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Northern Andes and Southern Central America Conservation Program Director

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Reference 11196  (Please mention Stopdodo/Environment Jobs in your application)
Sectors Nature Conservation, Ecology, GIS
Location
Town/City Cartagena - Colombia
Type Fixed Term and Permanent Roles
Status Full Time
Level Senior Level
Deadline 17/07/2009
Company Name The Nature Conservancy
Contact Name
Website Further Details / Applications
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Directory Entry : The mission of The Nature Conservancy is to preserve the plants, animals and natural communities that represent the diversity of life on Earth by protecting the lands and waters they need to survive.
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Description
 The Nature Conservancy is the world’s leading conservation organization, working in all 50 states and more than 33 countries. Founded in 1951, the mission of The Nature Conservancy is to preserve the plants, animals and natural communities that represent the diversity of life on Earth by protecting the lands and waters they need to survive.
 ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS
 The Nature Conservancy’s South America Region is looking for a high-energy, forward-thinking, creative individual, able to work effectively with others in a decentralized and geographically dispersed organization. The Northern Andes + Southern Central America Conservation Program Director will be a senior manager in the organization and a member of the South American Management Team. The person chosen for this position will be based in Cartagena, Colombia, and will build and manage program teams in the Conservancy’s priority areas for conservation in the region from Costa Rica south through Andean and coastal Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador and Northern Peru.

The Conservation Program Director is responsible for leading a team effort to produce measurable conservation results. S/he collaborates with other TNC units and partners to find and deploy the human and financial resources needed to implement the conservation strategies that produce tangible conservation outcomes in the priority areas defined by TNC for the region. S/he should be an individual with high ethical standards and a track record of engaging diverse groups – public, private-sector, and non-profit – in results-focused conservation strategies. S/he will supervise staff and project teams based in Bogota (Colombia), Quito (Ecuador), Ciudad de Panama (Panama), San Jose (Costa Rica), Lima (Perú) and Caracas (Venezuela). S/he raises program funds both in the United States and with in-country public and private funders, and participates in conservation operations, finance and marketing. S/he does not supervise but must work collaboratively with finance, science, and public policy staff, as well as other offices and programs across the Conservancy. S/he is accountable for the Conservation Program’s success and for maintaining strict adherence to organizational values.

This position reports to the Regional Conservation Program Director for Latin America
 BASIC QUALIFICATIONS
 • Bachelor's  degree required Master's preferred and minimum of 7 years of experience as a leader in the conservation arena, non-profit sector, advocacy, or related for-profit area.
• Management experience including leading and managing a large multi-disciplinary team.
• Written and verbal fluency in English and fluency in the predominant language of the operating unit if other than English.
• Experience communicating with and presenting to diverse audiences including donors, board members, employees, outside partners, or equivalent.
• Experience in fundraising and budget management.
 ADDITIONAL JOB INFORMATION
 KNOWLEDGE/SKILLS:
• Master’s degree and minimum of 7-10 years experience as a proven leader in the conservation arena, nonprofit sector, advocacy, or related for-profit area, including demonstrated experience producing results and meeting program/department goals. 
• Extensive management experience including ability to motivate, lead, set objectives, and manage performance of a large multidisciplinary team.
• Demonstrated success as an inspirational leader who has successfully motivated staff to achieve and sustain excellence. Proven managerial talent in budgeting, staffing, and performance management.
• High energy, forward thinking, creative individual with high ethical standards.  Outstanding leadership and visionary qualities and able to work effectively with and through others in a decentralized and geographically dispersed organization.
• Proven technical skills, analytical ability, good judgment, and strong operational focus.  Demonstrated operational, implementation and detail-oriented perspective.
• Well organized and self-directed; politically savvy and a team player.
• Successful experience in marketing or fund raising desired.
• Written and verbal fluency in English and Spanish required.

COMPLEXITY/PROBLEM SOLVING:
• Proposes and implements procedures to enhance overall performance in accordance with short and long term objectives.
• Participates 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 multidisciplinary teams.

DISCRETION/LATITUDE/DECISION-MAKING:
• Makes decisions independently with little or no opportunity for management collaboration or oversight.
• Decisions may affect organization’s public image.
• Decision may have maximum financial and/or legal impact on the organization.

RESPONSIBILITY/OVERSIGHT – FINANCIAL AND SUPERVISORY:
• Recruits, retains, and manages high quality and effective staff.   
• Assumes overall responsibility for philanthropy activities and goals of the OU.
• Accepts philanthropic responsibility for organization-wide project/programs.
• Ensures that programmatic commitments, financial standards, and legal requirements are met.
• Assumes responsibility and leadership for conservation results for local, regional and global priorities.

COMMUNICATIONS/INTERPERSONAL CONTACTS:
• Superb communication and presentation skills required; must have ability to persuasively convey the mission & conservation priorities of TNC to diverse groups including major donors, corporate executives, board members, partners and others who are critical to the organization’s overall prosperity.
• Cultivates and develops constructive and effective relationships inside and outside the Conservancy. 
• Communicates professionally with a wide variety of people of diverse cultural professional and economic backgrounds for the purpose of developing, negotiating and/or implementing programs and projects.   
• Presents and represents the program and TNC’s vision in compelling, engaging manner to internal and external audiences as lead spokesperson; practices the Conservancy’s core values.
• Commands attention, can change tactics midstream, and manage group processes during presentations or discussions.
• Delivers effective and persuasive speeches and presentations on controversial or complex topics to employee groups, managers at all levels, board members, and outside organizations.
• Exercises sensitivity to working in an advisory role with partner organizations.
• Directs, prepares, presents and/or participates in negotiations of project proposals with governmental, bilateral and/or multilateral agencies.  Works well under pressure.

WORKING CONDITIONS/PHYSICAL EFFORT:
• Willingness and ability to travel routinely throughout the operating unit and elsewhere as required.
• Flexibility to work long hours during deadline periods.
• Work requires only minor physical exertion and/or physical strain.  Work environment involves only infrequent exposure to disagreeable elements.
• Location: TNC offices in the region with high preference in Cartagena - Colombia
 BENEFITS
 The Nature Conservancy offers competitive compensation, excellent benefits, flexible work policies and a collaborative work environment. We also provide professional development opportunities and promote from within. As a result, you will find a culture that supports and inspires conservation achievement and personal development, both within the workplace and beyond.
 HOW TO APPLY
 Please submit resume and cover letter as one document no later than July 17, 2009.

Visit  www.nature.org/careers/, click View Positions and search for this listing by the position title and/or location.  All resumes (CVs) and cover letters must be submitted through The Nature Conservancy’s online application system. Please attach them to your application as one document.

If you are having technical problems with the site or application process, contact applyhelp@tnc.org and include job opening ID. Note: Please do not send questions related to specific positions to this e-mail address as they will not be able to be answered. 
All sections of online application must be completed (e.g. work experience, education and language skills, even if information is included in resume), to be considered for a position.
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