate solutions, decarbonization, etc. As needed, this position will engage and manage consultants
with expertise needed to carry out responsibilities or as requested by Division or BU, with approval of
Division Director or Division Conservation Manager.
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 passionate, motivated problem-solver to help the Western US and
Canada Division develop a climate policy and renewable energy program to address the dual crises of
climate change and biodiversity loss. This is an exceptional career opportunity for a highly motivated,
capable individual interested in joining the world’s leading conservation organization.
What You’ll Bring:
• Bachelor’s degree in climate or energy policy, renewable energy management, or other relevant field
and a minimum of 10 years of related experience, or equivalent combination education/experience.
• Experience working with, presenting to, and communicating with a wide range of audiences, including
elected officials, government agency staff, executive-level individuals within the energy sector,
professional and trade associations, clean energy advocates, and the media.
• Experience with collaborative strategy development and implementation as well as developing and
maintaining partnerships and coalitions.
• Knowledge of and subject matter expertise related to renewable energy, especially wind and solar,
and federal, state and local energy policies and regulatory frameworks related to energy transmission
and renewable energy deployment.
• Multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated.
• Experience with legislative, planning, policy or corporate initiatives to address greenhouse gas
emission reduction and renewable energy development.
• Knowledge of Tribal issues related to Tribal communities’ transition to renewable energy.
• Experience building networks or organizational capacity, increasing knowledge sharing, and identifying
• Strong verbal and written communications skills.
• Team player with strong listening, collaborative and diplomacy skills, and ability to influence without
• Fluency in English.
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 nature.org/careers.
We’re proud to offer a work-environment that is supportive of the health, wellbeing, and flexibility
needs of the people we employ!