Iowa State Director

The Nature Conservancy
Iowa, United States
Competitive Salary
Closing date
Sep 24, 2021

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Position Type
Fundraising, Capital Campaigns, Corporate and Foundation Relations, Direct Marketing, Donor Relations, Grant Seeking, Major Gifts, Membership, Planned Giving, Other Fundraising, Special Events
Employment Type
Full Time

About Us

Founded at its grassroots in the United States in 1951, The Nature Conservancy (TNC) has grown to become one of the most effective and wide-reaching environmental organizations in the world. Thanks to more than a million members and the dedicated efforts of a diverse staff and more than 400 scientists, TNC impacts conservation in 79 countries and territories across six continents. The Nature Conservancy (TNC) 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 earth’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 recognize that conservation is best advanced by the leadership and contributions of people of widely diverse backgrounds, experiences, and identities. Hiring and cultivating a diverse, inclusive, and equitable staff is a reflection of our global character, the communities in which we work, and our collaborative engagement with partners. We promote a work-environment that is supportive of the health, wellness, and flexibility needs of the people we employ by offering a competitive benefits package, including, but not limited to, health insurance, domestic partner coverage, matched 401(k) program, floating holidays, and paid parental leave. 

To learn more, visit and or follow @nature_press and @nature_IA on Twitter. 

TNC is Iowa

Since 1963, TNC in Iowa has worked to preserve the state’s natural landscapes through the advancement of our land and water conservation work. Project managers across the state work within their own communities to protect and conserve private lands and work with agricultural producers and companies on best practices. With a staff of 19, a Board of Trustees comprised of 21 members, and an annual operating budget $3.5M, the Iowa Chapter protects more than 20,000 acres of land.  This role offers a unique opportunity to help shape a resilient, viable future for all Iowans.

Our TNC Iowa Chapter Objectives:

  • Execute protection and management of resilient lands and waters at a pace and scale that matters.
  • Be recognized as a leading conservation organization in Iowa.
  • Champion farmers, ranchers, and private landowners to serve as conservationists of our soil and water resources.
  • Transform agricultural systems in Iowa to create regenerative, healthy soils for food and water that positively impact and enable sustainability.
  • Broaden support for climate action in Iowa that will aid the US to reduce emissions and strengthen resilience to climate change impacts.
  • Build organizational capacity to effectively and efficiently deliver on all conservation outcomes at a pace and scale that matters.
  • Build a diverse and inclusive environment, both amongst staff, trustees, and around Conservancy projects.


Skills & Experience


  • Bachelor’s degree and minimum of 7 years of experience as a leader in the conservation arena, non-profit sector, advocacy or related for-profit area, or equivalent experience;
  • Experience in leading and managing a large multi-disciplinary team;
  • Experience communicating with and presenting to diverse audiences, including donors, board members, employees, and outside partners;
  • Experience and/or a strong desire to fundraise; and raise major gifts;
  • Experience in budget management;
  • Experience overseeing complex conservation projects;


Apply Now

The application deadline is September 20, 2021, prior to 10:59 p.m. Central Time (11:59 p.m. Eastern Time).

Internal applicants: Please apply to Job #50232 in PeopleSoft Self Service. Cover letter is required.

External applicants: Please apply to Job #50232 at, or apply directly HERE and submit (required) cover letter and resume using the upload buttons. Need help applying? Visit our recruitment page or contact

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. 

TNC is committed to offering accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans in our job application process. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, please send a note to with Request for Accommodation in the subject line. 


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