Europe Resilient Watersheds Program Director (m/f/x)

The Nature Conservancy (TNC)

London, UK 🇬🇧


London, United Kingdom

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 working in more than 75 countries and territories. 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.

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The Europe Resilient Watersheds Program Director manages the portfolio of existing Resilient Watersheds engagements for The Nature Conservancy in Europe and leads on developing an engagement portfolio in area, which focuses on enabling stakeholders to invest in nature-based solutions for water security at scale. Current work includes a mix of direct engagements with strategic partners in England, Spain and Greece and more indirect engagements with Europe-based corporations, eNGOs, development finance institutions and governments. You will work as the principle contact to government agencies, corporates, other conservation organizations, foundations and the academic community on the Resilient Watersheds agenda in Europe. The Program Director will develop and deploy a strategy to accelerate adoption of nature-based solutions by these actors, leveraging TNC’s value-added. You will closely coordinate with the Global Resilient Watersheds team and will mobilize technical assistance for design and implementation of watershed investment programs. The Program Director will identify resource needs to grow our ability to engage and raise funding in line with such requirements, including from philanthropic, corporate (corporate and social responsibility, voluntary or mandatory investments) or government sources, with a view to meeting TNC’s 2030 goals for Europe. This position is part of TNC’s Europe team and reports directly to the Europe Freshwater Director. As an integral part of the Europe Freshwater team, the Program Director will maintain close contact with other strategic pillar leads, as well as with the policy, corporate engagement and sustainable finance teams and with the Southeast Europe Freshwater Program.

This is a full-time position (with flexible working arrangements). Travel in the UK and the European Union is expected for up to 20% of the time, with occasional travel to other continents. Preferred location is London; alternative locations are Brussels or Berlin. No relocation or immigration assistance is offered with this position.

The Program Director establishes The Nature Conservancy as a major conservation partner within the Resilient Watersheds area, defines conservation priorities and long-term conservation strategies, builds strategic, scientific, and technical capacity in the nature-based solutions field and develops key partnerships with public and private organizations to identify and resolve technical issues and to widely communicate solutions and best practices. You will develop innovative scientific methods, analyses, publications, tools, business models and frameworks to address the natural system needs, engage local community support for local conservation efforts, and negotiate complex and innovative solutions with government agencies, corporates and landowners to conserve and protect natural communities.

Geographic scope includes EU27 countries and the United Kingdom.
Programmatic scope may require cross-boundary work and relationships.
Responsible for leading the Resilient Watersheds program with extensive cooperation with other areas of the Europe team, global and regional Resilient Watersheds team and the Freshwater Community of practice.
Leads and manages team or project to support and deliver on objectives.
Depending on team growth, may be asked to manage multi-disciplinary administrative and professional staff, with responsibility for performance management, training and career development. Establish clear directions and set stretch objectives.
Establish and maintain optimal standards of performance for the department or program while controlling costs and administering budgets.
Responsible for ensuring that public and private funds are raised to meet program needs.
Builds cooperation from outside parties to accomplish program goals.
Frequently makes independent decision based on analysis, experience, and context.
BA/BS degree and 5 years’ experience in conservation practice or equivalent.
Experience managing complex or multiple projects, including staffing, workloads and finances under deadlines.
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.

Multi-lingual and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated.
5-7 years’ experience in conservation practice or related field or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Knowledge of nature-based solutions and ecosystem services monetisation.
Demonstrated experience influencing, developing and implementing conservation policy and plans.
Knowledge of current trends and practices in relevant discipline(s) and regions.
Knowledge of methods and standards of biodiversity information systems and initiatives or related field.
Communicating clearly via written, spoken, and graphical means in English and other relevant languages.
Demonstrated experience in fundraising.
Politically savvy.
The Nature Conservancy offers a competitive, comprehensive benefits package including health care benefits, flexible spending accounts, 401(k) plan to include employer match, parental leave, accrued paid time off, life insurance, disability coverage, employee assistance program, other life and work well-being benefits. Learn more about our benefits in the Culture Tab on

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To apply for job ID 51368, submit your materials online by using the Apply Now button at by 11:59 PM EST on May 11, 2022 (11.05.2022). Need help applying? Visit our recruitment page or contact [email protected].

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 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 or other status protected by law.






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