Senior Policy Advisor (Natural Climate Solutions)

The Nature Conversancy (TNC)
Washington, DC, United States
Position Type: 
Full-Time
Organization Type: 
NGO/Civil Society
Experience Level: 
Mid-Level (5-9 Years)
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)

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The Nature Conservancy is the leading conservation organization working to make a positive impact for people and nature around the world in more than 69 countries, all 50 United States, major US cities and in your neighborhood. Founded in 1951, the mission of The Nature Conservancy is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. One of our core values is our commitment to diversity. Therefore we are committed to a globally diverse and culturally competent workforce. Visit www.nature.org/aboutus to learn more.

The Nature Conservancy has significant scientific credibility, financial acumen, global reach, and a solutions-focused nonpartisan approach—ingredients for leadership to broaden the portfolio of strategies and extent of commitments to conservation and climate action. We are also applying our tradition of innovation—in conservation finance, large-scale demonstration projects, and public-private partnerships—to find cost-effective climate change solutions. The challenges facing our planet today require comprehensive, system-level solutions. Promoting government policies and private sector practices that balance the needs of people and nature is critical to securing lasting conservation outcomes. The work and expertise of The Nature Conservancy’s External Affairs program is integral to this effort. The Conservancy is helping to shape the policies and practices by which critical conservation and investment decisions are made so that it will be possible to achieve the transformative conservation outcomes our world requires.

The External Affairs team is made up of six areas: US Government Relations, International Government Relations, Policy Innovation (staff imbedded in Global Priority teams), Corporate Engagement, Conservation Campaigns (ballot measures and research), and the Center for Sustainability Science.

The Natural Climate Initiative is working to champion the role of land management as a material climate mitigation solution by strengthening fundamental science, bolstering economics and new business models, influencing policy and creating strategic communications in partnership with other thought leaders. The Nature Conservancy has a unique opportunity to apply our decades of experience working globally to solve environmental challenges and to transform how the world plans and uses landscapes, for the benefit of nature, people and the climate.

The Nature Conservancy offers competitive compensation, 401k or savings-plan matching for eligible employees, excellent benefits, flexible work policies and a collaborative work environment. We also provide professional development opportunities and promote from within. As a result, you will find a culture that supports and inspires conservation achievement and personal development, both within the workplace and beyond.

DEPARTMENT OR PROGRAM SPECIFIC

The Nature Conservancy has significant scientific credibility, financial acumen, global reach, and a solutions-focused nonpartisan approach—ingredients for leadership to broaden the portfolio of strategies and extent of commitments to conservation and climate action. We are also applying our tradition of innovation—in conservation finance, large-scale demonstration projects, and public-private partnerships—to find cost-effective climate change solutions. The challenges facing our planet today require comprehensive, system-level solutions. Promoting government policies and private sector practices that balance the needs of people and nature is critical to securing lasting conservation outcomes. The work and expertise of The Nature Conservancy’s External Affairs program is integral to this effort. The Conservancy is helping to shape the policies and practices by which critical conservation and investment decisions are made so that it will be possible to achieve the transformative conservation outcomes our world requires.

The External Affairs team is made up of six areas: US Government Relations, International Government Relations, Policy Innovation (staff imbedded in Global Priority teams), Corporate Engagement, Conservation Campaigns (ballot measures and research), and the Center for Sustainability Science.

The Natural Climate Initiative is working to champion the role of land management as a material climate mitigation solution by strengthening fundamental science, bolstering economics and new business models, influencing policy and creating strategic communications in partnership with other thought leaders. The Nature Conservancy has a unique opportunity to apply our decades of experience working globally to solve environmental challenges and to transform how the world plans and uses landscapes, for the benefit of nature, people and the climate.

