The Energy, Infrastructure and Land Use Strategy Director leads and manages a matrixed cross-functional team to develop credible and compelling theories of change to deliver transformative, systemic change in socio-ecological systems to address the extinction, sustainability and climate crises, and ensures efficient and adaptive implementation of those theories of change.
The urgency to decarbonize the energy sector, electrify transportation, spur economy-wide decarbonization and meet the needs of a burgeoning and increasingly urban population puts many of Nevada's natural resources in an intense, global spotlight. The state sits at the crossroads of energy markets in the western United States, and holds globally-significant stores of minerals needed for low-carbon tech. Consequently, Nevada will play an outsized role - and shoulder an outsized conservation challenge - in how the world rises to this transformative societal moment. We aim for land use change in Nevada to demonstrate the multiple societal benefits of incorporating "smart from the start" principles in planning, policy and practices - principles that in concert maximize conservation and climate upsides, minimize environmental harms over the near and long terms, and make the process of developing "green" infrastructure less expensive, less contentious, and more streamlined. We will do this by developing and disseminating the science that is foundational for robust application of the "mitigation hierarchy"; building constituency for conservation-compatible approaches and plans; and, advancing a policy agenda that incentivizes conservation-compatible siting and design of major infrastructure projects, and directs mitigation offset investments to projects with highest conservation return.
The Energy, Infrastructure and Land Use Strategy Director is a key conservation leadership position in The Nature Conservancy's Nevada Chapter. With multi-disciplinary teams, they collaboratively develop robust theories of change for strategies that - as a portfolio - will synergistically advance the chapter's Resilient Lands, Resilient Waters, and Climate Action Initiatives. They work with colleagues to optimally allocate the chapter's limited capacity in order to efficiently and adaptively drive forward those theories of change. Using the Conservancy's signature science-based, non-confrontational and solutions-oriented approach, they will seek to demonstrate conservation solutions to major environmental and social problems that can deliver meaningful outcomes for nature, and mainstream what works through replication policy and other scaling mechanisms. Highlighting the relevance of nature or conservation to others is key to success, and many strategies and tactics will rely on designing effective strategic communications plans targeting audiences ranging from landowners to policy makers to donors. The Strategy Director therefore interfaces regularly with diverse stakeholders, and must be effective at building the partnerships and coalitions needed to effect durable systemic changes in policy and practice. The Strategy Director also networks and collaborates with Conservancy teams and initiatives beyond Nevada, leveraging the national and global apparatus of TNC to improve conservation delivery within Nevada, and ensuring that TNC's efforts and strategic relationships in Nevada contribute to the global asset base that positions the organization for access, influence, and impact.
RESPONSIBILITIES AND SCOPE
- Provides leadership within a dynamic, fast-paced organization.
- Produces tangible lasting conservation results, at scale.
- Develops, communicates, and drives a credible and compelling theory of change for strategies.
- Leads and manages a matrixed, decentralized team.
- Recruits, manages, and develops a talented, high-performing team of conservation professionals.
- Communicates, coordinates and collaborates with TNC teams and initiatives across and beyond Nevada.
- Designs, implements, and directs a portfolio of complex and diverse projects, coordinating the work of other professionals, inside and outside the organization.
- Uses analyses of public policy, markets, and other social systems to identify interventions that can lead to systemic change.
- Utilizes strategic communications to advance conservation goals.
- Incorporates cross-disciplinary knowledge to support program objectives, including science, policy, and conservation practice.
- Collaborates to raise funds to support Conservancy priorities, including via leading and assisting in the management of donor relationships and in the development of fundraising proposals.
- Makes independent strategic decisions frequently based on analysis, experience, and context, often with broad organizational impact.
- Establishes and maintains optimal performance standards within budget.
- Frequently makes independent strategic decisions based on analysis, ambiguous information and context.
- Negotiates complex agreements, often in a political environment.
- Manages financial, legal, and reputational risks to the organization.
- May travel frequently domestically and during evening and weekend hours, and occasionally .
- 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.
- Experience in fundraising from both public and private sources.
- Experience designing, implementing and directing complex or multiple projects of strategic importance, including managing finances, supervising multidisciplinary professionals, and coordinating the work of partners while meeting .
- Supervisory experience, including motivating, leading, setting objectives, and managing performance.
- Experience in partnership development with diverse non-profit partners, community groups, resource users, and/or government agencies.
- Experience with and embracing of the value of diverse colleagues and partners and a commitment to diversity, equality, inclusion and justice in the workplace and in application of the work of The Nature Conservancy.
- Experience networking with high-level conservation contacts.
- Experience with successful negotiations
- Master's degree and 7-10 years' experience in conservation practice or equivalent combination of education and experience.
- Technical expertise in associated issues and sectors, e.g., renewable energy, decarbonization, land use planning and permitting.
- Demonstrated experience influencing, developing and implementing conservation policy and plans.
- Multi-lingual and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated.
- Ability to develop practical applications of scientific concepts and technical innovations for conservation purposes.
- Understanding of public policy landscape of conservation in Nevada and the Intermountain U.S. West.
- Proficiency in policy and regulation pertaining to areas of strategic focus, so as to identify ways of incentivizing more conservation-compatible practices.
- Politically savvy, understanding the range of implications involved in decisions and the importance of messaging in an appropriate way to leaders of all levels.
- Experience developing and executing strategies for a large NGO.
- Experience developing practical applications of scientific concepts and technology innovations for conservation purposes.
- Demonstrated effectiveness in fundraising from public and private sources.
- Excellent written, verbal and public presentation communication skills.
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