The Nature Conservancy Adirondack Chapter Director in New York


Keene Valley, New York, USA NY201


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 Adirondack Chapter Director serves as the senior leader of the Adirondack Chapter management unit within the New York State Division of The Nature Conservancy. The Adirondack Chapter delivers conservation programs to advance the Conservancy’s global mission, with a focus on opportunities arising from and relating to the New York State Adirondack Park, a unique, constitutionally protected 6,000,000 acre landscape. The Chapter Director will be responsible for developing and implementing a vision for the chapter’s activities; setting direction; guiding and inspiring staff, volunteer leadership and external partners; and maximizing the contribution that the chapter can make in its lines of work to the New York State Division and the Conservancy as a whole. The Nature Conservancy has a storied history in the Adirondack Park, which is a globally significant environmental resource, and accordingly offers extraordinary opportunities to advance Conservancy priorities in any number of ways, including climate change, connectivity, and land conservation initiatives – the Chapter Director’s creativity, imagination, passion, and expertise will promote and enhance current work, and inform and guide future initiatives.


The Chapter Director has primary leadership responsibility to develop and pursue chapter activities and programs that will advance the Conservancy’s mission in the framework of its identified priority activities, including divisional, regional, and global initiatives. This will include creating initiatives that integrate multiple disciplines, cross geographical regions, and link local opportunities to organizational priorities. The Chapter Director leads the implementation of programs including conservation, fundraising, operations, finance, and marketing/communications within the chapter, overseeing managers in each of those areas. In addition, the Chapter Director is responsible for recruiting and inspiring the chapter’s volunteer leadership board of trustees and making sure the board runs effectively and efficiently, engaging in ‘out the door fundraising’, and is the primary spokesperson for the Conservancy within the Adirondack Park. The Chapter Director is further responsible for ensuring that the chapter operates consistent with the core set of Conservancy organizational values and is in compliance with all standard operating procedures.

The Chapter Director is a member of the New York Division senior staff team, providing leadership and input with respect to the ways in which the New York Division can most effectively implement a conservation portfolio of work comprised of regional, statewide and local projects. The Chapter Director may serve as a leader in New York State in areas where s/he may have substance area expertise.


  • Scope of work includes New York State, the North American Region, and interfacing with global programs. Responsibilities expressly include engaging in cross-boundary work and relationships.
  • Responsible for (a) managing the day-to-day operations of the chapter; (b) ensuring that 24 chapter-based staff have sufficient support and resources and are high performing; (c) providing leadership and management to empower and enable staff to successfully perform their functions; and (d) participating in collaborative philanthropic efforts in support of chapter, state division, regional, and global initiatives, including focusing on the ongoing Our World campaign.
  • Responsible for executive management of direct reports, including setting goals and conducting performance reviews.
  • Responsible for recruitment and maintaining relationship with volunteer leadership board of trustees.
  • Responsible for fiscal oversight and accountability for chapter operations.
  • At least 50% (and potentially more) time will be spent on philanthropy and fundraising activities including developing strategy, meeting with donors, and attending events.
  • Will be a thought partner with conservation leadership in New York State, throughout the Conservancy, and externally, with respect to opportunities offered by the unique landscape and governance structure of the Adirondack Park and surrounding region.
  • Frequent travel throughout New York State, domestically and/or internationally, and from time to time may require working evening and weekend hours.
  • May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain, and under physically demanding circumstances.


  • Bachelor’s degree and minimum of 7 years of experience, including experience as a leader in the conservation arena, non-profit sector, advocacy, or related for-profit are, including working at a senior level.
  • Proven inclusive leadership skills including leveraging talent within diverse teams, a commitment to respecting team dynamics, and a strong ability to understand and credit diverse perspectives, and synthesize multiple perspectives to achieve the best outcome.
  • Fundraising experience
  • Hands-on management experience of comparably sized-organization, including direct supervisory experience
  • Experience managing complex or multiple projects.
  • Experience working on teams.
  • Experience developing partnerships.
  • Strong presentation skills.


  • Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated.
  • Expertise in a conservation/science/policy field related to the opportunities presented by the Adirondack Park
  • Confident and capable public speaker
  • Demonstrated experience influencing, developing and implementing successful projects.
  • Politically savvy and experienced in partnership development (partners, community, government).
  • Ability to learn, retain, and implement information quickly.
  • Communicating clearly via written, spoken, and graphical means in English.


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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.

The successful applicant must meet the requirements of *The Nature Conservancy’s background screening process.*

Job Title: Adirondack Chapter Director

Location: New York State

Job ID: 45222

Regular/Temporary: Regular

Full/Part Time: Full-Time