POSITION SUMMARY

The Senior Advisor, Natural Climate Solutions Policy Innovation develops and builds consensus for a set of targeted priority policy positions and actions to advance Natural Climate Solutions and works to advance and implement agreed strategies / plans, working with internal and external partners.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

The Senior Advisor provides thought leadership and directs work on policies that will advance Natural Climate Solutions (NCS) – land management activities that contribute to climate mitigation. S/he identifies and proposes the design of policies and incentives to promote the conservation, improved management and restoration of forests, agriculture lands, grasslands and wetlands and engages policy makers and opinion leaders to advance these opportunities. Based in the External Affairs team, s/he provides a strategic link between the Conservancy’s External Affairs climate and land activities and work executed by the Global Lands team on NCS. This involves: (i) developing and building consensus for a set of targeted priority policy positions and actions to advance NCS; (ii) developing, in consultation with key internal stakeholders, agreed strategies / plans to advance these policy positions with relevant public sector entities; and (iii) overseeing the implementation of these strategies / plans. The Senior Advisor will draw on her/his external policy networks across forestry and agriculture forums in various geographies or at the international level to evaluate and develop global strategies, in collaboration with research partners and/or contractors as appropriate.

The Senior Advisor reports directly to the Director of Climate Strategy and indirectly to the Director of the Natural Climate Initiative.

RESPONSIBILITIES AND SCOPE

  • Accountable for developing and building consensus for TNC’s policy positions to advance NCS
  • Accountable for developing and leading agreed strategies to influence policy at the international and/or national level, including working with partners or external consultants to implement policy change / plans to advance TNC’s priority NCS policy positions
  • Lead the implementation of these strategies and plans, potentially including coordinating with consultants and external partners
  • Lead effective discussions and decision making with External Affairs policy counterparts and other internal stakeholders to leverage work across teams related to land (primarily forests and agriculture) and climate
  • Advise and provide thought leadership on innovative policy engagement or incentive approaches that promote the role of lands in climate change mitigation, including tax structures, subsidies, payments for other ecosystem services
  • Advise and provide thought leadership on policy interventions that can help take NCS concepts to scale by translating learning across regions / countries or sectors
  • Identify and evaluate critical international forestry, agriculture or other collaborations that TNC may want to join or how best to leverage current participation, in collaboration with External Affairs counterparts
  • Consideration and development of stakeholder engagement strategies to advance NCS, particularly bridging forestry and agriculture sectors
  • Lead and/or contribute to the development of white papers and other products that reflect TNC’s thought leadership on policies for global lands’ climate solutions, working with science and communications teams to identify policymaker audiences and translate science findings appropriately
  • Collaborate with corporate engagement teams to best leverage private sector relationships to advance policy goals
  • Represent TNC at strategic external engagement meetings, policy forums and networking relevant to NCS policy goals
  • Work with fundraising and conservation teams to craft fundraising requests for policy activities and help identify public and private funding opportunities

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s degree in political science, environmental policy, business or related field and 6 years of senior government relations experience, corporate sector experience, or equivalent combination of education/experience.
  • Demonstrated experience working on policy, conservation or other relevant projects related to land and climate and ability to bring this knowledge to the NCS agenda
  • Demonstrated knowledge of existing land-use climate policies across forestry and agriculture sectors, such as REDD+ and corporate supply chain initiatives
  • Demonstrated ability to synthesize technical, economic and political information to develop relevant policy positions and engage the private sector
  • Experience working collaboratively across a matrixed organization and externally with various coalitions and partnerships
  • Outstanding written and oral communication, negotiating and organizational skills
  • Experience advocating policy positions to government officials and other stakeholders and building effective coalitions
  • Demonstrated experience conceiving and implementing strategic initiatives and project management

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Master’s degree in political science, environmental policy, business or related field
  • Knowledge of non-climate related issues impacting public production and protection forests, private forest land management and agriculture and general knowledge of the structure of timber and agriculture industries
  • Familiarity with voluntary and compliance carbon markets for land-based activities
  • Familiarity with major private sector actors working in the forestry and agriculture supply chains and their ability to influence and/or advocate for policy change
  • Multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience, including some experience working in or with projects in Brazil, China, Indonesia, Mexico, Canada, Australasia, India or the US
  • Multilingual skills appreciated.
  • Aptitude to explore policy areas outside of climate, such as finance and economic policies
  • Experience preparing and presenting project proposals and negotiating complex high profile or sensitive agreements with government and/or corporate business

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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 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.

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