Wyoming State Director, The Nature Conservancy

Lander, WY

Job Title: Wyoming State Director

Organization: The Nature Conservancy

Type of opportunity: The Nature Conservancy (TNC) is seeking a proven and dynamic leader to serve as State Director of the Wyoming Chapter. The Director leads a staff of 30 employees with an average annual budget of $4M. As a leader in the Wyoming conservation movement, the State Director plays a primary role in working with partner organizations, government agencies, elected officials and other key decision-makers to build alliances and shared agendas that advance science-driven outcomes that benefit people and nature in Wyoming and around the world.

The Wyoming chapter is a leader in conserving large intact landscapes, having worked with partners to safeguard more than 1 million acres of private land and 1,500 river miles in the state. In recent years, the chapter has focused on four key priorities to advance its vision and build on a 30-year history of conservation success: Healthy Waters; Resilient Lands; Securing the Future of Conservation; and Organizational Performance. The State Director plays a key role in helping further this work by leading the chapter staff, administering the chapter’s operations to ensure mission success, serving as the public face of the chapter, developing new and existing donors, forming partnerships, working with leaders in conservation policy and building a broader constituency for conservation.

Duties: The key role of the State Director is to lead, manage and inspire the Wyoming Chapter staff and trustees. The Director is responsible for the Chapter’s success in implementing TNC’s conservation and fundraising programs and maintaining a core set of organizational values including support and execution of our global conservation vision, the Shared Conservation Agenda. The Director ensures outcomes are achieved in priority areas that fall within the chapter’s responsibilities, as well as contributes intellectual, financial, and/or human resources to the development and execution of regional and global priority efforts. The Director supports alignment of activities by securing, coordinating, and configuring resources, capacity, and programs to address the most critical regional and organization- wide projects and strategies. The Director provides focus on increasing private support for conservation through a comprehensive major gifts program and a capital campaign strategically focused on individuals, corporations and foundations with the capacity to make significant financial commitments. The Director serves as the primary Wyoming Chapter spokesperson to internal and external audiences including staff, TNC leadership, volunteers, the advisory Board of Trustees, public and private donors, government agencies and officials, elected officials, community leaders, and other partners. The Director cultivates those audiences to support and promote TNC’s mission, vision and conservation projects.

The State Director oversees fundraising and marketing for the chapter, including approving budgets and working with the philanthropy team and development committee of the Board of Trustees to set priorities involving private and public fundraising goals. The Director supports development and marketing in the cultivation and direct solicitation of donors, both private and public, to meet fundraising goals.

The State Director is responsible for leadership and management of their direct reports and has overall responsibility for the 30 staff, five-chapter offices (Lander, Jackson, Sheridan, Cody and Cheyenne), and four nature preserves throughout Wyoming (Tensleep, Red Canyon Ranch, Heart Mountain Ranch, Sweetwater). The Director reports to the Rocky Mountain Division Director and works closely and collaboratively with the volunteer advisory Wyoming Board of Trustees.

  • Assumes responsibility and leadership for conservation results and local, regional and global priorities;
  • Recruits, retains, and manages a high quality and effective staff;
  • Assumes overall responsibility for fundraising activities and goals of the chapter;
  • Ensures that programmatic commitments, financial standards, and legal requirements are met;
  • Represents the program and TNC’s vision in a compelling, engaging manner to internal and external audiences as lead spokesperson;
  • Delivers effective and persuasive speeches and presentations on complex topics to employee groups, managers at all levels, board members, supporters and outside organizations;
  • Ensures execution of the strategic five-year plan and annual work programs of the Wyoming Chapter on time and within budget;
  • Develops an engaged and inspired volunteer Board of Trustees who represent the diverse interests of the state.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree and minimum of 7 years of experience as a leader in the conservation arena, non-profit sector, advocacy, or for-profit area;
  • Experience in leading and managing a large multi-disciplinary team;
  • Experience communicating with and presenting to diverse audiences, including donors, board members, employees, and outside partners
  • Experience and/or a strong desire to fundraise; and
  • Proven experience in budget management.

Desired qualifications:

Vision, Strategy and Priorities

  • High energy, forward thinking, creative individual with high ethical standards;
  • Well organized and self-directed; politically savvy and a team player;
  • Outstanding leadership and visionary qualities and ability to work effectively with others in a large decentralized and geographically dispersed organization;
  • Ability to distill and communicate clear priorities;
  • Demonstrated success as an inspirational leader who has successfully motivated staff, donors and volunteers to achieve and sustain excellence;
  • Strong background in government relations; working with and/or for elected officials, state and federal agencies; and
  • A team player with the ability to successfully work with and manage the chapter’s volunteer advisory Board of Trustees.

Communication and Fundraising

  • Proven experience and desire to fundraise;
  • Ability to cultivate and develop constructive and effective relationships inside and outside the Conservancy;
  • Strong communication and presentation skills with the ability to persuasively convey the mission and conservation priorities of TNC to diverse groups including major donors, public agencies, corporate executives, board members, partners and others who are critical to the organization’s overall success; and
  • Ability to direct, prepare, present and/or participate in negotiations of project proposals with governmental agencies and other partners.

Operational Performance

  • Extensive management experience including the ability to motivate, lead, set objectives, manage performance and develop a large multi-disciplinary team;
  • Track record in budgeting, staffing, performance management and staff development;
  • Ability to direct major programs of strategic importance to the Conservancy through management of multi-disciplinary teams;
  • Comfortable working under pressure;
  • Demonstrates a willingness and ability to travel an average of 40% of their time throughout the state, North America and occasionally internationally.

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