Founded in 1951, The Nature Conservancy is a global organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, The Nature Conservancy creates innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world's toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. The Nature Conservancy is tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at unprecedented scale, providing food and water sustainably, and helping make cities more sustainable. One of its core values is its commitment to diversity. Therefore, The Nature Conservancy strives for a globally diverse and culturally competent workforce. Working in over 70 countries, including all 50 United States, The Nature Conservancy uses a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners.
The Nature Conservancy in New York serves as a leading force in global organization's ecosystem. With an operating budget of more than $32 million for the Conservancy in New York alone, the work of The Nature Conservancy in New York reaches every corner of the state and brings its ambitious and fast-paced approach to the entire global network. In 2018, the highly effective team raised nearly $55 million, enabling funding to support the Conservancy across the country and around the world.
Under the leadership of The Nature Conservancy in New York, there are nearly 150 team members based in nearly ten statewide offices, nearly 100 volunteer leaders, and approximately 100,000 members and supporters. The Nature Conservancy in New York is headquartered in Manhattan offices that have recently undergone renovation to create a work environment focused on collaboration and convenience.
For more information on The Nature Conservancy, please visit www.nature.org.
The Nature Conservancy is seeking a strategic, innovative, and engaging Director of Finance and Operations to lead the organization into a successful new chapter. The Director will provide overall direction and leadership for Finance, Facilities, Information Systems, Office Management, and/or Safety. They will establish a vision for areas of responsibility, identify key challenges, and deliver targeted outcomes. To do this effectively, they will liaise among various departments and offices, as well as with the Board of Trustees to ensure that financial and operational needs are met.
This role brings particular opportunity for leadership as The Nature Conservancy in New York is increasing its impact in New York and beyond through structural changes designed for greater efficiency and results. As a member of the Executive Team and reporting directly to the Executive Director, the Director of Finance and Operations will partner closely with the Chief Philanthropy Officer, the Finance Committee of the Board of Trustees, and others to create and implement bold new practices that will support the financial and operational growth of the chapter for the future.
RESPONSIBILITIES AND SCOPE
Strategic and Visionary Leadership in Finance and Operations
The New York Director of Finance and Operations will work towards meeting the strategic priorities of The Nature Conservancy in New York by conceiving, developing, and managing financial and operations plans and strategies. They will be responsible for directing complex and administrative tasks related to Information Systems, Finance, and Facilities, including preparing reports and forecasts, and monitoring and preparing budgets. They will focus on long-range strategic priorities and establish and monitor activity level benchmarks and measures of success. Serving as an interpreter and translator will be key in this role, as the Director will be the source of all necessary financial and operational information for decision-making.
Collaboration and Communication
The Director will facilitate strategic dialogues with senior-level stakeholders, probing to identify key issues and requirements, negotiating and developing solutions, and synthesizing a plan of action tailored to each audience. They will provide consultation and guidance, as well as oversee training programs in finance and operations for the Conservancy in New York. They will direct diverse activities, develop complex practices and processes, drive project outcomes, and initiate changes to improve effectiveness. They will manage priority vendor relationships. They will work closely with and manage relationships with key stakeholders including the Executive Team, the Board of Trustees, internal teams, and outside service providers to achieve program goals.
Managing and Executing for Results and Implementation
The Director will participate in the formulation and evaluation of broad policies and standards. They will serve as the primary owner for business processes and guidelines related to the work of the teams under their supervision. The Director will be responsible for Board and Executive Director engagement in the financial management and financial sustainability of The Nature Conservancy in New York, including the presentation of financial information at executive, senior management, and Board of Trustee meetings. The Director and their team will work with the Development team in preparing proposals. They will manage the development and implementation of a strategic, integrated, and collaborative approach to maximize success, including organizing communications.
Leading with The Nature Conservancy's Values and a Passion for the Mission
The Director will bring a sincere commitment to the mission and goals of The Nature Conservancy, accompanied with strong interest in preserving and protecting our natural world. This leader will embrace the Conservancy's entrepreneurial culture and will have the character and dexterity to engage in the energetic and passionate style of the New York offices. A charismatic and motivational individual, the Director will thrive in a business-minded and innovative environment. The Director will be an empathetic leader, treating others with respect, and will be an individual of unquestioned integrity, ethics and values; someone who can be trusted without reservation. The Director will live The Nature Conservancy's values of authenticity and collaboration, with a deep and abiding commitment to increasing diversity, equity, and inclusion within the Conservancy.
The ideal candidate will have the following professional and personal qualities, skills, and characteristics:
At least nine years financial/accounting experience, preferably in the nonprofit sector, including at least three years managing operations functions and experience working at a senior level
Experience generating financial reports and analyzing and interpreting data for a variety of audiences through presentations, reports, conversations, and documents
Experience conceiving, developing, and managing multiple projects, strategic goals, and department budgets in an organization of comparable size to The Nature Conservancy in New York
Management experience of a large multidisciplinary team, including planning and delivering budgetary responsibilities
Commitment to the mission and values of The Nature Conservancy, including diversity, equity, and inclusion
Ability to strategize and develop information at a high level, as well as comfort running reports and analyzing accounting
Bachelor's degree or professional equivalent
Understanding of or experience in a chapter or subsidiary organizational structure
Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experiences
Advanced understanding of best practices in nonprofit management with expert knowledge of current and evolving trends in nonprofit finance and operations
Experience managing a geographically dispersed team
Proficiency in working independently, as well as jointly with colleagues on a team
MBA, MPA, or professional equivalent
Builds productive relationships by interacting with others in ways that enhance mutual trust and commitment.
Collaboration & Teamwork
Works collaboratively with stakeholders across levels, geographies, backgrounds, and cultures to improve decisions, strengthen commitment, and be more effective.
Communicates proactively and in a timely manner to share information, persuade, and influence with the appropriate level of detail, tone, and opportunities for feedback.
Takes ownership to help develop others' skills, behaviors, and mindsets to help them maximize their workplace contributions.
Demonstrates commitment to harnessing the power of differences strategically; consistently sees, learns from, and takes strategic action related to difference; and demonstrates the self-awareness and behaviors to work across differences of identity and power respectfully and effectively with all stakeholders. Actively seeks to build and retain a diverse workforce and fosters an equitable inclusive workplace by drawing upon diverse perspectives.
Thinks and acts from a broad perspective with a long-term view and an understanding of 1) the dynamic nature of large-scale challenges and 2) the need for integrating five key practices: skillfully engaging appropriate people; providing a clear process for change; taking a holistic view of situations; focusing on a small number of strategic actions, while learning from and adapting them over time; and being aware of how one's own thinking or patterns of behavior may be limiting change.
CONTACT AND HOW TO APPLY
Koya Leadership Partners, a national retained executive search firm that works exclusively with mission-driven clients, has been exclusively retained for this search. To express interest in this role, please submit a thoughtful letter of interest and resume on the Koya Leadership Partners website, using this link. All inquiries and discussions will be considered strictly confidential.
The Nature Conservancy is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women, and LGBTQ applicants.