Director of Marketing and Communications, Global Protect Oceans, Lands, and Freshwater (Remote)

The Nature Conservancy (TNC)


Job ID: 53005

Location: All International

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular


Arlington, Virginia, USA

Location is flexible.  The selected candidate should anticipate a need to develop modes of working with a core team located in North America time zones.  May be fully remote or hybrid (home/office).




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 Nature Conservancy’s Global Protect Oceans, Land, and Freshwater program consists of a dedicated globally dispersed group that advances conservation through on-the-ground action, policy engagement, innovative financing, collaborative partnerships, and other strategies. The program works closely with internal and external partners to protect 30% of the planet’s oceans, lands, and freshwater systems in ways that are representative, durable, effective, resilient, and inclusive. 

The Director of Marketing and Communications for the Protect program leads the development and implementation of a strategic, proactive, and integrated communications strategy that advances the goals and objectives of the Protect program by building engagement, influencing conservation action, and raising awareness of goals with key audiences.  The Director will be a fully integrated member of the Protect team, partnering with members of the team to develop messaging, narratives, case studies, and other assets that promote thought leadership, leverage global events, and drive audiences to conservation action. They will lead a small team of communications experts to manage a comprehensive portfolio and ensure timely and high-quality delivery of our protection communications efforts. They will facilitate on-going communication between all parts of the Conservancy’s globally dispersed Marketing division and internal and external stakeholders.  

The Director will be a creative thinker, employing compelling and innovative communications tactics to engage high-level external partners, including with major alliances and coalitions. They work closely with senior executives across the organization to implement strategies to strengthen communications channels and to develop and maintain staff engagement. Working in collaboration with global, regional, and field staff, they will shape an effective TNC narrative around our protection efforts and strategies.They may be required to manage some crisis communications and respond to urgent requests while simultaneously moving foundational strategies forward. They may, at times, act as a spokesperson for the Conservancy. 

Location is flexible.  The selected candidate should anticipate a need to develop modes of working with a core team located in North America time zones.  May be fully remote or hybrid (home/office).. This position is not eligible for relocation or immigration assistance and does require proof of eligibility to work in the candidate’s country of residence prior to being hired. May involve domestic and international travel up to 25%. 


We’re looking for a senior communications professional with a passion for the mission of The Nature Conservancy and who will enhance our ability to reach our 2030 goals. 

Candidates should have strong experience in environmental communications who can inspire influential audiences to make decisions that will advance our mission. Working in a matrixed organization, the ideal candidate should be passionate about communications and conservation, be an innovative and proactive thinker, have exceptional communication and collaboration skills, and experience leading, organizing, and directing complex projects with a small team. They should be a focused manager who has experience delivering high-quality results and leveraging resources to maximize impact. This is an exciting opportunity to contribute to the ongoing mission of conservation by directing and shaping the work of our team!


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in related field and minimum 10 years related work experience or an equivalent combination, including at least 3 years’ experience at a senior management level. 
  • Experience developing communications, media and engagement strategies and measuring results. 
  • Strong team player who can build relationships and work collaboratively across the organization and with partners.
  • Experience in program management, including broad financial responsibility and developing and measuring strategic communications plans.
  • Experience fostering an environment of creativity and professional growth.
  • Experience working in a matrixed environment and designing, directing, implementing and/or delegating a portfolio of multiple projects.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience supervising and managing a team of staff with direct and indirect reporting lines to efficiently allocate available resources to priorities. 
  • Familiarity with global protection strategies, efforts, and projects in the marine, freshwater, or terrestrial realms. 
  • Experience in strategic planning and in contributing to business plans or major strategy assessments.
  • Creative thinker with proven record of innovative strategies and tactics that move people to action.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and meet time sensitive deadlines. 


Since 1951, TNC has been doing work you can believe in. Through grassroots action, we have grown from a small non-profit into 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 and partners, we impact conservation around the world! 

TNC offers competitive and comprehensive benefits packages tailored to the individual countries where we work. These may include health care benefits, retirement benefits, parental leave, paid time off, life insurance, and disability coverage as well as an employee assistance program and other life and well-being benefits. Learn more about our benefits on our Culture Tab on 

We’re proud to offer a flexible work environment that supports the health and well-being of the people we employ.


To apply for job ID 53005, submit your materials online by using the Apply Now button at 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, 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 [email protected] 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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