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Deputy Executive Director, Florida

The Nature Conservancy
Starting Salary $146,000
Closing date
Dec 15, 2023

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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 Deputy Executive Director of Conservation works closely with the Deputy Executive Director of Operations, and the Executive Director (ED) to manage chapter affairs and respond to opportunities and challenges and serve as a proxy in professional settings where designated by the ED.  The Deputy Executive Director oversees the conservation and government relations departments comprised of more than 55 staff, including four direct reports, and a $10M budget.  The Deputy Executive Director sits on the Executive Leadership Team in Florida.


The Deputy Executive Director oversees all aspects of conservation, science, stewardship and government relations for The Nature Conservancy in Florida and plays an active role in establishing and managing the conservation priorities that help maximize Florida and the Southern Division’s collective contributions to realizing the Conservancy’s 2030 goals.  Conservation work in Florida is connected to five conservation strategies:


  • Building a Sustainable Florida Center for Conservation Initiatives Conserving Resilient Lands, Oceans, and Waters Inspiring Climate Action Transforming Marine Management



The Deputy Executive Director sets and meets strategic conservation goals and objectives in FL and the Southern Division.  They serve as the principal contact to government agencies, other conservation organizations, foundations, and the academic community.  They persuasively convey the mission of TNC to diverse groups including key legislators, government officials and others who are critical to the Conservancy’s overall public funding strategies.  Frequent travel domestically, evening and weekend hours may be required. This role may work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain, and under physically demanding circumstances.  The Deputy Executive Director will work from a home office in Florida and location is flexible, with the exception of Monroe County.  Preferred location is close to a major airport.   


We’re Looking for You:

If you’re looking for a career where you can find meaning and purpose, come join our Chapter as the Deputy Executive Director! 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 has a deep conservation background with the ability to lead and develop a passionate group of conservation staff.  They have experience in conservation, science, and government relations strategy development.


We’re looking for a skilled, passionate, and dedicated person to lead our Chapter and work within our division. Systems Leadership, creativity, and the ability to influence without authority are key in this role. Come join TNC and apply today!


What You’ll Bring:

  • Bachelor’s degree and 7 years of relevant experience in conservation practice, or equivalent combination of education/experience.  Project management experience including coordinating the work of other professionals inside and outside an organization. Experience directing a major program or project of strategic importance. Experience managing a multi-disciplinary team of professionals and senior level staff. Experience negotiating complex, high profile or sensitive agreements.  Experience in developing program-wide strategies and policies. Experience working with diverse groups of staff and partners. Communication and presentation skills in the English language. Well-organized and self-directed, able to delegate appropriately.





  • Extensive management experience including ability to motivate, lead, set objectives, and manage performance of a large multi-disciplinary team.  Keeps staff informed and expresses appreciation.  Proven managerial talent in budgeting, staffing, and performance management.  Delegates responsibility and authority to staff and clearly defines expectations. Ability to foster an environment of creativity and professional growth. Proven technical skills, analytical ability, good judgment, and strong operational focus.  Demonstrated operational, implementation and detail-oriented perspective. Expert knowledge of current and evolving trends in conservation, government relations, and non-profit management.


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!


The starting pay range for a candidate selected for this position is generally within the range of $146,000-$160,000 for annual base salary. This range only applies to candidates whose country of employment is the USA. Where a successful candidate’s actual pay will fall within this range will be based on a variety of factors, including, for example, the candidate's location, qualifications, specific skills, and experience. Please note countries outside the USA would have a different pay range in the local currency based on the local labor market, and not tied to USA pay or ranges. Your geographic location will be confirmed during the recruitment.


This description is not designed to be a complete list of all duties and responsibilities required for this job.

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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.

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.

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