Deputy Chapter Director, Conservation

The Nature Conservancy MN, ND, and SD


Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

The preferred job location is the Twin Cities metro area in Minnesota.


Are you looking for work you can believe in? Welcome to The Nature Conservancy (TNC), the world’s leading conservation organization. We are dedicated to protecting biodiversity and tackling climate change though science-based conservation strategies.

This is an exceptional career opportunity for someone with strong experience in leading, inspiring, and unifying diverse, multi-disciplinary teams. In this role, you will get to manage teams that develop and implement conservation strategies throughout Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota. 

Whether it’s a rewarding mission, career development, or flexible schedules, there are many reasons to love life #insideTNC. Apply today!


The mission of The Nature Conservancy (TNC) is to conserve the lands and waters upon which all life depends. As a science-based organization, we develop innovative, on-the-ground solutions to the world’s toughest environmental challenges so that people and nature can thrive. Our work is guided by our values, which include a commitment to diversity and respect for people, communities, and cultures. From a rewarding mission to career development and flexible schedules, there are many reasons to love life #insideTNC. Want to know more? Check out our TNC Talent playlist on YouTube  to hear stories from staff or visit Glassdoor.

One of TNC’s primary goals is to cultivate an inclusive work environment so that employees around the globe have a sense of belonging and feel that their unique contributions are valued. We know we’ll only achieve our mission by hiring and engaging a diverse staff that reflects the communities in which we work. Recognizing that people bring talent and skills that have been developed outside the scope of a job, we take a holistic approach to recruitment that considers life experience in addition to the professional requirements listed in our postings. Please apply – we’d love to hear from you. To quote a popular saying at TNC, “you’ll join for the mission, and you’ll stay for the people.”


The Deputy Chapter Director-Conservation (DCD) guides and oversees the work of a diverse and geographically dispersed team grounded in science and focused on developing and implementing strategies that engage communities and conserve and restore our natural systems to protect biodiversity and tackle climate change throughout MN, ND and SD. They establish TNC as a major conservation leader and/or partner on relevant and significant conservation issues and broad-scale conservation strategies including but not limited to land and water protection, restoration and resilience, and natural climate solutions that mitigate and help nature and people adapt to climate change. The DCD is responsible for ensuring that the MN, ND and SD Chapter is aligned with, and contributing to, TNC’s global and North America conservation priorities. 

The DCD is an inspiring, innovative, strategic leader who serves as a key contact for TNC global, national, and regional conservation leads, government agencies, other conservation organizations, donors, and academic and business communities. They play a leading role in ensuring conservation staff have the strategic guidance, financial and operational resources needed to be effective. They ensure collaborative cross-functional conservation work across a diverse and geographically dispersed team. They are an active partner with TNC philanthropy staff in the stewardship of donors. The DCD is a connector and provides coaching, training and problem-solving support to conservation staff helping them reach individual and organizational measures of success. They play an essential role in communication across the MN, ND, SD Chapter connecting conservation and operational programs. 

The DCD is the direct supervisor for 6-7 conservation leaders and oversees the conservation team of more than 60 conservation professionals. They serve on the Chapter’s Leadership Team (LT) and are supervised by the Chapter Director. The preferred job location is the Twin Cities metro area in Minnesota.


  • BA/BS degree and experience in conservation practice.
  • Experience developing strategic and innovative programs, designing implementation plans, and influencing others to achieve bold outcomes.
  • Experience in partnership development and relationship building with non-profit organizations, community groups, and tribal, local, state and/or federal governments.
  • Experience directing a major program or project of strategic importance, including management/supervision of multi-disciplinary teams and meeting deadlines.
  • Experience with matrix and/or collaborative management.
  • Experience helping groups of people work together effectively and productively.
  • Experience communicating clearly via written, spoken, and graphical means in English.
  • Experience in delivering complex communications and presentation in front of large audiences.
  • Experience with financial management of a large and complex program involving government and private grants.
  • Exceptional supervisory experience, including inspiring, leading, coaching, setting objectives, and managing performance of a large team.


The starting salary range for this position is $147,000-$158,000 dependent on experience, for those based in the Twin Cities. Ranges may vary depending on candidate’s location. 


To apply for job ID 52663, submit your materials online by using the Apply Now button at The application deadline is Wednesday, January 18, 2022 at 11:59 PM EST. Need help applying? Visit our recruitment page or contact

The Nature Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Our commitment to diversity includes the recognition that our conservation mission is best advanced by the leadership and contributions of people of diverse backgrounds, beliefs and culture. Recruiting and mentoring staff to create an inclusive organization that reflects our global character is a priority and we encourage applicants from all cultures, races, colors, religions, sexes, national or regional origins, ages, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity, military, protected veteran status or other status protected by law.

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An attractive salary and benefits package is part of TNC’s value proposition to our employees. TNC strives to provide competitive pay and bases salaries on the geographic location of the role committing to being equitable across groups and providing hiring salary ranges when possible.

Since we support flexible and remote work for our employees, many positions have a flexible location within countries where we’re registered as a Non-government Organization and established as an employer. This may mean we’re unable to provide a hiring salary range in the posting for some of our positions. However, candidates invited to be part of our interview process will be provided their location specific range upon request.