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Director, Cumberland Forest Project

at The Nature Conservancy in Location is flexible with preference for Charlottesville, VA

About the Job

YOUR POSITION WITH TNC

The Director, Cumberland Forest Project will be a member of the NatureVest Team, overseeing the management and performance of one of NatureVest’s flagship transactions, the Cumberland Forest Project. The Director will work closely with colleagues in the Virginia, Kentucky, and Tennessee chapters to oversee the day-to-day management of the project, including forest management strategy, financial and budget management, and management of the project related entities. Although this position has location flexibility, TNC is unable to accommodate personal moves.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

The Director, Cumberland Forest Project, will be responsible for overseeing and reporting on the management and performance of the Cumberland Forest Project, a 253,000-acre forest investment project in Central Appalachia. The Director will prepare annual workplans and budgets, conduct quarterly and annual valuations, and coordinate management of the project in the region. Oversight of key project elements includes active silviculture in a Central Appalachian mixed hardwood forest, carbon project management and offset sales, recreational leasing, community engagement, and property dispositions through conservation easement and fee sales. The Director will manage monthly calls for the Board of Directors of the General Partner of the project and the Investment Committee. They will coordinate with The Nature Conservancy’s finance and related entities teams and external vendors to prepare quarterly and annual financial statements, depletion schedules, and tax payments. They will be the project’s lead contact with investors, prepare investor communications and oversee LP distributions. They will work closely with TNC leadership in the Central Appalachians to support the larger conservation strategy of the region by identifying potential new opportunities for investment. The Director will report to the Deputy Managing Director, Forests & Carbon at NatureVest.

RESPONSIBILITIES AND SCOPE

  • Oversight of the financial management of the Cumberland Forest Project, including budget preparation, audit coordination, review of quarterly and annual financial statements, preparation of quarterly and annual valuations, tax coordination, and LP distributions. Oversight of loan payments on debt.
  • Oversight of the forest management of the assets, including timber sales review, depletion schedule preparation, conservation dispositions, out sales, and carbon project management and offset sales.
  • Management of the General Partner entity of the project, including preparing Board & Investment Committee agendas, scheduling meetings, Board resolutions, and quarterly letters to investors.
  • Support on impact assessment and reporting of the project, including data collection and impact report drafting.
  • Oversee the use of the Community Fund associated with the project
  • Engage with TNC colleagues in Central Appalachia to analyze and vet additional investment opportunities and recommend financing strategies.

Qualifications

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

  • BA/BS degree and 8-10 years’ experience in forestry, forest management, forest investing, or an equivalent combination.
  • Experience with forest carbon project development, management, and offset sales.
  • Experience developing and implementing complex projects and strategic initiatives in an unstructured environment.
  • Experience managing projects with multiple stakeholders who may have differing incentives, cultures or priorities.
  • Investment experience including transaction structuring, cash flow modeling and experience in securing capital from investors such as investment banks, corporations, private wealth managers, public pension plans, endowment funds, private trusts and high-net worth individuals.
  • Experience with written and oral communication skills.

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Commitment to the mission and values of The Nature Conservancy, although no prior experience in environmental conservation is required.
  • Strong team player who can build relationships and work collaboratively across the organization and with Conservancy partners.
  • Outstanding analytical and project management capabilities.
  • Excellent written and communication skills
  • Private sector fundraising and/or marketing experience, including involvement in investor or thought leadership roadshows and development and delivery of pitch presentations.
  • Experience developing and using complex financial models to assess project potential.
  • Demonstrated experience using diplomacy and tact to build strong relationships and motivate staff and partners.
  • Anticipates, diagnoses, and resolves complex problems and identifies creative solutions.
  • Assesses decisions' potential impact on colleagues' work, public image, scientific credibility, and financial and legal standings.
  • Makes decisions based on incomplete or ambiguous information and accepts associated risks.
  • Makes independent strategic decisions frequently based on analysis, experience, and judgment.
  • The Nature Conservancy is committed to diversity and encourages candidates with diverse and nontraditional backgrounds to apply.

To apply

To apply for job ID 50318, submit your materials online by using the Apply Now button at https://careers.nature.org/. Need help applying? Visit our recruitment page or contact applyhelp@tnc.org.

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 people 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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The Nature Conservancy

A LITTLE ABOUT US

Since 1951, The Nature Conservancy has been doing work you can believe in protecting the lands and waters that all life depends on. As a science-based organization, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world’s toughest challenges so that we can create a world in which people and nature thrive.

We’re rooted in our Mission and guided by our Values, which includes a Commitment to Diversity and Respect for People, Communities, and Cultures. We know we’ll only achieve our Mission by hiring and engaging a diverse workforce that reflects the communities in which we work. Whether it’s career development, work/life balance, or a rewarding mission, there’s lots of reasons to love life #insideTNC. Our goal is to cultivate an inclusive work environment so that all of our colleagues around the globe feel a sense of belonging, and that their unique contributions to our mission are valued.

Although you’ll see requirements in our postings, we recognize that people come with talent and experiences outside of a job. Passion, innovation, and diversity are all key components to advancing our Mission and we encourage you to apply.

NatureVest is the impact investment unit of The Nature Conservancy. NatureVest’s mission is to create and transact investable deals that deliver conservation results and financial returns for investors. Our vision is based on the conviction that capital markets, businesses and governments must invest in nature as the long-term capital stock of a sustainable, equitable and more efficient economy.