Director of Resilient Lands (Missouri)

The Nature Conservancy
Flexible in the state of Missouri
Job Category
Full time Positions
Starting salary range is $75,000-$85,000.
Start Date
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The Director of Resilient Lands has lead responsibility for implementing an integrated conservation program for terrestrial systems in Missouri, with emphasis on sustainable conservation of priority landscapes that are most resilient with the changing climate. Their work includes management of on-the-ground projects in priority landscapes and demonstration sites to conserve and restore grasslands and forests ecosystems, as well as facilitation of close collaboration with public agencies and diverse partners to develop effective actions for achieving conservation goals. The Director of Resilient Lands: • Positions the Conservancy’s Missouri program as a leading resource for landscape scale and working lands conservation. • Leads a of team of conservation professionals working on projects related to biodiversity protection and improvement, sustainable agriculture, and landscape scale management of grassland and forested ecosystems. • Provides leadership in land protection efforts of resilient lands and avoidance of future impacts. • Develops key partnerships with public and private organizations and stakeholders to achieve collaborative solutions that meet the needs of people and nature. • Plays a leadership role in defining landscape scale conservation priorities and strategies and integrating these into overall conservation goals and priorities. • Works with state and federal government agencies and partners to negotiate complex and innovative solutions that conserve and protect natural communities. • Develops innovative scientific methods, analyses, and tools to address natural system needs. • Measures progress and adapts strategies to achieve Missouri’s land conservation goals. The Director provides leadership in fostering diversity, equity, inclusion and justice within teams, strategies, and projects; among staff and volunteers; across the organization; and with partners. They demonstrate progress by successfully creating and leading a diverse workplace culture, nurturing a safe and inclusive environment, and ensuring equitable processes and results. Work will require in state travel, infrequent exposure to disagreeable elements, navigation of difficult terrain, and some physical exertion and/or strain.
Required Qualifications: • BA/BS and a minimum of 5 years’ experience in land management/conservation or equivalent combination of education and experience. • Experience managing complex or multiple projects, including staffing, workloads and finances under deadlines. • Supervisory experience, including motivating, leading, setting objectives and managing performance. • Experience in partnership development with non-profit partners, community groups and/or government agencies. Desired Qualifications: • Experience influencing, developing and implementing landscape/ecosystem conservation and strategic plans. • Self-motivated worker capable of being productive when working independently. • Experience conveying compelling messages to diverse constituencies through verbal and written communications related to grant writing, donor cultivation, presentations, etc. • Ability to develop practical applications of scientific concepts and technical innovations for conservation purposes. • Knowledge of grassland, forest ecosystems and terrestrial species found in Missouri. • MS degree with scientific research experience preferred. • Multi-lingual and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated.
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