Arlington, Virginia, USA
Arlington, VA Preferred but flexible within the US
A LITTLE ABOUT US
Evolving since 1951, The Nature Conservancy (TNC) 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 people and nature can thrive together. Working in over 80 countries and territories, and across all 50 states, we are tackling climate change, conserving lands, and protecting waters and oceans at an unprecedented scale. Our vision is a world where the diversity of life thrives, and people are moved to care for nature--both for its own sake and for the ways it enriches our everyday lives.
While our vision is global, our commitment is local; we build solutions together with communities, governments and businesses on the issues unfolding right in their backyards. At the heart of this work are relationships, and they are guided by respect for all people, honor for communities and culture, and an unwavering commitment to diversity.
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YOUR POSITION WITH TNC
Are you passionate about nature’s role in combating climate change? Do you believe in the power of communications to effect change? The Associate Director of Communications, Natural Climate Solutions (NCS), designs, implements and manages communication strategies and plans that showcase the projects, programs, and partners supported by the Bezos Earth Fund grant to TNC. They will identify and leverage opportunities for TNC at global events, where the programs and science can be amplified to demonstrate the scale of change that is being affected by the BEF grant. The Associate Director understands the climate and nature nexus, the associated science, and is highly attuned to the people component of the climate story. The position is currently funded through November 2023.
The Bezos Earth Fund grant is supporting three TNC programs; the Emerald Edge, Regenerative Agriculture in North-West India, and Natural Climate Solutions (NCS) Science. The Associate Communications Director, NCS is an experienced strategic communications professional who will showcase the work of each program by working closely with multiple partner organizations and communities, and by developing and coordinating communications plans and materials.
The Associate Communications Director, NCS will build a program that works with our partners in the Emerald Edge and India to equip the communities to tell their stories in innovative ways – through digital and social media, film making, art or music. As well as providing a platform for our partners, the content captured through this process will also enhance TNC’s own communications pipeline. They will also work closely with NCS science group to promote the tools and products being developed, ensuring they are targeting a decision-maker audience of policy-makers and investors. They will lead and implement the following communications activities: earned media, digital campaigns and social media, communications in support of events, and partner communications coordination. They will establish project goals and metrics, develop project plans, budgets and schedules with input and buy-in from key stakeholders and team members, and will lead the project teams to successfully achieve those goals in the most compelling and cost-effective manner possible. The Associate Communications Director, NCS will need excellent time management skills and the ability to manage multiple workstreams simultaneously and would benefit from external communications contacts on a global level within the nature and climate communities.
RESPONSIBILITIES & SCOPE
- Development and execution of communication activities under the BEF grant, across all three programs.
- Development and execution of storytelling program for key community partners, and identification of content for TNC.
- Development and execution of event-led communications campaigns, raising the profile of the BEF-funded work at key global events, such as the UNFCCC COP26
- Design, management and implementation of a communications strategy in collaboration and coordination with other professionals inside and outside the organization.
- Close collaboration with Marketing and Communications colleagues to align External Affairs comms objectives to the organizational editorial calendar and the Global Marketing and Communications strategies
- Collaboration with internal and external partners to ensure alignment with other NGOs, community organizations, sector bodies such as the NCS Alliance and communications workstreams.
- Writing and production of a variety of content, including social media, blogs, talking points, case studies, presentations
- Exercise judgment to identify and solve complex problems; determining scope of work through consultation rather than by directives of superiors;
- Demonstrate sensitivity in handling confidential information;
- Design and manage multiple projects, including directing work of staff, partners and agencies, managing budget, setting deadlines, and ensuring accountability;
- Design, plan and/or assist with new initiatives that will ensure department and organization-wide goals and strategies are achieved;
- Travel less than 25%; may be on short notice; working flexible hours as needed.
- Bachelor’s degree in related field and a minimum of 8 years related experience or equivalent combination.
- Experience in project management, developing communications, media and engagement strategies and measuring results.
- Experience cultivating and managing client relationships.
- Experience developing and implementing communications strategies
- Experience crafting organization- or company-wide communication tools, including branding.
- Experience presenting to diverse audiences including some or all of the following: internal and external executives, donors, members, board members, Indigenous Peoples and local community groups and the public or equivalent.
- Experience implementing and managing multiple complex projects.
- Strong skills in writing and design of professional materials for diverse audiences
- Ability to work in partnership with others in a collaborative role in a globally disbursed team environment
- Demonstrated ability to conceive and write creatively for diverse and inclusive audiences
- Strong organization skills and attention to detail
- Thrives in a fast-paced environment, and experience of working with many partners simultaneously
- Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experiences are appreciated
- Experience of translating complex scientific content into compelling communications
- Progressive experience in relevant communications and/or stakeholder engagement roles with both internal and external audiences that have included developing content around complex issues including energy, land use, and climate change
- Experience working with c-level executives on communications programs
- Experience implementing and measuring communication and engagement plans/strategies
- Experience leading or managing projects
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 people of diverse 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 orientation, gender identity, military, protected veteran status or other status protected by law.
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