Southern Andes Program Director

Santiago, , CL

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The Director of the Southern Andes operating unit is the overall responsible for implementation of The Nature Conservancy’s conservation efforts in Argentina, Chile, Bolivia and Paraguay. The Southern Andes Director facilitates and oversees TNC´s conservation, policy, fundraising and team-building in coordination with Conservation Managers in Argentina and Chile and works with partners to achieve our conservation goals in Bolivia and Paraguay. He/she will coordinate with Conservation Managers contacts to government agencies, multilateral organizations, companies and other conservation organizations, foundations and the academic community in Argentina and Chile.

He/she will work with the four regional strategy teams—Freshwater, Lands, Infrastructure and Marine—and country Conservation Managers to implement a specific, actionable business plan and to contribute to the organization’s goals in Latin America. He/she will coordinate with Conservancy’s Global Priorities groups to ensure that our work is adequately leveraged and represented in international policy and donor events. He/she will play a leading role in engaging donor support both for the Southern Andes Unit itself and for Latin America Conservation Programs’ work as needed. He/she negotiates or supports the negotiation of complex and innovative solutions with government agencies, companies, major institutions, and landowners related to conservation in the food sector in coordination with country Conservation Managers.

He/she will work with key Conservancy staff to coordinate, integrate and promote the Conservancy’s diverse projects in agriculture, ranching and fisheries, helping the organization leverage its field successes into new policy and corporate-engagement tools that dramatically increase the scale of our influence and result in significant and measurable conservation results.


  • Facilitate the development and implementation of cutting-edge conservation strategies to address challenges related to freshwater conservation, sustainable food production, deforestation and climate change, infrastructure development and preserving oceans, in coordination with country Conservation Managers.
  • This effort may include integrating and leveraging existing projects, such as ongoing work in the Humboldt Current, Patagonia, the Maipo Watershed, the Valdivian Coastal Reserve, as well as expansion into relatively new areas for The Nature Conservancy in Argentina’s Humid Pampas and the Gran Chaco extending across Argentina, Bolivia and Paraguay.
  • Work with the Conservancy’s Regional Leadership Team to develop and lead strategies to engage major international agencies, corporations and foundations that work on conservation issues in Argentina and Chile to mitigate negative impacts on biodiversity conservation and environmental services provisions. Identify and cultivate high-leverage partnerships around conservation goals related to conservation in these countries in coordination with country Conservation Managers.
  • In addition to leading the Southern Andes operating unit, he/she will focus 80% of his/her time on external engagement, management of board of trustees, management of key partners and donors, and raising funds to implement the unit’s strategy.
  • In the first 6 months after hire, he/she will spent 80% of the time understanding the organization, strategies and manage internally.
  • Lead efforts to improve coordination, communication and planning across Conservation Programs in the Southern Andes. Is responsible for the overall reporting of progress for SA, coordination the flow of information from the team.
  • Serve as a focal point for Latin America and Global engagement with internal and external parties to integrate Conservancy activities related to Argentina, Chile, Bolivia and Paraguay and ensure an adaptive, locally appropriate, coherent, unified approach commensurate with the potential threat in coordination with the country Conservation Managers.
  • Work directly with the Conservancy’s Trustee Advisory Councils for Argentina and Chile to maximize their participation in and contributions to the operating unit’s conservation, fundraising and policy efforts in coordination with country Conservation Managers.
  • Requires frequent travel domestically and/or internationally, including evening and weekend hours.


  • Bachelor’s degree and minimum of 7 years of experience as a leader in the conservation arena, non-profit sector, advocacy, or related for-profit area.
  • Management experience including leading and managing a large multi-disciplinary team.
  • Written and verbal fluency in English and Spanish is required.
  • Superb communication and presentation skills required.
  • Experience designing, implementing, and directing complex or multiple projects of strategic importance, including managing finances, supervising multidisciplinary professionals and coordinating the work of partners while meeting deadlines.
  • Experience working with current trends and practices in relevant discipline(s) and geographic regions, especially Argentina and Chile.
  • Experience communicating with and presenting to diverse audiences including donors, board members, employees, outside partners, or equivalent.
  • Experience developing partnerships (partners, community, government).
  • Experience in fundraising, including identifying donor prospects and donor cultivation, and budget management.
  • Networking skills with high level conservation contacts.
  • Experience working with methods and standards of biodiversity information systems and initiatives.
  • Experience conceiving and implementing strategic and creative initiatives.
  • Negotiation skills.


  • Bachelor’s degree and minimum of 7-10 years experience as a proven leader in the conservation arena, in Latin America.
  • Master’s degree in conservation, agriculture or a related field.
  • Demonstrated leadership and visionary qualities and ability to work effectively with and through others in a decentralized and geographically dispersed organization.
  • Extensive management experience including ability to motivate, lead, set objectives, and manage performance of a large multi-disciplinary team.
  • Success as an inspirational leader who has successfully motivated staff to achieve and sustain excellence. Proven managerial talent in budgeting, staffing, and performance management.
  • High energy, forward thinking, creative individual with high ethical standards. Outstanding leadership and visionary qualities and able to work effectively with and through others in a decentralized and geographically dispersed organization.
  • Proven technical skills, analytical ability, good judgment, and strong operational focus. Demonstrated operational, implementation and detail-oriented perspective.
  • Well organized and self-directed; politically savvy and a team player.
  • Successful experience in partnership development (partners, community, government, etc) including extensive networking with high-level conservation, business, and/or government contacts; political savvy.
  • Demonstrated successful experience in fundraising.
  • Successful experience in developing, directing and managing multiple projects.
  • Experience conceiving and implementing strategic initiatives.
  • Ability to communicate clearly via written, spoken, and graphical means.
  • Demonstrated success as an inspirational manager who has successfully motivated staff to achieve and sustain excellence.
  • Proven interpersonal and negotiation skills.
  • Fluency in Spanish strongly desired. Written and verbal fluency in English required.


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Location: Chile

Job ID: 44846

Regular/Temporary: Regular

Full/Part Time: Full-Time