Communications Manager, Provide Food and Water Sustainably

The Nature Conservancy (TNC)
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
NGO/Civil Society
Experience Level: 
5-7 Years
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)


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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 79 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.




To meet TNC’s vision of a world in which people and nature thrive, food and water systems must support the long-term health of people and communities in ways that are sustainable and that enhance our planet’s ability to mitigate and adapt to climate change. TNC’s Provide Food and Water Sustainably (Provide) global team partners with businesses, governments, communities and civil society to increase food and water sustainability while we meet our goals to protect habitats, restore degraded land and seascapes, secure freshwater, and strengthen fisheries in a changing world. The Communications Manager manages medium scale, complex business–critical projects. This position reports to the Director of Communications for Provide. The Communications Manager is responsible for providing a broad range of resources related to communications initiatives, working directly with and under the direction of various leaders throughout the team.

The Communications Manager will work toward meeting strategic priorities by developing and coordinating donor and strategic communications materials and managing projects for Provide communications, development, and conservation initiatives. They will serve as the lead liaison with internal and external partners in order to advance specified outcomes. They will establish project goals and success factors, develop project plans, budgets and schedules with input and buy-in from key stakeholders and team members, and will lead the project teams to successfully achieve those goals in the most impactful and cost-effective manner possible. In doing so they ensure coordination between multiple TNC departments, TNC partners, vendors, donors and volunteers, and work with appropriate team members to gain approval for key decisions. The Communications Manager will maintain expert knowledge of project management tools used by the team and will be a resource for other staff. They will apply knowledge to managing organizational support and planning and executing communications deliverables. They will manage documentation and serve as key team member for the enhancement of systems and tools used by the team. The Communications Manager will work in close cooperation with any or all of the following: Conservancy senior leadership and staff, donors, trustees, Board of Directors, vendors, public agencies, and business relations. They will lead diverse activities, analyze situations, evaluate alternatives, project outcomes, and implement solutions in order to improve effectiveness. The position is currently funded for two years.


The Communications Manager will support the following three areas of communications needs within Provide.

  • Support Provide communications internally and externally in collaboration with Provide leadership, global strategic communications and internal communications teams, 60+% of time. Duties include:
    • Enhanced engagement and liaison with the full Provide team to monitor activities, subsequently creating, designing and executing communications initiatives identified as a result of conservation activities;
    • General presentation / design / layout support;
    • General writing needs – fact sheets, first drafts of other materials, social media copy for strategic communications, and other writing tasks as assigned;
    • Special communications project management as assigned;
    • Internal communication creation and distribution;
    • Miscellaneous communications such as maintaining TNC Connect, Workplace and other team communication protocols and tools;
    • Support strategy-led communication initiatives, such as writing/editing/designing technical reports, bulletins and briefs, and creating infographics for PPT’s for diverse audiences.
  • Support the Provide Food and Water Sustainably Affinity Group, including meeting and event planning (virtual, domestic and international) and creating related communications materials, with support from TNC’s international trips program, up to 20% of time. Work will include close coordination with lead development and donor communications staff.
  • Project management and communications support to conservation priorities, supporting a wide variety of teams and management duties. Act as resource to other staff on communications guidance, training, tools and expertise, up to 20% of time. Examples include:
    • Preparation of reports to senior management and donors;
    • Preparation of management review materials, and other team management duties of the Deputy Managing Director.

Other key responsibilities include:

  • Act independently; exercise independent judgment to identify and solve complex problems; work checked through consultation and agreement with others rather than by directives of superiors;
  • Take leadership role on interdepartmental teams to coordinate the work of peers;
  • Demonstrate sensitivity in handling confidential information;
  • Design and manage multiple projects, including directing work of staff/volunteers, managing budget, setting deadlines, and ensuring accountability;
  • Design, plan and/or support new initiatives that will ensure department and organization-wide goals and strategies are achieved;
  • Ensure programmatic commitments, Conservancy policies and procedures, and financial standards are met and managed for compliance; decisions may have program-wide impact and may bind the organization financially or legally;
  • Minimize legal risk to the Conservancy and ensure legal compliance with applicable state and local regulation;
  • May supervise one or more administrative or professional staff, including training and professional development; may supervise volunteers, interns or temporary staff;
  • Travel less than 25%; may be on short notice; working long or flexible hours as needed;
  • Work environment involves only infrequent exposure to disagreeable elements and minor physical exertion and/or strain.


  • Bachelor’s degree in related field and a minimum 7 years’ related experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience crafting organization- or company-wide communication tools, including branding.
  • Experience writing, editing and proofreading messages for targeted audiences.
  • Experience presenting to diverse audiences including some or all of the following: internal and external executives, donors, members, board members, and the public or equivalent.
  • Experience implementing and managing multiple complex projects.


  • Strong skills in writing and design of professional materials for diverse audiences
  • Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experiences are appreciated;
  • Ability to manage and implement complex processes;
  • Ability to work in partnership with others in a collaborative role in a globally disbursed team environment;
  • Demonstrated ability to conceive and write creatively for various audiences;
  • Experience leading or managing complex projects in an international organization;
  • Strong organization skills and attention to detail;
  • Knowledge of current and evolving trends in the communications field, preferably in a non-profit environment;
  • Advanced knowledge in current and evolving technology related to field of experience;
  • Proficiency in interpreting guidelines and manipulating, analyzing, and interpreting data;
  • Strong organization, planning, and problem-solving skills; and/or
  • Successful experience implementing program goals.




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