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Director of Equity in Conservation – The Nature Conservancy of Ohio

The Director of Equity in Conservation (DEC) is a new position reporting to the State Director and serving on The Nature Conservancy in Ohio’s leadership team. The DEC will prioritize the evaluation, and adjustment, of the way that we work to conserve and restore nature so that we ensure significant and tangible benefits to people. The DEC will work closely with interested parties in the community to understand their dynamic needs and work together to advance overall wellbeing and conservation at many scales. Examples of actions that we anticipate as priorities include community-led conservation, support for access to nature for everyone, and increasing opportunities for youth engagement.


  • Establish and lead a program for community and equitable conservation that aligns with organizational vision and goals and meets the unique history and social context of TNC’s conservation work.
  • Build from TNC’s experience in community-led conservation to identify opportunities and needs to improve equity in conservation design, practice, and outcomes. Lead BU, systems, and cultural change to build understanding, support and implementation of equity in TNC’s conservation efforts.
  • Directly support conservation practitioners working towards TNC’s 2030 Goals through a variety of conservation strategies and in a variety of historical and social contexts across Ohio. Directly support conservation teams where TNC has a conservation legacy and history as a land trust.
  • Provide conservation practitioners with training and references (e.g., innovative frameworks, methods, tools assessments) and thought partnership as they integrate equity in how, with whom and where we practice conservation and hold relationships with external partners.
  • Provide direction on a well-established community engagement program that includes volunteerism and youth engagement.
  • Work across teams in a matrixed organization to support and encourage mutual learning and network building among conservation practitioners.
  • Collaborate with philanthropy staff on donor strategies, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of principal and major gift donors.
  • Oversee a budget and make independent strategic decisions; manage organizational risk, frequently based on analysis, ambiguous information, experience, and context.
  • Travel frequently, domestically and/or internationally, occasionally work evening and weekend hours.


  • Multi-lingual and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated.
  • 7-10 years’ experience in conservation practice or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Demonstrated experience influencing, developing and implementing conservation policy and plans.
  • Knowledge of current trends and practices in relevant discipline(s) and regions.
  • Ability to develop practical applications of scientific concepts and technical innovations for conservation purposes.
  • Knowledge of methods and standards of biodiversity information systems and initiatives or related field.
  • Communicating clearly via written, spoken, and graphical means in English and other relevant languages.
  • Politically savvy.

To find out more information about the position and how to apply click here.