JOB TITLE: India Program Conservation Director
JOB NUMBER: 250013

This is an exciting time at The Nature Conservancy (TNC) as we are shifting our strategy for greater impact in the world, seeking to address some of the most complex challenges facing people and nature—issues such as climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at unprecedented scale, providing food and water sustainably and helping make cities more resilient and sustainable.

Our Mission: The Nature Conservancy, a global non-profit organization with a million members, is dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends.

Our Vision: A world where the diversity of life thrives, and people act to conserve nature for its own sake and its ability to fulfill our needs and enrich our lives.

The Conservancy Team: We achieve this through the dedicated efforts of our 3800 diverse staff, including more than 600 scientists, all of whom support conservation in 72 countries and all U.S. states. We are striving to develop a workforce as diverse as the places where we work, and we have a deep commitment to diversity. Our Work in India: TNC’s India program was launched in 2015. TNC is registered in India as a not-for- profit Section 8 Company. The team is comprised of 16 high-performing individuals with an annual operations budget of USD $5M. We are focused on 8 projects that advance environmental solutions for some of India’s most pressing challenges. Currently our programs cover 6 States of India and we are working with 10 partner organisations. Both, program operations and budget are growing at a healthy rate. We are working hard to demonstrate conservation results and achieve early “win-wins” that promote equitable economic development while conserving natural resources for people and nature. We aim to meet increasing demands for energy resources, water supply and food production with low environmental impact, and in a mindset where nature is seen as a critical input to these key human needs. We do this by engaging governments, the private sector and civil society to
ensure that conservation is a critical outcome in economic development. We address challenges to nature and people involving climate change, cities, freshwater, lands and livelihoods. TNC pursues a shared nature-people agenda and is working to demonstrate that conservation and development can be pursued in tandem.

The Program Conservation Director oversees all aspects of The Nature Conservancy’s India conservation program, including identifying priorities and implementing strategies for India and beyond India’s borders. The Director provides strategic leadership and support for the Conservancy’s conservation planning work and establishes overall conservation priorities. This
position reports to the Managing Director, is a member of the India Leadership Team, and oversees the conservation team.

The Program Conservation Director oversees a diverse array of conservation projects in India. S/he will lead and manage a team that implements conservation actions on-the- ground through strategic initiatives focused on land, water and cities as well as conservation science, GIS and other programmatic efforts. S/he works closely with a matrixed team of scientists, policy experts,
lawyers, and marketing and philanthropy specialists to develop and deliver on conservation strategies. 

This position is responsible for defining TNC-India’s conservation priorities, ensuring measurable conservation impacts, securing grants from public agencies, and meeting deadlines on-time and within budget. The Director will build strategic partnerships with government agencies, academia, communities, industry, and conservation colleagues. This position also leads innovative and critical thinking to best integrate science into on-the- ground conservation projects, builds strategic partnerships, and fundraises from private individuals, foundations, corporates and bi-multilateral agencies. S/he builds support for local, regional, and global conservation efforts, negotiates complex and innovative solutions, and implements cutting-edge conservation strategies.

The most successful candidate will have a keen intellect, significant experience developing and executing successful strategies in the environmental arena, well-developed project design & management skills, knowledge/use of project monitoring & evaluation tools, experience in managing and leading interdisciplinary teams, experience in government agency outreach, and the ability to raise funds.


  • Works as part of the India Leadership Team to provide overall leadership for India and assists in fulfilling other Program objectives, such as private fundraising, financial management, board management, engagement with new audiences, volunteer programs, marketing and organizational culture.
  • High-level management and leadership responsibility, and oversees critical relationships both internal and external to the organization.
  • Designs, implements, and directs complex and diverse projects, encompassing multiple programs and coordinating the work of other professionals, inside and outside the organization. Incorporates cross-disciplinary knowledge to support program objectives.
  • Highly diversified work involves participation in the formulation and evaluation of broad policies and/or long-term programs, or making decisions, which typically have broad organizational impact.
  • Directs major program of strategic importance to the Conservancy through management of decentralized, multi-disciplinary teams located throughout India.
  • Fosters learning and collaboration across the Conservancy’s India and global programs, and represent the India Program in key internal TNC initiatives and programs.
  • Delivers compelling presentations on the Conservancy’s Conservation Program to internal and external audiences.
  • Builds strategic, scientific and technical capacity in the field.
  • Ensures that programmatic commitments, financial standards, and legal requirements are met.
  • Ensures that the program complies with TNC policies and procedures and external (donor/legal) requirements.
  • Makes independent strategic decisions frequently based on analysis, ambiguous information, experience and judgment.
  • May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain, and under physically demanding circumstances.
  • May require frequent travel domestically and/or internationally and evening and weekend hours.


  • Master’s degree and 12 years of experience in conservation practice or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Supervisory experience, including motivating, leading, setting objectives and managing performance.
  • Fundraising experience, including identifying donor prospects and donor cultivation.
  • Experience designing, implementing, and directing complex or multiple projects of strategic importance, including managing finances, supervising multidisciplinary professionals and coordinating the work of partners while meeting deadlines.
  • Experience working with current trends and practices in relevant discipline(s) and geographic regions.
  • Experience developing partnerships (partners, community, government).
  • Communicates clearly via written, spoken, and graphical means in English and other relevant languages including ability to translate complex issues into concise and clear messages.
  • Networking skills with high level conservation contacts.
  • Experience working with methods and standards of biodiversity information systems and initiatives.
  • Experience conceiving and implementing strategic and creative initiatives.
  • Negotiation experience.


  • Master’s degree and 12-15 years of experience in conservation practice or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience inspiring, motivating and leading teams to achieve goals and sustain excellence.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead teams through change and serve as an effective change agent.
  • 5 years of experience supervising a large, multidisciplinary team, and managing the full employee lifecycle (recruitment, onboarding/orientation, performance management, career planning/development, termination).
  • Knowledge of key conservation issues and players in India and surrounding region.
  • Ability to plan and implement innovative conservation strategies at a system-scale.
  • Ability to develop practical applications of scientific concepts and technical innovations for conservation purposes.
  • Experience and demonstrated success developing and implementing funding strategies for conservative initiatives or projects, including funding from foundations and public agencies.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • Cultural competency and proven ability to partner with non-traditional organizations to reach new audiences and conservation objectives.
  • Political savvy with knowledge of politics and society with respect to environmental affairs.
  • Demonstrated success in partnership development (partners, community, government).

Visit and apply online with cover letter & resume to job #45933 or apply directly through the hotlink https://apply here. All resumes and required cover letters must be submitted through The Nature Conservancy’s online application system no later than December 31, 2017 before Midnight EST. If you experience technical problems with the site or application process, please contact and include the job opening ID.

This description is not designed to be a complete list of all duties and responsibilities required for this job.

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 men and women of diverse backgrounds, beliefs and cultures. 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 or veteran status or other status protected by law.

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