Director of Volunteer Programs and Community Outreach
The Nature Conservancy - Washington, DC

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The Director of Volunteer Programs & Community Outreach for the North America Region will manage the multi-year effort to expand The Nature Conservancy’s volunteer program in order to grow the Conservancy’s base of supporters and advance the Conservancy’s priority conservation, policy and funding objectives. The Director will design and implement major strategic initiatives to increase volunteerism & community outreach in support of the Canada, United States and Caribbean programs of The Nature Conservancy.

S/he works with regional and state chapter leadership and senior management to build internal capacity to guide and support the Conservancy’s volunteerism and community outreach initiatives and foster a culture that values and honors volunteers. The Director advises senior management on all matters related to volunteerism and community outreach, and collaborates and consults with regional and state chapter leadership and philanthropy, marketing, government relations, finance and conservation director(s).

S/he serves as the liaison for the Conservancy’s volunteer and outreach programs with regional-level partner organizations and will work with the Strategic Partnerships Team to identify opportunities for engagement with corporate partners. The Director develops and maintains external professional networks and internal relationships within the organization to achieve desired outcomes in support of organization-wide goals and objectives.

The Director of Volunteer Programs & Community Outreach reports to theRegional Director of Marketing and Outreach, and is a key member of the Volunteer Council and a senior manager within the Marketing Division. S/he works across regional and state chapter volunteer program and community outreach initiatives and serves as a key leader, advisor, and partner for regional and state-level staff that manage volunteer programs.

S/he will be the regional leader in creating an innovative and positive work environment that generates results and develops best practices for our volunteerism & community outreach programs. S/he will provide input to the annual budgeting process and be accountable for adherence to the approved budget. S/he will be a vocal advocate for adherence to policies and procedures set forth by The Nature Conservancy Worldwide Office.


  • Bachelor’s degree and 10 years related work experience or an equivalent combination.
  • Experience in organizing and managing a volunteer program and developing strategic initiatives, plans and programs.
  • Experience cultivating and managing client relationships.
  • Experience in project and program management, including budgetary responsibilities and measuring results of strategic plans and programs.
  • Personal passion for preserving and protecting the natural world with a belief in the mission, principles and values of The Nature Conservancy’s global approach to conservation.
  • Bachelor’s degree and at least 10 years of successive responsibilityorganizing and managing a volunteer program, preferably at a large, decentralized non-profit.
  • Extensive management experience including ability to motivate, lead, set objectives and manage performance of a large multi-disciplinary team. Ability to foster an environment of creativity and professional growth.
  • Experience developing, implementing, measuring and evaluating multifaceted strategic initiatives, plans and programs.
  • Expert knowledge of current and evolving trends in volunteerism and community outreach, and how these trends impact the work of the Conservancy.
  • Working knowledge of volunteer program best practices.
  • Proven success in building and maintaining long-term relationships.
  • Proven ability in managing the fiduciary aspects of planning and delivery of annual budgets.
  • Demonstrated success in managing a diverse, creative and distributed team of professionals.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including ability to positively influence and persuade.
  • Excellent communications, mediation and negotiation skills.


The Nature Conservancy offers competitive compensation, 401k 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.


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