Associate Climate Director, The Nature Conservancy

Posted by: CAKE Team
Post Date: 2/16/2024
Opportunity Type: Job
Organization/Grantor: The Nature Conservancy
Position/Title/Fund: Associate Climate Director
Type/Term: Full-time, Permanent
Location: Seattle, Washington (Hybrid)
Salary: $85,000 - $100,000 for annual
Deadline: February 28, 2024

The Washington State Associate Climate Director is a key member of the Washington Business Unit’s Climate team. This role supports The Nature Conservancy’s conservation goals by co-leading a key program area within the matrixed Washington Climate team, working closely with Government Relations, Science, Conservation, and Marketing colleagues to strengthen and implement climate policy in Washington. They will also co-lead and manage the implementation of a portfolio of climate projects, acting as a key liaison with internal Climate-focused teams. This role will report to and collaborate on a continuous basis with the Director of Climate Action & Resilience to advance TNC’s climate-specific conservation goals.

The Associate Climate Director is a key member of the Washington business unit’s leadership on climate change and will be a leader in the integration of equity into TNC’s approach to climate action. This role engages with some internal TNC teams beyond Washington, supports strategy budget management and directly manages contracts and project budgets. Duties include climate project management including responsibility for project deliverables, tracking, supporting internal and external strategic communications development, and leading project teams.   

Beyond their internal work, the Associate Climate Director will work to implement climate policy in at least one of the following topics: equitable decision making in climate policy, air quality, climate resilient land use, and natural climate solutions. They will support The Nature Conservancy's conservation goals through outreach and engagement with partners, agencies, & frontline communities in support of equitable policy development, public engagement, and funding access.


Climate Policy Program co-leadership (25%)

  • Serve as subject matter expert on climate change, climate resilience, climate adaptation, natural climate solutions (NCS), climate mitigation, climate policy, and/or climate metrics.
  • Co-lead a climate policy strategy team with the Policy Director.
  • Co-lead in the exploration of reciprocal partnerships with and in communities, demonstrating authenticity, integrity, and cultural empathy in all interactions
  • Serve as primary thought partner for Director of Climate Action & Resilience in coordinating and effectively delivering on our climate action goals.
  • Serve as a key member of Climate Policy & Implementation team leadership.
  • Manage and track climate project budgets and contracts.

Climate Project Implementation (50%)    

  • Co-lead outreach and engagement with frontline communities in support of equitable policy development, public engagement, and funding access.
  • Support project activities related to at least one of the following areas: air quality and pollution, equitable engagement and policy making, climate resilient land use, NCS.
  • Develop strategic climate communications to inform and influence key audiences, collaborating with Director of Climate Action & Resilience, Marketing and Government Relations colleagues for effective deployment of communications materials.

Coordination across TNC business unit and Washington staff around climate work (25%)    

  • Liaise with TNC Government Relations teams in Washington and across North America
  • Assist the Director of Climate Action & Resilience in developing science-informed climate strategies and guidance to support teams’ efforts towards the Washington business unit’s climate goals.

We're Looking For You:

We are looking for someone that can be a part of a core team working to shape the direction of TNC-WA in addressing and adapting to climate change, both internally and externally with partners. Are you passionate about contributing to teams focused on equitable climate action? Are you guided by science, a commitment to equity & indigenous peoples, and a value of collaboration with local and global communities? We’re looking for someone who values equitable climate action, environmental justice, collaborative decision-making, collective action, and making an impact. A successful candidate is adaptive, innovative, compassionate, and strategic.

  • Commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice in climate action: You have a passion for diversity, equity, inclusion and justice, and an understanding of how that shows up in the climate action ecosystem within Washington State. You are excited to build on a shared vision for climate action and allyship for The Nature Conservancy in Washington
  • Have a people-centered approach: When addressing complex problems, you start with the people first. You care about the well-being of staff and prioritize their needs and values. As you design solutions, you center the concerns of the individuals most impacted.
  • Skilled at project management: You get things done in collaboration with a team. You can maintain an organized system to implement, track, and evaluate strategies and projects. You can adapt the workflow as needed.
  • Be a systems-thinker: You can see how the larger pieces connect and move together to form a system.
  • Lean into learning: You are open to learning new things. You give and receive feedback with intention. You approach opportunities and challenges with curiosity and creativity.
  • Communicate authentically: You enjoy telling stories using quantitative and qualitative data. You can navigate discussions between staff, partners, and leadership about communicating our work, intentions, and impact authentically.


  • Bachelor’s degree and 4 years related experience in or equivalent combination.
  • Experience managing and/or motivating teams to work productively and collaboratively toward shared goals.
  • Experience in designing, implementing, and directing multiple complex projects and ensuring program accountability.
  • Experience working with NGO partners and/or government agencies.
  • Fluency in English.


  • Commitment to equity and inclusion in both work and workplace, including acting in accordance with our Washington Equity Statement and Statement of Commitment to Indigenous Peoples; be respectful of differences of identity and/or beliefs, and successfully work across those differences to meet work objectives.
  • Understanding and expertise around climate change, climate action, climate resilience, climate adaption, climate science, natural climate solutions (NCS), climate partnerships, climate mitigation, climate policy, and/or climate metrics.
  • Professional and/or lived experience working with or for BIPOC and frontline communities, or community-based organizations.
  • Experience presenting to and/or communicating with business, government, or legislative staff and/or program leadership.
  • Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural experience appreciated.
  • Familiarity with social, economic and political conditions and issues in Washington state and/or the Pacific Northwest region.
  • Experience coordinating projects in a decentralized organization, working across teams, operating units and functions to achieve optimal results.
  • Outstanding written and oral communication, negotiating and organizational skills.
How to Apply:

To apply for job ID 54629, submit your materials online by using the Apply Now button at by 11:59 PM EST on 2/28/2024. 

Need help applying? Visit our recruitment page or contact [email protected].