The Nature Conservancy Director of External Affairs in Alabama


Birmingham, Mobile or Montgomery, Alabama (AL)



The Nature Conservancy is the leading conservation organization working to make a positive impact for people and nature around the world in 69 countries, all 50 United States, major US cities and in your neighborhood. Founded in 1951, the mission of The Nature Conservancy is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. One of our core values is our commitment to diversity. Therefore, we are committed to a globally diverse and culturally competent workforce. Visit to learn more.

The Nature Conservancy offers competitive compensation, 401k or savings-plan matching for eligible employees, 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.


The Director of External Affairs supports The Nature Conservancy’s conservation goals by leading project teams, designing and delivering project objectives, and serving as liaison and informational contact between The Nature Conservancy and federal, state, county and local municipal agencies, business and/or private groups.


The Director of External Affairs plans, implements and coordinates programs at the state or departmental level to affect government and/or corporate policy to further the Conservancy’s mission. Duties include daily contact with local, state and federal officials, and/or corporate representatives on matters pertaining to administrative, legislative, and/or corporate actions related to the mission of The Nature Conservancy. S/he participates in fundraising activity to increase the level of financial support for TNC projects and priorities.


  • May supervise administrative staff and/or volunteers, interns, or temporary staff.

  • Financial responsibility may include working within/managing a budget to complete projects, negotiating and contracting with vendors, assisting with budget development, and meeting fundraising targets.

  • Ensures program compliance with internal policies and external requirements.

  • Serves as a team leader for assigned projects and coordinate the work of others.

  • Ensures that the program complies with federal lobbying laws and regulations.

  • May need to gain cooperation from individuals or groups (inside and outside the Conservancy) over whom there is no direct authority in order to accomplish program goals.


  • Bachelor’s degree and 4 years related experience or equivalent combination.

  • Fluency in English.

  • Experience presenting to and/or communicating with business, government or legislative staff and/or program leadership.

  • Experience in designing, implementing and directing multiple complex projects and ensuring program accountability.

  • Communications experience including preparing and presenting project proposals, and developing written communications.

  • Experience working with corporate or NGO partners, and government agencies.


  • Master’s degree preferred.

  • Familiarity with social, economic and political conditions and issues in the state and/or region.

  • Experience coordinating projects in a decentralized organization, working across teams, operating units and functions to achieve optimal results.

  • Outstanding written and oral communication, negotiating and organizational skills.


This position requires a valid driver's license and compliance with the Conservancy's Auto Safety Program. Employees may not drive Conservancy-owned/leased vehicles, rental cars, or personal vehicles on behalf of the Conservancy if considered "high risk drivers." Please see further details in the Auto Safety Program document available at

Employment in this position will be contingent upon completion of a Vehicle Use Agreement, which may include a review of the prospective employee's motor vehicle record.


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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 men and women 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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Job Title: Director of External Affairs

Location: Alabama

Job ID: 45231

Regular/Temporary: Regular

Full/Part Time: Full-Time