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Director, Albemarle- Pamlico Sounds Program

The Nature Conservancy North Carolina
Wilmington, North Carolina
$85,000-$100,000 annually
Closing date
Aug 18, 2022

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Conservation science
Project Management
Job Level
Senior level
Salary Type
Employment Type
Full time
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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.


The Albemarle-Pamlico Sounds Program Director oversees all aspects of protection, science, stewardship, restoration and community relations for northeastern North Carolina, including portions of the Coastal Plain, Outer Banks, Piedmont and the rivers that connect these areas.  They provide leadership and support for TNC’s conservation actions by utilizing best available science and conservation planning to establish overall priorities in the region. They supply management, oversight and program support to Conservancy field operations.  They serve as the principle contact to government agencies, other conservation organizations, foundations and the academic community.  They negotiate complex and innovative solutions with government agencies and landowners to conserve and protect natural communities and develops and implements conservation strategies.  They manage and support staff working within our mission critical climate mitigation/peatlands and flood resilience strategies and serve as the Chapter’s principal representative to the Southern US Division Ocean and Coast Network. 


The Albemarle-Pamlico Sounds Program Director leads and manages a team of professionals working across northeastern North Carolina.  They define conservation priorities, oversee budgets and develop work plans, build strategic, scientific and technical expertise and develop innovative scientific methods, analyses, tools, and frameworks to address the conservation of natural systems in northeastern NC.  They partner to expand the reach of TNC resources, build support for conservation efforts and represent TNC’s interests on high-leverage partnerships.  They work closely with Philanthropy and other staff to raise project funding support by identifying opportunities and developing proposals and grant applications.  They serve on the NC Chapter Conservation Steering Committee and advise the Director of Conservation Programs on strategic priorities for the region.

What You'll Bring

  • BA/BS degree and 7 years’ experience in conservation practice or related field or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Fundraising experience, including identifying donor prospects and donor cultivation.
  • Experience with grant writing and administration.
  • 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 negotiating.

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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.


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