The Conservation Transactions Director is responsible for the design, development and execution of complex conservation transactions for The Nature Conservancy’s Washington Business Unit. The Conservation Transactions Director provides business, financial and economic expertise and uses the full range of tools for the design and implementation of novel conservation transactions for the Conservancy’s five major program areas (Lands, Water, Oceans, Cities, Climate).
The Conservation Transactions Director collaborates with Worldwide Office/NatureVest teams, field staff, senior management, and partner organizations to bring sophisticated business, financial, and transactional analysis and expertise to the design and implementation of the Conservancy’s conservation priorities. S/he works closely and coordinates with a wide variety of Conservancy staff, private individuals, public entities/agencies. The Conservation Transaction director leads efforts to analyze points of leverage and structure opportunities to collaborate with resource-based industries, including forestry, agriculture, fisheries, energy, and water to advance conservation solutions. S/he, identifies and manages funding, negotiates and executes complex transactions, and advises conservation staff and partners on the application and adaptation of transactional tools for advancing conservation outcomes.
Level of Responsibility
The Conservation Transactions Director is a senior conservation staff position with broad responsibility for developing and executing conservation transactions across The Nature Conservancy’s program areas.
- Negotiates complex, high profile or sensitive agreements for conservation transactions, which can bind the Conservancy legally and financially.
- Supervises conservation transaction and administrative staff working toward accomplishment of program goals with responsibility for performance management, training and career development.
Within the scope of this position, the Conservation Transactions Director will:
- Assist staff in the development and negotiation of complex and innovative solutions to conservation challenges, including but not limited to: sustainable fisheries, climate change, salmon restoration, green storm water infrastructure, and sustainable agriculture and forestry.
- Anticipate, diagnose, and resolve complex problems and identify creative solutions to pressing environmental challenges.
- Plan and direct work on conservation transactions.
- Design, implement, and direct complex and diverse projects, encompassing multiple programs and coordinating the work of other professionals, inside and outside the organization to meet conservation goals.
- Ensure the programmatic work is collaborative and well-integrated across organization.
- Make independent decisions frequently based on analysis, experience and judgment.
- Ensure programmatic commitments, policies and procedures, financial standards and legal requirements are met and managed for compliance.
Work Environment & Schedule
- Ability and willingness to travel frequently and on short notice, sometimes on weekends. May require working extended and/or varied work hours.
- Ability to work effectively under pressure and meet deadlines.
- Works in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain and under physically demanding circumstances. Maintain complete, organized records and databases for conservation transactions, land ownership and management.