The Nature Conservancy Director of Global Media Relations in District Of Columbia


Arlington, Virginia (VA) USA



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 Global Media Relations provides direction and leadership for the Global Media Relations team, and is responsible for developing, leading, implementing, and measuring global media relations strategies in support of the organization’s highest priorities to drive influence, build TNC’s reputation, and support the top conservation priorities. This position is a member of the Global Communications management team and reports to the Managing Director, Global Communications.


The Director oversees staff that manage relationships with top tier target media contacts, and maintains his/her own portfolio of media relations. S/he will develop and supervise the implementation of media strategies, which include developing targeted media lists, story development, approving and editing press materials, responding to crisis, and identifying and coordinating media announcements in conjunction with communications staff and partners. S/he is also responsible for tracking and analyzing coverage, measuring success of earned media strategies and preparing reports for management. S/he facilitates effective communications and collaboration with the broader Global Communications staff, across the Marketing department and in collaboration with the field to develop broad organizational communications plans to advance conservation and policy goals.

The Director leads spokesperson branding strategies, including media training, profile-building opportunities and earned media strategies supporting senior executives and spokespeople in the organization, including the President/CEO and other executive management positions.


  • Serves as a member of the Global Communications management team.

  • Designs and directs complex and diversified projects, drives collaboration and coordinates the work of other professionals, ensuring program accountability.

  • Manages multi-disciplinary administrative and professional staff.

  • Develops and manages budget, evaluates results and develops corrective strategies as needed.

  • Significant opportunity to act independently within broad program goals.

  • Leads strategic initiatives through collaboration with senior level stakeholders to enhance overall performance in accordance with short and long term objectives.

  • Responsibility and accountability for setting meeting and reporting against strategic goals and objectives.

  • Decision can commit resources for programs or initiatives in a way that has organization wide impact and affects public image.

  • Serve as mentor/advisor to communication and media staff throughout organization.


  • Bachelor’s degree in related field and minimum 10 years related work experience or an equivalent combination, including at least 3 years’ experience at a senior management level.

  • Experience developing media strategies, plans and measuring results.

  • Experience cultivating and managing relationships with senior level executives, Board of Trustees, Board of Directors and/or national media contacts.

  • Experience in program management, including broad financial responsibility and measuring results of strategic plans.

  • Experience managing a multidisciplinary team.

  • Excellent writing, presentation, communication, mediation and negotiation skills.

  • Experience fostering an environment of creativity and professional growth.

  • Experience designing, directing and implementing multiple projects.


  • Multi-lingual skills appreciated.

  • Multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience preferred.

  • Experience working on conservation, sustainability, nonprofit or related issues

  • Master’s degree or extensive professional experience.

  • Experience developing communication and engagement strategies and evaluating effectiveness of communications.

  • Senior level experience in communications field.

  • Familiarity with communication technologies and best practices.

  • Experience and/or understanding of communication best practices at a decentralized organization.

  • Extensive management experience including ability to motivate, lead, set objectives, manage performance and help with conflict resolution on a large multi-disciplinary team.

  • Proven success in building and maintaining long-term relationships with partners, vendors, board members, and senior leaders both internal and external.

  • Proven ability in managing the fiduciary aspects of planning and delivery of annual budgets.


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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 Global Media Relations

Location: DC Metro Area

Job ID: 45389

Regular/Temporary: Regular

Full/Part Time: Full-Time