Alabama State Director

  • The Nature Conservancy
  • Birmingham, Alabama, USA
  • Jan 29, 2020
Full time Government/Nonprofit Land Use

Job Description


The principal role of the State Director is to lead, manage, and inspire the staff and trustees of the Alabama Chapter to collectively achieve the maximum contribution to the organization’s conservation agenda and mission.

S/he ensures success in conservation fundraising programs, and contributes intellectual, financial, and human resources to priority in-state and 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 inside and outside Alabama.  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 Alabama 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 Alabama and of the global organization. S/he will exemplify TNC’s values: Integrity Beyond Reproach; Respect for People, Communities, and Cultures; Commitment to Diversity; and One Conservancy. The State Director reports to the Southern U.S. Division Director and works closely with the Alabama Board of Trustees.



  • Overall responsibility for conservation results, philanthropy activities and goals of the Alabama Chapter, and for integration of regional and global priorities.
  • Incorporates organizational values and competencies as foundational elements in all aspects of work.
  • Ensures recruitment, management, and development of high quality and effective staff.
  • Provides leadership in public policy efforts in Alabama and the region.
  • Ensures that programmatic commitments, financial standards, and legal requirements are met. Manages reputational and financial risk within our policies, procedures, and values.
  • Presents and represents Alabama’s and TNC’s vision in a compelling and engaging manner to internal and external audiences as lead spokesperson. Delivers effective and persuasive speeches and presentations on complex topics to employee groups, managers at all levels, board members, and outside organizations.
  • Demonstrates a willingness and ability to travel routinely throughout Alabama, the southeastern U.S., and globally as required.
  • Is flexible to work beyond the normal workday, including weekends, as necessary during deadline periods.
  • Is responsible for development and execution of the Alabama strategic conservation plan and annual work programs, delivered on time and within budget.
  • Directs, prepares, presents and/or participates in negotiations of project proposals with governmental, bilateral and/or multilateral agencies.
  • Demonstrates ability to motivate and mobilize a volunteer advisory Board of Trustees in achieving philanthropic, programmatic and operational goals.
  • Actively participates in Southern U.S. Division leadership team, collaborating on innovative, cross-boundary projects.



  • Bachelor’s degree and minimum of 7 years of experience as a leader in the conservation arena, non-profit sector, advocacy, or related for-profit area.
  • Extensive and proven management experience including ability to motivate, lead, set objectives, and manage performance of a large multi-disciplinary team.
  • Superb written communication and presentation skills required, including experience communicating with and presenting to diverse audiences including donors, board members, employees, outside partners, or equivalent.
  • Experience in fundraising and budget management.
  • Deep commitment to conservation and to nature.
  • Success as an inspirational leader who has effectively 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. Excellent people skills.  Good listener.
  • Strong competency working effectively across differences such as race, culture, disabilities, socio-economic class and language groups. Experience in leveraging differences to drive organizational outcomes. Proven technical skills, analytical ability, good judgment, and strong operational focus.
  • Well organized and self-directed; politically savvy and a team player.  Works well under pressure.
  • Commands attention is agile, and effective in managing group processes during presentations or discussions.
  • Exercises sensitivity and empathy in working in an advisory role with partner organizations.  
  • Experience in identifying and nurturing talent and fostering a culture of accountability.
  • Demonstrates emotional intelligence, and an ability to listen and learn with genuine interest and curiosity.
  • Can demonstrate the ability to lead by living our values and code of conduct.