The Nature Conservancy is the leading conservation organization working to make a positive impact around the world in more than 72 countries, all 50 United States, and your city or neighborhood. Founded in 1951, the mission of The Nature Conservancy is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. One of our core values is our commitment to diversity therefore we are committed to a globally diverse and culturally competent workforce. Visit www.nature.org/aboutus to learn more.
Become a force for nature and a healthy planet by joining the Conservancy’s Youth Engagement team! The Director, Youth Engagement Programs will develop and operationalize the Nature Conservancy’s organizational strategy focused on developing children and young adults into conservation stewards and leaders of the future. The way that youth see - or don’t see – themselves in relation to nature will have profound effects on the future of the world we live in. For their success and for the future of the planet, it is critical that we prepare them with the knowledge, experience and connections to meet the challenges that will define their generation. The Conservancy’s Youth Engagement program has a proven track record with a determined focus on helping young people learn about nature and how it works around them, take action to make positive change in their communities, and build career pathways to join the conservation work force.
The Director, Youth Engagement Programs will be responsible for building strong internal and external TNC partnerships to ensure long-term commitment to TNC youth programs. S/he will manage the programs in the three pillars of our Youth Engagement strategy: Learn, Act, Lead, which includes online curricula, high school programs for diverse students, and college-level internships. S/he will work closely with Global Cities team members as well as other colleagues and networks to implement existing and new strategies that will increase and enrich the engagement of young people with nature in a demographically and geographically inclusive way.
• BA/BS degree and 7 years’ experience in conservation practice, youth program management, business administration or related field or equivalent combination of education and experience.
• Experience working with and/or managing youth programs or initiatives.
• Knowledge of current trends and practices in Youth Engagement.
• Experience creating equitable partnerships to leverage programmatic scope and scale.
• Fundraising knowledge, including identifying donor prospects and donor cultivation.
• Experience managing complex or multiple projects, including managing finances and coordinating the work of other professionals and partners.
• Multi-lingual and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated.
• Ability to facilitate and implement creative ideas.
• Ability to translate science-based conservation data into compelling programs for developing youth-based conservation awareness and action.
• Politically savvy and experience with building relationships across diverse constituencies.
• Inclusive leadership skills and experience managing teams with a commitment to respecting team dynamics and a strong ability to understand and credit diverse perspectives.
With the support of more than one million members, the Conservancy addresses the most pressing threats to people and nature, working in wild places and in human settled areas including cities. Since its founding in 1951, The Nature Conservancy has protected more than 119 million acres of land and 5,000 miles of rivers worldwide. Through important and strategic partnerships, we are expanding the impact of our work, finding creative ways to pursue our vision of a world where people and nature thrive together, and building long-term relationships with communities and community organizations, government agencies, and commercial businesses. We create partnerships to apply nature based solutions to both climate change and the meeting of human needs while conserving natural resources at a new scale.
If you are interested in working to save the planet, want to work in a collaborative environment, and like a great benefits package, then please visit http://www.nature.org/careers to learn more.
This position is preferably based at the Conservancy’s world office in Arlington, VA, but may also be based out of the Conservancy’s New York City or Seattle offices. 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 diverse people of all genders, 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 orientations, gender identities, military or veteran status or other status protected by law.