North America Conservation Collaboration Initiatives Manager

  • The Nature Conservancy
  • Remote
  • May 19, 2023
Full time Other

Job Description

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:

Our planet faces the interconnected crises of rapid climate change and biodiversity loss. We have years, not decades, to address these threats. In response, TNC has narrowed our organizational focus and committed to our 2030 goals – our biggest, most ambitious plans – for people and nature. Our 2030 goals require an organizational evolution in which increased collaboration, coordination, and collective effort will be essential. This evolution will require new skills, engaged staff, diverse voices, and clear and transparent ways of working together. We believe that, if achieved, our 2030 goals will make a meaningful difference in protecting biodiversity and reducing the threat of climate change through sound policy and nature-based solutions. 

The North America Conservation Collaboration team provides programmatic support, coordination, and learning for conservation within the TNC’s North America Region so that we can reach the 2030 Goals. As a team, we are uniquely positioned to see systemic conservation opportunities and support solving for root causes. We track conservation priorities for the region and support regional collaboration. The North America Conservation Collaboration Initiatives Manager supports North America Conservation Collaboration leadership by managing a variety of conservation initiatives, processes, and projects; promoting cross-team learning, best practices, and region-wide communications; and helping to drive implementation of the overall team goals in support of the vision of TNC’s North America Region. 

The Initiatives Manager will identify and implement improvements to enhance engagement and efficiency. They will serve as a liaison and informational contact between the Conservation Collaboration team and other TNC staff, notably conservation colleagues and leaders. They will have the ability to sensitively advise staff on how to effectively engage with leadership, teams, and other colleagues and will demonstrate sensitivity in handling confidential information. They may engage in issue resolution and conflict management, and work to collaboratively solve complex problems. They may advise TNC internal communications, marketing, and philanthropy staff on conservation related issues. They will support emerging leadership requests, as needed.

The Initiatives Manager’s work is diversified and may not always fall under established projects, processes, or systems. They will use project management tools and strategies to develop work plans, team structures, facilitate meetings, and ensure clear roles and action items. We are looking for a skilled and self-directed person who is comfortable working nimbly at a regional level on large and complicated initiatives, processes, and projects within a matrixed organization.

We’re Looking for You:

The North America Conservation Collaboration team works to achieve the Conservancy’s 2030 goals by providing strategy and programmatic support, coordination, and facilitation within the North America Region (Canada, Caribbean, United States, and the Pacific) and by helping to integrate the Region and the rest of the organization. The Conservation Collaboration team works in partnership with other teams in the North America Regional Office and with the region’s eight divisions and their business units to achieve the regional vision to commit fully to the Conservancy’s 2030 goals and to advance learning and collaboration by:

generating lasting contributions with high impact for conservation
fostering a shared commitment to our mission through high-performing and integrated staff;
living our values in how we approach our conservation work and our decision making; and
fueling inspired fundraising.
The Initiatives Manager position sits within the North America Conservation Collaboration team and reports to the Associate Director of Conservation Collaboration. Our team consists of a dedicated dispersed group of colleagues who are leading the conservation collaboration effort on multiple fronts and who expertly bring strategic thinking and action together. The location for the Initiatives Manager position is remote and flexible to these locations: The Bahamas, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Jamaica, USVI, Canada (Alberta, Ontario, or Northwest Territories), the United States, Argentina, Belize, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Guatemala, Mexico, and Peru. This position is not eligible for relocation or immigration assistance. This position may involve domestic and international travel.

What You’ll Bring:

  • Bachelor’s degree and at least 5 years related experience, or equivalent combination.
  • Experience in research, critical analysis, and evaluating information from divergent sources and compiling it into cohesive reports.
  • Experience writing and editing informational material.
  • Experience presenting to and/or communicating with government or legislative staff, community or business leaders, program leadership, and/or similar audiences.
  • Experience with time management.


  • Experience with rapid adaptative management, change management, and/or innovative learning.
  • Ability to work well in a highly matrixed, decentralized, and collaborative organization.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment, manage multiple projects, and meet time sensitive deadlines.
  • Ability to develop and drive new ideas and approaches.
  • Ability to work as a team player and independently.
  • Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated.

Office Location:

The location for the Initiatives Manager position is remote and flexible to these locations: The Bahamas, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Jamaica, USVI, Canada (Alberta, Ontario, or Northwest Territories), the United States, Argentina, Belize, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Guatemala, Mexico, and Peru. 

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!

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 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.