South Carolina State Director

The Nature Conservancy
Columbia, SC Full-time
Posted on July 13, 2019
The Nature Conservancy (TNC) seeks a proven and dynamic leader to serve as State Director, to advance the organization’s conservation and fundraising agenda in South Carolina, regionally and worldwide. The State Director will lead a staff of 27 with an annual operating budget of $4.7M with offices in Columbia, Mount Pleasant and Greenville. As one of the senior leaders within the organization, the State Director provides strategic leadership for TNC’s state, regional and global conservation work and significantly contributes to and shares responsibility for conservation strategies, policies, programs and fundraising efforts across the entire organization.The State Director functions as the executive director and conservation strategist for the South Carolina Chapter of The Nature Conservancy, and plays a leading role in the Southern U.S. Division, which spans several adjacent states and supports major cross-boundary initiatives to advance strategies in three whole systems: South Atlantic Seascape, Long Leaf Pine and Southern Blue Ridge. S/he implements organization priorities to address nature-based solutions for climate adaptation (storms and floods), climate mitigation (forests); climate policy in advancing a low carbon future; land and water protection/restoration with direct TNC action, through partnerships, and public policy/funding; coastal and marine fisheries management; and prescribed fire management. S/he is accountable for South Carolina’s success in creating a vision to implement TNC’s global conservation approach, leading by example with organizational values, producing tangible and measurable conservation results at scale, managing teams, advancing fundraising initiatives to raise revenue for conservation, and ensuring financial sustainability of the Chapter. The principle role of the State Director is to lead, manage, and inspire the staff and trustees of the South Carolina Chapter to collectively achieve the maximum contribution to the organization’s mission.S/he ensures success in conservation fundraising programs, and contributes intellectual, financial, and human resources to priority cross-boundary initiatives. S/he supports alignment of activities by securing, coordinating, and configuring resources, capacity, and programs to address the most critical conservation priorities of the organization at multiple scales. S/he is therefore responsible for collaborating with others across the division and throughout the organization on the procurement and application of resources in South Carolina as well as in areas beyond her/his span of authority. S/he serves as the primary statewide spokesperson for TNC to internal and external audiences (including staff, volunteers, the Board of Trustees, public and private donors, government agencies and officials, community leaders and other partners) and cultivates those audiences to support and promote TNC’s mission and vision.The South Carolina State Director oversees fundraising and works with staff to secure increased private support for conservation, engaging with major donors and supporting staff in donor cultivation. The Director approves budgets and sets priorities which dictate private and public fundraising goals. The Director organizes staff to meet the conservation needs of South Carolina and of the global organization. S/he will lead through TNC values. The State Director reports to the Southern U.S. Division Director and works closely with the South Carolina Board of Trustees.