Global Managing Director (Climate)

The Nature Conservancy (TNC)
Arlington, VA, United States
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Organization Type: 
NGO/Civil Society
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Not Specified


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Founded in 1951, the Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world's toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. We are tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at unprecedented scale, providing food and water sustainably and helping make cities more sustainable.  One of our core values is our commitment to diversity. Therefore, we strive for a globally diverse and culturally competent workforce. Working in 72 countries, including all 50 United States, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit or follow @nature_press on Twitter.
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.




The Nature Conservancy is seeking a proven leader to advance its work to address climate change, an urgent issue for the organization’s mission and the planet. TNC is determined to make the biggest difference it possibly can in addressing the climate challenge. TNC’s CEO, President, executive team and global board all view addressing climate change as one of the organization’s highest priorities, and they seek a leader who will think and act boldly to help make change happen in the world.




The Global Managing Director, Climate Change will provide strategic leadership and management oversight for multiple organizational strategies to advance TNC’s global work of tackling climate change, with a particular focus on climate change mitigation, adaptation and natural climate solutions. They will be responsible for enhancing TNC’s climate strategy, profile, and global leadership on the critical issue of climate change. The clock is ticking for the planet; if you want to make a real difference on climate change, joining The Nature Conservancy is a great way to help accomplish that.
This position will focus on raising TNC’s ambition and impact on the issue of climate change. In particular, TNC has an important contribution to make to advance climate change mitigation, adaptation and natural climate solutions (using nature to help sequester carbon). As a leading conservation spokesperson for TNC, the Global Managing Director will represent the organization internally and externally to an array of audiences; advocate for and raise the visibility of organizational global priorities specific to climate change; create high-impact partnerships and collaborations with external partners; and ensure strong strategic direction of TNC’s climate change work. They will work on a global scale and be responsible for fundraising in the private sector, and in the public sector in coordination with TNC’s government relations team, to ensure that sufficient resources are available to accomplish the TNC Climate Change program’s overall strategic goals.




  • Lead and oversee implementation and coordination of the organization’s climate change strategies and related projects.
  • Represent TNC’s climate change program internally and externally with TNC staff, partners, corporate entities, and other organizations to advance TNC’s priorities.
  • Lead the design and coordinated implementation of long-term global strategic plans, goals, and objectives as they relate to TNC’s strategic priority of tackling climate change.
  • Play a leading role in donor identification and cultivation.
  • Coordinate with individual climate strategy teams in setting and reviewing annual budgets and progress against annual goals and objectives for the priority as a whole.    
  • Lead and manage a team that consists of multi-disciplinary staff who possess global expertise in conservation areas related to climate change.
  • Play a leading role in managing complex partnerships with multiple businesses, associations, community groups, partner organizations, and academia.
  • Effectively lead without authority across a highly-matrixed, decentralized organization.     




To apply to position number 48182, please submit email applications with resume (required) and cover letter separately to Egon Zehnder: .   
All applications must be submitted prior to 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on February 18th, 2019.