Bethesda, MD

Development Program Director, The Nature Conservancy, Maryland/DC Chapter

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Founded in 1951, the Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world’s toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. We are tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at unprecedented scale, providing food and water sustainably and helping make cities more sustainable.  One of our core values is our commitment to diversity. Therefore, we strive for a globally diverse and culturally competent workforce. Working in 72 countries including all 50 United States, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit or follow @nature_press on Twitter.



Become a force for nature and a healthy planet by joining the Maryland/DC Chapter’s Science Team!  Our work is focused on two areas where our outcomes can have the greatest impact for the residents of Maryland/DC: protecting clean water and tackling climate change. Our efforts span the region, from western Maryland’s Central Appalachian forests to our nation’s capital and beyond to the Chesapeake Bay.  The Development Program Director I is responsible for directing all aspects of two or more key strategic teams or a department within a development program. They will manage wide-ranging efforts in support of development programs. This position reports directly to the Senior Fundraiser.




The Development Program Director I will work towards meeting the strategic priorities of the program by developing and managing plans and strategies. They are responsible for ensuring the programmatic work is a collaborative and well-integrated effort within philanthropy and across the organization, including organizing internal communications. They manage vendor relationships, as needed. They reinforce consistency in the organization’s policies and procedures and provide direction related to their relevant field(s). They provide business requirements to develop analyses and reports for the organization’s leadership in support of strategic function. They work with teams to establish and track measures, and lead indicators of progress and success. The Director I provides advice, guidance, and oversees training programs related to specified functions. They will lead diverse activities, develop complex processes, project outcomes, and initiate solutions in order to improve effectiveness. They will serve as team leader for the enhancement of systems and tools used by the team. The Director I leverages constructive and effective relationships with a wide range of people, including senior management, public and private sector colleagues, and partners including financial/legal advisors.




·   Broad management responsibility for three or more administrative, operations or professional staff, including training, professional development, establishing clear directions, setting “stretch” objectives, and overseeing the execution of day-to-day work.

·   Commit actions and resources in a way that affects public image, and binds the organization financially or legally.

·   Develop and administer budget, evaluate results and develop corrective strategies as needed.

·   Ensure that programmatic commitments, TNC policies and procedures, and financial standards are met and managed for ethical compliance.

·   Implement and direct multiple projects, directing work of staff, managing budget, setting deadlines, and ensuring accountability.

·   Lead new programs/initiatives that will ensure department and organization-wide goals and strategies are achieved.

·   Maintain confidentiality of frequently sensitive and emotionally charged information.

·   Manage strategic initiatives through collaboration with stakeholders in order to enhance performance in accordance with short and long-term objectives.

·   Guide campaign and annual fundraising by setting achievable targets, help to craft and coordinate complex donor strategies and serve as a coordinator and point of contact for external fundraisers (external to the chapter but internal to TNC).

·   Maximum opportunity to act independently, resolves complex issues within program area.

·   May direct or participate in negotiations for complex, high profile or sensitive agreements.

·   Minimize legal risk to the Conservancy and ensure legal compliance with applicable state and local regulations.

·   Responsibility and accountability for meeting strategic goals and objectives.

·   Travel frequently and on short notice, work long hours and weekends.

·   Work environment involves only infrequent exposure to disagreeable elements and minor physical exertion and/or strain.




·   Bachelor’s degree and 7 years related experience.

·   Experience in planning and delivering budgetary responsibilities.

·   Experience managing and supervising a multidisciplinary team.

·   Experience developing, managing and implementing multiple projects and strategic goals.

·   Experience working across complex organizations.

·   Experience working with cross-functional teams across multiple organizational levels.

·   Experience, coursework, or other training in principles, practices, and procedures of relevant field.




·   Relevant experience with a multi million-dollar campaign(s)

·   Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated.

·   Effective training skills.

·   Effectively communicates via presentations, conversations, and documents.

·   Experience managing a geographically dispersed team.

·   Expert knowledge of current and evolving trends in relevant discipline.

·   Proficiency in synthesizing materials from multiple sources into a coherent and accurate summary.

·   Proficiency in working independently as well as jointly with colleagues on a team.

·   Understanding of best practices in non-profit management.

How To ApplyIf you are interested in working to save the planet, want to work in a collaborative environment, and like a great benefits package then submit your cover letter and resume for position number 47133 by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on January 13th, 2019.  Apply at

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