NatureServe is a nonprofit conservation science and technology organization that provides the scientific basis for effective conservation action. NatureServe operates as the hub of an international network of more than 80 biodiversity information centers across the United States, Canada, and Latin America. For over 40 years, the NatureServe Network has been the leading source of information on rare and endangered species and threatened ecosystems. We provide information and tools to conservation groups, government agencies, corporations, academia, and the public that help them make informed decisions about managing our natural resources. NatureServe and its network provide scientifically sound guidance for major conservation investments across the hemisphere.
WHAT IS THE NETWORK?
The NatureServe Network is comprised of Natural Heritage Programs in all 50 US states and Conservation Data Centers in every province and territory of Canada and in about half the countries of Latin America. Together, they collect, manage, analyze and apply standardized information about the location, distribution, and conservation status of at-risk and unique species and ecosystems. The NatureServe Network is one of the oldest and most developed biodiversity information networks in the world. At local, state, regional, national and international levels, the Network has enormous potential to deliver positive outcomes for the management and conservation of biodiversity.
SUMMARY OF POSITION:
The Network Relations Director leads the development and implementation of strategies that sustain and strengthen the capacity, engagement, growth, visibility and conservation impact of NatureServe's international network of member organizations. Key responsibilities include catalyzing the co-development of projects that advance priority network initiatives; assessing and improving the health of network programs, with a focus on the US Natural Heritage Programs; encouraging and measuring network effectiveness; and promoting the value of the NatureServe Network to government agencies, conservation NGOs, academia, partners, clients, and other constituents. The Network Relations Director supervises the Latin America and Caribbean Program Director, and acts as a liaison with the network Section Councils for the United States, Canada, Latin America and Caribbean to achieve a robust Network across the Western Hemisphere.
The Network Relations Director must have excellent communication, writing and facilitation skills, as well as the ability to lead and inspire. S/he understands and promotes the capacities, services and needs of network member organizations and provides leadership in identifying and pursuing business development opportunities at regional, national and international scales. S/he will bring to this position a well-developed set of public and private sector relationships in U.S. natural resource management and conservation. The Network Relations Director is an active participant and convener in cross-organization business development teams, with a focus on the US Federal sector. The Director also serves as the primary staff interface with the Membership Committee of the Board of Directors.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
Strategic positioning and business development
- Advocate for the value of natural heritage programs and conservation data centres in both public and private sectors. Engage the support of partners and network alumni to serve as ambassadors to build awareness of the strengths and needs of the network.
- Strategically align Network strengths in data, natural history and analysis expertise, and software tools with local, state, federal, corporate, academic, NGO, and public biodiversity information needs. Continually assess NatureServe Network needs relative to the priorities of existing and new NatureServe clients.
- Understand the major federal funding sources for biodiversity management and conservation. Position the Network to benefit from new federal resource opportunities, such as H.R.4647, Recovering America's Wildlife Act.
- Cultivate and raise funds to advance network priority projects, with a focus on projects and programs that enhance core data.
Network leadership and communications
- Ensure that member organizations have the capacity to participate as robust network members.
- Coordinate regular communication among NatureServe and network staff that forms a basis for trust, innovation, and successful collaboration in achieving mission impact.
- Foster a culture in which members work together to create successful joint initiatives. Keep members informed about activities at NatureServe.
- Facilitate knowledge and technology transfer among network partners across all sections.
- Coordinate and engage members in network-wide planning efforts.
- Implement processes to track network effectiveness and impacts and make this information available to guide network support and project development priorities.
Organizational roles and responsibilities
- Serve as a member of NatureServe's Executive Team, the organization's 8-person leadership group.
- Serve as NatureServe's staff liaison to the Section Councils for the U.S. and Canada, and serve as the focal point for U.S. programs
- Support the Membership Committee of the Board of Directors through the cultivation of current members, and facilitation of new member applications.
- Develop and deliver effective training programs for network members working with staff and members. Explore and encourage use of technology to expand the reach of the training and reduce costs. Implement a sustainable funding model for training.
- Supervise the Director of the Latin America and Caribbean Network.
REQUIRED EXPERIENCE, EDUCATION, SKILLS:
- Minimum of 5 years of experience in a leadership position.
- Experience with state or federal government relations and relationships with state and federal agencies at the regional or national level.
- College degree in a conservation related field or a minimum of 7 years of relevant experience in a conservation or bioinformatics organization; advanced degree in a conservation-related field preferred.
- Understands NatureServe's mission and demonstrates a commitment to conservation.
- Demonstrated track record of business development success.
- Working knowledge of Microsoft Office products.
- Member relations experience.
- Demonstrated skill in facilitation and negotiation.
- Knowledge of social networking, social media and analytical tools to support network development.
- Use of survey tools to collect, analyze and report on organizational, financial and opinion data.
- Ability to converse and communicate in Spanish, French and/or Portuguese is an additional asset.
- Experience with effective use of webinars.
ESSENTIAL PHYSICAL FUNCTIONS
- Ability to work during standard office hours
- Ability to move or adjust light computer and peripheral equipment
- Ability to hear well and speak clearly, frequently, and effectively
- Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus such as: preparing and analyzing data and figures; viewing a computer terminal; extensive reading.
- Ability to travel independently and up to once a month to attend meetings and visit key network partners.
- Ability to stay focused and maintain composure handling multiple deadlines in a fast-paced environment
HOW TO APPLY
Click on the link below to complete NatureServe's online application.
NatureServe is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.
401K savings and retirement plan with matching contributions, Health and dental insurance, Short and long-term disability, Annual and sick leave, Life insurance
Minimum Education Required