Executive Director (Micronesia & Polynesia)

The Nature Conservancy (TNC)

Kolonia, Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia 🇫🇲


Kolonia Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia

The location for this position is negotiable within Micronesia.


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The Executive Director, Micronesia & Polynesia is a key conservation leader in the region, representing TNC with a variety of stakeholders and driving a team of conservation professionals to achieve meaningful conservation outcomes on the land, water and oceans of Micronesia and Polynesia. TNC has a long history of work in the region and recently expanded its focus to include new geographies and is seeking a leader to help solve big challenges facing nature and people in a changing world.


The Executive Director, Micronesia & Polynesia, (Executive Director) provides vision, leadership, strategic direction, and resources to the work of TNC and its partners within Micronesia (the Federated States of Micronesia, Republics of Palau, Kiribati and the Marshall Islands, Territory of Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands) and Polynesia (American Samoa and French Polynesia). The Executive Director is accountable for the Micronesia and Polynesia Programs’ success in implementing TNC’s conservation approach, producing measurable conservation results and maintaining organizational values. They ensure outcomes are achieved in priority areas that fall within the program’s responsibilities, and contribute intellectual, financial, and/or human resources to the formulation and execution of priority cross-boundary efforts.

The Executive Director works closely with governments and partners in the region to ensure the development of strong marine, terrestrial and institutional building programs and will focus on catalyzing alliances with partners and agencies which contribute to the implementation of conservation strategies needed to achieve the conservation goals. In collaboration with TNC Divisional and Global teams, the Executive Director will be responsible for setting strategies and expanding conservation programs across Micronesia and Polynesia while ensuring the integration of TNC’s work across the Pacific and alignment with organizational priorities. 

The Executive Director will work closely with the Deputy Director to recruit, retain, and lead a team of high performing staff, drive fundraising efforts, undertake financial and grants management oversight and resolve program management issues. The position will be based in Micronesia and will involve travel in the Pacific region and internationally for TNC-related meetings and fundraising. The Executive Director will provide input to the development of regional and TNC organization-wide programs and priorities. 
This role serves as the primary local spokesperson for TNC to internal and external audiences (including staff, volunteers, public and private donors, government agencies and officials, community leaders and other partners) and cultivates those audiences to support and promote TNC’s mission and vision. The Executive Director supports philanthropy, resources and external affairs staff in the cultivation and direct solicitation of donors (private, bilateral and multilateral government) to meet fundraising goals.  The Executive Director represents TNC on the Micronesia Challenge 2030 Steering Committee and will work closely with the Pacific Regional Partnerships Director to advocate for regional conservation policies and programs.


  • Identify and drive conservation strategies and associated outcomes in the region.
  • Spearhead new initiatives, such as Project Finance for Permanence (PFPs), transboundary Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) and execution of Pacific Island Tuna Provisions project.
  • Develop and execute the Program’s new geographies.
  • Collaborate with partners, including the Micronesia Conservation Trust (MCT) and other local and regional groups.
  • Develop a sustainable staffing and funding plan that aligns with Chapter priorities.
  • Serve as primary spokesperson with internal and external audiences.
  • Drive fundraising for the Chapter by setting and meeting fundraising goals, coordinating with fundraisers throughout TNC as needed, and representing TNC with major donors and prospects.
  • Integrate Chapter activity with TNC’s global programs, such as Large Scale Fisheries and Water.
  • In partnership with Division leaders, develop a platform for staff from across the California, Hawai‘i, and Micronesia & Polynesia chapters to work strategically in the region. 
  • Develop and manage a Board of Trustees for Micronesia and Polynesia Chapter.


  • Bachelor’s degree and minimum of 10 years of experience as a proven leader in the conservation arena, non-profit sector, advocacy, or related for-profit area, including demonstrated experience producing results and meeting program/department goals. 
  • Management experience including leading and managing a large multi-disciplinary team. 
  • Experience with written and verbal fluency in English
  • Experiece with communication and presentation skills required.
  • Experience communicating with and presenting to diverse audiences including donors, governments, employees, outside partners and community members.
  • Experience fundraising successfully from private and public sources.


  • Experience gained in the Pacific Islands preferred. Demonstrated commitment to developing and practicing global literacy a must.
  • Fluency in at least one Pacific Islands language preferred. 
  • Extensive management experience including ability to motivate, lead, set objectives, and manage performance of a large multi-disciplinary team. 
  • Demonstrated success as an inspirational leader who has successfully motivated staff to achieve and sustain excellence. Proven managerial talent in leading diverse teams, emotional intelligence, and performance management. Excellence in the development of a diverse, equitable and inclusive workplace.
  • Proven success in building a workplace climate that is fair, inclusive, and collaborative, where staff members feel they belong and can offer their maximum contribution. 
  • 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.
  • Well organized and self-directed; politically savvy and a team player.


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