Water Security Regional Unit Director
The Nature Conservancy - United States

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The Nature Conservancy is looking for an entrepreneurial, forward-thinking, creative individual, with track record on the water resources sector to serve as the

Director of Water Security Regional Unit for Latin America

. She/he will lead the organization’s efforts in Latin America to use nature to secure clean water for major cities, agriculture and energy sectors. This Unit leads the Water Funds program work in Latin America and the agenda with the Latin American Conservation Council on Water Security, among other prominent initiatives.

This unit requires that its leader be an active participant in high-level discussions on the subject of water security and natures solutions and be willing and able to engage governments, corporations, lending institutions and other non-profit groups at the highest levels to promote sustainable solutions. The leader of this unit will need to have a strong track record in raising funds for building and maintaining a stand-alone unit. A good pre-existing knowledge of the Latin American policy arena, the water business and of engineering and lending processes for water projects is desired.

S/hewill be a senior manager in the organization and a member of the Latin American Management Team and must be able to work effectively with others in a decentralized and geographically dispersed organization. The person chosen for this position will be based in any of the locations in Latin America in which TNC has a main office and will oversee a regional team of 5-8 staff. Additionally this Unit will coordinate with the Global Water Security Team and with the staff working on water funds program in the Conservancy´s 5 conservation programs in Latin America.

S/he should be an individual with high ethical standards and a track record of getting things done. S/he is accountable for the Unit’s success and for maintaining strict adherence to organizational values.

This position reports to the Director of Conservation Programs for Latin America.



The Latin American Director for Water Security will lead, inform and implement these regional strategies in order to make transformational changes towards water security. His/her work will enhance and catalyze the work already happening at the Conservation Program level. He/she will work with Conservation Programs and other regional and global experts to transform the goal above into a specific, actionable business plan and then lead the Latin America Region toward this vision. He/she will coordinate with the Conservancy’s Global Priorities groups to ensure that our work is focused and adequately leveraged and represented in international policy and donor events. He/she will play a leading role in engaging donor support both for the Water Security Unit itself and for Conservation Programs’ work on this topic. He/she will serve as a key contact to government agencies, other conservation organizations, corporations, foundations and the academic community in coordination with The Conservancy´s structure. He/she negotiates or informs the negotiation of complex and innovative solutions with government agencies, major lending institutions, engineering companies, landowners and communities related to conservation in the water sector. He/she will work with key Conservancy staff to coordinate, integrate and promote the Conservancy’s many water projects, helping the organization leverage its field successes into new policy and corporate engagement tools that dramatically increase the scale of our influence and result in large-scale and measurable conservation results.


Work with the Conservancy’s Regional External Affairs leadership, Leadership Team and Latin American Conservation Council, to develop and lead a strategy to engage major international agencies, corporations and foundations that support water security and sustainability development.

Identify and cultivate high-leverage partnerships around conservation goals related to the water security strategy.

After assembling a small team and developing clear work-plans, he/she will focus 80% of his/her time on external engagement, management of key partners and donors, and raising funds to implement the unit’s strategy.

Spearhead Conservancy efforts to ensure that billions of dollars invested annually in the water sector are invested with adequate consideration of the impact on the natural environment and on the ecosystem services it provides and on which people depend.

Oversee efforts to improve coordination, communication and planning across Conservation Programs in Latin America on water projects and policy.

Serve as a focal point for Latin America on water security across the Conservancy and with external parties to integrate Conservancy activities related to the water sector and ensure a coherent, unified approach commensurate with the potential threat.

Manage a small regional team focused on water security that will interact frequently to support our work at the field, national and international scale.

Work directly with a sub-group of Latin America Conservation Council members, and additional groups brought in through that effort, to maximize their participation in and contributions to our water security efforts.

Coordinate a “practice group” on water security that will include staff from various TNC units in Latin America and potentially beyond; the practice group will be actively engaged in developing strategies and monitoring the results of actions taken under this thematic area.

The Director of Water Security Unit reports to the Director of Conservation Programs for Latin America.



BA/BS degree and 12 years of experience in water resource management, infrastructure development, regulatory or public agencies, or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Experience in a leadership position and experience with the water sector issues in Latin America.

Experience with major donor and corporate fundraising, especially identifying donor prospects and donor cultivation.

Experience with board management and working with advisory councils.

Experience in partnership development (business, community, government, etc.).

Experience conceiving, funding and implementing strategic initiatives.

Experience managing teams and working with teams of people not under their own direct management.

Fluency in English and Spanish and/or Portuguese languages.


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.



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