Chief of Staff (Office of the Chief Conservation Officer)

Denver, CO, US

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The Chief of Staff to the Chief Conservation Officer is responsible for working closely with the Chief Conservation Officer (CCO) to provide strategic direction, program delivery, operations, and fundraising support for a $600M annual operation. S/he will assist the CCO with efforts to ensure timely implementation of the most important Executive Team, Conservation, and Development initiatives. S/he will coordinate a small CCO team to ensure the most strategic use of the CCO’s time and development of CCO communications. S/he will assist in managing and setting agendas for the Conservation Management Team.

The Chief of Staff will supervise a small staff supporting the Office of the CCO, including administrative and executive communications staff, and coordinate the CCO’s direct reports. S/he must have exceptional diplomatic skills, and have a proven track record of working with others who s/he does not supervise to develop creative solutions to complex business problems. This position is designed to be a stepping stone for an up-and-coming leader who will be ready to take on senior leadership roles at TNC following this assignment. The position is based in the CCO’s office in Denver, CO.


The Chief of Staff will work with the CCO and senior TNC leadership to lead/support the organization in key areas. The Chief of Staff will maintain robust and strategic communications with all of the CCO’s direct reports, Office of the President, Chief Strategy Officer, and other Executive Team members. She/he will ensure the smooth operation and effectiveness of the CCO’s office and staff, managing schedules, communication, coordination, and operations. She/he will support the direct fundraising efforts of the CCO by advancing donor strategy, assisting the development of fundraising proposals and collaborating with development colleagues.

The priorities of the Chief of Staff may evolve over time to correspond to the highest organizational priorities and areas in need of attention or extra resources. The areas under the oversight of the Office of the Chief Conservation Officer and in which the Chief of Staff will be involved include:

1) Developing and managing the conservation strategy and agenda of the world’s largest conservation NGO. Driving implementation of the Priorities of TNC’s Shared Conservation Agenda in partnership with the Chief Strategy Office. Overseeing conservation and fundraising management and operations in more than 70 countries across the world. 2) Supporting the development and implementation of a $4 billion+ public, private, and impact capital fundraising Campaign to support TNC’s conservation vision and engaging top donor prospects for the Campaign. 3) Developing and maintaining communications to and engagement of the most powerful constituency in the conservation business. These efforts may target individuals or institutions from the TNC community, business, NGOs, government or other institutions. Working closely with many program leads to build-out constituency management, engagement and communications strategies included but not limited to the Office of the President, Directors of External Affairs and Conservation Strategies, Director of the Trustee Program and Director of Board Relations.



  • 5-7 years of experience in one, or a combination of, the major divisions of the organization.
  • Graduate degree or MBA desirable.
  • Experience with both U.S. and global programs.
  • Leadership ability, discretion and excellent judgment.
  • Exceptional analytic and creative skills. Ability to synthesize complex information.
  • Positive solution-oriented outlook.
  • Ability to manage project teams of peers.
  • Must be able to react to time-sensitive matters as well as manage complex, longer-term initiatives.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Proven ability to succeed through positive influence, persuasion and tact.


  • Ability to design, implement and direct multiple projects, setting deadlines and ensuring program accountability. Ability to manage project teams of peers as well as diverse multi-disciplinary teams.
  • Ability to work in high-visibility, fast-paced and stressful environment.
  • Ability to think strategically, creating competitive and breakthrough strategies and plans locally and organization wide.
  • Ability to communicate a compelling sense of core purpose.
  • Cultivates the creative ideas of others, projecting potential outcomes. Experiments to find creative solutions.


  • Ability to make good decisions based on analysis, wisdom, experience and judgment.
  • Significant opportunity to act independently within broad program goals.


  • May have management responsibility for administrative, professional and volunteer staff and department, including training and development. Establishes clear directions, sets stretch objectives.
  • May serve as a team leader for assigned projects and coordinate the work of others.
  • Responsibility to work within scope of program’s strategic goals.


  • Ability to deal effectively, diplomatically, honestly and sensitively with all levels of management and staff.
  • Ability to work with and communicate with a wide range of people including: vendors, applicants and the public.
  • Ability to analyze available information for the purpose of coordinating efforts, planning and implementing projects.
  • Ability to consistently demonstrate professional, positive and approachable attitude/demeanor. Discretion and sensitivity in handling confidential information.
  • Ability to work effectively with and through others in a geographically dispersed, multicultural organization.


  • Some positions require willingness and ability to travel up to 60% both domestically and internationally. All positions require some travel.


  • Bachelor’s degree and 5-10+ years related work experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience coordinating multiple projects, setting realistic deadlines, and managing timelines.
  • Experience managing a multi-disciplinary team of professionals.
  • Experience working with people in various roles, such as board members, donors, volunteers, the public and/or all levels of staff.
  • Experience in developing program-wide strategies and guidelines and planning for successful implementation.


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