What We Can Achieve Together:
Based at our Tucson office (preferred) or the Ramsey Canyon Preserve office in Hereford, AZ, the Arizona Stewardship Program Manager directs aspects of stewardship and community relations for a geographic area within the Arizona Business Unit. Serves as the principle contact to government agencies, other conservation organizations, foundations and the academic community.
The Arizona Stewardship Program Manager oversees the management of several TNC owned preserves, driving regional engagement with conservation partners within Southeast and Northern Arizona as it relates to the Apache Highlands and to some extent the Forest Program. Primary program areas include the Upper San Pedro and Sonoita Creek Watersheds, along with Hart Prairie as it relates to the Apache Highlands Business Plan and Arizona Business Unit (BU). This position serves as the principal contact to government agencies, other conservation organizations, foundations, and the academic community within the program area.
This position establishes the Conservancy as a major conservation partner within the area of responsibility, defines conservation priorities and long-term conservation strategies, builds strategic, scientific, and technical capacity in the field and develops key partnerships with public and private organizations to identify and resolve technical issues and to widely communicate solutions and best practices.

Salary rate (Exempt & Salaried)
DOEE & internal equity: $61,000 – 74,700

We’re Looking for You:
If you’re looking for a career where you can find meaning and purpose, come join our Chapter as the Stewardship Program Manager! Not only will you fulfill conservation objectives in the beautiful state of Arizona, but you’ll contribute to conservation goals through many networks!
We’re looking for a passionate, dedicated person to work within our Chapter. Systems Leadership, creativity, and the ability to influence without authority are key in this role. Come join TNC and apply today!
The Arizona Stewardship Program Manager continues to define TNC as a major conservation partner within the area of responsibility, manages conservation priorities and long-term conservation strategies, builds strategic, scientific, and technical capacity in the field, and develops key partnerships with public and private organizations with shared conservation goals. This position will engage regional support across Arizona for local conservation efforts and negotiate complex and innovative solutions with government agencies and landowners to conserve and protect natural communities.
This position oversees the management of four preserves: Patagonia-Sonoita, Ramsey Canyon, Canelo Hills and one preserve in Northern Arizona (Hart Prairie). This position will directly supervise three (3) full time site managers and work closely with the Protection, Water, and the Forest programs within the Apache Highland Business Planning Area. Essential functions include:
Program Management – APPROX. 30%
1. Optimizes TNC conservation investments to leverage large scale conservation projects protecting priority lands, water resources, fire regimes, and wildlife connectivity corridors.
2. Conducts forward thinking work planning and creative problem solving across Arizona at a regional level within scope of existing strategies.
3. Proposes program priorities and implementation of conservation priorities across Arizona at a regional level as identified in the Apache Highlands Business Plan and the Arizona BU Strategic business plan.
4. Works closely with other program staff on regional working group projects and strategies within the Apache Highlands Business Plan.
5. Supports partner building and implementation of TNC supported fire regime projects.
6. Oversees the development and management of the preserve budgets. May administer project budgets unique to the program area.

External Engagement and Partnerships – APPROX. 30%
1. Represents stewardship in program area internally, in public, with partners, and occasionally media.
2. Negotiates complex and innovative solutions with government agencies, other conservation organizations and key stakeholders related to Stewardship operations within program area.
3. Develops and maintains collaborative partnerships with Federal and State, and local Agencies, Tribal Nations, NGO’s, NRCDs, and other strategic partner with similar conservation objectives.
4. Engages and provides input on external influences within program area. Examples include mining and energy interests, changes to State and Federal regulatory rulings, and agency management plans.
5. Works with development and marketing staff to raise awareness, identify fundraising, and outreach opportunities.

Supervision – APPROX. 30%
1. Ensures: (1) stewardship sites are staffed appropriately; (2) safety is prioritized in all aspects of preserve operations; (3) appropriate management and resolution of personnel issues; and (4) stewardship employees are connected to, and engaged with, the broader Chapter.
2. Builds a cross-functional team approach to TNC’s work to align expertise, skills, and interests with programmatic needs and staff development.
3. Regularly meets with direct reports and carries out quarterly and year-end performance conversations with team members.
4. Provides support and guidance to direct reports in managing their team.
5. Supports the operations and backfill of vacancies within the program (may include filling in at a preserve during a vacancy).
6. Timely and accurate completion of administrative functions such as regular on-going check-ins with employees, performance reviews, expense reports, and timecards.

Other Duties – APPROX. 10%
1. Collaborates closely with Stewardship Director and Lower San Pedro Program Manager on overlapping responsibilities and to fill in for one another during absences.
2. Participates in Operations, AZ Business Unit, Division, Regional and TNC-wide meetings, trainings, etc.
3. Frequent travel within Arizona to visit preserves, meetings, etc. (with possible over-night / weekend stays), occasionally in the U.S.
4. Timely completion of miscellaneous administrative tasks such as training, expense reports, and timecards
5. Other duties as assigned and directed by supervisor.

• Geographic size/scope is larger than a preserve and smaller than a business unit.
• Programmatic scope may require cross-boundary work and relationships.
• Leads and manages team or project to support and improve conservation efforts.
• Manage multi-disciplinary administrative, professional, and other support staff, with responsibility for performance management, training and career development. Establish clear directions and set stretch objectives.
• Establish and maintain optimal standards of performance for the department or program while controlling costs and administering budgets.
• Collaborates with and supports Development team efforts to raise private funds for the program; works with AZ Conservation and Financial staff to seek and manage public funding if appropriate.
• Builds cooperation from outside parties to accomplish program goals.
• Ensures all responsibilities are conducted within TNC and Arizona procedures and business practices and in collaboration with appropriate other BU functions.
• Frequently makes independent decision based on analysis, experience, and context.
• May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain and under physically demanding circumstances.
• Regular travel with some overnight stays throughout Arizona (to various preserves, staff retreat, meetings, training, etc.) and occasionally in the U.S. (trainings, retreats, conferences, etc.).
• Occasionally requires working long hours, weekends, and holidays.
• Regularly lift, push, pull, move 25 pounds.
• Other duties as required.

What You’ll Bring
• BA/BS degree and 5 years’ experience in natural resources, conservation practice or equivalent combination of education and experience.
• Experience managing complex or multiple projects, including staffing, workloads and finances under deadlines.
• Supervisory experience, including motivating, leading, setting objectives and managing performance.
• Experience in partnership development with non-profit partners, community groups and/or government agencies
• Experience negotiating agreements.
• Working knowledge of common software applications e.g., Microsoft Office and Teams.
• Valid driver’s license.
• Youth certified (within initial 30 days of employment with TNC; annually thereafter).

• 5-7 years’ experience in conservation practice or related field or equivalent combination of education and experience
• Familiarity with southwest ecosystems and conservation issues.
• Familiarity with mining and agriculture issues and culture.
• Demonstrated experience influencing, developing and implementing conservation policy and plans.
• Knowledge of current trends and practices in relevant discipline(s) and regions.
• 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.
• Multi-lingual and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated.
• Demonstrated experience in fundraising.
• Politically savvy.

To apply for this position, Job ID 54572, submit your current resume and cover letter online by using the Apply Now button at https://careers.nature.org/. Need help applying? Visit our recruitment page or contact applyhelp@tnc.org.

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