The Nature Conservancy is the leading conservation organization working to make a positive impact around the world in more than 69 countries, all 50 United States, and your backyard. 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 to learn more.
Over the last 50 years, The Nature Conservancy has worked with the people of the Great Lakes to protect more than one million acres of land, thousands of inland lakes and hundreds of miles of rivers. In Michigan specifically, we are working with a diverse coalition of partners and community stakeholders to improve the health and resilience of one of the country's most storied cities. Like many other aging cities across North America, Detroit faces infrastructure challenges around water. The city’s sewer system is combined to collect rainwater runoff, domestic sewage, and industrial wastewater in the same pipes. When heavy rains occur, the system’s capacity is overwhelmed, and sewage-contaminated waters flood basements and overflow into rivers and ultimately the Great Lakes. The Nature Conservancy is collaborating with the local government, communities, and private businesses to promote green infrastructure, an engineered design that uses green space and natural plant material to absorb, retain, and slow storm-water runoff. Green infrastructure reduces the amount of water entering a storage facility for treatment, reduces CSO’s, and decreases surface flooding. This leads to improved water quality in adjacent rivers and lakes, as well as attractive green spaces that contribute to neighborhood revitalization by offering recreational areas and beautification opportunities.
Your Position with TNC
The Manager of Sustainable Storm water Finance will work with TNC-MI and NatureVest staff to manage the development and implementation of financial structures and supporting business entities that design, construct, and maintain green storm water infrastructure in line with the Conservancy’s conservation priorities. A successful candidate for this position will have the ability to structure and raise public and private sources of capital; conduct sophisticated regulatory and economic analyses; analyze various business models and make recommendations for the efficient use of capital; and report and present findings to a diverse set of stakeholders in a clear and coherent manner.
This position’s work will inform a portfolio of projects that support the on-going and universal application of Green Storm water Infrastructure (GSI) across the City of Detroit. This is an opportunity to bring your knowledge of how policies can be leveraged to the benefit of both people and nature in a city that is experiencing rapid reinvestment and change. Your skills and ability to pair economic development, finance, and urban design, with tools and policies that serve to manage vacant land, and drive GSI investments to critically underserved portions of the City of Detroit will be a key attribute to our program.
This position will report to the Detroit Program Director in the development and implementation of the Program’s strategic plans and policies, and will provide leadership and direction to Program staff and its subcontractors. The successful candidate will also serve as the primary point of contact between the Detroit Program and the NatureVest staff supporting the work in Detroit.
Responsibilities & Scope
· Manage and serve as team lead on assigned projects.
· Inclusive management skills and experience leading teams with a commitment to respecting team dynamics, and a strong ability to understand and credit diverse perspectives, and synthesize multiple perspectives to achieve the best outcome. Experience in project management tools such as development of budget estimates, progress and cost tracking reports, and schedule tracking and reporting.
· Clearly communicate the benefit and economic impact of integrating GSI projects into public recreation amenities for both storm water management and improved environmental and human ecosystems.
· Negotiate and manage hired consultants and contractors to execute work on behalf of the Conservancy.
· Direct or participate in negotiations for complex, high profile or sensitive agreements.
· Support efforts to ensure that public and private funds are raised to meet program needs.
· Communicate project experiences by organizing workshops, and preparing and delivering written and oral presentations about project history, progress, key milestones, and significance in advancing TNC’s urban conservation work to clients, funders, trustees, board, partners, and stakeholders.
· Bachelor's degree and a minimum of 5 years’ experience in a private sector environment, such as management consultant, business consulting, investment banking, or with a social/community enterprise, conservation organization, government entity, quasi-governmental economic development corporation, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
· Experience building and communicating complex financial models for the purposes of soliciting private investment.
· Experience with both municipal, non-profit, and private industry clients.
· Familiarity with municipal funding and financing structures, both public and private.
Experience leading and managing large scale projects, including working effectively with a diverse spectrum of both internal and external stakeholders.
· Multi-cultural; multi-lingual; cross cultural competencies and skills an asset
· Experience working with or inside a municipal agency with a specific focus on infrastructure economic, and/or workforce development.
· Familiarity with the storm water rate reduction incentive program, policies, and regulations.
· MBA or similar degree with significant coursework in finance or economics.
· Politically savvy and experienced in partnership development (partners, community, government).
If you have a personal passion for conserving and protecting the natural world and believe in the mission, principles, and values of The Nature Conservancy’s approach to conservation, then please visit http://www.nature.org/careers to learn more. Submit your cover letter and resume for position number 250005 by 11:59 pm ET on January 8, 2018. This position is located at The Nature Conservancy in Detroit, Michigan.