Director, Southeastern NC Program

Wilmington, North Carolina
Jan 26, 2018
Feb 23, 2018
Project Management
Job Level
Senior level
Employment Type
Full time
Salary Type

The Southeastern NC Program Director leads a team of nine professionals working across the southern Coastal Plain and Sandhills regions of North Carolina to achieve protection and management of resilient natural landscapes. The Director is responsible for developing and overseeing budgets and work plans, soliciting and utilizing technical and scientific expertise, conducting strategic planning and ensuring tangible conservation results. S/he guides acquisition priorities, restoration and land management actions, conservation planning, program administration,  and partner and community relations. S/he provides leadership and support for TNC’s conservation activities utilizing best available science and conservation planning to establish overall program priorities. S/he provides management oversight and support to Conservancy land protection, stewardship and restoration staff including seasonal controlled burning crews.

The Southeastern NC Program Director serves as the principle contact with government agencies, other conservation organizations, private landowners, foundations, consultants, and the academic community. S/he negotiates complex and innovative solutions with agencies and landowners to conserve and protect natural communities and implement conservation strategies. The Director expands the reach of TNC resources, builds public support for conservation efforts and represents TNC’s interests on high-leverage partnerships. S/he works closely with Philanthropy and other staff to raise program funding by identifying opportunities and developing proposals and grant applications. The Director develops policy priorities and works with Chapter and Government Relations leadership to implement these efforts. S/he serves on the NC Chapter Conservation Steering Committee and advises the Director of Conservation Programs on strategic priorities for the region.


  • BA/BS degree and 7 years’ experience in conservation practice or related field or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience, coursework, or training related to southeastern ecosystems, forest ecology, and related land management practices.
  • Experience working with private landowners, government agencies and/or in partnerships to achieve program objectives.
  • Fundraising experience, including identifying donor prospects and donor cultivation.
  • Experience managing complex or multiple projects, including managing finances and coordinating the work of other professionals and partners.  
  • Supervisory experience, including motivating, leading, setting objectives and managing performance.
  • Experience in partnership development with non-profit partners, community groups and/or government agencies.                                       
  • Experience demonstrating communication, persuasion, and negotiation skills.


  • Multi-lingual and multi-cultural or cross cultural experience appreciated.
  • 7-10 years’ experience in conservation practice or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Demonstrated experience influencing, developing and implementing conservation policy and plans.
  • Knowledge of current trends and practices in relevant discipline(s) and regions.
  • Ability to develop practical applications of scientific concepts and technical innovations for conservation purposes.
  • Knowledge of methods and standards of biodiversity information systems and initiatives.
  • Communicating clearly via written, spoken, and graphical means in English and other relevant languages.
  • Politically savvy and experienced in policy and partnership development.
  • Demonstrated experience working effectively with and through others in a decentralized and geographically dispersed organization.

To apply to this position, submit resume (required) and cover letter separately through All applications must be submitted in the system prior to 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on February 9, 2018.


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 men and women of diverse backgrounds, beliefs and culture. 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 orientation, gender identity, military, protected veteran status or other status protected by law.

The successful applicant must meet the requirements of The Nature Conservancy’s background screening process.