Operations Program Specialist, Office of the COO

Job Type

Full Time



Application Deadline



4245 Fairfax Drive
United States


The Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world’s toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. One of our core values is our commitment to diversity. Therefore, we are committed to a globally diverse and culturally competent workforce. Working in 72 countries, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit www.nature.org or follow @nature_press on Twitter.

Position Summary

The Operations Program Specialist, Office of the Chief Operating Officer, supports the priorities of the Chief Operating Office and will be responsible for managing and coordinating small to medium-scale operations projects, assisting in implementing tactics for approved strategic plans, and assisting the Chief Operating Office in increasing organizational effectiveness and efficiencies. They will manage tasks related to meeting and event coordination, operations, and the development of various types of communications.

The Operations Program Specialist role requires the ability to move quickly between a variety of roles and tasks, and the initiative to learn and continuously improve themselves and the products and outcomes around them. This role requires being good with and enjoying details, while also being anchored in the big picture. This role requires being able to thrive in conditions that call for independent thinking and problem solving, and also being able to respond to very specific requirements and directions.

They will work towards meeting the strategic priorities of the Chief Operating Office by coordinating logistics, developing and implementing tactics for approved plans, and completing and organizing multiple tasks and activities. They will coordinate logistics for organization-wide meetings and/or special events.

They will effectively communicate or distribute information in a timely manner to assist staff in making time-sensitive decisions, to solve problems, and to improve workflow. They will assist with drafting internal or external communications for the Chief Operating Officer and Operations Management Team as needed in keeping with the guidance and strategic communications plan developed by Internal or External Communications. They will create PowerPoint presentations for strategic communications. 

They will adapt processes and implement recommended practices in order to improve effectiveness. They will work closely with the Operations Management Team and they will maintain, track, and report on key data related to the scope and priorities of the Chief Operating Office and Operations Management Team. They will establish project goals and success factors, critically assess project scope and objectives, monitor and measure project progress, assist in corrective action as needed, and communicate project status information to all stakeholders. They will complete activities with multiple variables, setting realistic deadlines and managing the timeline. They will develop and utilize a deep understanding of the operations and conservation initiatives and a clear understanding of how they work together to achieve the goals and outcomes of the Chief Operating Office and The Nature Conservancy. They will lead or support diverse actives and will interact with staff at all levels of the organization, including senior leadership, to identify operations challenges and propose solutions and implementation plans.

Desired Skills & Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree and 3 years related experience or equivalent combination;
  • Experience generating reports and analyzing and interpreting the data;
  • Experience managing, implementing, and tracking multiple projects;
  • Experience managing event/meeting logistics;
  • Experience with business process analysis and/or improvement;
  • Experience creating communications plans and content, including experience using PowerPoint (or another presentation tool) to simply explain complex topics; and
  • Experience conceptualizing new ideas and solutions and effectively communicating benefits and risks.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

For more information and to apply, please visit www.nature.org/careers and search for Job ID# 47050 in the keyword search. Deadline to apply is 11:59 PM EST November 30, 2018. 

The Nature Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply.