Director of Policy and Strategic Programs (Caribbean Division)

The Nature Conservancy (TNC)

Coral Gables, FL, USA 🇺🇸

Jamaica 🇯🇲

Arlington, VA, USA 🇺🇸

Bahamas 🇧🇸

Dominican Republic 🇩🇴

Grenada 🇬🇩

Puerto Rico 🇵🇷

St. Croix, USVI 🇻🇮

Job ID: 52585

Location: Florida

Full/Part Time:

Regular/Temporary: Regular


Coral Gables, Florida, USA

This position is flexible to Coral Gables, Florida, USA , TNC headquarters Arlington, Virginia, USA, and other locations where TNC Caribbean has an established office: The Bahamas, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, or St. Croix, US Virgin Islands.


The mission of The Nature Conservancy (TNC) is to conserve the lands and waters upon which all life depends. As a science-based organization, we develop innovative, on-the-ground solutions to the world’s toughest environmental challenges so that people and nature can thrive. Our work is guided by our values, which include a commitment to diversity and respect for people, communities, and cultures. From a rewarding mission to career development and flexible schedules, there are many reasons to love life #insideTNC. Want to know more? Check out our TNC Talent playlist on YouTube   to hear stories from staff or visit  Glassdoor.

One of TNC’s primary goals is to cultivate an inclusive work environment so that employees around the globe have a sense of belonging and feel that their unique contributions are valued. We know we’ll only achieve our mission by hiring and engaging a diverse staff that reflects the communities in which we work. Recognizing that people bring talent and skills that have been developed outside the scope of a job, we take a holistic approach to recruitment that considers life experience in addition to the professional requirements listed in our postings. Please apply – we’d love to hear from you. To quote a popular saying at TNC, “you’ll join for the mission, and you’ll stay for the people.”


The Director of Policy and Strategic Programs works with government and business entities at all levels to further the Conservancy’s mission. They monitor legislative, administrative, and/or corporate initiatives and policies, which are related to the mission or programs of TNC. Duties include engaging local, national, and regional officials and/or corporate representatives to advance the conservation vision of the Caribbean Division through policy and or regulatory action, often in close collaboration with global and geography-based leadership. They represent The Nature Conservancy before special interest groups, and work among key government and business officials to increase support for TNC’s mission and programs. They plan, implement, and coordinate strategic programs that deliver outcomes aligned with the Caribbean Division’s Strategic Plan to increase impact of the organization at the global, regional, and national/territorial level in our Caribbean geographies to aligns with the Caribbean Division Strategic Plan. They are responsible for and actively manage the public funding pipeline, including internal reporting and tracking, that supports Caribbean Division priorities and leads a team that actively engages in raising both public and private funds to meet the Division’s needs. Representing TNC, they work among key government and business officials to increase support for TNC’s mission and programs. They manage the relationship with the Caribbean Challenge Initiative and Caribbean Biodiversity Fund (CBF), including serving as TNC’s designated CBF Board representative. Manage multi-disciplinary administrative and professional staff with responsibility for their performance management, training, and career development. Develop and administer External Affairs budget and operate within budget guidelines to ensure sound financial performance and ensure that the External Affairs team meets all lobbying, contractual, and legal regulations, and standards.


Want to help save the planet? From the mountains to the sea, The Nature Conservancy is dedicated to conserving the natural resources that make our planet unique. This is an exceptional career opportunity for a highly motivated, capable individual interested in joining the world’s leading conservation organization!
By joining our Caribbean Division, you will become part of a group that is a force to be reckoned with; a force for nature, a force for people, and a force for our planet.  Our team consists of a dedicated group who are leading the conservation effort on multiple fronts and who expertly bring strategy and action together.  


  • Bachelor’s degree and 7 years of related senior-level work experience engaging in conservation policy and management at national and multi-national levels. 
  • Fluency in English, with both oral and written language proficiency that supports high impact conversations and presentations.
  • Experience in public policy, conservation/environmental policy, regulatory advocacy, and public funding.  
  • Experience building effective relationships across an organization and with partners such as corporations, public agencies, donors, and/or volunteers.
  • Supervisory experience, including motivating, leading, setting objectives and managing performance of a multi-cultural team. Experience delegating responsibility and authority to staff and clearly defining expectations. 
  • Experience with team leadership skills, including the ability to effectively manage and supervise a multi-disciplinary team and manage a program budget.
  • Experience working with current and evolving political, legislative, sustainability, and/or conservation trends on an international, regional, country or sub-national level.
  • Experience in current trends and practices in conservation including climate adaptation and mitigation, complex conservation agreements and/or sustainable financing mechanisms, marine and/or terrestrial protected area management, freshwater, marine and terrestrial spatial planning, community-based conservation in the Caribbean. 
  • Experience in directing or participating in complex negotiations and presenting to and communicating with government officials, corporate executives, board members and others.
  • Experience designing, implementing, and directing multiple and multifaceted projects, setting deadlines, and ensuring program accountability.
  • Experience working with public funders to shape their priorities and developing successful proposals.
  • Experience in appreciation and respect for the diversity of cultures, languages, and perspectives that exist across the Caribbean.
  • Experience communicating complex processes and ideas effectively to a variety of audiences within and outside an organization. 


  • Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural experience appreciated. Working command of Spanish and/or French is a plus.
  • Master’s degree in public policy, business administration or other relevant fields appreciated.   
  • Significant experience in business development, general management, management consulting, or investment banking.  Experience with corporate social responsibility or corporate sustainability. 
  • Outstanding analytical and project management capabilities. Demonstrated ability to successfully develop and implement complex projects and, when necessary, create the structures or enabling conditions for their success. 
  • Outstanding written and oral communication, negotiating and organizational skills.
  • Independent and self-motivated with the ability to participate effectively in a remote team environment. 
  • Private philanthropic fundraising experience a plus.


To apply for job ID 52585, submit cover letter and resume online by using the Apply Now button at by 11:59pm EST on December 30, 2022. Need help applying? Visit our recruitment page or contact

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, 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.

Where legally permissible, TNC requires all new employees to be fully vaccinated and willing to keep up to date with vaccines that protect against COVID-19.   By accepting an offer of employment, you agree to comply with this requirement, unless you are entitled to a legally mandated exemption.

An attractive salary and benefits package is part of TNC’s value proposition to our employees. TNC strives to provide competitive pay and bases salaries on the geographic location of the role committing to being equitable across groups and providing hiring salary ranges when possible.

Since we support flexible and remote work for our employees, many positions have a flexible location within countries where we’re registered as a Non-government Organization and established as an employer. This may mean we’re unable to provide a hiring salary range in the posting for some of our positions. However, candidates invited to be part of our interview process will be provided their location specific range upon request.





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