Reforestration Strategy Manager

The Nature Conservancy

POSITION TITLE

Reforestation Strategy Manager

JOB TITLE

Conservation Practitioner V

JOB FAMILY

Conservation

JOB NUMBER

450005

SALARY GRADE

6

STATUS

Salaried

DATE

December 17, 2021

A LITTLE ABOUT US

Since 1951, The Nature Conservancy has been doing work you can believe in protecting the lands and waters that all life depends on. As a science-based organization, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world’s toughest challenges so that we can create a world in which people and nature thrive.

We’re rooted in our Mission and guided by our Values, which includes a Commitment to Diversity and Respect for People, Communities, and Cultures. We know we’ll only achieve our Mission by hiring and engaging a diverse workforce that reflects the communities in which we work. Whether it’s career development, work/life balance, or a rewarding mission, there’s lots of reasons to love life #insideTNC. Our goal is to cultivate an inclusive work environment so that all of our colleagues around the globe feel a sense of belonging, and that their unique contributions to our mission are valued.

In addition to the minimum requirements in our postings, we recognize that people come with talent and experiences outside of a job. Passion, innovation, and diversity are all key components to advancing our Mission and we encourage you to apply.

All TNC staff based in the U.S. or a U.S. Territory are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Proof of receiving one of the vaccines approved in the U.S. (Pfizer, Moderna, or Johnson & Johnson) shall be condition of employment and must be provided prior to starting work. TNC is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and reasonable accommodations for candidates who cannot be vaccinated due to a valid medical or religious reason will be considered.

YOUR POSITION WITH TNC

The Reforestation Strategy Manager (Strategy Manager) manages and advances the Conservancy’s large-scale reforestation strategy in Minnesota, including developing plans and methods in partnership with federal, state and local governments and non-governmental organizations. Large-scale reforestation is urgently needed across Minnesota as a Natural Climate Solution. The Minnesota Million aims to reforest one million acres across the state for climate mitigation and to benefit our state’s watersheds, working landscapes and communities. This critical work will be led and coordinated by the Strategy Manager on behalf of The Nature Conservancy, with an emphasis on building a diverse and inclusive coalition to bring the Minnesota Million from vision to reality.

The location for this position is flexible within the relevant geography, including our office in downtown Minneapolis. The starting salary range for this role is $70,000-$80,000 dependent on location and experience, in addition to a robust benefits package.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

The Reforestation Strategy Manager (Strategy Manager) provides leadership and support to the Minnesota/North Dakota/South Dakota Chapter by planning, directing and implementing a new, statewide reforestation initiative. They play a critical role in ramping up reforestation in the state of Minnesota by developing partnerships to overcome some of the greatest challenges to the reforestation supply chain, such as: seed supply, tree seedling production, workforce development, funding, and implementation support for landowners. The Strategy Manager coordinates a cross-disciplinary team of Conservancy staff with expertise in government relations, climate change, forestry, water resources, agriculture and fundraising to drive for results. They will also develop and convene a statewide coalition of Tribal, agency and non-profit partners who are committed to achieving the goals of the Minnesota Million. They advance reforestation strategies and programs in collaboration with partner organizations, as well as collaborate on developing policy that supports large-scale reforestation in Minnesota. The Strategy Manager is supervised by the Climate Change Director.

RESPONSIBILITIES & SCOPE

  • Influence and build support and collaboration from outside parties to accomplish program goals – including Tribal Nations, Treaty Authorities, State/Federal/Local Agencies and Non-Governmental Organizations
  • Under minimal supervision, makes independent decisions based on analysis, experience and context
  • May manage multi-disciplinary administrative and professional staff, contractors and/or volunteers
  • Financial responsibility may include working within/managing a budget to complete projects, negotiating and contracting with vendors, assisting with budget development, and meeting fundraising targets
  • Assist with grant proposals and donor relationships
  • Ensures program compliance with internal policies and external requirements
  • May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain and under physically demanding circumstances

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

  • BA/BS, law, or business degree and 5 years’ experience in natural resource management or related field or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Experience negotiating complex agreements
  • Supervisory experience
  • Experience communicating with the public and/or media both in writing and verbally
  • Experience using applications such as Microsoft Word, Excel, and Web Browsers

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated, as is experience working with Indigenous and communities of color
  • Experience with public funding sources and influencing public agencies
  • Political savvy—a demonstrated ability to navigate interorganizational dynamics and decision-making processes to achieve key objectives
  • Project management and leadership experience
  • Working knowledge of land management, conservation practice, reforestation, and/or conservation science
  • Ability to explain conservation practices to technical and non-technical audiences
  • Knowledge of current trends and practices in conservation, land management, and climate change mitigation and adaptation
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS) proficiency a plus
  • Completing tasks independently with respect to timeline(s)
  • Excellent communication skills via written, spoken and graphical means in English and other relevant languages

ORGANIZATIONAL COMPETENCIES

Builds Relationships

Builds productive relationships by interacting with others in ways that enhance mutual trust and commitment.

Collaboration & Teamwork

Works collaboratively with stakeholders across levels, geographies, backgrounds, and cultures to improve decisions, strengthen commitment, and be more effective.

Communicates Authentically

Communicates proactively and in a timely manner to share information, persuade, and influence with the appropriate level of detail, tone, and opportunities for feedback.

Develops

Others

Takes ownership to help develop others’ skills, behaviors, and mindsets to help them maximize their workplace contributions.

Drives for

Results

Sets challenging goals and objectives based on a strong sense of purpose and high-performance standards and steadfastly pushes self and others for tangible results, while ensuring work-life balance.

Leverages Difference

Demonstrates commitment to harnessing the power of differences strategically; consistently sees, learns from, and takes strategic action related to difference; and demonstrates the self-awareness and behaviors to work across differences of identity and power respectfully and effectively with all stakeholders. Actively seeks to build and retain a diverse workforce and fosters an equitable inclusive workplace by drawing upon diverse perspectives.

Systems

Leadership

Thinks and acts from a broad perspective with a long-term view and an understanding of 1) the dynamic nature of large-scale challenges and 2) the need for integrating five key practices: skillfully engaging appropriate people; providing a clear process for change; taking a holistic view of situations; focusing on a small number of strategic actions, while learning from and adapting them over time; and being aware of how one’s own thinking or patterns of behavior may be limiting change.

HOW TO APPLY

To apply to position number 50762, visit www.nature.org/careers and search for “Reforestation Strategy Manager.” Submit both a cover letter and resume using the upload buttons. All applications must be submitted in the system prior to 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on Friday, January 30.

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